Yankees go for experience on Day 2 of MLB DraftSeven of eight selections in Rounds 3-10 used on collegiate players
The Yankees' first selection, No. 91 overall in the third round, saw them net Connecticut prep school pitcher Austin DeCarr, but the fourth through tenth rounds all brought collegians to the system -- including a second Mississippi State pitcher in sixth-round RHP Jonathan Holder.
The Yankees will conclude the draft on Saturday, selecting with the 17th pick in rounds 11-40, and you can read more here about top overall pick Jacob Lindgren (who was taken in the second round at No. 55 overall Thursday) and get a capsule profile below on each of the Yankees' eight Friday draft picks.
ROUND 3 (No. 91 overall): RHP Austin DeCarr, Salisbury School (Salisbury, CT)
A 6-foot-3, 19-year-old righty, DeCarr is committed to pitch at Clemson University next year, despite just finishing his second year as a pitcher. He helped lead the Salisbury Crimson Knights to their third straight Western New England League title in his only year at the prep school, and according to MLB.com's draft scouting report, "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."
ROUND 4 (No. 122 overall): LHP Jordan Montgomery, University of South Carolina
Montgomery is a three-year member of the Gamecocks rotation, starting as a freshman on SC's College World Series team and ascending to their Friday night starter in each of the last two years. This past season, his junior campaign, Montgomery was 8-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 16 starts/100 innings pitched, striking out 95 against 29 walks.
Over his three years, he was especially effective in the postseason for the Gamecocks, going 5-0 with a 0.93 ERA and 35 strikeouts (against just three walks) in five starts/38 2/3 innings pitched. According to MLB.com's draft scouting report, Montgomery "doesn't light up any radar guns at 87-91 mph (but) 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."
The Yankees selected LHP Tyler Webb out of South Carolina last year in the 10th round, and Webb has quickly rocketed through the system all the way to Double-A - so the Bombers certainly hope they have another fast-rising stud in Montgomery.
ROUND 5 (No. 152 overall): RHP Jordan Foley, Central Michigan University
For the second time in his life, Foley is a draft pick of the Yankees; he was selected out of The Colony (TX) High School in the 26th round in 2011, but chose to become a Chippewa instead. Three years later, he's a fifth-round pick after a strong junior season at Central Michigan that saw him go 6-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 15 outings as the team's No. 1 starter.
According to MLB.com's draft scouting report, the 20-year-old, 6-foot-3 righty "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. He throws strikes but still is refining his command."
ROUND 6 (No. 182 overall): RHP Jonathan Holder, Mississippi State University
Holder often followed lefty Jacob Lindgren out of the Mississippi State bullpen in 2014, and now he follows him as a draft pick of the New York Yankees.
The 6-foot-2 Holder, who turns 21 on Monday, was one of the most dominant closers in college baseball over his three years. As a sophomore in 2013, he pitched to a 1.65 ERA and set a school record (and tied the SEC record) with 21 saves, earning both first team All-SEC and consensus All-American honors, and in 2014, the preseason All-American was 7-1 with a 2.22 ERA and seven saves in 23 appearances and struck out 71 batters in 52 2/3 innings.
ROUND 7 (No. 212 overall): OF Mark Payton, University of Texas
A four-year starter in the Longhorns' outfield, Payton is the first 2014 Yankees draft pick to have exhausted his amateur eligibility. He's also the first to still be playing, as Texas is set for a Super Regional showdown with the University of Houston this weekend for a berth in the College World Series.
Payton, a righty batter/righty thrower, has played in all 60 of Texas' games heading into the Super Regional, hitting .318 with a team-leading 36 RBI and 19 steals in 20 attempts. He was a Big 12 All-Freshman team selection in 2011, a second team All-Big 12 choice as a sophomore in 2012 (when he hit .322 and did not record an error), and was a unanimous first team All-Big 12 choice in 2013 after hitting .393 (good for 12th in the nation) with a .483 on-base percentage and .545 slugging percentage of .545.
ROUND 8 (No. 242 overall): 1B Connor Spencer, UC-Irvine
Like seventh-round pick Payton, the lefty-hitting/righty-throwing Spencer is still playing, as UC-Irvine will face Oklahoma State in an NCAA Super Regional this weekend.
The 6-foot-2 junior was a second-team All-Big West selection last year after leading the league with a .373 batting average, and he was voted a preseason first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association this year. He has so far lived up to the hype, starting all 61 of the Anteaters' games heading into the Super Regional and batting .364 while leading the team in hits (84), doubles (15), RBI (43), and stolen bases (7). He was also named the Most Outstanding Player of this year's Corvallis Regional, hitting .400 with five RBI in four games to help UC-Irvine top national No. 1 seed Oregon State and advance to the Super Regional.
ROUND 9 (No. 272 overall): SS Vince Conde, Vanderbilt University
Someone has to take Derek Jeter's spot in the Bronx after this year, and Vince Conde - who will lead Vanderbilt into NCAA Super Regional play against Stanford this weekend - is the latest possibility to be thrown into the mix, something that surely thrills the Oviedo, Florida native who grew up a Yankees fan according to his school bio.
Conde, a right-handed hitting junior, was a three-year starter for the Commodores who moved from third base to shortstop early in the 2013 season. This year, Conde earned first-team All-SEC honors and has hit .301 with four homers and 45 RBI and posted a .983 fielding percentage through the Commodores' first 63 games heading into the Super Regional.
ROUND 10 (No. 302 overall): 2B Ty McFarland, James Madison University
After nabbing a shortstop in Round 9, the Yankees used their final pick of Day 2 to nab a second baseman in McFarland, who spent the last four years playing for head coach and father Joe "Spanky" McFarland in Harrisonburg.
A lefty-hitting senior, McFarland is the first-ever Yankees draftee from JMU, and he had quite the career with the Dukes; he started it by earning a CAA All-Rookie selection and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors in 2011 and ended with a first-team All-CAA selection in 2014, marking his third appearance on the All-CAA roll.
A career .315 hitter and four-year starter for the Dukes, McFarland led JMU in batting average (.317), slugging percentage (.507), runs scored (47), hits (72), home runs (9), and total bases (115) this spring, finishing in the conference Top 10 in the latter four categories.