Three innings, three picks, three relievers.
The Dodgers chose back-to-back-to-back bullpen arms in rounds five through seven.
The fifth round was Cardinal closer Jack Little, an arm that the Dodgers could easily transition to the rotation should they so chose. The sixth round was Eastern Kentucky powerhouse reliever, Aaron Ochsenbein, a reliever that profiles as a high strikeout force to be reckoned with. The seventh round and the final round of this review section went to Jame Madison University high-leverage arm Nick Robertson.
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Born and raised in Virginia, Robertson stayed on the home turf when he attended JMU and would join their baseball team.
His freshman year with the Dukes was cut short due to Tommy John surgery but ever since then, the massive right-handed reliever has been a great success story.
Standing at 6’6 and weighing in at 265 pounds, Robertson has an imposing and larger than life presence on the mound. His downhill power and size contribute to his high strikeout ability which sits at 13.34 batters per nine innings since the onset of the 2018 campaign.
Robertson has also held opposing batters to a .153 batting average against in his entire collegiate campaign.
The interesting thing about Robertson is he will be a reliever in the pros unlike some of the Dodgers other relief selections. Little, the Dodgers fifth-round could jump to a starting role whereas Robertson will be a reliever from the low minor league levels all the way through the big leagues should he get there.
In his two years of playing time at JMU, Robertson had a collective ERA of just 1.38 and walked just about three and a half batters per nine.
Robertson is an in control relief arm that knows how to get outs using his size on the mound and solid pitch mix. Since coming off of Tommy John, he has proven that he is a very capable back end reliever and the Dodgers could certainly use as many of those as they can get. In the seventh round and certainly not to demand too much money, Robertson may be a huge steal.