Fans of the New York Yankees get a chance to watch recent draft picks in College World Series.
The 2018 MLB Player Draft has come and gone and now it is time to see what some of these players that haven’t signed with their teams yet are doing. There are five players that the Yankees selected in the draft that haven’t signed because their current college season is not over yet. Two out of the five players that the New York Yankees drafted have made it, along with their teams, to the College World Series, which starts on Saturday, June 16.
Alex Junior, a sophomore with Tennessee Tech, didn’t have the best Super Regional versus Texas. He went 2-8 with four walks and four strikeouts in three games played. In the five games that Junior played during the Regionals portion of the tournament, he went 5-22 with two runs scored, three walks, four strikeouts and one run batted in. These numbers don’t look great for the 19th round pick of the Yankees until you look at his season numbers. He had a triple slash line of .316/.451/.465 with 56 walks, 59 strikeouts, four stolen bases, seven home runs, three triples, 13 doubles, 81 runs scored, and 35 runs batted in. Junior was a reliable leadoff hitter Tennessee Tech this season.
A teammate of Alex Junior, pitcher Marcus Evey, pitched in just one game of the Super Regionals but made it worth it. Evey recorded the win on June 9th against Texas, pitching five innings while giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits. Evey gave up three walks and struck out four during his outing. In the only other appearance this postseason, Evey pitched 4.2 innings in the Regionals, allowing four runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out five. Evey’s season stats were even more impressive. He appeared in 17 games (15 starts), posting an 8-0 record with a 4.22 earned run average over 81 innings pitched. He average 10 strikeouts per nine innings.
Justin Wilson, a 23rd round pick out of Vanderbilt, didn’t see any action this postseason for the Commodores. For the season, Wilson only appeared in seven games, pitching 6.1 innings and allowing two runs on two hits to go along with four walks and nine strikeouts. Wilson posted a 2.84 earned run average while posting an impressive 0.95 WHIP. Wilson did not pitch much this season due do having elbow surgery in 2017. The Yankees still saw enough out of Wilson to believe he can be a potential bullpen contributor, despite the injury.
The Super Regionals did not fare well for Yankees 6th round pick Rodney Hutchison out of North Carolina. He pitched in the first game of the series, giving up one run on one hit before being removed. Hutchison fared better in the Regionals, giving up one hit and striking out three in two appearances. During the regular season for the Tar Heels, Hutchison posted a 3-3 record in 21 appearances with a 4.63 ERAearned run average over 58.1 innings. Hutchison showed outstanding command throughout the year, posting a 55/16 K/BB ratio.
Last, but not least, Barrett Loseke played well in the Super Regionals, helping Arkansas advance to the College World Series. Loseke earned the save in the first game of the Super Regionals, striking out eight in 3.1 innings. In the third and decisive game of the Super Regionals, Loseke earned the win, tossing 2.1 innings of one-hit ball. For the season, Loseke posted a 2-2 record in 22 appearances, with four saves. Like the Yankees 6th round pick, Hutchison, Loseke showed his great control, walking only 24 while striking out 55.
While the only teams remaining with ties to the Yankees are North Carolina and Arkansas, they will not see each other this coming weekend, since they are in different brackets. What could be extremely exciting for Yankees fans wanting to see the future before they make their appearances in the minor leagues, would be a College World Series final featuring Barrett Loseke from Arkansas facing Rodney Hutchison from North Carolina. Here is to hoping that Yankees fans can have a vested interest in the College World Series until the end.