Yankees 2013 25th round draft pick: Jordan Floyd

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25th Round, 764th Overall: Jordan Floyd, LHP, Shawnee Heights HS (KS), Bats: Left, Throws: Left, 6-foot-3, 245-pounds

From Baseball America: Bishop Ward High (Kansas City) right hander John Roblez opened 2013 as Kansas’ top prep prospect, but fellow Kansas State recruit Floyd has passed him after reaching the 90′s with his fastball this spring. He’s a 6-foot-4, 245-pounder who was an all-league selection in football as a lineman. He’s just now focusing on baseball and still is learning to pitch, but Floyd shows surprising feel given his inexperience. He usually works at 86-89 mph with his fastball, though his frame portends more velocity to come. His changeup has a chance to be a solid pitch and he has made decent strides with his curveball as well.

MLB.com’s report: Floyd was an honorable mention all-league offensive lineman this fall and is an imposing figure on the mound as well. With his football career now over, he has worked to get his body into baseball shape and is listed at 6-foot-4, 245 pounds. Floyd’s fastball has already seen an uptick in velocity to the upper-80s and he likely will add more velocity as he continues to refine his baseball skills. He also throws a curveball and a changeup, both of which show promise. Floyd is committed to Kansas State.

MY TAKE: I tend to like guys who only started playing baseball later in their young lives. The reason is because if they are already good enough to get drafted while they are still relatively new at the game there is some serious potential for improvement (of course they might just completely flop too). This guy is big and with refined mechanics a mid-90′s fastball isn’t out of the picture. Throw in the fact that he’s a lefty and I like this pick. Hopefully the Yankees sign him.

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