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Dillon Tate (Tracy Proffitt/Hickory Crawdads)


Who is Dillon Tate?

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.

Dillon Tate (Tracy Proffitt/Hickory Crawdads)

Dillon Tate (Tracy Proffitt/Hickory Crawdads)

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.


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