Name: Conor Mulee
School level: SR
In the 24th round of the draft it sounds like the Yankees got something of a project in RHP Conor Mullee. Out of St. Peter’s in New Jersey, Mullee was predominantly an infielder in college, but the Yankees selected him as a pitcher because of his raw arm that reaches up to 94 MPH. He’s already a senior which means that unlike a raw high school prospect he has much less time to reach his potential.
“My best pitch is my fastball,” said Mullee. “I feel I have an advantage when I’m on the mound, since I have been a hitter. I know what a hitter is thinking in most counts.”
Here is what Baseball America had to say about him:
Mullee started all of the Peacocks’ 205 games in the infield and posted his best offensive season as a senior this spring, hitting .325 with eight homers and 16 stolen bases in 16 tries. But scouts are interested him as a pitcher, though he has made just seven career appearances (all this year), posting a 10.50 ERA. The 6-foot-3, 183-pounder flashed 93-94 mph heat in a tryout camp last year, and scouts who saw him this spring say he worked at 90-91 late in the season, though he threw harder in previous outings. He’ll get drafted as a senior sign with arm strength, but he’ll be a project, because he lacks feel for pitching, control and command. He’ll need to improve his slurvy slider, too.
Here is what MLB.com had to say:
A long-time admirer of Derek Jeter, this shortstop-turned-pitcher is a bit more of a project. Mullee split time between the two positions during his senior year with the Peacocks, posting a 10.50 ERA on the mound and a .325 average with a team-leading 45 RBIs at the plate. He played in all 205 games of his four-year career at St. Peter’s.
Another Yankee fan, this draft has been full of them. Mullee has already signed a deal and, like most of the draftees out of college, he should start in Staten Island.