Dodgers’ first-round draft pick J.T. Ginn says he’s choosing college over pro ball for now

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Related Articles Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching The deadline to sign this year’s draft picks is Friday at 2 p.m. PT. If the Dodgers do not persuade Ginn to change his mind before then, they will receive a compensation pick next year following the first round (31st overall). As of late Thursday afternoon, Ginn was one of six first-round picks unsigned.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman had no comment Thursday.If Ginn does not sign, it will not be the first time the Dodgers have failed to sign a top pick during Friedman’s tenure. In 2015 – the same draft that brought them Walker Buehler – the Dodgers chose University of Louisville right-hander Kyle Funkhouser with the 35th pick overall, a compensatory pick for losing Hanley Ramirez as a free agent.Funkhouser did not sign. He returned to Louisville and was a fourth-round selection of the Detroit Tigers the following year. The Dodgers received a compensatory pick (36th overall) in the 2016 draft and used it to take Vanderbilt right-hander Jordan Sheffield.The slotted money for the 30th overall pick this year was approximately $2.275 million, which will be taken away from the Dodgers’ overall draft pool. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day The Dodgers’ first-round pick in last month’s draft says he won’t be signing with the team.Mississippi high school right-hander J.T. Ginn posted on his Twitter and Instagram accounts Thursday afternoon, saying he had chosen to follow through on his commitment to play college baseball for Mississippi State.“After being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round, I had a lot to think about over the last month,” Ginn posted. “My ultimate goal is to one day play in the Major Leagues and the draft provided one path to that goal. College baseball offered another path. I am grateful for both opportunities and after giving it a lot of thought I have decided to pursue my lifelong dream of playing college baseball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs!!!”Ginn was taken with the last pick of the first round, 30th overall. The Dodgers did sign their second-round pick on Thursday, college right-hander Michael Grove, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.last_img

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