In hopes of continuing to replenish the pitching side of their farm system, the Yankees selected Mississippi State right-hander Jonathan Holder in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
New York has used each of its first five picks on pitchers. Holder, 21, is a big-bodied hurler at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds who has been battle tested in the closer role for the Bulldogs.
The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.
Over his three-year collegiate career, the Gulfport, Miss., product is 11-2 with a 1.54 ERA and 37 saves in 80 appearances, wielding a low-90s fastball and a true curveball that he can throw for strikes.
This past season, Holder was 7-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 22 outings, logging seven saves. In 50 2/3 innings, Holder allowed 41 hits and 14 runs (12 earned), walking nine and striking out 68.
Holder is the second Mississippi State player selected by the Yankees this year. They took left-hander Jacob Lindgren in the second round with the 55th overall pick.