With their sixth-round selection (#187 overall) in the 2018 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees selected Right-Handed Pitcher Rodney Hutchison. He is a 4-Yr Jr at UNC. Hutchison was never previously drafted.
Hutchison has a mid-90s fastball, a plus changeup, and an average slider in his pitch arsenal. Hutchison didn’t have the best numbers this season, sporting a 3-3 record with an ERA of 4.63. In his first five appearances this season for UNC, Hutchison came out of the bullpen but was then placed into the rotation where his ERA in his first three starts was 1.84.
Baseball America says:
“Listed at a thick, 6-foot-6, 239 pounds, Hutchison’s stuff has taken a jump in 2018 and he throws a heavy fastball with late arm-side run from a low three-quarters arm slot. Primarily working at 90-92 mph his first two seasons, Hutchison has lived 92-94 mph more frequently this spring and touched 96 mph in an eye-opening outing in front of several rows of scouts at the ACC Tournament. Hutchison pairs his fastball with a plus, mid-80s changeup with late fade away from lefthanded hitters and he’s improved the feel of his slider, throwing it harder and tighter. Because of his low slot and the sheer movement of his pitches, Hutchison can lose the zone at times, getting him into trouble. While he needs more polish and to tighten his command, Hutchison’s velocity spike, plus changeup and improved breaking pitches give him intriguing upside.”
Just like their fourth-round selection of Frank German, the Yankees take another college-experienced right-handed pitcher. This pick, along with the German selection continues a path from the 2017 MLB Draft where the Yankees would select experienced college righty arms.