It was day two of the MLB Drafts and the Yankees once again drafted the young talent hoping to make it into The Show. Here were the picks from Day 2 of the 2014 MLB Draft.
With the 91st selection overall, the New York Yankees drafted RHP Austin DeCarr from Salisbury School in Connecticut. Here’s a small sample of his scouting report from MLB At-Bat.
DeCarr is more advanced than many with more consistent pitchability. He’ll pitch at 92-93 mph, but can reach back for 95 mph when he needs it. His curveball shows flashes of being a plus offering, and his changeup gives him the chance to have a very effective three-pitch mix. He can throw a all three pitches for strikes. A fresh arm in a durable frame is an intriguing combination. While DeCarr may not have the ceiling of some high school pitchers in his class, his stuff and poise should interest many teams in the first few rounds.
With the 122nd overall pick, the Yankees drafted LHP Jordan Montgomery from the University of South Carolina. Here’s his scouting report via MLB At-Bat
Similar to former South Carolina ace Michael Roth, Montgomery pitches above his stuff and has advanced feet for his craft. He cracked the Gamecocks’ rotation as a freshman and starred at the College World Series, and he has succeeded Roth as the team’s top starter in the past two seasons. Montgomery throws harder than Roth, but he doesn’t light up any radar guns at 87-91 mph. His fastball is effective nonetheless because it has run and sink and he’s able to spot it where he wants. it sets up his best pitch, his changeup, and he also mixes in cutters and curveballs. Montgomery is a quality athlete for his size and has a fluid delivery, which allows him to fill the strike zone with ease. His ceiling is limited to a No. 4 or 5 starter, but he’s a good bet to reach it.
With the 152nd overall selection, the Yankees drafted RHP Jordan Foley from Central Michigan. Here is his scouting report via MLB At-Bat.
A Yankees 26th-round pick in 2011, Foley struggled as a freshman before becoming the Chippewas No. 1 starter and starring in the Cape Cod League last year. He built on that momentum this spring, maintaining his 90-96 mph fastball deep into games. His slider generates swing and misses but still lacks consistency. Foley’s changeup features some deception and sink, but his nascent splitter could be an even more effective third pitch. His strong build should give hik the durability required of a starter, though his high arm slot allows hitters to pick up his pitches more easily than scouts would like. He throws strikes but is still refining his command.
With the 182nd overall pick, the Yankees drafted RHP Jonathan Holder from Mississippi State. There’s no scouting report on him, but MLB.com did say he’s a tall, heavy built pitcher who’s stuff isn’t extremely overpowering.
With the 212th overall pick, the Yankees drafted CF Mark Payton from the University of Texas. According to MLB.com, he doesn’t have the speed to man center field and it will be questionable if he’ll play CF his whole career. However, scouts have seen him and they love the way he plays baseball.
With the 242nd overall pick, the Yankees drafted 1B Connor Spencer from UC Irvine. MLB.com said Spencer didn’t go higher in the draft due to him being a line drive hitter. He can hit, but don’t expect much power from his bat.
With the 272nd overall pick, the Yankees drafted SS Vince Conde from Vanderbilt University. According to MLB.com he has a good defensive glove but the main concern with Conde is his range and his power.
With the 302nd overall pick and the final pick from Day 2 of the MLB draft, the Yankees drafted 2B Ty McFarland from James Madison University. McFarland is coming off his best season yet his senior year, and he’s a guy that gets on base; he has more walks than strikeouts. A little tidbit, his father is the coach of the baseball team at James Madison University.
There are your draft picks from Round 3 to Round 10. The 2014 MLB Draft will continue tomorrow afternoon where I will bring you the rest of the Yankees draft picks. In the meantime, if you want to see everyone the Yankees drafted so far, Robert Pimpsner from Pinstriped Prospects has an awesome draft tracker on his website which makes it really easy to follow along.