Wednesday, February 17, 2016

TGP Top 30 Prospects List - #13 Drew Finley

Drew Finley is the 2015 version of what Ian Clarkin was when he was drafted in 2013. Finley was a High-School pitcher with the sky as his ceiling when the Yankees drafted him this past season in the third round and he began his professional career with the Pulaski Yankees. Finley only threw 32.0 innings in 2015 in just 12 games, all starts, but he was just getting his feet wet professionally. Finley's stats were not important, not at 18-years old, as the fact that he made it through his first professional season healthy. You cannot put a price tag on how important it is for a young pitcher to get his feet wet as soon as he can after being drafted.

Finley sports an 88-91 MPH fastball out of High School but he has plenty of time to grow into his big 6'3" frame and add not only velocity but muscle as well. While in High School Finley struck out 20 batters in a single game thanks to that fastball and an ever-growing changeup and plus-strikeout pitch, his 12-to-6 curve. Keith Law had Finley ranked as the 24th best prospect in the draft last year giving the Yankees an absolute steal, albeit a steal that comes attached with a project.

Finley is far from a finished product but the talent is definitely there. This time next season he could easily be a Top 10 prospect with a strong season or he could fall to the 15-20 range if he struggles whatsoever. You can teach mechanics, you can add or tweak pitches but you can't teach talent. Finley needs work but Finley has talent and that's a great sign for the Yankees.

13. Drew Finley
14. Mason Williams
15. Slade Heathcott
16. Abi Avelino
17. Hoy-Jun Park
18. Luis Torrens
19. Cale Coshow
20. Chance Adams
21. Miguel Andujar
22. Jonathan Holder
23. Tyler Wade
24. Nick Rumbelow
25.Jordan Montgomery
26.Trey Amburgey
27. Ben Gamel
28. Austin DeCarr
29. Thairo Estrada
30. James Pazos

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