Name: Kyle Roller
School level: SR
For their eighth pick the Yankees took a 22-year-old college senior out of East Carolina, a big slugging type, 6’2″ and 225 lbs., named Kyle Roller.
Here is what Baseball America had to say about him:
Pirates slugger Roller, primarily a DH for the bulk of his career, has a mature body that lacks athleticism. He can hit, though, batting .342 with 10 homers in the Cape Cod League last summer and drawing 61 walks this spring for the Pirates, with 12 more homers. At the least, Roller will be a solid organizational solider in the minors.
I don’t like the idea that the Yankees drafted a DH-type so early in the draft, but he did play first base entirely this season and his bad sounds like a longshot, but a longshot with a lot of potential. He’s already got two seasons worth of an OPS over 1.000 in college and one in Cape Cod. He was also drafted last season by the Athletics in the 47th round.
He’s likely to start in Staten Island, but because of his age and his bat it’s possible, although unlikely, that he could even play in Charleston this year. As a senior he’s almost a sure bet to sign though.
Here is a video of him: