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6/6/2014 8:26 P.M. ET

Dodgers take first collegian to open Day 2

Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting Logan White said Thursday he wasn't afraid to take pitching, and with the Dodgers' first pick of Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft, he took yet another arm. The Dodgers drafted right-hander John Richy, a junior at UNLV, in the third round (98th overall) Friday.

"I have no words to describe it," Richy said after his name was announced. "I'm so happy to be blessed with this opportunity.

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"I was at home with my family and my friends, and we were just shocked. At first we were just like, 'Wait a minute. That's me.' Everybody was so happy."

Richy joins a Dodgers Draft class that includes Conway (S.C.) High School right-hander Grant Holmes with pick No. 22 and two-way outfielder-pitcher Alex Verdugo in the second round.

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

Richy said he had heard he could be taken anywhere from the first five rounds to the top 10 rounds.

"I had talked to the Dodgers quite a bit," Richy said. "But I was expecting to go anywhere. I was definitely prepared to go anywhere in the country. It's a big relief to finally know where I'm at."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Richy went 11-4 on the season for the Rebels, posting a 3.20 ERA in 16 starts. He struck out 113 batters in 121 innings for a UNLV team that made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005. His teammate and rotation mate Erick Fedde was drafted 18th overall by the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

"Fedde and I are roommates, and we train together and we do pretty much everything together," Richy said. "It's great to be able to go through the Draft process with him."

The right-hander has a three-pitch arsenal at his disposal, and he said command is one of his greatest assets. Richy said he hasn't heard from the Dodgers whether they intend to use him as a starter or a reliever.

"I can command both sides of the plate with my fastball," Richy said. "I think that's really helpful in making my offspeed stuff more effective, and my curveball is my out pitch. I have a changeup that I can get in there for strikes and get ahead in the count."

Richy also featured a stylish mustache throughout the college season, supporting his team's "Fear the 'Stache" mantra. There's a chance his 'stache could be going pro, too.

"That could be my signature," Richy said, laughing. "I shaved it after the season ended, but it could always come back."

Dodgers go back to back with college arms

Another pick, another arm.

The Dodgers selected right-hander Jeff Brigham from the University of Washington in the fourth round (No. 129 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday -- their second straight college pitcher and third pitcher overall.

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

Brigham, a 6-foot, 183-pound junior from Federal Way, Wash., was limited by injury in his 2012 season and redshirted in '13 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. But he bounced back in a big way in 2014.

Brigham went 7-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 16 starts this past season, striking out 45 in 90 innings pitched and holding opponents to a .248 batting average.

His fastball touches 97 mph, but sits around 92-94, according to MLB.com's scouting report. The movement on his fastball lends itself to more groundouts than strikeouts.

With a slider and a changeup that are still developing and with his injury history, Brigham may profile more as a bullpen arm than as a starter.

Walker's bat captures Dodgers' eyes in fifth round

The Dodgers went for a bat with their fifth-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft, drafting third baseman Jared Walker from McEachern (Ga.) High School (No. 159 overall) on Friday.

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

Walker, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound left-handed hitter, has committed to play baseball at Kennesaw State in Georgia.

"Very athletic player who has the ability to play several positions and possesses a lot of big league tools," Owls head coach Mike Sansing told KSUOwls.com. "Jared has plus arm strength, with the aptitude to be a high-level hitter.

"We feel he has the chance to be a middle-of-the-order-type bat with plus power for the Owls. Jared is a special kid with great passion for the game, and his high character will be a great asset to our program."

Walker also spent time in the outfield and on the mound in high school, but he's primarily known for his promising bat.

Dodgers have sixth sense for drafting pitchers

Illinois State redshirt junior right-hander Brock Stewart is the latest to join a growing stable of college arms for the Dodgers. He was Los Angeles' sixth-round selection (No. 189 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

Stewart joins UNLV's John Richy and Washington's Jeff Brigham as a trio of college right-handers taken on Day 2 of the Draft, but unlike them, Stewart is fairly new to the mound.

"I just actually got into pitching within a year," Stewart said. "I came to school last fall, and I always knew my arm was my best tool, so I talked with our pitching coach at school, and I realized I might as well try pitching. After the fall, I knew there was some interest there with scouts and teams."

Stewart compiled a 3-2 record with a 2.36 ERA in 11 appearances (one start) this season for the Redbirds. Stewart struck out 30 batters in 26 2/3 innings, relying on a fastball-changeup-slider mix. In his lone collegiate start, Stewart sent Illinois State to the Missouri Valley Conference title game with seven innings of two-hit, one-run ball against Wichita State. Also an infielder for the Redbirds, Stewart hit .238/.317/.396 with four home runs in 164 at-bats this season.

