Yankees 2013 17th round draft pick: Hever Bueno

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17th Round, 524th Overall: Hever Bueno, RHP, Westwood HS (AZ), Bats: Right, Throws: Right, 6-foot-1, 175-pounds

A high school shortstop who also pitched and was named PItcher of the Year this season. The word on him is that he’s grown a lot recently, but there isn’t a lot on him other than that. He’s only the second pitcher the Yankees took out of high school in this draft (the other was first rounder Ian Clarkin).

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5 Responses to Yankees 2013 17th round draft pick: Hever Bueno

  1. Michael says:

    This kid started at SS as a freshman when my oldest son played at Westwood. He was not very big then and was a really slow base runner, but, he could hit pretty well and had a nice arm at SS for a young kid. Fast forward a couple years…. this year I saw him again and even though he is still a very slow runner, he is now 6’1” and may still be growing. More importantly, he learned to pitch and was consistently hitting low 90s on the fastball with a decent off-speed curve ball. I had heard that the Yankees had been scouting him heavily and I saw several scouts with radar guns behind home plate the last game of the year when they played at the Cubs spring training filed by my house. It will be interesting to see if he can put on some weight and get some leg strength to maybe increase his velocity to mid 90’s or higher.

  2. Exactly Michael. That's why teams draft kids like this who have only had relatively modest success in their young careers because of projectability. He sounds like a very lanky kid who might very well still be growing. Perhaps they see him 3-4 years down the line filling out and becoming a decent pitcher. Unfortunately a lot of times guys like this go to college instead because they're not physically ready for a full professional season. We'll have to wait and see.

    • Mark says:

      Unfortunately, they go to college? Unfortunately?? For many of these kids, access to a higher education is why they are pursuing sports at a higher level… or should be anyway. :) Agreed … it would be nice to see all these local kids go as far as they can, but help with an education is also nice. :)

  3. Dave Glick says:

    My son played club ball with Hever when they were younger and this couldn't happen to ma better kid and family. It will turn out to be a good pick for the Yankees who won't find a harder worker. Easy guy to root for and hope he has much success.

  4. Tom O'Brien says:

    His Father, also Hever is a very hard working concrete finisher. He helped me poor the concrete for a batting cage we built for the boys many years ago. I have know him since T-ball with my son Cody in Westwood Little league.They were on opposing teams until both boys played for the Chandler Blacksox club team when they were 9,10, 11 and 12. We won the American League division of the Winter Nationals during their 10 U season. Hever is a very pleasant polite quite young man. He always has a smile and I would say was one of the most well behaved young men on any team I saw him play for. Congratulations Hever! Tell your dad I said Hi.