With their second pick of the 2020 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees elected to stay in the PAC-12 after selecting Arizona catcher Hunter Wells with the 28th pick. With the 99th pick (3rd round), the organization selected Arizona State outfielder Trevor Hauver, but listed him as a second baseman.
Hauver was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 37th round back in 2017 out of Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona. He elected to stay in-state and go play for the Sun Devils.
His first year at Arizona State, Hauver appeared in 42 games (started 21) and had a slash line of .227/.344/.293 with 7 RBIs and 5 extra-base hits. He would go to the Cape Cod League that summer and play for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. While with the Hawks, he hit .267 with a home run and 11 RBIs.
In his sophomore year at Arizona State last year, the 6’0″, 205 lb. left-handed hitter had a slash line of .339/.433/.574 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs. He drew 39 walks, had 16 doubles, and was second on the Sun Devils in hits with 82. The only player who had more hits was the top pick in this year’s draft, Spencer Torkelson (85).
Following that improved season, he went back to the Cape for Hyannis and had a slash line of .250/.401/.358 with 3 home runs and 16 RBIs. He had more walks (29) than strikeouts (28) and he was second on the team in RBIs. He had two more RBIs than the 30th pick in this year’s draft, Jordan Westburg.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Hauver was off to a strong start. In the first 17 games of the season, he had a slash line of .339/.494/.695 with 5 home runs, 20 RBIs, 6 doubles, and he once again had more walks (20) than strikeouts (15). He drove in multiple runs on 7 different occasions and drew more than one walk 5 different times.
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Drafting Hauver at second base was an interesting decision by the Yankees because their lower levels of the minor league are filled with middle infielders. Last year, New York took a second baseman in Round 2 (Josh Smith, LSU), so there will be competition there. That being said, his ability to play the outfield show give him some opportunities to get in the lineup if there is a logjam at that position.
Just like the Wells pick, we see the Yankees trying to find a good hit tool and hoping that the defense will develop over time. With a limited amount of picks, that just might be the right direction to go in.