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The Dodgers select Maddux Bruns 29th overall in the 2021 MLB Draft

The Dodgers take a high school lefty with their first pick.

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With the 29th selection in the 2021 MLB Draft, the Twins selected LHP Maddux Bruns from UMS-Wright Preparatory School in Mobile, Alabama.

Bruns provides a ton of intrigue due to the fact that he’s a lefty with starter potential who throws a high-90s fastball. He has a rather deep repertoire for a high school pitcher, also possessing a mid-80s slider, a plus curveball, and a solid changeup. There are rather significant concerns about the Mississippi State commit’s command, however. There’s plenty of time for the Dodgers’ minor league pitching coaches to work on improving that command if they can get him to sign out of high school, but if he continues to have issues throwing strikes, there’s obviously a chance that he’ll be limited to the bullpen as he moves up the ladder.

Bruns is a high-risk, high-reward pick, but the Dodgers have done a pretty good job getting the most out of their draft picks, even when they’ve picked late in rounds, so it’s hard not to give them the benefit of the doubt with this selection. If they can get Bruns to throw strikes more effectively, he could be an extremely effective weapon down the road.