With pick No. 131 in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Dodgers selected third-baseman Brandon Lewis from UC Irvine.
In 2019, the 6-foot-3, 215 pound junior hit .315 with a slugging percentage of .598. He hit 14 homers and drove in 54 runs.
Per MLB Draft Pipeline:
For Lewis to be noticed as a prospect, he had to become a much smaller version of himself. While in high school, the infielder came in at around 285 pounds and realized he wasn’t in shape for Division I baseball despite an offer from Cal State Northridge. After two years at L.A. Pierce College, a two-year school, Lewis moved to UC-Irvine and weighed in at 215 lbs. He’s put up some serious numbers in a pitching-friendly park to put himself firmly on the Draft map. There’s little doubt that it will be Lewis’ bat that will carry him as a professional, and he has the chance to hit for power and average. The ball does not travel in his home park, but he was flirting with the school’s single-season home run record as the Draft approached. There is some length to his swing, and it can get grooved at times, which can be exposed, but scouts think he has the chance to hit enough to tap into his enormous raw power at the next level. He’s a better athlete than he appears to be and has the hands to stay at third, though there’s some concern his fringy arm won’t work from the hot corner long term. Whether he sticks at third or has to move to first, Lewis is going to have to hit his way up to the big leagues. The good news is it looks like he might, with a Ryon Healy- or Rhys Hoskins-type career a possibility if it all clicks.