For their final pick of Day Two of the 2015 MLB Draft, the Yankees went with a promising left-handed pitcher in the 10th round. Taken out of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, the six-foot-two, 175-pounder James Reeves is a senior pick, though he missed much of his 2014 season with an elbow injury. In 2015, he bounced back in a big way by accumulating a 3.69 ERA in 95 innings as a starter, complete with 115 strikeouts, a 10.89 K/9 (19th in the nation) and a 2.65 BB/9. He was awarded the Southern Conference pitcher of the year and Baseball America names him the ninth-best in the conference and 23rd-best in the state.
Coming out of high school, his velocity topped out at around 83 mph, but Reeves saw his velocity jump into the 88-92 mph range, which allowed him to move up into the rotation and become the ace of the staff. According to Aaron Fitt, "he features advanced feel for his slider and an occasional changeup. He has a deceptive low three-quarters delivery and good run on his four-seam fastball." Like first-rounder James Kaprielian, he also pitched a no-hitter this season. On the MLB.com broadcast, Jim Callis said he will likely end up as a power reliever where his velocity will increase and he can focus on his slider. Yankees love guys with big-time sliders. Don't be surprised to see the Yankees give Reeves the chance to start, like they have with Jonathan Holder, so this is not necessarily a reliever pick.