With their 2nd Round pick in this year’s draft, the Dodgers took Landon Knack, a right-handed pitcher out of East Tennessee State.
With the 60th pick, the Los Angeles Dodgers select RHP Landon Knack from East Tennessee State University. #MLBDraft
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 11, 2020
Knack is not a household name, but he seemed to have turned a corner heading into his senior season. He finished his college career with 122 total innings pitched and with a 2.29 ERA.
Knack was a bit of an afterthought in last year’s draft, but a bump in his overall velocity helped him gain some recognition this year. It also didn’t hurt that he has two above-average breaking pitches to complement that upper 90’s fastball.
If you want one stat to tell you what you need to know about Knack, here it is: He led Division 1 baseball in strikeouts this season while giving up just one walk. Yes, you read that correctly. In a shortened senior year, these were his stats:
51 strikeouts to 1 walk
1.08 ERA in 25 IP
16 strikeouts in one game on March 7th
Say what you want about the sample size, but these numbers show that he was starting to figure things out. The Dodgers have one of the best farm systems in the league, so any talent influx is like icing on the cake. If the Dodgers are able to reach an agreement with Knack, they just added another solid pitcher to a deep minor league system.