PHILADELPHIA -- The Dodgers couldn't get first-round pick Corey Seager (No. 18 overall) on the phone for reporters, but they subbed in supplemental pick Jesmuel Valentin, who was drafted 50 picks after high school teammate and top overall pick Carlos Correa, who was drafted by the Astros.
That Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School team must have been some powerhouse, as the son of former Dodger Jose Valentin didn't hesitate when asked if he was better than Correa.
"Definitely, I know I can do a lot better things than him," said Valentin, a shortstop who moved to second base so Correa could play short in high school.
"I don't care if he was the first selection. I'm more physical and more mentally ready to play. That's not saying he's a bad player. He's really good. He was selected where he was supposed to. But I know I can do a better job, too."
No wonder assistant general manager Logan White said this was his best Draft in years.
Jose Valentin had a 16-year Major League career, including one injury-marred season with the Dodgers. Is son better than father?
"I hope he's better. I would like to see that," said Jose. "At that age, he's way better than I was. When I was 17, I was 160 pounds wet. He's played more baseball against better competition. He's more ready than I was and he's got confidence in himself. He's not afraid of tough challenges."
Valentin, who is 5-foot-10, 174 pounds, has a commitment to LSU if he does sign. The allotted slot bonus for the 51st pick is $984,700.