New York Yankees Rapid Reaction: 2015 MLB Draft Round 1 and 2

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And with the 57th overall selection in the 2015 Draft, the New York Yankees select Jeff Degano, a left-handed pitcher out of Indiana State University.

My initial thoughts… Oh Canada, we stand on the mound in Yankee Stadium!

I love everything about this selection. Degano, a native of British Columbia, Canada is not only a southpaw, but he was also one of the better pitchers in all of college baseball this season. After missing part of 2013 and the entire 2014 season for the Sycamore’s while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Degano pitched to an 8-3 record with a 2.36 ERA and 126 strikeouts this season, ranking him 83rd overall by Baseball America entering Monday night’s draft.

Moments after David Cone announced the selection, the one thing everyone started talking about was this kids slurve ball, but that’s probably just an effective pitch against lefties. Degano will likely need to develop one or two more effective pitches if he want’s to make it into the MLB, but with Larry Rothschild and Gary Denbo at the helm, I’m confident in their abilities to turn Degano into a solid #2 or #3 pitcher in the foreseeable future.

Similar to Kaprielian, I’m hoping the Yankees will develop Degano into a starting pitcher rather than a reliever, and judging by their already lefty-heavy bullpen, it’s seems like they will.

Jeff Degano will join the ranks of Ferguson Jenkins and Ryan Dempster as starting pitchers that heir from Canada.

Let’s hope the Yankees can turn him into something special!

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