With the 247th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Connor Van Hoose out of Bucknell University. This continues the team’s trend of selecting righty arms on day two of the draft.
Van Hoose checks in at six-foot-one and 175 pounds. Interestingly enough, he went unranked both by Baseball America and MLB.com. That makes this pick something of a wild card.
The 22-year-old had a strong regular season, going 8-4 with a 2.36 ERA. He also tossed a no-hitter in April against Lehigh University. Van Hoose developed a reputation for being a workhorse, throwing six complete games on the year.
He primarily works with a fastball, curveball, and slider. Van Hoose added a changeup recently, and spent the last year refining the pitch. You can listen him talk about his approach below:
The value for the 247th pick is $159,800. This could be a spot where the Yankees get an under-slot signing. As a graduating senior who didn’t crack the top 500 eligible prospects list, Van Hoose doesn’t have a whole lot of leverage.