Stewart is the son of former Illinois State baseball coach and current Padres scout Jeff Stewart. He said his father helped him through the process, even telling him where he would've drafted him.

"[He was] dead on, actually," Stewart said. "I think he had me [Rounds] 4-6, which, when he told me that, I couldn't believe it. I just started pitching. I thought there was no way. It turns out that was the case, and I'm very happy about it."

Seventh-round pick's injury history not a worry

Maybe in the past, the name "Tommy John" would scare off teams on Draft day. But not this year and not for the Dodgers, who took their second post-Tommy John surgery pitcher, Trevor Oaks, in the seventh round (No. 219 overall) of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

For Oaks, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound right-hander out of California Baptist University, the surgery was a blessing in disguise.

"I don't even feel like I had the surgery, other than the scar," Oaks said. "I really support it, and I think it's an amazing procedure. I definitely learned a lot about myself and how hard you have to work to get past that type of stuff.

"And so, I think in the end, it made me a better person and helped me understand the value of perseverance. That can really help me going forward, going to the Minor Leagues and stuff."

Oaks joins the Dodgers' fourth-round pick, Jeff Brigham, as a fellow college arm who had the procedure.

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

Now three years removed from his surgery, Oaks said he feels great. He can touch the low 90s with his fastball, and according to MLB.com's scouting report, he mixes in an average fastball and slider along with a good fading changeup. He went 11-0 for California Baptist, with a 1.68 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 107 innings.

From Riverside, Calif., Oaks is a Dodgers fan and a big Clayton Kershaw fan. He said he likes the way Kershaw and fellow starter Zack Greinke pound the zone on the mound. He said he also admires them for their character.

"One of my good friends that I went to school with, he converted me from an Angels fan to a Dodgers fan when we were like 9 or 10," Oaks said. "I didn't think that this would ever happen. This was kind of a fantasy, I guess."

Dodgers draft first catcher in eighth round

The Dodgers now have someone to catch all of those pitchers they've drafted.

In the eighth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, Los Angeles selected catcher Hunter Redman (No. 249 overall) out of Texas Tech.

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

Redman, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound right-handed hitter, is batting .252/.288/.275 in 131 at-bats with Texas Tech this season.

"He's caught when he's dinged up a little bit, and he's really been stellar back there," Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock told the Midland Reporter-Telegram. "He can really catch and throw with anybody, and on top of that, he's hit in the Big 12. I tell you we've always thought he could hit, and it is a big plus for us. Wherever he's hit, he's had some good quality at-bats."

Redman is looking to help his team advance to the College World Series. Texas Tech is hosting the College of Charleston in a Super Regional this weekend.

"I started off at the plate a little slow, and as time has gone on, I've come up to the plate with a better approach," Redman told the Midland Reporter-Telegram. "I've done what coach Tadlock preaches about our approach, and I couldn't be happier with where I'm at Tech. It's been a fun year with all these guys."

After stellar year, Clemson closer picked by Dodgers

Clemson closer Matt Campbell wasn't satisfied with his junior season. His numbers weren't where he wanted them to be, and they certainly didn't match with the amount of work he thought he put in. So he worked harder.

The result? A stellar senior year and a ninth-round selection (No. 279 overall) by the Dodgers, who continue to stockpile college pitchers in this year's First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

Campbell, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound right-hander, said he put in additional time in the weight room this year, knowing it was his last chance to lead his team to Omaha in the College World Series as well as his final chance to get drafted.

"I was going to lay it all out on the line," Campbell said. "I was playing for the team. I wasn't playing for myself. … When it was all over, I looked back on it, and I was like, 'Oh, I actually did have some pretty good numbers out there.'"

Campbell pitched to a 0.84 ERA in 32 innings, striking out 45 batters, allowing just 16 hits and accruing eight saves as the Tigers' closer. He said his fastball velocity jumped up a tick from his junior season, in which he posted a 4.82 ERA, going from 89-91 mph to 92-93 and occasionally touching the mid-90s. Campbell mixes in a slider as well, with a changeup serving as his primary out pitch.

Campbell said he's admired Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw from afar, trying to learn from his approach, and he's eager to wear Dodger blue.

"It's the greatest feeling in the world," Campbell said. "I've never felt this in my life. And I've never been more honored and humbled to be taken by an organization, especially one as great as Los Angeles is."

Dodgers cap Day 2 with outfielder pick

With their final pick on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Dodgers selected Coastal Carolina outfielder Colin Hering -- their fourth position player drafted.

The 10th-round selection (No. 309 overall) is a left-handed hitter and thrower, who played two years at Bellevue College before joining the Chanticleers.

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Hering batted .213/.283/.264 with Coastal Carolina this season after batting .297/.407/.375 in 2013.

Hering is a Bellevue, Wash., native.

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.