The Yankees dipped into the high school talent pool and selected right-handed pitcher Matt Sauer with the No. 54 pick out of Ernest Righetti High School near Santa Clara, California. Sauer is committed to play baseball at the University of Arizona, so the Yankees have the flexibility to offer him a hefty signing bonus above the $1.2 million his slot typically carries.
He is described as having “premium velocity,” sitting mostly between 91 and 95 mph. MLB.com’s scouting report also mentions that he hit 97 mph a few times in the spring. He throws a “nasty” slider from a three-quarters arm slot as an effective secondary pitch. He still has a ways to go on his changeup, but as a high school arm, he will have plenty of time to develop it.
Some scouts see him as a potential power-reliever, but could start if he refines his arsenal. His future role is definitely hard to project, but the 6’4″ hurler certainly would bring a high ceiling with him to the Yankees organization.
The Yankees selected fellow right-handed pitcher Clarke Schmidt with the No. 16 overall pick out of the University of South Carolina earlier tonight. Schmidt’s stock was down prior to the draft because of an oblique injury and recent Tommy John surgery. The Yankees will probably lower his signing bonus in order to convince Sauers to spur in Arizona in favor of professional baseball.