LOS ANGELES -- With their fourth selection in the 2015 MLB Draft, the Dodgers selected right-handed pitcher Josh Sborz from the University of Virginia with the No. 74 overall pick.
This is a competitive balance round B pick between the second and third round, acquired by the Dodgers in their trade for Ryan Webb in April. The 12 total picks in competitive balance rounds A (six picks in between the supplemental and second rounds) and round B (six picks between the second and third rounds) are the only draft picks that can be traded, and can be dealt only once.
Sborz, a 6'3, 225-pound right-hander was 4-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 29 games for Virginia in 2015 as a junior, with 52 strikeouts and 21 walks in 60 innings. He started three games, but made his bones in relief, saving 14 games.
"It's pretty exciting," Sborz said in January of the switch, after starting as a sophomore. "It's not really new to me, because freshman year I had some time there in the bullpen and had some chances to close games. But the past two years I've seen two great closers pitch. I've seen what it is to be great as a closer, so I think I have an advantage."
Dodgers scouting director Billy Gasparino liked him in either role.
"We've seen him in both roles. It's a plus fastball up to 95. He has a really good curveball, and this year he added a slider to his mix. We think he has a chance to start," Gasparino said. "We're excited, we think we added three starters today, not just two."
The allotted slot bonus value for the No. 74 pick is $827,000.
Sborz was rated No. 153 overall by Baseball America, and David Hood had him at No. 168, so this could be a below-slot pick to save money for the Dodgers' first three selections.
Sborz's older brother Jay was drafted as a pitcher by the Tigers in 2003, and appeared in one major league game in 2010. Jay faced seven batters in relief, hit two and allowed three hits. In all, five runs were charged to his ledger.