Round 11, Pick 337: RHP Tanner Myatt
Florence-Darlington Tech (SC), 6’7, 220 lbs
Used out of the bullpen and rotation, Myatt put up a 3.76 ERA in 26.1 innings for the Stingers. Before the season, Baseball America ranked him as the 21st-best talent to come out of junior college in this draft class.
Round 12, Pick 367: RF Matt Pita
Virginia Military Institute, 5’10, 175 lbs
Pita played the infield and outfield in college, but considering he was drafted specifically as a right fielder, it’s clear where the Yankees see his future being. He dreamed of becoming a football player, but a concussion he suffered in high school ended that career, and he focused on baseball instead. Pita brings a mix of power and speed after hitting .389/.459/.721 with 14 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 2018. Coming from a military school, he will have to commit time to the military before playing pro ball.
Round 13, Pick 397: RHP/INF Isaiah Pasteur
George Washington University, 6’2, 185 lbs
Drafted as a pitcher, Pasteur has seen more success at the plate. He was forced to sit out his junior season after transferring from Indiana to GWU, but 2018 was a big year for him. Pasteur pitched to a 3.45 ERA in 28.2 innings, while also hitting .341/.405/.600 with 10 home runs, 30 stolen bases, and a conference-leading seven triples as a senior. He was named both Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year.
Round 14, Pick 427: 3B Kyle Gray
West Virginia University, 5’10, 175 lbs
Gray is a left-handed power hitter, slugging .374/.462/.677 with 15 home runs and 10 stolen bases in his junior year. Not just a hacker, he has also shown discipline at the plate with 34 walks against 41 strikeouts. Gray has been a leader for the Mountaineers, and has made adjustments to his approach at the plate that put him in the spotlight.
Round 15, Pick 457: RHP Nick Ernst
Miami University of Ohio, 6’3, 195 lbs
Ernst missed most of the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but in three years at Miami University, he has maintained a 2.91 ERA in just over 100 innings as a starter and reliever. He throws his fastball in the mid-90s out of the bullpen with a loopy breaking ball and was expected to play a big role in the team’s rotation this season.
Round 16, Pick 487: RHP Derek Craft
University of Texas - San Antonio, 6’8, 220 lbs
Craft took a huge step in 2018, going from a forgettable college pitcher to an outstanding closer. He pitched to a 1.89 ERA in 52 innings throwing in the mid-90s, but truly stood out thanks to his 10.6 K/9 compared to a 1.87 BB/9.
Round 17, Pick 517: RHP Barrett Loseke
University of Arkansas - Fayettesville, 6’0, 172 lbs
Loseke pitched to a 3.35 ERA in 40 innings with an outstanding 11.38 K/9 this year, but late seasons struggles seriously hurt his stock. The Razorbacks basically sat him the last few weeks of the season thanks to control issues that left him with a BB/9 of over 5.0, which has been a recurring issue in his career. However, he benefitted from performing well on the biggest stage. Loseke was named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and SEC Pitcher of the Week in the month of April.
Round 18, Pick 537: C Alex Guerrero
Eagle High School (ID), 6’0, 180 lbs
Guerrero is a bat-first catcher with quick hands and an all-fields approach from the left side of the plate. He is still considered to be a solid defender behind the plate, but it has been suggested that he would move to the outfield if he decides to attend Washington in the fall. Guerrero hit .413/.532/.682 with three home runs in his senior year to make First Team Southern Idaho Conference as the starting catcher.
Round 19, Pick 567: CF Alex Junior
Tennessee Tech University, 5’10, 188 lbs
The left-handed hitting Junior served as a table setter for the Golden Eagles, hitting .326/.458/.494 in his junior season. He has seemingly traded speed for power as he hit a career-high seven home runs with a career-low three stolen bases this year. Most interesting is his discipline at the plate, which produced a ratio of 49 walks to 50 strikeouts.
Round 20, Pick 597: RHP Marcus Evey
Tennessee Tech University, 5’10, 175 lbs
Clearly liking what they saw at Tennessee Tech, the Yankees also took starting pitcher Marcus Evey, who pitched to a 4.04 ERA in 71 innings. What they liked was his team-leading 81 strikeouts (10.2 K/9) with a solid 3.28 BB/9. Evey can throw in the mid-90s, though his fastball usually sits 91-91 mph. Interestingly, he pitches exclusively out of the stretch, so that will be something to watch and see if he continues to do that in pro ball.