As the New York Yankees begin the process of signing their 2020 MLB draftees and undrafted free agents, we at Pinstriped Prospects wanted you to get to know each player through the eyes of the people that have coached them over the years.
For this first article, we are taking a look at undrafted free agent, right-hander Carson Coleman from the University of Kentucky. Earlier this week, I spoke with Kentucky head coach Nick Mingione, to get some more insight on Carson. You can tell the excitement Coach Mingione has about all of his players.
Mingione, who in his second stint as a coach at Kentucky, was the National Coach of the Year in 2017. Before going back to UK for the second time (was assistant manager from 2006-07), he was an assistant at Mississippi State (2009-2016) where he coached former Yankees pitchers Jonathan Holder and Jacob Lindgren.
During my conversation with Mingione, you will read more about the uniqueness of Carson’s fastball, the improvement of his offspeed pitches, and the kind of person that the Yankees are getting into their organization:
Ricky: When you first recruited Carson, what stood out to you the most about him?
Coach Mingione: It was a really interesting situation at Kentucky when I took over my first year. We didn’t have a ton of pitchers on the roster, so it was one of those deals when I moved back to Lexington and had some close friends coaching a local travel organization and I just starting making calls asking if they had anybody and sure enough, one of them gave me Carson’s name.
I didn’t get a chance to truly see him live action, but I got a chance to see some videos and develop a relationship with him. The one thing that stood out to me was he had just started pitching not too long ago, so he didn’t have a ton of innings under his belt. His velocity started coming along, his command started coming along. It was one of those deals where he was a local kid from Lexington and I trusted some of these guys I had relationships with, saw some video, and next thing you know, he was a Kentucky Wildcat.The rest of this interview is exclusive to Pinstriped Prospects Dugout Monthly and Annual Members. Monthly and Annual Dugout Members get complete access to scouting reports, interviews, and more all with limited advertisements on the website. Click here to sign up!