Yankees Draft Watch: 3 possible first-round pitching prospects
2. RHP Justin Campbell, Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State monster right-hander Justin Campbell towers over you off the mound as a 6-7, 219-pound sophomore, ranking 36th in MLB’s Top 200 prospects. Justin has a unique delivery and unorthodox mechanics, making visuals and recognition difficult for hitters. He has a long-stretched reach to the plate with a shorter arm extension, followed by a repeated delivery and consistent windup from the left side of the rubber.
He commands his fastball well, and is able to hit spots. His fastball ranges 92-94 MPH on average, maxing at 97 MPH with tail. He throws a changeup and a curveball, which are both extremely effective in forcing weak ground balls and disallowing hard contact.
According to his career college statistics, he’s a strikeout machine, seating 265 hitters and only walking 58 in a total of three seasons, topped off with a 17-6 record.
Additionally … this guy can hit. He totaled 116 plate appearances in three seasons, with 17 RBI, 17 runs, 30 hits, and a .313 average to his name. Campbell was drafted out of high school in the 18th round of the 2019 MLB draft. This arm is polished to assist a system such as the Yankees’; Campbell can be a possible first- or second-rounder.