LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Tuesday with their seventh-round pick of the 2015 MLB Draft selected right-handed pitcher Andrew Sopko of Gonzaga with the No. 222 overall pick.
The 6'2, 220-pound junior was 7-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 14 starts for Gonzaga in 2015. He struck out 78 and walked 29 in 88⅔ innings, and earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors.
Sopko was ranked 237 in the Baseball America top 500, but was not listed in the MLB.com top 200 or in David Hood's top 200.
"Everyone in the program is very excited and happy for both Andrew and Mitchell [Gunsolus, drafted in the 10th round by Boston]," Gonzaga head coach Mark Machtolf said in a statement. "Sopko has improved every year and will do outstanding at the next level."
Sopko sounds like someone who will be an easy sign for the Dodgers, per Derek Buerkle of KAJ 18 in Montana:
But this time, even though he could go back for a senior year at Gonzaga, Sopko says he's ready for pro ball. The team that made the call helped him decide.
"They're the Dodgers. I mean, it's hard not to love it," Sopko said. "I grew up a Cleveland Indians fan. But to see the Dodgers, it's a dream come true. I actually had a great relationship with the area scout. He liked me a lot, and it seemed like the guys in the front office did too. So it worked out."
The slot value for this pick is $178,600.
Congratulations to RHP Andrew Sopko, the @Dodgers 7th round #MLBdraft pick! #UnitedWeZag pic.twitter.com/LFyaaHjz8m— Gonzaga Baseball (@GonzagaBaseball) June 9, 2015
Sopko was drafted out of Loyola Sacred Heart High School in Missoula, Montana in the 14th round in 2012 by the Padres, but did not sign.