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Dodgers Draft Son of Former LA Rookie of the Year Winner in 16th Round

One event that flew under the radar a bit over All-Star weekend was the MLB Draft. For years, the draft was held in June, but starting in 2021, the league moved the draft to July to add some more sizzle to the All-Star Game festivities. Having the draft in July, rather than early June, also ensures that both college and high school ball players have finished their respective seasons. The Dodgers have built their dynasty in the draft, and this year, they made a small bet on pedigree.

With their 16th round pick, the Dodgers selected pitcher Jared Karros, the son of longtime Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros. Like his father, Jared played his college ball at UCLA.

The pitching Karros wasn’t listed in MLB Pipeline’s Top 200 draft prospects list, mainly due to suffering a back injury that prevented him from playing this year, but based on the Dodgers track record with developing pitchers, they’ll get the best out of EK’s older son.

In his two seasons with the Bruins, the 6’7″ right-handed pitcher logged a 3.51 ERA in 11 appearances. He was UCLA’s Opening Day starter, but hasn’t pitched since March of 2021.

The Dodgers are no strangers to drafting high-risk pitchers with injury history. LA famously drafted future ace Walker Buehler knowing that the righty would likely require Tommy John surgery. Buehler is the most high profile example of the practice, but he’s far from the only example.

Fun fact – Jared wasn’t the only Karros on the Bruins this past season either. His younger brother Kyle played third base for the Bruins and posted a .839 OPS in 198 plate appearances.

Jared likely has a long road to the majors, but who knows, his father may be calling his road games alongside Joe Davis someday. 

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