Yankees sign ninth-round pick LHP Conner Kendrick
Callis Tweeted the parameters of the deal Thursday afternoon, with the bonus just a shade over $25K below the $140,200 sum allocated for a ninth-round pick.
Kendrick, 20, began his collegiate career in 2010-11 at Georgia Tech before transferring to Northwest Florida State Junior College for his sophomore season, and then moved to Auburn as a junior. Splitting time between starting and relieving, the lefty was 5-3 with a 2.19 ERA in 19 appearances (nine starts), striking out 75 against 29 walks in 80.1 innings pitched.
More on Kendrick, courtesy of his MLB.com scouting report:
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. Callis further Tweeted that Kendrick has a "solid 90-91 (MPH) fastball, short slider, deceptive delivery," and he likely projects as a reliever in the pros.
With Kendrick's signing, the Yankees now have 25 of their 42 draft picks under contract, including 10 of the 12 players chosen in the first 10 "extra bonus pool" rounds; the middle of their three first-rounders, Fresno State OF Aaron Judge, and their seventh-round pick, LSU RHP Nick Rumbelow of LSU, are the only players in that latter group who remain unsigned.