With their ninth-round selection (#277 overall) in the 2018 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees have taken College Right-Handed Pitcher Mick Vorhof. He is a senior at Grand Canyon University (GCU). This prospect was never previously drafted.
Pitching solely out of the bullpen each of the past two seasons, Vorhof’s pro future is likely as a reliever. This WAC Second Team selection had an 11.67 K/9 rate in 2018. His strikeout to walk ratio was staggering, only giving up three walks, while striking out 48 in 38 innings. Sporting a fastball/curveball combination, Vorhof mentioned that he loves the bullpen. This article was posted on the GCU Athletics page:
“I love the bullpen now,” Vorhof said. “I don’t see it any other way, really. I started my whole life but, being in the bullpen now, I found my place. I like to work quick. It allows me to be at my best with the stuff I have. I like the pressure. It makes it fun.”
The Head Coach for GCU is Andy Stankiewicz. If this name sounds familiar, Stankiewicz was the Manager of the Staten Island Yankees in the early 2000s. Stankiewicz holds Vorhof in high regard, which might have been helpful in the Yankees drafting this player:
“We couldn’t be more happy or proud of the job he’s done in four years,” Stankiewicz said. “Calm, cool. He doesn’t seem to get rattled. Mick’s not an emotional guy. That’s kind of typically what works well in the closer role – a guy who can stay even keel and not get flustered if the umpire calls a ball that he saw as a strike. In college baseball, late in the game, it’s nice to know that we’ve got a guy who can throw strikes and get off the mound and field his position well if they try to bunt and put pressure on.”
Vorhof makes the fifth college right-handed pitcher taken by the New York Yankees in Day 2 of this draft, continuing the model from the 2017 MLB Draft.