With their second pick in this year’s draft, the New York Yankees selected 19-year-old Austin DeCarr. DeCarr is a 6’2, 211 pound right hander out of the Salisbury School in Connecticut. He is the number 68 prospect on Baseball America’s Top 500 list on their draft preview. You can never have too much pitching in the system and the Yankees seemed to have find themselves a talented high-school pitcher with this pick.
According to Perfect Game America, the Foxboro, Massachusetts native has a plus on his fastball, reaching an apex of 95 miles per hour on his fastball at a Perfect Game Showdown matchup earlier this year. An interesting tidbit about this piece comes from MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo, who mentioned that DeCarr’s pitching coach, Matt Blake, is an associate scout in the Yankees’ organization.
He did commit to Clemson University back in August, so it will be interesting to see what DeCarr chooses to do for his next steps in baseball. There are some red flags for the young pitcher. DeCarr had bone spurs in his throwing arm after his sophomore season, which caused him to miss some of his junior season in 2012.
After graduating from Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts, DeCarr spent one season at the famed Salisbury School in Connecticut. The question according to this piece from Brendan C.Hall of ESPN Boston, is whether or not he will sign with the Yankees or stick with his commitment to go back to Clemson:
“Right now, DeCarr says he is “very committed” to Clemson, saying he has the “utmost respect” for head coach Jack Leggett and pitching coach Dan Pepicelli. But being a sandwich-round pick — or even, dare we say, a late first-round pick — could change the complexion of things. ”
Here is some footage of DeCarr in action, courtesy of MLB.com: