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College lefty Smith goes to Yanks in 14th round

College lefty Smith goes to Yanks in 14th round

College lefty Smith goes to Yanks in 14th round

With their fourth pick on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft, the Yankees selected their third consecutive pitcher.

Their 14th-round pick was Sam Houston State hurler Caleb Smith, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound left-hander. Smith entered the year as Sam Houston State's Friday night starter, but struggled under the weight of the expectations, posting a 7-5 record and a 3.44 ERA in 16 starts.

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He fared better after being moved to the back of the rotation and improved as the season went on, but questions about his command and breaking ball linger.

Smith throws his fastball in the low 90s and mixes it well with a solid changeup. He overuses his changeup, however, because he lacks a feel for his slider. Smith has a stiff delivery, which hampers his command. Ultimately, he may be better suited for the Yankees' bullpen.

Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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