Age: 18, January 21, 1999
New York Yankees Vice President of Domestic Amateur Scouting, Damon Oppenheimer, Selected Matt Sauer with the 54th overall selection in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Sauer is a right-handed pitcher out of Ernest Righetti High School in Santa Maria, California.
The potential is certainly there for the tall prep pitcher who throws from a 3/4 arm slot and sits 91-95 miles per hour and can touch 97. His slider is his best off-speed offering that sits around 87 miles per hour and features plenty of power, bite, and deception. According to MLB.com, he has not needed to use his change up much, due to the level of competition that he has faced. The pitch has been called a “distant” third pitch and will unquestionably need improvement as he develops.
Mechanically, Sauer has improved over the last year. His delivery is more consistent, leading to improved command on the mound. Scouts have noted that his arm action is a bit worrisome. According to Perfect Game, his long arm action in back coupled with a whippy arm coming through with good extension lead to some deception in his delivery.
It has been said that he has a strong mound presence, good work ethic, and is a good student. Matt is committed to attend the University of Arizona, should he elect to not sign a professional contract with New York.
Some scouts see Sauer as a potential number three starter with two potential above average to plus pitches, while others see him as a successful back end of the bullpen power arm. There is no question that all evaluators like his long, lean and very projectible athletic build.