February 18, 2023

Black History Month: Ronnie Dawson


Ronnie Dawson, a Grove City, Ohio native, had a decorated career for the Buckeyes as the starting left fielder from 2014-16.  

As a freshman in 2014, Dawson excelled. He was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and was a Perfect Game Second Team Freshman All-American. He also earned Second Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors.  

He started in all 55 games in left field as a sophomore in 2015 and was named to the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list. Dawson led the Buckeyes that season with 20 multi-hit games.  

As a junior in 2016, Dawson helped the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Championship title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. He was a First Team All-Big Ten selection, Big Ten All-Tournament Team honoree and was selected as the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player. He finished the season in the top 10 in 11 different Big Ten batting categories and became the first Buckeye to have at least 40 doubles, 20 homeruns and 40 stolen bases in their career.  

Following his junior season in Columbus, Dawson was drafted by the Houston Astros in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft. He was the 61st overall pick.  

After playing at various levels in the minor leagues for five years, Dawson was called up to the majors for the first time in his career on April 14, 2021, and made his MLB debut that same night as the Astros’ designated hitter against the Detroit Tigers, picking up his first hit in The Show.