With their 17th-round selection (#525 overall) in the 2019 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees have taken Outfielder Pat DeMarco.
Baseball America (Subscription Required) ranked DeMarco as their #211 prospect. A quad injury this season cost DeMarco some time. This injury may have hindered his numbers:
“DeMarco impressed as a freshman and didn’t look overmatched in the Cape Cod League last summer as he started to improve his selectivity at the plate. A quad injury somewhat torpedoed his sophomore season, costing him a month. He started hitting like he had as a freshman upon his return, but both before and after the injury he has become a little too aggressive, trading plenty of strikeouts for a few home runs. He’s an above-average fielder in either corner outfield spot, but he is pretty physically maxed out right now. As a draft-eligible sophomore, DeMarco has plenty of leverage, but as a corner outfielder coming off a modest season (.287/.360/.490 as in the regular season), there’s a risk he won’t be drafted high enough to buy him out of his junior year at Vanderbilt.”
Having two more years of college eligibility, it may be tough to convince DeMarco to leave a program known to produce talent such as J.J. Bleday (2019 MLB Draft Number 4 Overall Pick).
One selling point for this prospect could be where Pat DeMarco grew up. Originally born in Brooklyn, NY, DeMarco spent a lot of his childhood in Staten Island, NY. This is the home of the Short-Season A Staten Island Yankees. In an interview with the Vanderbilt Hustler, DeMarco mentioned how his New York accent is still part of his identity:
“I’ve been told my accent changes depending on who I’m around,” said Pat. “I’ll go back to New York and be like, ‘What’s up bro, you want some water,’ and then come down here, and it changes back to ‘Y’all.’”
Fans will be able to see DeMarco play live as Vanderbilt plays Duke this weekend in a College World Series Super Regional.