2009 Draft: Bittle out with arm injuryBy
Via Inside The Grove, Ole Miss RHP Scott Bittle will not pitch in the SEC tournament due to an arm injury, and was scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews yesterday. Bittle was the Yanks’ second round pick last year, but never signed because the team found some red flags in his shoulder. Arguably the best closer in the nation coming into the year, Bittle moved into the Rebels’ rotation midway through the season because starters are more valuable than relievers the team was dealing with injuries, and finished the regular season with a 2.17 ERA and a 68-22 K/BB ratio in just 45.2 IP.
Keith Law rated Bittle the 79th best prospect for the draft, and he was expected to be a second or third round pick this year thanks to his top-of-the line cutter. Obviously, his stock could take a huge hit depending on the severity of the injury. The Yanks will receive the 76th overall pick this year as compensation for failing to sign Bittle last year. (h/t KLaw)