Grant Holmes, Cody Bellinger, Josh Sborz, Philip Pfeifer headline fall instructional league roster.

Grant Holmes

Pitcher Grant Holmes, the Dodgers’ first-round pick in the 2014 draft, has been invited to the upcoming Fall Instructional League. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers have invited 60 minor league prospects to their annual Fall Instructional League, which begins next week at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.
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Dodgers sign 2015 draft picks Josh Sborz, Philip Pfeifer.

The Dodgers announced they’ve signed two of their top five picks from the June draft, pitcher Josh Sborz from the University of Virginia (Compensation Round 2B) and left-handed pitcher Philip Pfeifer from Vanderbilt University (3rd round).

Both were tied up after the draft because they participated in the College World Series. Sborz was named the MVP after leading Virginia to the national title.

Both of the Dodgers’ first two picks, college pitchers Walker Buehler (24th overall) and Kyle Funkhouser (35th) remain unsigned. Buehler, from Vanderbilt, also pitched in the College World Series.

The Dodgers also announced the signing of non-drafted free agent Brian Bass, a right-handed pitcher from Faulkner University (Alabama).

Overall, the Dodgers have signed 32 of their 42 draft picks.

Dodgers third-round draft pick Philip Pfeifer starts in College World Series tonight.

Game 2 of the best-of-three College World Series finale between Vanderbilt and Virgina begins at 5 p.m. PT tonight in Omaha, Nebraska. The game will be televised on ESPN.

One good reason to tune in: Left-hander Philip Pfeifer, whom the Dodgers drafted in the third round (101st overall) of the amateur draft earlier this month, is on the hill for Vanderbilt. The Commodores are one win away from the national title.

The if-necessary Game 3 would be Wednesday night on ESPN; the Dodgers and Cubs are scheduled to be on ESPN2.

Another good reason to watch: Pfeifer has already earned his undergraduate philosophy degree from Vanderbilt after overcoming substance abuse.

Second day of draft is in the books; Dodgers start with another college pitcher.

The Dodgers took seven players in Day 2 of the amateur draft Tuesday, one each in rounds four through 10.
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