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Yankees Top Prospect #27 – Austin DeCarr

Drafted in the third round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of the Salisbury School in Connecticut for $1,000,000. He went on to make his professional debut this past summer with the Gulf Coast Yankees in Florida where he went 2-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 11 games, 8 starts. Over all he threw 23.1 innings, striking out 24 batters and walking 7.

DeCarr was drafted as a 19-year old after spending a year as a postgraduate student. In his junior year he had to have a bone spur removed from his throwing elbow that caused a drop in his velocity in his senior year of High School. Coming into his first professional season he was sitting 90-93 mile per hour with his fastball and touched 96 miles per hour during his time in the Gulf Coast League.

In September 2014 DeCarr went to the Instructional League to work on his changeup coaches Cory Arbiso, Greg Pavlick and Gil Patterson to compliment his fastball and further develop his plus-curveball. He worked to continue to stay low in the strike zone with his pitches.

After spending the off season working to put on some extra muscle mass he came into spring training with some issues in his arm.  It was later determined that he needed to have Tommy John Surgery and in May he went under the knife.

While he missed the entire season due to the surgery he did report he was already feeling better by early July.  If he returns in 2016 it will be towards the end of the season, likely with the GCL Yankees or Pulaski Yankees.

 

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