Dillon Dingler is not expected to be available when the Oakland Athletics make their first selection, but if he is, he will not drop any further.
With the 26th selection in the upcoming 2020 MLB Draft, there are certain players that are not expected to be available. The top names in the draft are obvious, but it is that middle section in the first round that gets questionable. One of the players in that mix is Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler, who is expected to be selected in the middle part of the first round.
Naturally, given that anticipated draft slot, it is unlikely that Dingler would be available when the A’s make their first pick. However, players do fall in the draft for whatever reason. Should that happen with Dingler, it is thought that he will fall no further than the 26th selection where the A’s would make him their pick.
With a trio of rookie catcher atop their depth chart, and Sean Murphy considered a star in the making, drafting a catcher with their first selection may seem strange. Yet, when looking at Dingler, it is easy to see why he would be the type of player that the A’s would covet.
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Interestingly, Dingler has been compared to Murphy as his potential ceiling. While he does not have the same type of arm, Dingler is considered to be a strong defensive catcher. He has a strong arm of his own, and has been continued to improve receiving pitches. His athleticism and mobility behind the plate are quite notable as well.
Dingler’s offensive skills are better than his numbers would indicate. Although he produced a relatively quiet .276/.367/.442 batting line, he has good awareness of the strike zone and plenty of raw power. He showcased that pop during the abbreviated college season, with five homers in 58 plate appearances. Dingler also has plus speed for a catcher, although that may not last for long.
It is easy to see where the Murphy comparisons come into play, especially as he continues to develop and get comfortable behind the plate. He has the offensive profile to be a potential top prospect, and as he continues to learn the position, could progress through the system quickly.
Dillon Dingler is not expected to be available when the Oakland Athletics make their selection. However, if he slides, do not be surprised if his name is called at the 26th pick.