Name: Martin Viramontes
School level: SO
In the 27th round the Yankees took another signability guy out of Loyola Marymount University named Martin Viramontes. He’s a Scott Boras client and has struggled with consistency and health. Because of that his numbers in college were never really outstanding despite what seems like strong tools. This will make him a hard sign because Boras is going to look for money that he probably doesn’t deserve at this point. If the Yankees do manage to sign him they would have guy who profiles as a reliever with pretty strong potential.
He’s already been through one draft, he was drafted by the Angels in the 11th round of the 2007 draft, and failed to sign.
Here is what Baseball America said about him:
Loyola Marymount rigthander Martin Viramontes is an imposing physical specimen whose results have yet to equal his ability. His power fastball sits at 92-94 mph and often peaks at 95-96, and he adds a curveball and changeup with splitter action. Both of those offerings have potential, but Viramontes throws only about 20 percent of his curves for a strikes. He has never performed at a consistent level, with his career interrupted by an elbow injury in 2009 that forced him to take a medical redshirt after pitching six innings. Viramontes went 4-7, 7.53 this season and gave up 39 extra-base hits (including eight home runs) in 72 innings. Most of his struggles can be traced to mechanical issues. He can’t find a consistent arm slot, affecting both the command and velocity of his pitches. He’s advised by Boras Corp. and could be a tough sign. Viramontes could easily evolve into a closer, particularly if he solves his command issues.
Here is what MLB.com said about him:
Viramontes started three games in 2009 before an injury caused him to be red-flagged for the season. He was selected in the 11th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim but did not sign.
MLB.com also had this:
Three years ago, Viramontes was an 11th-round selection of the Angels. He struggled with shoulder injuries during his college career, however, and went 4-7 with a 7.53 ERA as a redshirt sophomore for the Lions this past season.