New York Yankees Vice President of Domestic Amateur Scouting, Damon Oppenheimer, selected Tristan Beck with the 872nd overall pick in the 29th round out of Stanford in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Beck entered the 2017 season as a potential first-round draft choice following a strong freshman campaign where he struck out 76 batters in 83.1 innings of work, but a stress fracture in his back this spring derailed those aspirations.
When healthy, Beck features a low to mid-90s fastball, a curveball with a 12-6 break, and a changeup to keep hitters honest. Due to his injury status and possible intent to remain at Stanford, the Yankees found considerable value in a high-end talent towards the bottom of the draft and will attempt to sign him to a professional contract despite his intentions to remain with the Cardinal.
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