NEW YORK, NY -- The Dodgers on Friday selected right-handed pitcher Jeff Brigham out of the University of Washington with their fourth round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, pick No. 129 overall. Brigham is the second straight college pitcher drafted by the Dodgers, joining John Richy of UNLV in Round 3.
The 6'0, 183-pound right-hander was 7-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 16 starts and was honorable mention All Pac-12 as a junior in 2014. He had Tommy John surgery in 2012 that caused him to miss the 2013 season.
"It’s getting better. Obviously, it’s in the back of my mind still," Brigham told Gregg Bell of GoHuskies.com. "But the more I pitch, the more times that I get on the mound, I think the further behind it gets and the more trust I have in my arm that it is going to hold up and I’m going to be able to take the stresses of pitching."
Brigham was rated by Baseball America as the 198th-best draft prospect before the draft, much like Richy was No. 203, suggesting that the Dodgers will pay under slot value for their third and fourth round picks.
"The redshirt junior popped some 97 mph readings early in the spring and often sat 90-94 mph. His fastball is more notable for its armside life and boring action, as well as its sink," said the Baseball America scouting report. "He gets a bevy of groundballs, which makes up for his low strikeout rate (4.4 per nine)."