The New York Yankees went college with their first two picks of the 2021 MLB Draft. With their 3rd Round pick (92nd overall), the organization went the high school route as they selected left-hander Brock Selvidge out of Hamilton High School in Arizona. Hamilton High School is where Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger went to school.
Selvidge has a fastball that is usually around 90-92 miles-per-hour, but has the ability to touch 96 miles-per-hour with the heater. He has a slider, curveball, and changeup in his pitch arsenal, but mainly uses the slider and his curveball as his offspeed pitches.
MLB Pipeline had Selvidge listed as the 131st best prospect in this year’s class. Here’s what they had to say about the LSU commit:
“Selvidge likes to go right after hitters with his power stuff and will have to refine his overall command, though he is athletic enough to feel there will be at least average control in the future.”
The Yankees are familiar with trying to get players to forego their commitment to LSU to turn pro. Last year, they drafted RHP Beck Way in Round 4, who was committed to join the Tigers. They should have enough money in their bonus pool to be able to sign him.
As Jim Callis of MLB.com pointed out on the live draft telecast, Selvidge stood out at the MLB Draft Combine last month and that is what probably helped his draft stock. Prep Baseball Report had him as the second best prep player in the state of Arizona this year:
⚡️Arizona- Class of 2021 player rankings have been updated.
▪️ New No. 1, @wesxkath
▪️ Still @Brock5Selvidge
▪️ @RyanSchiefer1’s “Stuff”
▪️ @tanner_smith29’s bat
▪️ Say, “Hello” to @chazclemons6 @prepbaseball @PBR_Uncommitted
➡️ https://t.co/et9Q2xQyQI pic.twitter.com/viNPoqucSx
— PBR Arizona (@PBRArizona) April 9, 2021
Here is some video of Selvidge courtesy of Prep Baseball Report:
2021 LHP Brock Selvidge (@hhsbaseball98)- @LSUbaseball recruit, lean ath body, strength. Composed pre-pitch, coil over rubber, firm front side. Short H3/4, hides the ball, around zone.
CV: 73-76mph@prepbaseball @PBR_DraftHQ @ShooterHunt @NathanRode @Brock5Selvidge pic.twitter.com/Ii4d8ZvICY
— PBR Arizona (@PBRArizona) March 17, 2021
All in all, this is an intriguing pick for the Yankees because they add another talented left-handed arm into the organization with a lot of upside.
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