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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs New York Mets (7/20-7/22)

The Yankees enter the second half of the season with a 62-33 record, which has them slotted in second place in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox who are currently 4.5 games ahead with a 68-30 record to this point in the season. Following last year’s close encounter with the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees should definitely do their best to avoid the one game nightmare in this second half. The Yankees will begin this quest with a three game set against New York’s inferior team, the New York Mets. The Mets are currently sitting at the bottom of the NL East with a 39-55 record and the Yankees won two of the three meetings between the teams this season, signs which should indicate a Yankees’ series win. However, unfavorable pitching matchups could derail the Bronx Bombers in this Subway Series.



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.
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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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