After draft high school pitcher Forrest Whitley, the Houston Astros switch to a college bat. The Astros selected Ohio State outfielder Ronnie Dawson with the No. 61 pick in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
Dawson, a junior, batted .331 (85x257) with 25 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 55 runs scored, 51 RBIs, 21 stolen bases, .419 on-base percentage, and a .611 slugging percentage. He was named First Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Big Ten All-Tournament Team, Big Ten Players to Watch List, No. 8 B1G prospect by D1Baseball, Top 300 College Players by D1Baseball, All-Big Ten Preseason by Perfect Game, No. 4 B1G prospect by Baseball America while he started and appeared in all 62 games in left field during his junior season.
Dawson was named to the Baseball America third team all-american and the Louisville Slugger All-American third team.
Dawson is from Grove City, Ohio. He wasn't drafted in 2013 as he was seen mainly as a football player but he chose baseball for college. His freshman year at The Ohio State University was loud enough to get noticed: .337/.396/.454 as a full-time player and leading his team in both OBP and SLG while stealing 10 bases. His 2015 season wasn't as good: .279/.363/.465 with 16 steals. He went to the Cape Cod League and hit .243/.333/.383 with 10 steals, 14 walks, and 32 strikeouts in 115 at-bats for Orleans. That was enough to keep him in the picture but not quite enough to ease some concerns about his bat.