The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Corey Seager, a shortstop from Cabarrus High School in Kannapolis, North Carolina, with their first round pick, No. 18 overall, in the 2012 MLB Draft. This ends a string of nine consecutive years that the Dodgers used their first draft pick to select a pitcher.
Seager is the brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. The 18-year old Seager, listed at 6'4", 205 pounds, hit .519 in his senior year of high school, with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 28 games.
Earlier today in their final mock drafts, Jim Callis of Baseball America projected the Dodgers to draft Oklahoma high school pitcher Ty Hensley, while Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus projected the Dodgers to select pitcher Michael Wacha from Texas A&M.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the slot bonus amount for the No. 18 pick is $1.95 million, per Baseball Prospectus.
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