Name: Preston Claiborne
School level: SR
In the 17th round the Yankees selected another pitcher out of Tulane, this time it was righty reliever Preston Claiborne. Claiborne was drafted by the Pirates in the 23rd round of the 2006 draft. He throws a fastball, changeup, and slider and his nickname in college was Joba after Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain. Being that he is a senior he should be an easy sign and should pitch in Staten Island this year.
Baseball America didn’t write anything about him, but here is a blurb I found about him on Tulane’s website:
Claiborne has been one of the main cogs in the Tulane bullpen over the past four seasons, ending his career with the fourth most appearances (84) in school history. He appeared in 20+ games during three of his four seasons at Tulane, with a career best 28 coming during his rookie season, and collected ten saves to rank tied for seventh on the all-time charts. He held opposing batters to a .260 in his career and struck out 163 batters in 157.2 innings of work.
The right-hander compiled an 8-7 record with his seven saves over 84 appearances and was a part of eight combined shutouts during his years on campus. He allowed 158 hits in just as many innings and his 9.30 strikeouts per nine innings ranks 13th in school history.