Dodgers make Yates their first outfield selection

Dodgers make Yates their first outfield selection

Dodgers make Yates their first outfield selection

The Dodgers selected their first outfielder of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, taking left fielder Henry Yates from Texas Wesleyan in the ninth round.

Yates hit .413 with 13 doubles, five home runs and 45 RBIs in 45 games as a senior this season. He reached base at a .469 clip to go with a .600 slugging percentage in 150 at-bats.

"He's an offensive player with a quality bat," said Dodgers vice president of scouting Logan White. "He hits line drives from gap to gap. He's got a little bit of power and has a chance to stay in the outfield."

Yates is listed at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds.

In 2012, Yates hit .373 with nine doubles, four triples and 23 RBIs as a junior at Vanguard University.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.