The Dodgers may have found its third baseman of the future with its second pick of the 2023 MLB Draft.
With the 60th pick in the draft, the Dodgers selected Jake Gelof out of the University of Virginia. Gelof led the Cavaliers to two appearances at the College World Series in the three years he was in Charlottesville.
The Dodgers are getting a top college bat in Gelof. While at Virginia the 21-year old set many school records that haven’t been broken in years. Gelof set the record for most RBIs in a season at Virginia with 90. He broke the previous record that he set himself the season prior.
Gelof is also Virginia’s all time home run leader with 38.
The Dodgers are hoping that Gelof will be playing in the infield at Dodger Stadium soon. As of right now, there isn’t much in the way of him getting there.
Current Dodgers third baseman May Muncy only has one year left on his contract and there isn’t much behind him. The Dodgers have been using a multitude of players at the position including Chris Taylor and Miguel Rojas.
The Dodgers are looking for someone that can play the position every day.
The transition from college to the pros should be easy for Gelof. His older brother, Zack, is a top prospect in the Oakland A’s organization. The two played together at Virginia and have a close relationship.
The Dodgers will be looking to add more depth to its farm system on Monday as the second day of the 2023 MLB Draft continues.