To this point, the Yankees have taken two shortstops, an outfielder, and three lefty college pitchers in this year’s draft. Now, in the sixth round, the Bombers have selected right-handed pitcher Hayden Wesneski from Sam Houston State at 195th overall. He ranked in at 182 on MLB.com and 302nd on Baseball America’s top 500.
Wesneski stands at six-foot-three and 210 pounds. He was a 33rd round pick by the Rays in 2016, but decided to go on to college where he has excelled. The right-hander posted a 3.32 ERA this year with 9.4 K/9. Scouts consider his fastball to be a plus pitch, and he has an average slider and changeup in his arsenal.
As the 195th pick, Wesneski fits in a slot worth approximately $241,000.
Here’s an excerpt from Baseball America’s scouting reports (subscription required) on Wesneski:
“As a lower-slot righthander with average stuff, there’s some thought that Wesneski will respond well to an eventual move to the bullpen, where he could get to the upper registers of his velocity range more often. With a fastball that has plenty of movement and a solid slider, he has the makings of a back-end starter or solid reliever.”
Check out Wesneski in action:
Now we move on to the seventh round, where the Bombers have the chance to continue their quest to add every college pitcher available. What do you think of the Yankees’ choices so far?