"This capped our Draft," said general manager Ned Colletti. "We had a good Draft that just got better."
The athletic 18-year-old Gould, projected as a first-round pick because of a nasty curveball, dropped in the Draft with a commitment to Wichita State and a rich signing demand. The Dodgers took him with the 65th overall choice and their original second-round pick. Aaron Miller, the Dodgers' top pick in the Draft taken with a sandwich pick from Atlanta as compensation for the signing of free agent Derek Lowe, signed for $899,200. The Dodgers' original first-round pick was sent to Arizona as compensation for the signing of Orlando Hudson.
Gould, who is 6-foot-4, 217 pounds, was a quarterback on the football team and a forward on the basketball team. He went 6-1 with a 0.78 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 45 innings.
"We considered taking Garrett with our 36th pick, but we took Aaron Miller," said assistant general manager Logan White. "When he was still there in the second round, it was a real surprise and we took a flier that we could sign him. I had a good conversation with his mother before the Draft and had a feeling we might be able to work it out.
"We've had so much success with high school pitchers reaching the Major Leagues quickly, with Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw and Jonathan Broxton. Credit Ned and our ownership for giving their blessings to do it."
Gould said he's spent the past two months "fishing and hanging out with friends," but he was wearing a Dodgers cap and meeting players in the dugout on Friday, eager to get started. White said Gould would report immediately to the club's training complex in nearby Glendale, advance to games in the Arizona Rookie League, possibly join Ogden before its season ends the second week of September and then Instructional League.
"I'm very excited," said Gould. "We had some good conversations and it all fell into place."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.