Day two of the MLB Draft is up and running, and the Yankees have made their fourth-round pick. New York selected Jake Agnos 135th overall. Agnos is a 5-foot-11, 207 pound left-handed pitcher from East Carolina University.
MLB.com ranked Agnos at number 155 on their top 200 list, while Baseball America listed him at 143rd prospect on their top 500 catalog. The southpaw logged 90 innings for the ECU Pirates, pitching to a 2.00 ERA. He sports a career 2.97 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.
Here’s a snippet from the MLB Pipeline scouting report:
Agnos is just 5-foot-11 but produces 88-93 mph fastballs and tops out at 95 with a combination of arm speed and an effortful delivery. His best pitch is his curveball, a plus offering in the upper 70s with 12-6 break when at its best. He also can display a decent changeup but struggles with his feel for the pitch. Agnos’ size, mechanics and inconsistent command have him pointed to the bullpen in pro ball.
The selection of Agnos is interesting for two reasons. First, it shows the Yankees are doubling down on players named Jake in this year’s draft. More seriously, however, he’s the type of pitcher who can move quickly in the system. The Yankees have had great success of late turning college arms into legitimate bullpen weapons.