Yanks draft hard-throwing hurler Foley in Round 5

Yanks draft hard-throwing hurler Foley in Round 5

The Yankees opened their 2014 Draft class with a fourth consecutive pitching pick, selecting hard-throwing right-hander Jordan Foley from Central Michigan University in the fifth round (152nd overall) on Friday.

Foley, 20, is a re-draft by the Yankees, having also been taken in the 26th round back in 2011 out of high school in Texas. Foley came north and attended college in the Upper Midwest when his family moved to Michigan.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

Developing into the Chippewas' ace after a rough freshman season, Foley excelled in the Cape Cod League last year and built on that momentum this season as a junior, maintaining a 93-96-mph fastball deep into games. He could project either as a starter or as a reliever.

In 15 starts, Foley was 6-5 with a 3.69 ERA, throwing two complete games. He permitted 104 hits and 58 runs (40 earned) in 97 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out 81.

Foley has a slider that generates swings and misses but lacks consistency, a changeup that features deception and sink and a developing splitter that could prove to be quite effective.

At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Foley has a strong build and projects as a durable starter, though his high arm slot has concerned some scouts. Foley is rated as a strike-thrower but is still refining his command.

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.