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John Rooney

#22 | LHP | DodgersLAD
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John Rooney
Name: John Rooney
Born: Jan 28, 1997 in Melrose, NY
College: Hofstra
Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 235 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 3rd round (104th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018 (signed for $563,240)
A 6-foot-5, 225-pound lefthander, Rooney has had an incredible season for Hofstra in 2018. Through his first 12 starts, Rooney compiled a 8-1, 1.01 record, striking out 99 batters and walking 22 in 89 innings. He also pitched in the Cape Cod League last summer, and while his overall numbers (1-2, 4.38 with 29 strikeouts and 15 walks in 37 innings) weren't great, he was better in the second half of the summer. Rooney's fastball can reach 93 mph and he also throws an above-average slider that comes across in the low to mid-80s. He does well throwing both pitches for strikes and shows at least average control. He's remade his body since his summer in the Cape and has lost some weight, but he still isn't overly athletic. He also has a longer arm action and has yet to find consistency with his third-pitch changeup. For those reasons, there is some reliever risk with Rooney, who could be an effective two-pitch lefty out of the bullpen. But it's hard to argue with Rooney's results as a junior, so if a team believes in his ability to find an average third pitch he could go off the board higher than his ranking suggests.
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