The Dodgers signed sixth-round draft pick Edwin Rios, a first baseman from Florida International University, before today’s deadline for teams to sign their 2015 draft picks.
Rios bears the distinction of being the highest position player from a four-year college the Dodgers drafted this year.
“He’s obviously a guy that we spent a single-digit round pick on him,” Zaidi said. “A college position player, performer. We went really pitching-heavy, so being able to get a college bat with some polish and hopefully the ability to hit in the middle of the lineup — I think he hit like 19 homers [actually 18] this year — is exciting and it took a little bit of time to hammer out the deal. The loss of development time is unfortunate but we’re obviously excited to have him now. He’ll start in Arizona and hopefully move out to one of the other clubs shortly thereafter.”
Louisville pitcher Kyle Funkhouser is the only one of the Dodgers’ first 10 picks in the June draft who didn’t sign. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers signed the first player they chose in the June draft, Vanderbilt pitcher Walker Buehler, but not the second, Louisville pitcher Kyle Funkhouser.
Buehler, the 24th overall pick, received a $1.78 million signing bonus — $314,000 below the maximum. Why the steep discount?
According to multiple reports, Buehler has a torn ligament in his right elbow that will require Tommy John surgery. The procedure typically knocks pitchers out of action for 12 months or more.
Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi didn’t comment on the reports.
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The Dodgers took seven players in Day 2 of the amateur draft Tuesday, one each in rounds four through 10.
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