The Yankees selected left-handed pitcher Jeff Degano from Indiana State with the 57th overall pick in the 2015 Draft. Degano is from British Columbia, and worked his way into one of the better pitchers in college baseball this season after missing nearly all of 2013 and 2014 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The 6'4" lefty was ranked third in the state of Indiana and 83rd overall by Baseball America.
Degano has a fastball that sits between 88-92 mph that can hit 95 mph on the radar gun. His gets strikes with with a hard slurve that can run away from lefties, and his changeup is decent but not at all spectacular. The lefty will probably need to really work on his other offerings if he is to make it as a starter at the big league level. Degano lacks a real plus pitch, but he does have three pitches and could improve if he can command them a little better. Should Degano not work out as a starter at the big league level he could find some success as a left-hander in a bullpen in MLB.
It seems as though the Yankees are going for college players with higher floors without the huge upsides that come with more risky picks. They have left some very interesting names on the board while opting for Holder and now Degano, but maybe their plan will become clear as we head into Day 2 of the draft tomorrow.
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