Yankees 2011 2nd Round Draft Pick: Sam Stafford

With their 2nd pick in the amateur draft, the Yankees selected 21-year-old left handed pitcher out of the University of Texas Sam Stafford. 6-4, 190-pounds, he went to Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas.

In 16 games this season, Stafford threw 70.2 innings with a 1.66 ERA, 81 strikeouts, and 40 walks. He was arrested for underage drinking and unlawful use of a driver’s license in May of last year.

He was previously drafted in the 40th round by the Red Sox in the 2008 draft.

WHAT BASEBALL AMERICA SAID:

Lefthander Sam Stafford hasn’t been able to nail down a spot in Texas’ weekend rotation, though not because he lacks stuff. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder hit 96 mph while winning pitcher-of-the-year honors in the California Collegiate League last summer, but he has to dial his fastball down to 90-91 mph to try to find the strike zone. He has good shape to his curveball and doesn’t always locate that pitch where he wants, either. Stafford can be unhittable at times. If he can’t improve his command he’ll be ticketed for the bullpen as a pro.

MY TAKE: Another guy who many could argue is a reach for the Yankees as he was on nobody’s radar this early in the draft. However, a left handed pitcher who can throw up to 96 mph has potential to be pretty special. I’m not scout, but this guy sounds like he has the potential of a no.2 or 3 starter. Not a bad pick, but again, he could potentially have been available in the 3rd round.

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