Brooks Kriske was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 6th round of the 2016 MLB June amateur draft out of the University of Southern California, where he graduated with a degree in economics. The 6’3, 190 pound right-handed pitcher was named after Hall of Fame Baltimore Oriole third baseman, Brooks Robinson.
During his four years at USC, Kriske appeared in 71 games (7 starts) and posted an ERA of 3.45 in 120.2 innings pitched. In his senior year, he went 1-2 with an ERA of 2.55 and 6 saves in 26 appearances. During his time at USC he spent time as the roommate of fellow Yankee farmhand, center fielder, Timmy Robinson.
After being drafted, the Yankees assigned Kriske to Staten Island of the New York- Penn League. He pitched in 13 games, allowing 8 runs, 4 of which were earned. In 16 innings pitched, he struck out 16, allowed 12 hits and 6 walks. He was shut down for the season after coming out of a game on August 11 with an apparent arm injury.
Kriske is a confident reliever that relies on a fastball that sits 93-95 and tops out at 96. He is still developing his secondary pitches but does have an average slider.
Kriske will turn 23 the first week in February. If he is healthy, Kriske will likely begin the season with the Charleston RiverDogs. He is well regarded and as a player with collegiate experience, he could move through the system quickly as a valuable reliever.