Today marks the first day of Major League Baseball's 2012 amateur draft. For the Los Angeles Dodgers, this also represents the first major opportunity for their new ownership to start putting their stamp on the franchise.
The Dodgers used to have one of MLB's premier minor league systems, but maintaining that edge became less of a point of emphasis during the dark ages of Frank McCourt's ownership of the team. Now that those days are in the rear view mirror, expect veteran baseball executive and new Dodgers team president Stan Kasten and Assistant General Manager Logan White to work hard to quickly start replenishing the minor league ranks.
Los Angeles has three picks in the first 100, so we should find out pretty quickly what direction the team is looking to go. Check in here for live updates of each Dodger pick, complete with analysis on how the player fits into the teams immediate and long-term plans.