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MLB Draft 2016: Yankees select RHP Nick Nelson 128th overall

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In the fourth round of the draft, the Yankees took right-handed pitcher Nick Nelson from Gulf Coast Community College, 128th overall. He is listed at 325th overall on Baseball America's top 500 list and 38th in the state of Florida, making him a bit of a reach here. Nelson was previously drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 31st round of the 2014 MLB Draft, but obviously did not sign.

After deciding to go to junior college for the 2015 season, Nelson pitched to a 2.96 ERA in 24.1 innings over seven appearances, six of which were starts. In 2016, he he's had a 4.48 ERA over 15 starts in 90.1 innings, working a 99/38 K/BB ratio. As a two-way player, he led his team in both innings and at-bats as a first baseman, but his future is expected to be on the mound. The 20-year-old is currently committed to the University of Florida, so this might be the Yankees' attempt to lure him away from fulfilling his commitment.

Listed at six-foot-one, he isn't very tall, but Baseball America notes that he has a strong frame with solid arm strength. He currently sits in the low 90s with his fastball, and pairs that offering with a promising breaking ball. They consider him to be a future reliever, but it's possible the Yankees give him a chance in the rotation, like they have done with many of their recent draft picks, including Jonathan Holder and Chance Adams.