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Deceptive Kendrick perks Yankees' interest

Deceptive Kendrick perks Yankees' interest

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Deceptive Kendrick perks Yankees' interest

Conner Kendrick is far from a power pitcher, but his deceiving delivery could help him prove to be a value pick for the Yankees in the ninth round of the First-Year Player Draft.

Kendrick began his college career at Georgia Tech before transferring to Northwest Florida State Junior College for his sophomore season. He moved on to Auburn this year and split time between the bullpen and the rotation, finishing the season 5-3 with a 2.13 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 80 1/3 innings.

Kendrick throws his fastball in the upper 80s with good movement. He commands his changeup and curveball well, and both have the potential to be Major League-average offerings.

The deception in his delivery helps offset a slower fastball than the average professional, which helps his stuff play up. He earns praise for his poise and aggressiveness on the mound.

Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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