9th Round, 284th Overall: Conner Kendrick, LHP, Auburn, 6-foot, 195-pounds, Pick Value: $140,200, BA Pre-draft Rank: 313
MLB.com’s report: Kendrick began his college career at Georgia Tech before transferring to Northwest Florida State Junior College for his sophomore season. He moved on to Auburn this year and split time between the bullpen and the rotation. Kendrick throws his fastball in the upper-80s with good movement. He commands his changeup and curveball well and both have the potential to be Major League-average offerings. Kendrick has some deception to his delivery, which helps his stuff play up. He earns praise for his poise and aggressiveness on the mound.
MY TAKE: Kendrick pitched as both a starter and a reliever in college so it will be interesting to see where the Yankees go with him. He had a 2.13 ERA with 75 strikeouts and 29 walks in 80.1 innings at Auburn this season. A decent college arm, the Yankees haven’t grabbed a lot of pitching in this draft so far compared to recent years.
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