After drafting three straight position players, the Yankees went to the mound with their fifth-round pick, selecting right-handed pitcher David Palladino in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Palladino began his college career last year at South Carolina-Upstate and pitched in 10 games before undergoing surgery to repair a tendon in his knee. He then transferred to Howard, where he played this season.
Palladino's fastball sits in the low-90s, occasionally touching 95 mph. Because his fastball is mostly straight, scouts say it is critical for Palladino to use his 6-foot-9, 230-pound frame to create a good downhill angle. He also throws a changeup, curveball and slider.
Despite his size, Palladino has an easy delivery and commands the ball well. He is committed to LSU.
Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.