The Los Angeles Dodgers early Monday evening officially announced their eight selections from the second day of the 2021 MLB Draft, all of whom are pitchers.
Chosen were Gilman School right-hander Peter Heubeck (3rd round, 101st pick), UCLA right-handed pitcher Nick Nastrini (4th round, 131st pick), University of Connecticut righty Ben Casparius (5th round, 162nd pick), Boston College right-hander Emmet Sheehan (6th round, 192nd pick), Texas Tech righty reliever Ryan Sublette (7th round, 222nd pick), University of Georgia southpaw Ben Harris (8th round, 252nd pick), University of Arkansas lefty Lael Lockhart (9th round, 282nd pick), and St. Mary’s College right-handed pitcher Michael Hobbs (10th round, 312th pick).
On Sunday, Los Angeles selected left-handed pitcher Maddux Bruns from UMS-Wrist Prep School in the first round. The organization continued to add pitching on day two, landing six right-handed pitchers and two left-handed pitchers, including just one high-schooler and seven college players.
The Dodgers selected the 2021 Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year, Heubeck, in the third round with their second pick of the draft. The Wake Forest University commit had a stellar senior campaign, posting a 8-2 record and 1.20 ERA paired with 101 strikeouts. The 6-foot-3 two-way player also hit .333 with nine RBI and served as captain of the indoor track team.
Out of UCLA, the right-hander Nastrini comes off a solid junior season with the Bruins, appearing in twelve games (seven starts) to produce a 2-2 record. His strikeout-per-nine mark (13.8) stood atop the Bruins’ pitching staff and the six-foot-three San Diego native struck out 48 batters this year.
Continuing with the fourth round, Los Angeles chose the righty Casparius out of the University of Connecticut. The Second Team All-Big East member led the conference in multiple categories, including starts (15), wins (8), innings pitched (91.2), and strikeouts (127). His 127 strikeouts finished second in single-season program history.
Los Angeles next selected Sheehan, a 6-foot-5 righty out of Boston College, with the 192nd overall pick in the sixth round. Tossing 76.2 innings across 13 games this spring, Sheehan compiled a 5-9 record accompanied with 106 strikeouts to 34 walks.
Sublette, a reliever from Texas Tech, was the fifth straight right-handed pitcher the Dodgers drafted in the seventh round. The Academic All-Big 12 First Team member earned his best career marks in the shortened season, keeping opponents to a .194 average, posting a 3.86 ERA and delivering a 3.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Two southpaws were taken with the eighth and ninth picks, both from the Southeastern Conference. Harris, the 6-foot-1 reliever out of Alpharetta, Georgia, closed out 20 games for the Georgia Bulldogs this season, garnering a 4-2 record and a 2.33 ERA. The two-year SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient acquired three saves against his conference foes: Arkansas, Auburn, and South Carolina.
Lockhart, a graduate transfer, pitched with the Arkansas Razorbacks this spring, producing a 3-3 mark across 14 games with 68 strikeouts and just 17 walks after spending four seasons playing for the University of Houston. The 6-foot-3 Texas native holds a 9-13 collegiate record with 185 punchouts.
The Dodgers wrapped up Day 2 of the draft with the selection of the right-handed Hobbs from St. Mary’s College. Standing at 6-foot-3, the Corona, California native pitched in 19 games this season for the Gaels, producing a 1.00 WHIP with six saves and 28 strikeouts. Over his career, his 25 saves are the most in program history.
(Ally Salvage compiled some of the content furnished in this report)