Dodgers: A full draft review of rounds four through seven
For those of you that haven’t read about the Dodgers’ most ridiculous minor league arm, Marshall Kasowksi, I strongly encourage you to do so before diving into LA’s sixth rough pick analysis because there will be some strong mention of Kasowski in this. I wrote on Kasowski a few weeks ago and encourage you can read it here.
In the fifth round, the Dodgers took a relief pitcher that uses finesse to strike batters out. Jack Little tops out in the mid-90’s but sits around 91 miles per hour on a consistent basis. In the sixth round, the Dodgers went to Eastern Kentucky University for a relief pitcher that shoves high heat down the batters throat to punch out his victims at an insane rate.
Aaron Ochsenbein was an All-American in 2019 and for good reason.
Sporting a four-seamer in the high 90’s and a devastating splitter in the upper 80’s, the redshirt junior struck out 90 batters in just 54.1 innings last season with a ridiculous .83 ERA and 10 saves to go along with it all. Opposing batters hit just .133 off him.
The numbers from 2019 back up the All-American selection and the high praise but what’s even more interesting is the high strikeout bullpen arm will join already high octane Dodger reliever, Marshall Kasowski in the ranks.
The Dodgers have an opportunity to bring two power arms with a knack for swings and misses up through the system and onto the big league roster with little separation between the two. Ochsenbein has DI experience and could rise up through the ranks quickly to get to the big leagues and Kasowksi will soon leave the Dodgers no choice but to promote him given just how successful he’s been between this year and last year.
The pair of hard-throwing pitchers could work beautifully as the Dodgers future one-two punch out of the bullpen and even better, they are both internal options.