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MLB Draft: Review of Dodgers first-year pitcher assignments

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Walker Buehler was drafted out of Vanderbilt, missed his first year due to Tommy John surgery
Rich Crimi

Walker Buehler did not pitch after he was drafted because he had Tommy John surgery. He threw his first professional pitch in 2016, his second year with the Dodgers.

But what about the rest of the Dodger pitchers signed after the 2014-2017 drafts, where did they go and how much did they pitch? That is what I wanted to look at today.

Here is the second part of the review of first year Dodgers player assignments, chronicling the pitchers from the 2014-2017 drafts. We took a look at position player assignments on Wednesday.

In the last four years, the Dodgers have drafted and signed 76 pitchers. Sixty were from four-year colleges or universities, 10 were from high school and six were from junior college programs.

Every pitcher but one made his professional debut on one of the Dodgers Rookie-level teams. Every pitcher drafted out of high school only played on the Rookie-level teams in his first year, same as the position players. Only Grant Holmes pitched for both Rookie-level teams in the AZL and Pioneer League. The other ones stayed in the AZL.

Fifteen college pitchers advanced to Class-A level. Two — Josh Sborz and Mitchell White — pitched for Rancho Cucamonga in the California League.

The workload for a drafted pitcher was somewhat stable through 2015. Four of the five highest innings pitched totals in the last four years came from college pitchers drafted in 2015, pitching 53⅔ , 52, 51⅔ and 47 innings.

Holmes pitched the fourth-most — 48⅓ innings — much more than any other pitcher out of high school in the last four years.

In 2016, no pitcher had more than 31⅔ innings in his first year, and only three reached 30 innings pitched. In 2014, seven pitchers pitched at least 32⅔ innings, and in 2015 there were 10 pitchers who equaled or topped that amount.

So don’t fret if you don’t see one of the pitchers drafted this year piling up the innings in Arizona, Utah or somewhere in the Midwest this summer, that is likely all part of the plan.

