In the final round of today’s MLB draft, the Yankees decided to go with Ty McFarland, a recently graduated infielder from James Madison University. McFarland is 6’2″ and weighs 195 lbs, and is known for being an extremely versatile ball player, having been recognized for many different awards throughout his baseball career.
Prior to JMU, McFarland played for Richie Anderson at Turner Ashby High School, located in Bridgewater, Virginia. Some of his major accomplishments during his high school career include being the 2010 Rockingham County Baseball League Home Run Derby Champion, being named to All-District, All-Region, and All-State as a junior and senior, and was fifth in average (.363) in the RCBL for the Bridgewater Reds in his senior year.
His baseball resume seems to have only gotten stronger as he entered his freshman year at JMU. His last year playing collegiate baseball came to an end recently, but he had an impeccable four years with the Dukes. Each year he won at least 4 major awards, honoring his power at the plate. In his final year, he led the team in batting average (.317), slugging percentage (.507), runs scored (47), hits (72), home runs (9) and total bases (115).
With all of his accomplishments in the box and him being a strong infielder, it looks like the Yankees ended the day on a high note with their 10th round pick. McFarland’s power hitting and athleticism is something that the Yankees can definitely benefit from by adding him into the mix.