With the 92nd overall pick of the 2017 draft, the Yankees selected right-handed pitcher Trevor Stephan. He played his college ball at the University of Arkansas where he led the Razorbacks with a 2.97 ERA over 16 appearances in 2017.
Stephan was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round of the 2016 draft out of Hill Junior College. He did not sign, instead opted to transfer to Arkansas where he became one of the best college pitchers in the southern United States.
Stephan made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League with a tune-up game for the GCL Yankees East. In that game, he threw two innings, struck out one and did not allow a hit. On July 1, he was promoted to Staten Island where he would spend the remainder of the 2017 season.
With the Staten Island Yankees, he appeared in 10 games, 10 starts, striking out 43 batters in 32 1/3 innings of work in the regular season. He earned a 1-1 record and a 1.39 ERA, all while limiting opposing batters to a .177 batting average against.
Stephan made one postseason appearance for the Staten Island Yankees, throwing 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball against the Hudson Valley Renegades on September 9, 2017.
Stephan started the season with the Tampa Tarpons and was flat out dominating the Florida State League in his seven games there. In 41 innings, he struck out 49 batters and walked just nine while earning a 1.98 ERA and a 3-1 record.
On May 22, the Yankees promoted Stephan to Double-A, where he would remainder of the season. With the Thunder he was 3-8 with a 4.54 ERA in 17 games, all starts, striking out 91 batters over 83 1/3 innings of work.
At 6’4” 210 pounds, Trevor Stephan is no slouch on the mound. His main pitch is a fastball that usually is 92-95 miles per hour but has topped out as high as 98 at times. He has shown the ability to control it as well. His main secondary pitch is an average slider that is usually clocked at 79-82 MPH as well as a changeup that is quickly developing into a solid offering.
Stephan has spent a considerable amount of time during the 2017 season focusing on the development of that changeup. Coming into the season the changeup was a distant third pitch, that was at times called “fringy” but after turning pro and focusing on the development he has managed to improve it greatly and throw it with confidence to put hitters away with it.
Trevor Stephan first stop in 2018 will depend on what happens with the Yankees at the MLB and Triple-A levels. More than likely Stephan will return to Trenton to open the season and see some time in Triple-A at some point.