This week I thought we could take a look at one of the prospects that ranks on most, if not all, top Yankee prospect lists, but is still a relatively big unknown for the Yankees. Austin DeCarr was drafted by the Yankees in the third round of last year's Draft, however, he has only appeared in a handful of rookie league games and was one of the many Yankees' pitching prospects to go under the knife and have Tommy John surgery this year. Name: Austin DeCarr Position: Pitcher DOB: March 14, 1995 Height: 6'3" Weight: 215 Bats: Right Throws: Right
DeCarr hails from Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Xaverian High in 2013 before attending Salisbury in Connecticut for a post-grad year. DeCarr was set to attend Clemson, but after the Yankees drafted him with the 91st pick and offered him a million dollar bonus, well over slot, he signed and got his professional career underway.
The big righty went undrafted when he graduated from high school, but he put together some impressive numbers in Salisbury and quickly rocketed onto many people's radars. He made eleven appearances in the Gulf Coast League, for a total of 23.1 innings. DeCarr gave up thirteen runs (twelve earned) for a 4.63 ERA, but he only allowed one homer and just seven walks (giving him a 2.70 BB/9) while striking out 24 (for a SO/9 of 9.26). Unfortunately, Tommy John surgery has slowed the young hurler's progress, and it will likely be a couple years before he gets to full season baseball.
DeCarr's repertoire consists of a hard four-seam fastball, a hard curveball and is developing a serviceable changeup. The fastball projects to be an above average to plus big league pitch. DeCarr has managed to add some velocity to it, hitting the low 90s, but as high as 97. It's possible, given his youth and large frame, that DeCarr will continue to add power to his fastball. His control and movement are solid as well.
The curve is DeCarr's signature pitch. It is already considered a plus pitch by many and he has managed to add some velocity to that as well, hitting the low-eighties at times. This is his go-to strikeout pitch and has the potential to be a pretty lethal weapon for the pitcher. He commands the pitch well, throwing it in the dirt for a swing and miss, or hitting the strike zone. The changeup continues to be a work in progress, but it has come along some already. He is very inconsistent with it, but shows potential for a passable or even above average offering in the future.
Decarr's pitching isn't the only reason the Yankees like the young hurler. Not only does his pitching seem mature for a kid who is almost coming right out of high school, but his makeup and demeanor has added to his value. He is confident and competitive, which a professional demeanor and incredible work ethic. Not only does he have the tools to be a big league pitcher, but DeCarr appears to have the drive to do what it takes to beat the odds and make it to the big time. Hopefully, he can stay healthy and we will get to watch him make his journey.