Right-handed pitcher Austin DeCarr was selected in the third round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft by the New York Yankees from Salisbury Prep School in Salisbury, CT. He received an above-slot signing bonus of $1 million.
The Yankees sent DeCarr to the Yankees 1 team of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. In 11 games, eight of which were starts, DeCarr went 2-1 with a 4.63 ERA. He pitched 23 and one-third innings allowing 20 hits while striking out 24 batters and walking seven.
During spring training, DeCarr was suffering from elbow pain when it was determined that he needed Tommy John Surgery. The procedure was done in June and he missed all of 2015. He previously had suffered elbow pain from bone spurs while pitching in high school.
After rehabbing his elbow in extended spring training, DeCarr returned with the Staten Island Yankees of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League. He bounced back pitching in 10 games, all starts, going 2-0 with a 4.12 ERA. He pitched 39 and one-third innings while allowing 46 hits and walking 17 batters for a 1.602 WHIP. He struck out 31 batters.
DeCarr started off the season once again in extended spring training and made his season debut with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League on June 10. He pitched in 13 games, five of which were starts, going 2-1 with a 5.87 ERA. He pitched 30 and two-thirds innings giving up 29 hits and walking 29 batters resulting in 1.89 WHIP. He struck out 32 batters.
DeCarr was sent down to the Staten Island Yankees of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League on August 19. DeCarr only appeared in two games out of the bullpen, going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in four and two-thirds innings pitched. He allowed seven hits and walked three batters while striking out five.
DeCarr has struggled coming back from Tommy John Surgery. He has good velocity throwing in the mid-90s with a changeup and two different curveballs. He described the difference between the two curveballs in that he takes some speed off to throw strikes to get ahead in the count. The other he throws with more velocity to finish hitters off. He’s had issues repeating his mechanics and throwing strikes which get him in trouble. In 2017, he put on a lot of baserunners via the walk and it came back to hurt him. If he can find consistency with his delivery, that will clear up his control issues.
DeCarr figures to start the year with the Charleston RiverDogs. He will turn 23 by the time the season starts in April. This is a key year for DeCarr due to his age and his injury history.