Weight: 245 pounds
With their 7th Round selection in the 2018 MLB Draft (217th overall), the New York Yankees continued to add right-handed college arms as they selected Gonzaga right-hander Daniel Bies.
Bies was mainly a starter this year for the Bulldogs in his redshirt junior season. In 16 starts, he was 7-4 with a 2.49 ERA and had 124 strikeouts to 25 walks in 112 innings of work. His strikeouts per nine innings total was at nearly ten (9.96) and he ended up throwing three complete games.
On Baseball America’s list of the Top 500 prospects in this class, Bies was 278th. Here is what they had to say about his pitch arsenal (subscription required):
“One of the biggest pitchers in the 2018 draft class, Bies is a 6-foot-8, 245-pound righthander who has a fastball up to 94 mph and an above-average breaking ball. Bies had Tommy John surgery in high school and redshirted during his first year with Gonzaga, but he has improved each season since 2016. Bies has turned into an above-average strike thrower after walking more than one batter per inning in a short 2016 season and then over five batters per nine innings in 2017. This spring, Bies has gone right after hitters with a solid-average fastball that plays up thanks to his size and the plane he’s able to get on the ball.”
Bies did get the chance to start for Gonzaga in Game 1 of the Regionals in Minneapolis against the UCLA Bruins and pitched well in that game. In 7.2 innings, he gave up two runs on five hits, struck out nine, and walked two.
While Bies showed great control of his pitches during the season, his Cape Cod League numbers last summer did not reflect the high strikeout totals he had in the West Coast Conference. With the Bourne Braves, he was 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA in seven appearances (six starts). He struck out 27 batters while walking ten in 32 innings.
By selecting Bies, the Yankees have drafted three right-handed pitchers so far today. They took North Florida right-hander Frank German in the 4th Round (127th overall) and North Carolina right-hander Rodney Hutchison (187th overall) in the 6th Round.