After going with a pair of hitters to start off their draft, the Yankees used their third and final pick on Beck Way, a 20-year-old right-handed pitcher from Northwest Florida. Way had arrived at the Florida junior college from a D-2 school in Pennsylvania and had committed to transfer to LSU, a commitment the Yankees will have to convince him to forego.
Baseball America labeled Way the top junior college prospect in the class, having popped up with a standout performance in the Cape Cod League last summer, one in which he struck out 18 batters in 13.2 innings. The 6-foot-4 Way sports a solid fastball with mid-to-low 90s velocity, to go along with a solid changeup and a slider.
Having spent the 129th overall pick on Way, the Yankees appear to have found a pretty good value, at least according to most public big boards. BA pegged Way the 85th-best prospect in the draft, FanGraphs listed him 80th, and The Athletic’s Keith Law ranked him 83rd.
Here’s a quick video that showcases Way’s delivery:
Just like that, the Yankees’ draft is over. They came away with Way, catcher Austin Wells, and outfielder Trevor Hauver. What do you think of their hyper-abbreviated draft?