Dodgers Announce Selections from Day 2 of 2021 MLB Draft

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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)

13 thoughts on “Dodgers Announce Selections from Day 2 of 2021 MLB Draft

    1. I’m puzzled by this strategy. There were higher rated players available, even a higher rated high school left hander. The Dodgers never talk about internal business and strategies. Something is going on here. It might be connected to October of this year, but it also might be targeting 3-5 years down the road. San Diego, Arizona and San Francisco minor league systems are all ranked higher than ours. This draft will not help that situation.

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      1. It would be really interesting if AF or Gasparino would explain their strategy but we aren’t going to get that information from them. As you said, they are very tight lipped about things like this. Maybe things will be a little more clear after we see what they do today. Or maybe they’ll be even less clear.

        As soon as the draft is over today, the trading season will go into high gear. And if past is any predictor of the present, Mr. Preller will be very active. That will be a problem for Andrew because both teams need starters and whereas AF plays that game carefully, Preller can be very daring. I can see him doing something pretty crazy to steal a starter trade from us.

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      2. He really did a spectacular job of building that system. Think of all the pieces he’s traded over the past 2-3 years and he still has lots left to use in trades and/or promote to the big club.

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      3. I could be way off base here, but I always felt that (at least for some selections) the Dodgers’ scouting crew took traits like personality, intellect, morals, maturity, attitude, baseball IQ, etc. into SLIGHT consideration when choosing some of these guys. You see so many players with tremendous talent never make it to the bigs or at least last a short time because they are immature or lack the mental makeup. Obviously, in the early rounds you gotta take the best overall prospects (in most cases), but I’m thinking Friedman ranks the aforementioned qualities a little higher than most.

        But, I could be wrong.

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  1. Ball was flying out of Coors. Ohtani was so gassed by the end of his round. He could barely swing the bat. Soto hit one 520 feet. WOW. I would love to see how far Belli could hit one of those non humidor balls, and even Joc. He hit a couple over 470 feet. Rios would probably hit one into the 3rd deck. Lefty’s definitely at a disadvantage with that 20 ft wall in right.

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  2. Dodgers have been very active internationally. Especially lately in Venezuela. There are some very interesting Cuban and Venezuela Farm Team guys quietly raising up through the Farm System. Recent signs like highly ranked 17-year-old Catcher Galliz and SS Wilman Diaz.
    I worry their top choice will go to Mississippi St. Hopefully they did a better job of scouting so they do not lose this one like they did a couple of years ago.

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