The Dodgers’ first pick in the 2023 MLB draft was a bit of a surprise, as the team picked the outfielder Kendall George from Atascocita High in Humble, Texas with the 36th overall win in Competitive Balance Round A.
George, a 1.75 meter tall, 70 kilogram youngster who is best known for his speed, did not expect that he would leave so early.
MLB.com ranked him the 65th pick of the draft. Baseball America had him ranked 114th.
His defense and speed – he’s considered one of the fastest players in that year’s class – wowed scouts, and his racquet handling skills helped him both in high school games and on the Team USA under-18 national team to impress .
18-year-old George was signed to the University of Arkansas but is on the verge of becoming the Dodgers’ highest-drafted high school position player Gavin Lux in 2016.
The Dodgers lost their first pick of this year’s draft by 10 spots in a luxury tax penalty. They will make another selection in the second round in 60th overall.
This is an evolving story and will be updated.