Right-handed pitcher Kyle Funkhouser, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ supplemental first-round draft selection (35th overall), will not sign with the team and will instead return to the University of Louisville for his senior season, he announced on his Twitter account. The official draft signing deadline is at 5 ET tonight. The Dodgers will receive the 36th pick in next year’s draft as compensation if Funkhouser officially does not sign by the deadline.
Prior to the 2015 college baseball season, Funkhouser was ranked as a Top-10 prospect in the upcoming draft by a number of publications, including Baseball America and MLB.com. While he decreased his walk rate from the 2014 season, Funkhouser was generally very inconsistent for a talented Cardinals club that reached an NCAA Super Regional, falling to Cal State Fullerton in three games. He had a 3.20 ERA on the season with 104 strikeouts and 45 walks in 112.1 innings. His strikeout rate decreased from the 2014 season, but that can be attributed to a move to a stronger conference.
Not long after Finkhouser’s announcement, the Dodgers did sign their other first round selection, Vanderbilt right hander Walker Buehler.