No. 1 pick Carlos Correa and No. 2 pick Byron Buxton signed almost immediately and are both already playing in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners are close to coming to terms with No. 3 pick Mike Zunino.
Last week Zunino was named Baseball America‘s college player of the year and the University of Florida catcher was unable to sign until the Gators were eliminated from the College World Series, so the delay is nothing out of the ordinary and, like most picks, he’ll be under contract long before he would’ve been under the old collective bargaining agreement.
Slot value for the No. 3 pick is $5.2 million, so it’ll be interesting to see if Zunino can get that full amount after both Correa and Buxton took below-slot deals from the Astros and Twins.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.