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Plate approach attracts O's to seventh-rounder Dosch

Plate approach attracts O's to seventh-rounder Dosch

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Drew Dosch began last summer as a temporary fill-in in the Cape Cod League, but he wound up playing well enough to work his way onto the All-Star team as the starting designated hitter.

Dosch, a third baseman, played well this spring at Youngstown State, hitting .338 with a .434 on-base percentage and a .488 slugging percentage. He got on base more often but otherwise saw his numbers drop from his sophomore season, when he compiled a .353/.408/.527 line with eight homers and only 21 strikeouts in 224 at-bats.

The last Penguins player to get drafted before the 27th round was Justin Thomas, taken by the Mariners with the 119th overall pick in 2005.

Dosch has an advanced approach at the plate. The 20-year-old has decent power, but he barrels the ball well and has a smooth left-handed swing.

Dosch committed 15 errors in each of his last two seasons at Youngstown State and doesn't have great range, which may force him to move across the diamond to first base as a professional.

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

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