Dodgers draft first catcher in eighth round

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."

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