The Dodgers have signed supplemental second-rounder Jimmy Lewis to an above-slot deal, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com. Lewis, the 78th selection, will earn $1.1MM. The right-hander’s pick called for a $793K value.
The draft-related heavy lifting is now complete for the Dodgers, who have reached agreements with all of their top picks. They chose three times in the first 100, landing Lewis, third baseman Kody Hoese (No. 25) and second baseman Michael Busch (31st). The club received the pick it used on Lewis as compensation for losing qualifying offer recipient Yasmani Grandal in free agency over the winter.
While the Dodgers mostly chose college players this year, they switched gears in tabbing Lewis – a high schooler from Texas. The 6-foot-6, 200-pounder had committed to LSU, but he’ll turn pro instead. Entering the draft, ESPN’s Keith Law (No. 31), Baseball America (56), and MLB.com (64) all ranked Lewis higher than where he ultimately came off the board. Lewis’ offerings include a 95 mph fastball, a potentially “plus” curveball and a changeup, per Callis and Jonathan Mayo.