The 2019 MLB Draft has reached the seventh round. With the 225th overall pick, the Yankees selected Nick Paciorek. A right-handed pitcher from Northwestern, Paciorek stands at six-foot-two and weighs 195 pounds.
The 21-year-old ranked number 192 on MLB.com’s top 200 list, while Baseball America had him at number 229 on their top 500. A converted position player, Paciorek found success on the mound and pitched to a 3.37 ERA across 26.2 innings in 2019.
Here’s some of what MLB Pipeline had to say about him:
Still somewhat of a work in progress on the mound, Paciorek could have two plus offerings once he’s fully developed. His best is an 82-85 mph slider that’s a legitimate strikeout pitch. He usually works at 90-94 mph and can hit 96 with his fastball, with more velocity to come as he gets more experience.
The evaluators see his ceiling as a late-innings reliever, perhaps even a setup man. His repertoire fits in the Yankees’ player-development wheelhouse, so keep an eye on him should he sign. Paciorek’s slot value totals $190,100.