Yankees MLB Draft 2019: Yankees select left-handed pitcher TJ Sikkema from the University of Missouri with the 38th pick
With the 38th pick of the 2019 MLB draft, the New York Yankees have selected TJ Sikkema. This is the pick New York acquired as part of the Sonny Gray trade. Sikkema was ranked #57 overall by MLB.com and went 7-4 in 17 appearances in 2019. He threw 88.2 innings, struck out 101 batters, and had a 1.32 ERA. In his 17 appearances, 13 were starts and four were out of the bullpen, so he has already shown the ability to be versatile.
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Sikkema is 20 years old, six feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. His fastball is usually between 89 and 91 mph with run and sink from a three-quarter arm angle. He also has the ability to get his fastball up to 93-95 mph on occasion. He has a plus slider that sits at 78-83 mph and a sinking changeup he is comfortable throwing in any count.
Sikkema earned Third Team All-America honors in 2019 and is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which is given to the best amateur baseball player in the United States. Sikkema has deceptive stuff that makes it hard on hitters to pick up his pitchers. He should be a welcomed addition to the Yankees farm system that features mostly right-handed pitchers.
Article by: Mark Ciano