With their eighth-round selection (#247 overall) in the 2018 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees selected RHP Connor Van Hoose. He is a senior at Bucknell University. Van Hoose was never previously drafted.
Van Hoose carries a high-80s fastball with a mid-70s curveball and a low-80s changeup, according to MLB Draft Countdown.
Van Hoose took home Patriot League Pitcher of the Year honors this season and rightfully so. Van Hoose went 8-4 with an ERA of 2.36. Van Hoose turned it on in conference play where he went 6-1 with an ERA of 0.57.
According to the Bucknell University athletic page:
“Turned in one of the finest seasons in Bucknell baseball history … Patriot League Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-Patriot League selecton … became the first Bucknell starting pitcher in the Patriot League era to be a two-time First Team honoree … two-time Patriot League Pitcher of the Week … on Apr. 21 vs. Lehigh pitched the fifth no-hitter in Bucknell history … named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week following that performance … made 12 starts and went 8-4 with a 2.36 ERA … in Patriot League play went 6-1 with a miniscule 0.57 ERA, while holding opposing hitters to a .151 average … in his seven starts in PL play, allowed only 24 hits, and 22 were singles … for the full season, struck out 108 batters, third-most in school history and the most since Don Richards in the mid-1950s … opponents hit only .201 against him with only 12 extra-base hits … led the nation with six complete games.”
This is the fourth time the Yankees have selected a college right-handed pitcher this draft, alongside Frank German, Rodney Hutchison, and Daniel Bies.