RHP Zachary Nuding is the big right-hander the New York Yankees haven't seen in their rotation since Roger Clemens. At 6'4" and weighing in at 250, Nuding is an imposing Texan who has the big arm to match his physical stature.
Selected by the Yankees in the 30th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Weatherfield College Nuding was named to Baseball America's top 10 summer league prospects. Zach is projected as a starter if he continues to progress through his development.
The 22 year old has a fastball that consistently hits the mid-90's and with his downhill plane provides a good amount of sink to his pitches. Nuding also has a good slider and an improving change-up to give him three major league pitches. Zach made significant strides in his walk rate over the past season, which is why he is projected as a starter, If he regresses or doesn't progress in his development his pitches have enough power to be a short reliever.
Nuding started last season with the Gulf Coast Yankees, but quickly was promoted to Single-A Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League. Zach appeared in 20 games throwing 100 innings posting a 9-3 record and a 3.51 ERA. Nuding allowed only 3 home runs struck out 77 walked 34 and teams hit only .257 against.
If he continues to fast track through the Yankees farm system he could see Major League action by 2014, which would be a welcome addition when all the one-year deals in the rotation will be up.
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