Friday, June 16, 2017

Meet a Prospect: Kyle Zurak

The New York Yankees went searching for, you guessed it, a pitcher in the 8th round of the 2017 MLB First Year Players Draft and they came back with a right-handed pitcher by the name of Kyle Zurak. Zurak was drafted out of Radford University in Virginia after spending his tenure there as the team’s closer and occasional starter. When I see that a pitcher has some starting experience but was drafted as a reliever by the Yankees my mind always wonders if this pitcher could be the next Jonathan Holder or Chance Adams. I guess only time will tell with Kyle so let’s meet him. This is Meet a Prospect: The Kyle Zurak Edition.

Zurak was named one of the 25 semifinalists for the Gregg Olson Award in 2017 which honors college baseball’s Breakout Player of the Year. Zurak posted a 4-4 record this season with nine saves and a 2.40 ERA in 60 innings pitched. Along the way Zurak struck out 73 batters while only allowing nine extra-base hits all season long due in large part to a huge spike in velocity.

Zurak once possessed a fastball that only touched 85-87 MPH as a freshman but during his senior season the right-hander saw his fastball touching 95 MPH. Zurak was dominant as a closer and in his one start of the season he threw a complete-game two-hitter against Presbyterian in the Big South Finals. Zurak can do it all.

Zurak is a college senior, he’s going to sign. He is going to sign and he is going to sign for cheap so I feel comfortable welcoming him not only to the organization but to the family as well. Welcome!

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