Due to cap concerns, and other circumstances the Yankees picked very few prep players in the 2014 draft. They only took 7 total high school players, and only three of those players were high school pitchers. With that said those three pitchers all are have some talent. Austin DeCarr, and Garret Cave were both ranked among the top prep pitchers in this draft. DeCarr was rated as Baseball America’s 68th best prospect overall, and Cave was ranked as the 116th best prospect overall. While I wasn’t that surprised that DeCarr, was available in round three, I was pleasantly surprised that the Yankees were able to get Cave in the 17th round.
Signing Cave might be a longshot, but it was well worth the risk in the 17th round, and I doubt they would take him there unless they were interested in signing him. Below is a short interview that Cave was kind enough to do.
How did it feel when you found out you were drafted by the Yankees?
Pure blessing, just to get to get the opportunity to be in the MLB draft. It’s an honor to be drafted by a team like the Yankees.
Were you surprised that they selected you?
No, I went to a workout in Tampa last week, and thought I did well at the tryout.
Where were you when you found out?
I was actually playing basketball, with one of my best friends. I was drafted on Saturday, and I stopped really watching the draft the day before. I was still keeping track of it, but I wasn’t with my family waiting to be drafted.
What player do you model yourself after?
I don’t really try to emulate any major league pickers. One guy I do relate to, is the Rays Chris Archer. He reminds me a lot of myself. He is still young and is becoming a leader of his team, and he’s playing really well right now. I also really look, up to Marino Rivera.
What type of pitches do you throw? Velocity?
I throw a four-seam, and two-seam fastball. I usually sit 90-93, but have reached 95 in the past. I also throw a curveball, and a circle change.