Yankees sign fifth round pick RHP Jordan Foley

Afternoon thoughts before the finale in Seattle
Thursday Night Open Thread

The Yankees have officially signed fifth round draft pick RHP Jordan Foley, he announced on Twitter. Chris Cotillo says he received a $317,500 bonus, which is full slot value for the 152nd overall pick. You can see all of the team’s picks at Baseball America and keep tabs on the draft pool situation with our 2014 Draft Pool Tracker.

Foley, 21 next month, was ranked as the 128th best prospect in the draft class by Baseball America. “Foley works primarily off an 89-94 mph fastball, touching 96, and at times he shows a plus slider, though he struggles to repeat it. Other scouts see Foley as a reliever because he uses a split-finger fastball as a changeup to combat lefthanded hitters,” they wrote in their subscriber-only scouting report. The Yankees also drafted Foley in the 26th round of the 2011 draft out of high school.

Afternoon thoughts before the finale in Seattle
Thursday Night Open Thread
  • tom

    Joba Chamberlain Duo?

    Splitting fastball can work out just fine in starting role. Blah!

    I think he should remain as a starter in the minor and find a way to clean up his mechanic. After 2 years, if he does not improve anything then he can convert to a full time reliever for good.

    Yankees are not in a hurry to bolster the bullpen.

  • Wayne

    Signing all these guys like Jordan Foley and other top reliever draft picks will Make you feel better about losing José Ramírez . Our bullpen is going to be in great shape for the future.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      The trolliest this dude’s ever sounded.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    I really like what I saw in the video Mike posted on Foley. Reminds me of Tom Seaver/Craig Swan type body & mechanics. Not saying he’s Seaver or even Swan, but sheesh, the dude is built, and I love his smooth Seaveresque type delivery. Foley’s my long-shot “he’s gonna be a really good pitcher” pick of this draft.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Try every one of these relievers as starters until they fail miserably.

    If one of them turns into something less than Betances/Robertson and one turns into today’s version of Whitely, it’s a stinking lottery win.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    If at first you don’t succeed, Cashman failed.

  • Cheval Anonyme

    Speaking of signings, it is not credible to me that Austin DeCarr got exactly 2 times the slot bonus, to the exact penny. It sounds like a misinterpretation by someone of an idle remark. Is this information from a proven, reliable source?