Yankees 2012 16th round draft pick: Stefan Lopez 1

With their 16th round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player draft, the Yankees selected Stefan Lopez, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound, junior out of Southeastern Louisiana University.

Lopez, who just celebrated his 21st birthday on Monday, is coming off an amazing junior year after leading the nation in saves. In 29.1 innigs this season, he posted a 0.61 ERA, 42 strikeouts and just five walks. Behind those numbers he was named to Louisville Slugger’s All-American second team, and was Southland Conference’s Relief Pitcher of the Year. His 20 saves this year and 30 saves overall set the conference single-season and all-time records.

His fastball is said to sit in the 91-92 mph range and touches 94 mph on occasion. He also throws a slider and changeup, but is primarily a one-pitch pitcher.

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