in the 20th round of the 2019 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Jack Leiter with the 615th overall pick. Leiter has a strong commitment to Vanderbilt University, which is why he dropped to the 20th round instead of going in the first round.
His teammate and friend at Delbarton, Anthony Volpe, was selected by the Yankees in the first round of the draft.
Here is some of what BA had to say about Leiter on their scouting report:
“Armed with one of the best breaking balls of the class, Leiter is the son of former 19-year major leaguer, Al Leiter, and is one of the most polished pitchers in the 2019 class. Standing at just 6 feet and 191 pounds, Leiter pitched in the 89-93 mph range throughout the summer but had a loud outing at the Area Code Games, where he touched 95 mph and sat in the 91-94 mph range for two innings.”
Leiter may not have the high velocity on his fastball, but at just 18 years old, a lot of the scouting reports that you read about him praise his ability to throw his offspeed pitches for strikes. If that is the case, he would already be a step ahead as he continues to develop as a player. Here is what Perfect Game had to say about those pitches and some video from the Perfect Game National Showcase last June courtesy of 2080 Baseball:
“Three quality secondary pitches he can use at any time… can spin both the curveball and slider well. Classic starting pitchers arsenal and the command to go with it.”
If the Yankees were able to sign Leiter it would be a huge addition to the already deep pitching prospect depth in the lower levels of the farm system.