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.
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.
Expect to see Stephan as part of the starting rotation of the Charleston RiverDogs in 2018, a rotation that looks to be formidable as it will also likely include his child-hood friend Glenn Otto as well.