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2014 MLB Draft: New York Yankees Select Pitchers Austin DeCarr, Jordan Montgomery, Jordan Foley in Rounds 3-5

June 6th, 2014 at 3:22 PM
By Douglas Rush

In Day 1 of the 2014 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees selected left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren from Mississippi State in the second round; the 55th overall pick.

In Day 2 of the draft, the Yankees continued their trend of selecting pitchers; as in the third round; the 91st overall pick, the Yankees selected Salisbury High School's Austin DeCarr, right-handed pitcher.

In the fourth round of the draft, the 122nd overall pick, the Yankees selected left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery from the University of South Carolina.

In the fifth round of the draft,, the 152nd overall pick, the Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Jordan Foley from Central Michigan University.

The Yankees appear to be loading up early on young arms for their future. Here was the scouting report on DeCarr, who is also a Clemson University commit:

"While slightly less projectable than his counterparts, the Clemson commit performed well this spring. Even though it's just his second full year of pitching, 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 all three pitches for strikes."

Here is the scouting report on Montgomery from South Carolina, the Yankees fourth round pick:

"Similar to former South Carolina ace Michael Roth, Montgomery pitches above his stuff and has advanced feel 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 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."

Here is the scouting report on Foley from Central Michigan, the Yankees fifth-round pick:

"Strong-armed Texas high schoolers don't usually attend college in the Upper Midwest. Foley took that path, however, in part because his brother attended graduate school at Central Michigan, and his family was moving to Michigan. Now he's a good bet to become the first pitcher from the Wolverine State to go in the first three rounds since Mark Mulder and Matt Thornton were first-rounders in 1998. 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 him 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 still is refining his command."

From the scouting reports, Foley might be the best pick of the three and seems like he has the best overall stuff of the three pitchers. A hard-throwing right-hander who is from Texas and can throw 96 miles per hour sounds an awful lot like Roger Clemens when he was in his prime.

DeCarr sounds like he might not even go to the Yankees, as he has committed to Clemson, in which case, the Yankees lose the rights to him and he can re-enter the draft in three years following college.

Last year, the Yankees had a similar situation when they drafted retired Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte's son, Josh Pettitte in the draft, but he committed to Baylor University.



Tags: Austin DeCarr, Baseball, Jordan Foley, Jordan Montgomery, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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