The Dodgers on Thursday evening announced their five selections of the second day of the 2020 MLB Draft, taking right-handed pitcher Landon Knack out of East Tennessee State University in the second round, right-handed pitcher Clayton Beeter from Texas Tech University in the Competitive Balance Round B, outfielder Jake Vogel from Huntington Beach High School in the third round, catcher Carson Taylor out of Virginia Tech University in the fourth round and right-handed pitcher Gavin Stone from the University of Central Arkansas in the fifth round.
For fans of the Dodgers who were able to tune into the first night of MLB’s abbreviated 2020 amateur draft, they weren’t surprised when the club selected one of the best available pitchers with the 29th overall pick—right-hander Bobby Miller out of the University of Louisville.
With the orchestration of an abbreviated amateur draft—alongside a potential favorable response from the Major League Baseball Players Association—Wednesday could mark the day of an important time in baseball, if everything falls into place nicely.
Considering how far apart both sides are after offering up their latest rounds of respective proposals, there’s certainly not much time left to reach an agreement if there will be some semblance of an MLB season in 2020.
While there still isn’t any real hard news about progress being made between the owners and players surrounding prospective 2020 salary payouts, there was a small flurry of speculation that was shared by several different sources of the media early Sunday.
If you’re a fan who follows the history of the Dodgers closely (or if you’re a fan who personally witnessed the misery of not making the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season), you’ll remember that 2002 was pretty much the year of just two players—outfielder Shawn Green and reliever Eric Gagne.
The Dodgers on Wednesday were named a finalist for the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year, as announced by ESPN. The honor comes in recognition of the club’s official charity, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF).