Yankees 2012 14th round draft pick: Andrew Benak

With their 14th round draft pick of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player draft, the Yankees selected Andrew Benak, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound right handed pitcher out of Rice.

A 22-year-old Junior, Benak underwent Tommy John Surgery his senior year of high school and then was plagued with injuries throughout most of his career at Rice. His sophomore year he needed surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow. He finally got healthy this season and put together an impressive season. In 66.2 innings he had a 2.70 ERA, 72 strikeouts, and 18 walks.

His college coach explained that his “devastating” changeup is what made him so effective this year.

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