2013 Draft: Kyle Devin

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The 2013 amateur draft will be held from June 6-8 this year, and between now and then I’m going to highlight some prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.

Kyle Devin | C

A Massachusetts kid who attends Lynn Classical High School just north of Boston, Devin played for the Yankees Area Code Games team last summer. In one game during the showcase, he threw out five attempted base-stealers while picking up two singles and a walk at the plate. He’s committed to Stony Brook.

Scouting Report
Devin, who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 205 lbs., stands out for the power in his bat and the power in his arm. The left-handed swinger puts on big power displays in batting practice and shows a very strong arm from behind the plate. The rest of Devin’s game is very raw — he didn’t start catching until his sophomore year — including his offensive approach and general receiving and footwork at the catcher position. Power at the plate and throwing strength are two skills you can’t teach though, and they’re what will get Devin drafted in June.

Neither Baseball America (subs. req’d) nor Keith Law (subs. req’d) ranked Devin as one of the 50 best prospects in the draft class in their most recent rankings, and in fact he didn’t even crack Baseball America’s list of the top 200 high school prospects. Devin is a definite project and the lack of polish is just too much to ignore. The Yankees do generally love players with his skillset though, meaning a catcher who hits for power (especially from the left side) and offers arm strength. Devin certainly seems like someone they could target in the later rounds of the draft.

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  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Does he throw left handed?

    • vicki

      he does not. press play on the video.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        no video at work–thanks much! Interesting combo of right arm throw and left hand hit…

  • CONservative governMENt

    Sounds like Poterson2.0

    Maybe in round 50.

  • vicki


  • MannyGeee

    I like it. Big power, big arm, low risk high reward type pick.

  • trr

    Stony Brook, eh?

  • Larch

    I’m not a scout, but his swing looks weird to me. Maybe the bat is too heavy for his wrists, and/or his feet are too far apart. What do you guys think?

    • jjyank

      I actually like his swing, if for no other reason than simplicity. I think repeatability is a big issue for developing players, hitters and pitchers alike. He has barely any stride or leg kick, no bat movement. Just a simple pick up of the front foot and the bat through the zone. Seems like it would be easy to stay in a rhythm.

      And I’m not a scout either. This is simply an amateur opinion based off of a minute or two of video.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      I can kinda see it. Not a scout but looks like it could be a swing that translates well to batting practice and lesser pitching but might not do as well against better stuff. But he is raw and I’m sure there will be many adjustments to his mechanics as he learns the game of baseball.

  • OldYanksFan

    I usually don’t comment on HS guys, but I like this kid. Raw is fine for someone new at a position, but he looks to be very comfortable behind the plate. Nice simply swing. Doesn’t try to kill the ball. Goes with the pitch. I like him.

    Posada came up as a 2nd baseman.