The Yankees dipped into Red Sox country for their second selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, choosing high school right-hander Austin DeCarr from the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn., in the third round.
DeCarr, who has committed to Clemson University, has been rated to be more advanced than many of his counterparts despite being in just his second full year of pitching.
The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.
The 6-foot-3, 218-pound hurler has a fastball that sits at 92-93 mph, but scouts have seen DeCarr reach back for 95 mph when he needs it. His curveball has shown flashes of being a plus offering, and he believes that it is his best pitch at this point. DeCarr's changeup gives him the chance to have a very effective three-pitch mix.
A product of Roxbury, Mass., DeCarr started his high school career at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass. He had some elbow issues in his final two seasons at Xaverian, and after committing to Clemson in 2012, DeCarr stopped throwing for about five months leading into a post-graduate year at Salisbury.
His arm seemed to enjoy the respite, as he came back throwing harder this spring and was rated by some scouts as the top high school pitcher in Massachusetts. DeCarr told the Boston Herald that if he gets selected and does not sign, Clemson is an appealing choice.
"It's nice to be able to have those options," DeCarr told the Herald. "Playing professional baseball has been something I've wanted to do since I was a kid. If things don't work out there, I'll get a chance to play at a great school."