LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Tuesday with their eighth-round pick of the 2015 MLB Draft selected right-handed pitcher Tommy Bergjans, a senior from Division-III Haverford College in Pennsylvania.
The 6'1, 190-pound Bergjans was 5-3 with a 1.07 ERA in nine starts (how did he lose three games?) for Haverford, with 111 strikeouts and 14 walks in 67⅓ innings. He led Division III in strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings (14.84).
The 22-year-old is from Manhattan Beach and went to nearby Loyola High School. He grew up rooting for the Dodgers.
Matthew DeGeorge of the Delaware County Daily Times caught up with Bergjans on Tuesday:
Bergjans believes he still has a few miles to find on his fastball, but the mentality that served as the cornerstone of his success is eminently translatable.
"I think what they’ll get is a guy who goes after hitters," said Bergjans, who is mainly a fastball/curveball pitcher but sprinkles in a changeup. "… I like to be aggressive and in the strike zone."
The slot bonus value assigned to this pick, No. 252 overall, is $167,000.
Haverford is also the school of Dodgers senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes.