Yankees MLB Draft 2017: Yankees select RHP Chad Whitmer from Southern Illinois University with the 302nd pick of the tenth round
With their final pick on day two of the 2017 MLB Draft the Yankees selected RHP Chad Whitmer out of Southern Illinois University. Whitmer was the ninth pitcher and eighth RHP to be selected out of the first ten players drafted by the team. Whitmer is from South Bend, Indiana and attended Penn High School. He is 6’3” and weighs 180 pounds.
Whitmer was used primarily as a starter in his senior season for Southern Illinois. He went 6-3 with a 3.46 ERA and 95 strikeouts. He had a career 3.70 ERA at the collegiate level. Whitmer profiles as a reliever with elite control as he only allowed 2.2 BB/9 over 104 innings last season. Whitmer won MVC player of the week twice and earned second-team All-MVC for the 2017 season.
Whitmer will save the Yankees money as the senior pitcher will likely be easy to sign, and the Yankees will have the leverage in negotiations. The Yankees had their sights set on pitching throughout the course of the first ten rounds of the 2017 Draft and succeeded. Rounds 11-40 start tomorrow and the BBB will inform everyone on any notable picks.
Article by: Ryan Thoms
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