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Year Rnd Overall Pick No Name Type Pos 1st-Yr Rookie-Level 1st Yr - Highest Level 2017 Org G GS IP H BB Strikeouts ERA
Year Rnd Overall Pick No Name Type Pos 1st-Yr Rookie-Level 1st Yr - Highest Level 2017 Org G GS IP H BB Strikeouts ERA
2014 1 22 Grant Holmes HS RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Athletics 11 10 48.1 39 15 58 3.72
2014 3 98 John Richy 4Yr RHP Yes Class-A - Midwest Phillies 12 9 33.2 34 11 31 3.74
2014 4 129 Jeff Brigham 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Marlins 11 10 32.2 32 16 33 3.58
2014 6 189 Brock Stewart 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 17 1 34.1 36 17 45 3.41
2014 7 219 Trevor Oaks 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 14 3 35.2 41 13 29 6.31
2014 9 279 Matt Campbell 4Yr RHP No Class-A - Midwest N/A 26 0 36.0 28 10 45 2.00
2014 11 339 A.J. Vanegas 4Yr RHP Yes Class-A - Midwest N/A 21 0 27.1 17 14 33 1.32
2014 12 369 Kam Uter HS RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 5 0 5.0 7 3 8 3.60
2014 13 399 Ryan Taylor 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer N/A 12 0 19.1 18 15 18 6.05
2014 15 459 Joe Broussard 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 18 0 45.2 43 13 56 3.35
2014 22 669 Bubby Rossman 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona N/A 13 0 19.0 19 8 23 4.74
2014 27 819 Harlan Richter JC RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona N/A 11 0 12.0 8 8 11 2.25
2014 31 939 Derrick Sylvester 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer N/A 17 0 26.0 17 4 26 1.04
2014 33 999 Carson Baranik 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona N/A 15 1 28.1 25 11 29 2.86
2014 37 1119 Karch Kowalczyk 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 19 0 26.0 31 14 25 4.15
2014 38 1149 Caleb Ferguson HS LHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 14 4 14.2 19 21 16 8.59
2015 1 24 Walker Buehler 4Yr RHP N/A N/A - Surgery Dodgers - - - - - - -
2015 2 74 Josh Sborz 4Yr RHP Yes Class-A - California Dodgers 13 3 22.1 19 9 25 2.42
2015 3 101 Phil Pfeifer 4Yr LHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Braves 1 1 1.2 1 3 2 0.00
2015 7 222 Andrew Sopko 4Yr RHP Yes Class-A - Midwest Dodgers 11 6 37.0 32 5 36 2.92
2015 8 252 Tommy Bergjans 4Yr RHP Yes Class-A - Midwest Phillies 14 12 53.2 52 15 53 3.35
2015 9 282 Kevin Brown 4Yr RHP Yes Class-A - Midwest Dodgers 15 5 28.1 23 7 21 2.86
2015 11 342 Imani Abdullah HS RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 6 3 13.0 9 5 13 4.85
2015 13 402 Michael Boyle 4Yr LHP Yes Class-A - Midwest Dodgers 15 10 47.0 44 11 46 3.06
2015 16 492 Nolan Long 4Yr RHP Yes Class-A - Midwest Dodgers 12 4 32.2 24 12 37 1.93
2015 23 702 Andrew Istler 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 22 1 29.0 49 12 25 8.38
2015 24 732 Cameron Palmer 4Yr RHP Yes Class-A - Midwest N/A 20 0 38.2 27 30 43 3.49
2015 25 762 Rob McDonnell 4Yr LHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer N/A 20 0 34.0 43 18 43 4.76
2015 26 792 Marcus Crescentini 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Marlins 24 0 26.2 26 23 42 7.43
2015 27 822 Ivan Vieitez 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 17 11 51.2 67 28 37 6.10
2015 30 912 Logan Crouse HS RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 2 0 1.2 1 2 0 5.40
2015 31 942 Corey Copping 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 14 0 16.0 14 10 21 3.38
2015 33 1002 Adam Bray 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 11 8 35.0 42 4 33 3.86
2015 34 1032 Luis Rodriguez HS RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona N/A 5 0 6.1 4 1 4 2.84
2015 36 1092 Drayton Riekenberg JC RHP Yes Double-A - Texas N/A 15 0 22.2 16 13 22 3.18
2015 37 1122 Casey Mulholland 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer N/A 8 0 8.1 8 9 12 3.24
2015 39 1182 Chris Powell 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 17 5 39.2 34 14 46 2.72
2015 40 1212 Isaac Anderson 4Yr RHP Yes Class-A - Midwest Dodgers 17 10 52.0 47 10 43 1.90
2016 1 36 Jordan Sheffield 4Yr RHP Yes Class-A - Midwest Dodgers 8 8 12.0 11 6 13 3.75
2016 2 65 Mitchell White 4Yr RHP Yes Class-A - California Dodgers 11 6 22.0 7 6 30 0.00
2016 3 101 Dustin May HS RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 10 6 30.1 37 4 34 3.86
2016 5 161 Devin Smeltzer JC LHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 11 0 10.2 16 6 12 7.59
2016 8 251 Andre Scrubb 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 10 0 12.2 9 7 18 2.13
2016 9 281 Tony Gonsolin 4Yr RHP Yes Class-A - Midwest Dodgers 19 0 31.0 29 8 25 3.77
2016 11 341 A.J. Alexy HS RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 7 3 13.2 17 3 12 4.61
2016 14 431 Dean Kremer 4Yr RHP Yes Class-A - Midwest Dodgers 12 6 31.2 19 7 35 2.27
2016 19 581 Chris Mathewson 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 10 0 12.0 19 5 14 8.25
2016 21 641 James Carter 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 1 0 1.0 1 0 2 9.00
2016 22 671 Jeff Paschke 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 1 0 1.0 1 1 2 9.00
2016 25 761 Chandler Eden 4Yr RHP N/A Disabled List N/A - - - - - - -
2016 27 821 Austin French 4Yr LHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 13 6 25.0 31 17 31 9.00
2016 28 851 Jake Perkins 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona N/A 1 0 1.0 0 1 2 0.00
2016 32 971 Conor Costello 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 12 0 17.1 24 6 14 6.23
2016 34 1031 Joel Toribio JC RHP N/A Disabled List Dodgers - - - - - - -
2016 38 1151 Kevin Malisheski HS RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 7 0 14.0 14 4 18 3.86
2017 2 62 Morgan Cooper 4Yr RHP - - Dodgers - - - - - - -
2017 4 130 James Marinan HS RHP - - Dodgers - - - - - - -
2017 5 160 Riley Ottesen 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 2 1 3.0 3 0 1 9.00
2017 6 190 Wills Montgomerie 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 2 0 2.0 0 0 2 0.00
2017 7 220 Zach Pop 4Yr RHP - - Dodgers - - - - - - -
2017 9 280 Connor Strain 4Yr RHP - - Dodgers - - - - - - -
2017 12 370 Andre Jackson 4Yr RHP N/A Disabled List Dodgers - - - - - - -
2017 13 400 Marshall Kasowski 4Yr RHP - - Dodgers - - - - - - -
2017 16 490 Evy Ruibal 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 2 0 2.0 2 0 2 0.00
2017 17 520 Nat Witt 4Yr RHP - - Dodgers - - - - - - -
2017 18 550 Max Gamboa 4Yr RHP - - Dodgers - - - - - - -
2017 19 580 Zach Willeman 4Yr RHP - - Dodgers - - - - - - -
2017 22 670 Justin Hoyt 4Yr LHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 4 0 4.1 3 2 7 8.41
2017 25 760 Mark Washington 4Yr RHP - - Dodgers - - - - - - -
2017 26 790 Devin Hemmerich 4Yr LHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 3 0 4.1 5 2 5 4.15
2017 28 850 Justin Lewis 4Yr LHP Yes Rookie - Pioneer Dodgers 3 0 2.2 6 3 5 16.88
2017 33 1000 Brett De Geus JC RHP - - Dodgers - - - - - - -
2017 34 1030 Dan Jagiello 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 2 0 4.2 0 1 6 0.00
2017 35 1060 Colby Nealy 4Yr RHP Yes Rookie - Arizona Dodgers 3 0 4.0 2 0 2 0.00
2017 36 1090 Riley Richert JC RHP - - Dodgers - - - - - - -
2017 37 1120 Corey Merrill 4Yr RHP - - Dodgers - - - - - - -
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