Yanks Continue To Add Pitching, One Outfielder
Yankees’ draft selection Dominic Jose. Mandatory Credit: Ted Carbone.
Idaho native LHP Porter Clayton was drafted in the 21st round by the Yankees, coming from the University of Oregon. In 2011, Clayton appeared in 22 games, three of which he started. He went 0-1 with a 5.94 ERA and recorded nine strikeouts in 16.2 innings pitched. Clayton missed the 2012 and 2013 season due to serving an LDS mission.
In the 22th round, RHP Jake Kelzer was selected from Indiana University. Although Kelzer is a member of the Hoosier swim team as well, his baseball numbers are pretty impressive. In his senior season of high school, Kelzer posted a 1.00 ERA, earning the Bloomington High School South Pitcher of the Year award. He was named First Team All-Conference Indiana and first team all-area accolades during his senior year as well.
Will Toffey, an infielder selected from Salisbury School, was selected in the 23rd round. Toffey already has a semi head-start with the Yankees. In his baseball career, he played in the New Balance Area Code Baseball Games for the Yankees. During these games, he worked a lot of walks during the week. His five led the team. Toffey’s patience at the plate can help grind some at-bats for the future Yankees.
The Yankees finally chose an outfielder. CF Dominic Jose is chosen in the 24th round from Stanford University. During his freshman year at Stanford in 2012, Jose started in eight games, seven as the team’s designated hitter. He hit .366 with eight runs and 11 RBI with a .561 slugging percentage in 21 games. One of his major accomplishments in his baseball career include being named to first team all-conference three out of the four years he was on his varsity baseball team in high school.
Can’t have enough pitching. The Yankees went with RHP Dylan Barrow in the 25th round, #752 overall pick from the University of Tampa. During his sophomore year at Santa Fe College, Barrow was named a top-20 JUCO prospect in 2013, as well as a top-55 Florida prospect for the 2013 MLB Draft. He started in 11 games and complied a record of 4-2 with a 3.78 ERA in 50.0 innings pitched. Barrow also picked up 42 strikeouts and recorded one shutout.