July 28, 2021

Dodgers scouts relying on year-long preparation with draft restrictions (True Blue LA)

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers VP of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino and his staff this week began finalizing their prospect ranking for the 2020 MLB Draft, though with several limitations compared to previous years.

“It’s different,” Gasparino said. “It’s going to be a challenge.”

The 2020 draft, described by Gasparino as the deepest draft in the last five years, was shortened to just five rounds, so that list of players ranked by the Dodgers only needs to be 160 deep instead of the usual 300 or so.

In addition to the reduced draft, scouts have been limited during the coronavirus pandemic since March, unable to watch players play or even visit them in person.

“Major League Baseball has been very strict with the rules, and what we can and can’t do, so we haven’t been able to access any players live, by going to watch them play,” Gasparino said. “What they have recently opened up is if a player has thrown a bullpen or hit in a cage, under proper social distancing measures, the player can send that video to Major League Baseball, and they send it to us.”

R.J. Anderson at CBS Sports reported on the centralized draft prospect database in early April….

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