The Los Angeles Dodgers announced they have signed four more picks from the 2019 MLB Draft, officially adding third baseman Brandon Lewis and pitchers Aaron Ochsenbein, Logan Boyer and Mark Mixon to the organization.
Lewis was the Dodgers’ fourth-round draft pick out of UC Irvine. The Southern California native was a standout L.A. Pierce College for two seasons before transferring to Irvine. This past season for the Anteaters, he tied the school record with 14 home runs and led the Big West conference in runs scored, doubles and RBI.
The Dodgers selected Ochsenbein in the sixth round out of Eastern Kentucky. The right-hander went 5-2 with an 0.83 ERA and 10 saves in 30 appearances this season. He underwent Tommy John surgery during his freshman year, which has not shied the Dodgers away from drafting pitchers in the past.
Like Ochsenbein, Boyer and Mixon are both right-handers. The Dodgers took Boyer in the 11th round out of San Diego State. In three seasons for the Aztecs, he had a 3.40 career ERA in 45 total innings. He yielded a 4.61 ERA in 13.2 innings this past season.
Mixon, a 26th rounder out of Miami, only played one season for the Hurricanes. He went 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 27 innings.
This quartet of players join 18 other draft picks who were reently signed by the Dodgers as well. Included in that is first-round Kody Hoese, which is a good sign considering Los Angeles was unable to sign their first-round pick, J.T. Ginn, a year ago.
The Dodgers did not announce signing bonuses for any of their selections. They went into the Draft with just over $8 million in bonus pool money.
Among the top picks that have yet to sign are first-rounder Michael Bush and second-rounder Jimmy Lewis. Bush was a junior infielder at North Carolina, so could return to school for one more season if he is unable to sign. Lewis was a prep pitcher that is committed to LSU.
A general assumption is the Dodgers may need to go above slot in order to sign both players. That possibility may be aided by the fact that as a whole they remain under slot with their signings. The Dodgers have now signed 18 of their 40 picks from the 2019 MLB Draft.