2012 Draft: Zach Eflin

Yankees trade Steve Pearce to Orioles for cash
Injury Updates: Robertson, Gardner Joba

The 2012 amateur draft is just two days away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.

Zach Eflin | RHP

A Florida kid out of Hagerty High School in the Orlando suburbs, Eflin caught some major helium thanks to a velocity spike this spring. He missed time with triceps tendinitis in April but has since returned to the mound. He’s committed to Central Florida.

Scouting Report
A classic projectable high school right-hander at 6-foot-5 and 200 lbs., Eflin went from throwing in the upper-80s to sitting in the low-90s and touching 96 this spring. His fading changeup is one of the best in the high school crop and his inconsistent breaking ball morphs between a slider and curveball. Because he’s still growing into his body, he’s struggled to repeat his delivery and it’s led to command problems and that sketchy breaking ball. His baseball acumen and pitchability are considered pluses. Eflin’s total package screams workhorse starter down the line.

Keith Law (#14), MLB.com (#25), and Baseball America (#31) all consider Eflin a first round talent even after the triceps injury, and for what it’s worth, Baseball America had the Yankees selecting him with their first round pick (#30 overall) in their most recent mock draft. I’m a sucker for big high school arms and I like that Eflin has already shown three pitches, a rarity among prepsters. The triceps issue is a concern but it’s not like it’s his shoulder or elbow, plus he’s thrown fine in recent outings. I’m very intrigued and I sorta wish I hadn’t seen that latest mock draft because now my hopes are up.

Yankees trade Steve Pearce to Orioles for cash
Injury Updates: Robertson, Gardner Joba
  • jjyank

    Mike, you’re the man. I know nothing about these kids, and RAB has been a great resource to prepare for draft day. Also, reading these draft profiles makes draft day way more enjoyable. Instead of watching the Yankees select some random kid I’ve never heard of, it’s cool to hold out hope that they select someone that I’ve read about.

    I don’t have much to say about Zach Elfin, but keep up the great work, Mike.

  • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

    Eflin would be a huge get at #30. Big projectable frame, three pitches. I think he is gonna be a steal for some team. Hopefully the Yankees will have the chance and pull the trigger.

    • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

      Hey Mike, any guys that you haven’t already written about/won’t write about before the draft that you’re keen on?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Nah, I got all my personal faves in.

  • RetroRob

    Look down to players ranked between #70 and 105 for the Yankees first-round pick. : -)

    I’ll admit, I’m actually more interested in this draft than usual just to see how all teams (not just the Yankees) adjust their strategies to the CBA.

    • American Wang

      Ranked by who. Why do you think Keith law knows anything. If he did he would be working for an MLB team instead of running a blog.

      • JohnnyC

        Supposedly Law turned down a job in the Astros front office this winter/spring. Sure, the Astros suck but how better to prove his ability to scout talent?

  • JonS

    I initially read this as Zac Efron. Lol

    • joek

      Who is zac Efron? I googled him so now I know but why would a self respecting adult know who he is??