2012 MLB Draft Prospects: Potential Yankees Selection Austin Maddox
With the 2012 MLB first-year player draft just around the corner, it's time to start taking a look at some names we should start to familiarize ourselves with.
Maddox, a junior at the University of Florida, is a right-handed pitcher and catcher that stands at 6'3" and weight 235 pounds.
As a catcher out of Eagle's View Academy High School in Jacksonville, Florida, he was selected to the Rawlings First Team All-American Florida - All Region First Team.
The Tampa Bay Rays then selected him in the 37th round of the 2009 draft.
Needless to say, Maddox instead chose to become a Florida Gator.
In his two-year career with the Gators, Maddox has hit .308 with 23 home runs and 107 RBI. He is a catcher with big power and a cannon for an arm, but some scouts project him as more of a pitcher in the long run.
Maddox only began his collegiate pitching career in 2011, but he definitely impressed the scouts. In 21 appearances out of the bullpen, he compiled a 3-0 record to go along with an 0.67 ERA.
He saved five games and struck out 21 batters in 27 innings.
It's likely that the Yankees would only select Maddox as a pitcher, as their farm system is stocked full of young, talented catchers—i.e. Gary Sanchez and J.R. Murphy.
We'll find out the Yankees' first-round selection next week, but we'll keep speculating potential picks until the official selection is made.
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