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MLB Draft: Dodgers Draft Louisville Catcher Dalton Rushing with First-Round Pick

In order to add some more sizzle to MLB All-Star weekend, Major League Baseball decided to move the MLB Draft to All-Star Weekend. With Los Angeles serving as the home of Midsummer Classic, some of the top amateurs in baseball will hear their names called at LA Live.

Due to exceeding the competitive balance tax threshold, the Dodgers first-round pick was moved back ten spots, from 30th overall to 40th. LA selected their first player in the draft in the “competitive balance round A”.

Longtime Dodger Steve Sax represented LA at the MLB Draft, and with their first selection, the Dodgers front office drafted Dalton Rushing out of Louisville. After the success of Will Smith, the Dodgers are going back to the Louisville well with Rushing.

MLB Pipeline provided the following scouting report for Rushing.

“Rushing needs more experience and agility as a catcher, though area scouts believe he can become at least an adequate receiver and possibly better than Davis in that regard. He has solid arm strength and makes accurate throws, even from his knees.”

Rushing posted a 1.156 OPS in his third season with the Louisville Cardinals.

Although the myth that the Dodgers “buy their team” persists throughout baseball, much of the organization’s recent run of success is from drafting and developing talent. Clayton Kershaw, Will Smith, Walker Buehler, Gavin Lux, and Tony Gonsolin (just to name a few) were all drafted by LA.

Based on the Dodgers stupendous track record, it won’t be a surprise if Rushing becomes a noteworthy prospect in the coming years.

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