Brown struck out 56 batters in only 28⅓ innings as a junior in college to go with his 4.76 ERA, but also walked 24 batters. Ten of his 12 appearances this season came in relief.
He had elbow surgery in June.
Brown sports one of the most devastating split-changeups in the Draft, earning plus-plus grades from some scouts. His low-80s splitter plummets at the plate, resulting in a 70 percent swing-and-miss rate this spring. He sets up his changeup with a 92-94 mph fastball that reaches 96 with some arm-side run and carry.
Baseball America rated Brown No. 265 overall, and said of the right-hander, “Brown is almost certainly a reliever at the professional level, but the pure stuff is undeniable.”
The 280th pick comes with a recommended slot value of $173,600.
Brown is the third Ball State player drafted by the Dodgers, along with pitchers Clint Wickenscheimer in the 21st round in 1979 and Jason Hickman in the eighth round in 2000.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have selected RHP Ryan Brown (4-1, 4.76 ERA). Super athletic mover with big time arm speed, Brown's calling card is his ++ CH that may be the best of its kind in this year's draft. Had a 70% miss rate this spring. FB up to 96. pic.twitter.com/5ssEXbHzts— Peter Flaherty III (@PeterGFlaherty) July 10, 2023