Strain is the first college senior the Dodgers have drafted this year. The fifth-year senior was 2-5 with a 2.62 ERA in 14 starts in 2017, with 68 strikeouts and 38 walks in 68⅔ innings.
He missed the bulk of 2016 with a forearm strain.
Evansville coach Wes Carroll described Strain’s repertoire in February to Daniel Allar of the Courier Press:
“He throws a heavy sinker, 91 to 93 (mph). It feels like a bowling ball when you try to hit it,” Carroll said. “The key for him is he was able to get his offspeed over for a strike to feed off it. His ground ball to fly ball ratio is off the charts and being a ground-ball pitcher, you’re going to have a lot of success.”
He was not drafted out of high school.
The slot value for the No. 280 overall pick is $138,800, though given that Strain is a senior one would imagine he would sign for below slot.