Hey folks. Let me start off by introducing myself briefly. My name's Jared, I've written about the Dodgers for almost a decade. Currently, I cover the minor leagues for DodgersNation.com. I've written for Scout.com in the past and this will be my fourth or fifth time participating in Minor League Ball's Community Mock Draft.
My approach is to take the player that I believe gives the team the most value at the pick, not to try and emulate what Logan White would do. In the past, I've ignored signability, which has backfired and led to some wasted selections, so I'll be paying more attention to which players should and shouldn't sign this time around.
To start off, I'd like to get a feel for value at 22 and beyond. Again, I go best player available and generally ignore team or organizational needs. I tend toward high school pitching early, which is good this year since the prep pitching crop is as strong as it has been in years. Some names I'm considering at 22:
Luis Ortiz, Cameron Varga, and Touki Toussaint are three prep arms I really like, though I'm not sure Touki and Luis will be there.
Max Pentecost fills an enormous organizational need, though I'm not sure I want to take a player with that little upside in the first round.
Two guys that really intrigue me are Jeff Hoffman and Eric Fedde. Both had been seen as top 10 prospects coming into the spring and throughout, but each are now members of the TJ club. I'd like to know what people think about possibly taking one of them at 22, knowing they're going to miss the next year or more.
If you're passionate about certain players or think I need to take a serious look at someone at 22, let me know. I'm looking forward to having an intelligent discussion about this so don't be afraid to get involved.