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Central Michigan’s Lockwood-Powell Signs with Los Angeles Dodgers

Central Michigan catcher Griffin Lockwood-Powell signed a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers as an undrafted free agent on Friday.

The Sioux Falls, South Dakota native played a total of 156 games for the Chippewas and currently holds the single-season RBI record with 74 which he set in 2019.

In 2019 Lockwood-Powell was also named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team and earned the MAC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player Award after hitting a .545 batting average, with a home run, double and six RBI in CMU’s three-game run to the MAC title.

He also ranks in the program’s top 10 for career runs batted in.

Lockwood-Powell was named to the All-MAC First Team as a redshirt freshman designated hitter in 2018.

As the clean-up hitter in 2020, he started all 17 games playing both catcher and first base before the season was shut down. He went undrafted in the 2020 MLB Draft and turned down undrafted free agent contracts to return for the 2021 season.

Lockwood-Powell suffered a broken thumb this year, causing him to miss a month of the season. In the NCAA tournament, he went 6-for-16 with two home runs and three RBI.

He finished his collegiate career with 19 home runs and 138 RBI with a .313 batting average.

He also joins former Chippewa Zach McKinstry who is in his second year with the major league organization as an infielder for the Dodgers after being taken in the 33rd round of the 2016 draft.