So far today, the Yankees have selected two outfielders and two right-handed pitchers. With their seventh round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Yankees picked Daniel Bies 217th overall out of Gonzaga. The right-handed pitcher was ranked 278 on Baseball America’s Top 500 list and failed to crack MLB.com’s Top 200 list.
Bies represents the Yankees’ third right-handed pitcher of the day. In the previous round, they selected six-foot-six RHP Rodney Hutchison, but Bies is somehow even larger at six-foot-eight and 245 pounds. He underwent Tommy John surgery during high school, then redshirted during his first year of college. Scouts like the plane of his delivery, given his height, and the fact that he has increased his strikeouts year after year. Bies has a mid-90s fastball and his breaking ball is considered to be above-average. There are some questions about his ability to stick in the rotation, but he could be dominant out of the bullpen.
Looks like the Yankees are sticking to their philosophy of stockpiling tall, hard-throwing pitchers. What do you think of this selection?