2013 MLB Draft: Dodgers pick RHP J.D. Underwood in 5th round

Mike Stobe

The 20-year-old, 6'2, 215-pound pitcher was a two-way player at Palm Beach State junior college in Florida.

The Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB Draft on Friday selected junior college right-handed pitcher J.D. Underwood with the No. 154 overall pick. Underwood, like fourth round pick Cody Bellinger, is the Dodgers' second straight bloodlines pick, as he is the son of former major leaguer Tim Underwood.

Underwood helped lead Palm Beach State to the junior college state title in Florida in May, and was committed to transfer to the University of Miami.

He was a two-way player in college, also playing first base, but he seems headed for the mound.

"He has a feel for three at-least average pitches with his fastball, curveball and changeup," said Jonathan Mayo at MLB.com. "He tops out at around 92 mph, but goes right after hitters and gets high marks for his makeup, with an upside of a mid-to-back of the rotation type starter."

His father Tom passed away in 2010, but J.D. got a massive tattoo on his side in his father's honor, that says "Winners always win without their best stuff."

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