With their 5th Round pick (152nd overall), the New York Yankees selected another pitcher, as they take right-handed pitcher Jordan Foley out of Central Michigan. It is unclear whether the 6’3, 223 pound righty will be a starter or reliever, but it is someone the Yankees have scouted before. The team actually drafted Foley in the 26th round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
Last season, in his junior year at Central Michigan, Foley went 6-5 in 15 starts with a 3.69 ERA. He struck out 81 batters in 97.2 innings last season. That being said, Foley is still a player that does not walk many batters (28 walks last season).
The Chippewas’ right-hander did spend some time in the Cape Cod League last summer, going 1-1 in ten starts with a 3.00 ERA. He struck out 34 hitters and walked ten over the course of 27 innings. He is more well-known for his fastball, which is usually in the early-mid 90′s in fastball, as well as, an average slider.
Most scouting websites, including the folks over at Prospect Digest, had Foley at a fourth round grade, which makes sense why the Yankees took him in the fifth round. So far, it’s been an all-pitcher draft for the Yankees, as the team looks to replenish the farm system with some more young arms.
Footage of Foley courtesy of MLB.com: