Yankees 2013 5th round draft pick: David Palladino


5th Round, 164th Overall: David Palladino, RHP, Howard College (TX), 6-foot-9, 230-pounds, Pick Value: $278,100

MLB.com’s report:¬†Palladino began his college career last year at South Carolina-Upstate and pitched in 10 games before undergoing surgery to repair a tendon in his knee. He then transferred to Howard this season. Palladino’s fastball sits in the low-90s, occasionally touching 95 mph. Because his fastball is mostly straight, it is critical for Palladino to use his 6-foot-9, 230-pound frame to create a good downhill angle. He also throws a changeup, curveball and slider. Despite his size, Palladino has an easy delivery and commands the ball well. He is committed to LSU.

MY TAKE: Palladino is a local guy who somehow is bigger than Dellin Betances. Luckily it sounds like he doesn’t have the mechanical issues that Betances and a lot of bigger guys usually have.¬†He had a 2.18 ERA with 99 strikeouts in 70.1 innings at Howard this year. He was previously drafted by the Dodgers in 2011 but did not sign and he’s currently committed to LSU so we’ll see what happens.

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4 Responses to Yankees 2013 5th round draft pick: David Palladino

  1. Group1scoop says:

    See him in pinstripes, not tiger stripes

  2. gcorcoran says:

    Nice pick, I wonder if they envision him as a starter or reliever.

  3. Lor Ozz says:

    I hope starter…but he may not sign. As a cousin, I think he worth more than 273 grand. More like a 400 grand or don't sign if ya ask me. Lor Ozz

    • gcorcoran says:

      I'd be shocked if the Yankees weren't willing to offer him that. He definitely has leverage given he could just go to LSU this year. That said, he's got two years of college under his belt so if he waits much longer he's not going to have any leverage next season, and walking away from 200 K when next year you'll be lucky to get 50 K doesn't seem like the brightest move.

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