In his latest mock draft, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo has the Astros taking Stanford RHP Mark Appel first overall and the Yankees taking high school RHP Nick Travieso with their first round pick (#30 overall). That fits with other reports of New York seeking various prep arms, though Mayo does say they seem to be focusing on the best available player regardless of position. Hooray for that.
Travieso is very much a “now stuff” kinda guy with a low-90s fastball that’s been up to 98 in the past, plus a hard mid-80s slider and a developing changeup. He’s also working on a two-seamer. Travieso, who hails from outside of Fort Lauderdale, is listed at 6-foot-3 and 200 lbs. and is a thrower who has quite a bit to learn about his craft. His stuff jumped up a notch this spring and he’s caught a lot of helium of late, but the Yankees prefer polish (especially with their early picks) and Travieso doesn’t have any. Great arm though.