Dillon Tate became the latest prospect acquired by the Yankees when Brian Cashman dealt Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers according to Ken Rosenthal. Tate is a starting pitcher that ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the Texas organization by MLB Pipeline and Baseball America.
Tate carries the pedigree of a high-end talent as the Rangers, chose the 6-foot-2, 165-pound right-hander in the first round of the 2015 draft, fourth overall for $4,200,000. He made his professional debut last year with the Spokane Indians where he pitched just two innings in 2 games before heading to Hickory. With the Crawdads, he threw seven innings in 4 games.
The 22-year old spent had spent this season with the Class A affiliate Hickory Crawdads, where he went 3-3, with a 5.12 ERA, and 55 strikeouts in 65 innings pitched. According to Baseball America’s John Manuel, Tate has had hamstring issues this season and also a dip in velocity. Those factors could explain the down year for him in the South Atlantic League.
Tate’s repertoire includes a fastball that can be dominant at times and ranges from 92-98. His secondaries include a slider that sits in the upper 80’s, as well as a changeup that sits in the mid-80’s.
With the acquisition of Tate, the Yankees have added another high-end talent, which offers athleticism, with two premium pitches. He’ll likely join the rotation of Class A affiliate Charleston, where he will work on refining his mechanics and offerings.