The Los Angeles Dodgers, feeling they grabbed two quality pitching prospects with their first two choices, addressed a need for a future third baseman with their third-round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.
Brandon Dixon, the solid, junior infielder from Arizona got the call with the 92nd overall pick on Friday afternoon.
Since discovering jewel Adrian Beltre and introducing him to big league baseball when he was only 20 years old, the Dodgers have not had a third base prospect make it to their parent club. They are hoping that all changes with Dixon.
Dixon, a 6’2”, 215 lb 21-year-old, may be a project, but the Dodgers feel he has tremendous upside. He is a solid defender and team leader and this past season, broke out offensively after having his vision corrected with Lasik eye surgery.
The Wildcat is a good base runner, stealing 30 bags this season and scoring 40 runs. He is only the fourth Arizona player to score 40 runs and steal 30 bases while knocking in 40 runs in school history. Those are production numbers that have Los Angeles feeling good about their third pick.
The Dodgers will go to work right away on Dixon’s power. He has good mechanics and the ability to spray the ball all over the field, but needs to improve his strength if he is to become the blue crew’s everyday third baseman in the future.