The Los Angeles Dodgers selected catcher Dalton Rushing from the University of Louisville with their first selection of the 2022 MLB draft, according to a team announcement on Sunday evening.
Rushing, 21, was chosen with the 40th overall selection after having played in 64 games for the Louisville Cardinals last season. In 64 games, he hit .310 with 16 doubles, 23 homers, 62 RBI and 68 runs scored. His 23 long balls were tied for fourth most in Louisville history and were the most by a Cardinal since the 2009 season.
Rushing ranked in the Top 10 in the Athletic Coast Conference in walks, home runs, on-base percentage, runs and slugging percentage, and ranked top 15 in RBIs and total bases. Following the season, he received various honors, including Collegiate Baseball Newspaper All-America Second Team, ABCA All-America Third Team, Perfect Game All-America Third Team, All-ACC Second Team, All-ACC Baseball Academic Team.
“Dalton was one of our primary targets of our draft,” said Dodger Vice President, Amateur Scouting Billy Gasparino. “We think he has outstanding talent. Catchers that hit with power that can control the zone and hit left-handed are rare commodities in the draft.”
Rushing played three seasons at Louisville, slashing a combined .290/.442/.630 with 28 homers and 82 RBI in 102 career games. He posted a .990 fielding percentage, making just six errors in his entire collegiate career. Prior to his time at Louisville, he was a four-year letterman at Brighton High School in Tennessee, hitting .491 with 10 doubles, six triples, 11 homers and 46 RBI his senior season.
The Dodgers next selection will be Monday afternoon as they will make the 105th overall selection when the 2022 draft continues with Rounds 3-10 starting at 11:00 a.m. Pacific.
The final rounds (11-20) of the draft will continue Tuesday starting at 11:05 a.m. Pacific.
(The Los Angeles Dodgers Media Group furnished the information in this report)