Yankees 2010 26th Round Draft Pick: Richard James Hively

Name: Richard James Hively
POS: RHP
Ht: 6′2″
Wt: 205
B/T: R/R
DOB: 11-27-88
School level: JC

With their 26th pick in the draft the Yankees went with R.J. Hively out of Santa Ana College which is a junior college. He is a big pitcher who throws a fastball, slider, and a changeup. He also has a commitment to go to Mississippi and is currently playing summer ball.

Here is what Baseball America had to say:

Santa Ana JC has produced many fine players, among them Braves pitching star Kris Medlen. Rigthander Hively, a tall and rangy righthander, may follow in that tradition. He smoothly delivers a 88-89 mph fastball from a frame that promises more velocity in the future.

Here is what MLB.com said about him:

The man who goes by R.J. led Santa Ana with a 3.06 ERA in 21 appearances, including 10 starts. He had committed to continue his career in the SEC at Mississippi.

He sounds promising, but he could be hard to sign. He identifies his slider as his best pitch which leads me to believe if his changeup doesn’t really turn into a big time pitch that he could be a possible bullpen piece.

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