The Red Sox have selected Texas Tech University right-hander Hunter Dobbins with their eighth-round pick in the 2021 MLB first-year player draft at No. 226 overall.
Dobbins, primarily a reliever throughout his college career, missed the entirety of the 2021 season after suffering a UCL injury during the preseason that would ultimately require him to undergo year-ending Tommy John surgery.
Prior to that happening, though, the 21-year-old hurler had posted a 1.35 ERA and 1.10 WHIP to go along with 25 strikeouts to just five walks over six outings (three starts) spanning 20 total innings of work with the Red Raiders in 2020.
A native of Bryan, Texas, Dobbins is the son of former minor-league pitcher Lance Dobbins, who spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
Listed at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Dobbins was topping out at 98 mph with his fastball prior to getting hurt earlier this year. He does have the option to return to Texas Tech for his junior year if he so chooses since he does have at least two years of eligibility remaining.
In selecting Dobbins, the Red Sox have drafted their second straight college pitcher out of the Big 12 after taking Oklahoma’s Wyatt Olds with their lone seventh-round selection.
The recommended slot value for 226th overall pick in this year’s draft is approximately $188,900.
(Picture of Hunter Dobbins: Texas Tech Athletics)