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Yankees sign three post-draft collegiate free agents

Two pitchers and a catcher added to draft haul
06/12/2014 12:21 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Liberty's Matt Marsh pitches during the seventh inning of a game against Bucknell.(AP)
The New York Yankees announced Thursday that in addition to officially signing nine of their 39 picks from last week's MLB Draft, they have added three early post-draft collegiate free agent signings as well: USC catcher Jake Hernandez, Wright State University RHP Travis Hissong, and Liberty University RHP Matt Marsh.

Hernandez, who listed Derek Jeter as his biggest sports hero on his official school bio, was previously a 22nd-round draft pick by the Tigers out of high school in 2010 but chose to attend USC. He started 111 of his 156 games played over his four years with the Trojans, hitting .273 overall, and this season, he hit a team-high .327 with 20 RBI in 50 games as the primary catcher.

Hissong was 2-3 with a 4.23 ERA in seven starts for Wright State this season, pitching 44 2/3 innings and striking out 39. Over four years with the Raiders, he was 8-6 over 48 appearances (10 starts), pitching 107 2/3 innings and striking out 114.

Marsh, who was a redshirt senior at Liberty, was 2-0 with a 0.46 ERA and three saves in 20 relief appearances for the Flames this season, striking out 51 (against just nine walks) in 39 innings. Overall, in parts of three seasons at Liberty, he made 33 relief appearances, pitching to a 1.53 ERA in 64 2/3 innings and striking out 77.

Prior to joining the Flames in 2012, Marsh was a junior college stud, going 4-2 with a 3.75 ERA in 24 appearances and striking out 64 over 60 innings for a Chipola (FL) College squad that won the Florida State Championship and participated in the JUCO World Series. He had started his collegiate career at Austin Peay in 2010, going 1-2 with a 6.54 ERA in 26 appearances for the Governors and striking out 28 in 31 2/3 innings.

No assignments were announced with the signings, but Hissong's brother Tweeted a picture of Travis in a Staten Island uniform on Wednesday night, and it is likely that Marsh and Hernandez will be headed there as well.

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