The Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday afternoon officially announced their final ten picks from Day 3 of the 2021 MLB draft, several hours before the first pitch of the All-Star Game in Denver.
The Dodgers made 19 picks in this season’s draft, choosing 17 pitchers, one infielder, and one outfielder. Of those 17 pitchers, 11 are right-handed and six are left-handed. Three of those 19 draftees are recent high school grads while the remaining 16 are from the collegiate level.
On the final day of the draft, the Dodgers chose 10 players, including Oklahoma State University left-handed pitcher Justin Wrobleski (11th round, 342nd pick), South Mountain Community College lefty Ronan Kopp (12th round, 372nd pick), Florida SouthWestern State College right-handed pitcher Antonio Knowles (13th round, 402nd pick), University of Tampa righty Jordan Leasure (14th round, 432nd pick), West Virginia University right-handed pitcher Madison Jeffrey (15th round, 462nd pick), The Gunnery School middle-infielder Michael Sirota (16th round, 492nd pick), West Virginia University southpaw Adam Tulloch (17th round, 522nd pick), California Baptist University outfielder Damon Keith (18th round, 552nd pick), Folsom Lake College righty Gabe Emmett (19th round, 582nd pick), and Navy right-handed pitcher Charlie Connolly (20th round, 612th pick).
The 6-foot-1 Wrobleski started his collegiate journey at Clemson University, then transferred to State College of Florida before pitching for the Cowboys, where he appeared in nine games for a 3-2 mark across 40.2 innings with 50 strikeouts this past spring.
Another southpaw in Knopp followed in the 12th round. The 18-year-old Scottsdale native stands at 6-foot-7 and garnered a 0-1 record this season over 10 appearances, striking out 38 batters to yield a 2.84 ERA.
The 6-foot-1 right-handed Knowles played at Stetson University prior to pitching with the Buccaneers. Originally from Key West, Florida, Knowles notched a 1.35 ERA with 13 saves and struck out 72 against just five walks, leading him to be named a First Team All-American, the first in program history.
Staying in the Sunshine State, the Dodgers chose the righty Leasure with the 432nd overall pick. Pitching in 38.1 innings over 17 games, the 6-foot-2 reliever fanned 60 and walked just four to earn a 4-1 record with a team-leading six saves.
Drafted next in the 15th round was the six-foot righty Jeffrey. The Big-12 Commissioner Honor Roll member tossed 20.0 strong innings this spring, racking up 23 strikeouts for a 2-2 record with four saves, allowing just ten extra-base hits.
The Dodgers selected their first position player of the draft in the 16th round, naming the shortstop Sirota as their 492nd pick. The Northeastern University commit stands at 6-foot-2. Sirota hit .400 in 2020 and was named to the Perfect Game Northeast All-Region 1st Team. He is also the great-nephew of legendary Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford.
Another Mountaineer followed in the 17th round in Tulloch, a 21-year-old southpaw. Originally from Weston, Florida, the 6-foot-2 pitcher appeared in 13 games last season, striking out 52 batters across 37.1 innings.
The local standout Keith was the second and final position player Los Angeles drafted. The 6-foot-3 Redlands native was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year after starting all 56 games for the Lancers, slashing .336/.434/.588. He ranked amongst the conference’s best in multiple categories: runs (1st, 57), home runs (1st, 13), hits (2nd, 72), slugging percentage (2nd, .588), walks (4th, 35), RBI (5th, 44), batting average (6th, .336), stolen bases (7th, 12), and on-base percentage (8th, .434), leading him to be an All-Conference First Team member.
In the 19th round, another Californian was selected in the 6-foot-5 righty Emmett. He pitched in six games this spring, finishing off the season with a 1-2 record alongside 26 punchouts and a 9.75 strikeout-per-nine innings ratio.
With the final pick of the draft, Los Angeles selected the righty Connolly. Standing at 6-foot-4, the All-Patriot League Second Team honoree garnered a 4-1 mark over eight starts while holding the opposition to a .241 batting average. Connolly produced a 4.50 ERA with 45 strikeouts across 36 innings. He earned Eagle Scout honors in high school.
TBPC outlined the Dodgers’ selections from Day 2 on Monday.
(Ally Salvage furnished the information provided in this report)