Name: Gabe Encinas
School level: HS
With their sixth pick in the draft the Yankees went back to high school when they selected a tall, 6’4″ and 200 lbs., right handed pitcher in Gabe Encinas. Still 18 years old, he seems like he has a real live arm. If he can add a few MPH to his velocity the Yankees might really have something here.
This is what Baseball America had to say about him:
Between showcase events last summer and fall and the spring season, Encinas boosted his stock significantly by improving his conditioning and mechanics. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he now looks the part of the classic lanky and projectable high school righthander. His stuff didn’t significantly improve, but he can maintain it deep into starts now. Encinas delivers a fastball that sits comfortably in the 90-92 mph range, and he shows a nice feel for mixing in a crisp curveball and changeup, which is probably the best changeup among Southern California prepsters. With smooth mechanics and an advanced feel for pitching, Encinas does an excellent job of mixing pitches, speeds and locations, and altering pitch sequences from at-bat at-bat. The large flock of scouts who started following Encinas this spring–particularly in games against top prospects Angelo Gumbs and Austin Wilson–did not seem to faze him. He profiles as a mid-rotation starter, and a future bump in velocity could even improve that outlook. He’s committed to Loyola Marymount.
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Signing him might be the biggest issue as he already has a college commitment, but word is he’s a big Yankees fan so it probably won’t be too hard to convince him to sign.