2013 Draft: Yankees sign ninth rounder Conner Kendrick

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Via K. Levine-Flandrup: The Yankees have signed ninth round pick Conner Kendrick to a $115k signing bonus. Slot money for the 284th overall pick is just over $140k, so the team saved a little bit of draft pool money. He is a left-handed pitcher who signed as a junior out of Auburn.

Kendrick, 20, pitched to a 2.13 ERA with 75 strikeouts and 29 walks in 80.1 innings across nine starts and ten relief appearances this spring. “His fastball is solid-average at 90-91 mph, and he has a short, late breaking ball that he throws for strikes. His funky delivery gives him deception, but he is prone to leaving balls up,” wrote Baseball America before the draft (subs. req’d). Kendrick seems likely to move to the bullpen as a pro.

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  • Pseudoyanks

    I’m just dying to do my “Here come da judge” Flip Wilson routine…

    • ExitCashman

      How about “Judge Dredd”? Is Stallone a Yankee fan?

  • Bob Michaels

    Judge will be the last sign, he want`s over slot.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Just like every player ever drafted.

  • Preston

    I don’t care what Judge signs for, I just want him to hurry up and do it so I can check his progress in DoTF.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      His Twitter description says “outfielder for the New York Yankees,” so that’s a good sign.

      • Preston

        Hope so, to me the extra 100,000 to throw at some guy drafted in rounds 15-40 isn’t as consequential as getting this guy on the field and getting a 1/2 season to develop on the field.