With the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft completed, here’s a look at the nine players the Yankees picked over the last two days. Their first five selections were pitchers (4 college, 1 high school) and the next four selections were position players (all college).
Second Round (55th): Jacob Lindgren, LHP (Mississippi State)
Lindgren was one of the top relievers in the college ranks this season, posting a 0.81 ERA over 26 appearances with 100 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings. That’s a 16.3 K per 9, which is actually higher than the ridiculous pace that Dellin Betances is at this year for the big-league team. He gave up just 23 hits and only one for extra bases.
He has a two plus pitches, a fastball that he throws in the 92-94 mph range and a wipeout slider that goes 82-84 mph. His command is below average (4.1 BB per 9 this season) and he struggles to throw strikes consistently, according to Baseball America. He is projected as a high-leverage left-handed reliever and the Yankees believe that he can rise through the system quickly, perhaps even helping the team late this season.
Third Round (91st): Austin DeCarr, RHP (Salisbury School)
One of the top prep pitchers in the Northeast, DeCarr just completed his postgraduate year at Salisbury and is committed to Clemson. According to Baseball America, his fastball sits at 92-94 with downhill plane and a high three-quarters slot. He also has a hammer curve that has the potential to be a plus pitch. His changeup is below-average and needs work in order for him to end up in a rotation.
Fourth Round (122nd): Jordan Montgomery, LHP (South Carolina)
The ace of the Gamecocks staff, Montgomery had a 3.42 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 100 innings this year against strong competition in the SEC. His fastball is in the 88-92 range but is still effective because of his ability to locate the pitch on the corners. His best pitch is an above-average changeup and he also throws a show-me changeup and cutter. According to Baseball America, he projects as a back-end starter, but as a college pitcher, he should develop quickly and move up the minor-league ranks quickly.
Fifth Round (152nd): Jordan Foley, RHP (Central Michigan)
Foley was actually a 26th round pick of the Yankees in 2011 before he chose to attend Central Michigan, where he became the team’s number one starter last year. Although he pitched exclusive as a starter for the Chippewas, according to Baseball America he projects as a reliever because of his inconsistent delivery. His fastball touches 96 mph and he also has a plus slider which still lacks consistency.
Sixth Round (182nd): Jonathan Holder, RHP (Mississippi State)
Holder posted a 2.13 ERA with 7 saves for the Bulldogs this season, one year after he tied the single-season SEC record with 21 saves in 2013. He is a two-pitch pitcher, with a 89-92 mph fastball and curveball in the 70-73 range. He has plus control, averaging just 2.1 BB per 9 with a 6.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his college career.
Seventh Round (212th): Mark Payton, CF (Texas)
One of the Longhorns’ most productive players, the 5-foot-8 senior is the Big 12 active career leader in total bases, walks, triples, doubles and on-base percentage. Payton has a current streak of 99 consecutive games reaching base safely dating back to last season, which is the longest streak nationally and a Big 12 record. According to Baseball America, he is a solid situational, line-drive hitter but little home run power and projects as a fourth outfielder.
Eighth Round (242nd): Connor Spencer, 1B (UC-Irvine)
Spencer is a “hitting machine” who hit .306 as a freshman, .373 as a sophmore (led the Big West) and .364 as a junior for the Anteaters. He has a smooth left-handed swing and hits well to the opposite field, though with little power. According to Baseball America, he doesn’t profile as an everyday player, but his control of the strike zone should allow him to progress steadily through the minor leagues.
Ninth Round (272nd): Vince Conde, SS (Vanderbilt)
A first-team All-SEC shortstop, Conde started all 63 games for the Commodores this season while hitting .301 with 45 RBI. Conde is a Puerto Rico native but moved to Florida and was a high school teammate of Yankees second-rounder Dante Bichette Jr. at Orangewood Christian (Fla.) High. Baseball America commented on his impressive bat speed and quick hands, though his below-average defense means that he’ll probably end up a second base in the minors.
Tenth Round (302nd): Ty McFarland, 2B (James Madison)
McFarland was an All-CAA player as a senior this season, leading JMU in batting average (.317), slugging percentage (.507), runs scored (47), hits (72), home runs (9), and total bases (115). He attended a pre-draft workout with the Yankees in Tampa and performed well, increasing the likelihood that he would end up being selected by the team.