After the first couple rounds of the MLB Draft, it’s pretty
much a crapshoot. Sometimes there are gems found later in the draft: Matt Kemp (sixth
round), Joc Pederson (11th round) and Matt Magill (31st round).
So, when the Dodgers drafted Ross Stripling in the fifth
round, not much was made of the selection.
In his brief career, he’s proving to the team and all those
who passed on him that he was worthy of a better draft position.
I saw Stripling on April 30 against the Stockton Ports. He
wasn’t overly impressive – stats-wise – but he showed a lot of good things in
his outing. That’s saying something, seeing as it was hit worst start of the
Luckily, he followed it up with a great start in San Jose
before being promoted to Double-A.
How he got here
Stripling was a fifth-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2012
MLB Draft. Stripling pitched collegiately at Texas A&M University and was a
senior when he was popped by the Do...