MLB 2015 Draft Results: New York Yankees Select Jeff Hendrix With 123rd Overall Pick
Following the selection of right-handed pitcher Drew Finleyin the third-round, the New York Yankees have selected center fielder Jeff Hendrix with their fourth-round selection, and 123rd overall.
Hendrix played his junior season at Oregon State University and has developed, in comparison to his previous years. During the 2014 draft, Hendrix was drafted in the 39th round by the Kansas City Royals.
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According to the official Oregon State athletics website, the 22-year-old, is 6’0″ and weighs 198 lbs. In addition, many view Hendrix as a potential fourth outfielder at the Major League level. Sure, that’s not too attractive, but having a fourth outfielder in the Major Leagues is vital to a team’s success. With Yankees’ players such as Chris Young and Slade Heathcott, now injured, playing the role of a fourth outfielder has shown to be effective, especially with unpredictable injuries.
In 2014, Hendrix was selected to the All-Pac-12 First Team. During his three-year tenure with the Oregon State Beavers, Hendrix played in 136 games, batted .339, and posted 69 RBI.
In addition to his contributions at the plate, Hendrix made headlines a few times due to his defensive abilities.
"Set up a circus tent in Dallas and feature Jeff Hendrix every night… What a catch! #SCtop10 http://t.co/XLnPJHWFJV— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 1, 2015"
As scouts compare him to a fourth outfielder, it should be looked that the scouts believe he will be able to achieve the Major League level, a level in which few achieve.