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2018 Pinstripe Preview: Neil Walker

After going through much of the offseason unsigned, the Yankees swooped in and signed versatile infielder Neil Walker to a one-year deal worth $4-million. Despite signing the 32-year-old veteran to a big league deal, Walker is expected to begin the season coming off the bench, and he should see time at second, third, and first base with the Bronx Bombers. Now with his fourth big league club, Walker will make to look an impact on an otherwise youthful Yankee team.

Yankees MLB Draft 2017: Yankees select Dalton Lehnen from Augustana College with the 182nd pick of the sixth round

The Yankees continued to roll with their pitcher heavy draft picks, selecting LHP Dalton Lehnen from Augustana College in the sixth round, and 182nd overall. The 21 year-old is the first left handed pitcher selected in this year’s draft by the Yankees.

Photo via Augustana College

Lehnen was born in Burnsville, Minnesota, in 1996. Throughout his high school baseball career, he enjoyed a lot of success, and finished with a 15-4 record and 141 strikeouts in just 105.2 innings pitched. He was an All-South Suburban Conference selection in 2012 and 2013, an All-Metro and All-Section honoree in 2013, a conference champion in 2013 and 2014, a section champion in 2013 and 2014, a state consolation champion in 2013, and a conference second runner-up in 2012. This guy sure sounds like a winner, huh?

Before attending Augustana, Lehnen spent two years at the University of Cincinnati. In his freshman year, he appeared in 16 games, 13 of which were starts, and struck out 49 in 68 innings. He also pitched three innings in relief during the American Athletic Conference Championship game against Memphis, where he gave up just one hit. 

Once he transferred to Augustana his junior year, he started to really dominate. He made 11 appearances as a pitcher (10 starts), where he had a 2.60 ERA in 52 innings. He struck out 61, which was second most on the team, walked only 20, and had a whopping.183 batting average against.

Overall, the Yanks made a solid pick in Lehnen. He’s by no means a finished product, but if he can keep up the dominance that he displayed this past season, he could be an impact pitcher in the future.  

Article by: Alex Weir
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