Saturday, June 16, 2018

Meet a Prospect: Josh Maciejewski

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With the New York Yankees 10th round selection in the 2018 MLB First Year Players Draft and 307th pick overall the organization drafted Josh Maciejewski out of UNC Charlotte. Yes, you guessed it… Maciejewski is a college starting pitcher, this time from the left-side though, with a huge frame standing 6’3” and weighing in at 209 lbs. Let’s meet him. This is Meet a Prospect: The Josh Maciejewski Edition.

Maciejewski is another college senior the Yankees drafted, this time out of the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Maciejewski has a high 80 MPH fastball that he mixes with a changeup and a developing slider, a pitch the Yankees organization has seemingly fallen in love with over the years. Maciejewski used that repertoire to post a 9-2 record this season with a 2.25 ERA en route to earning First team All-Conference USA honors.

Here is what the UNC-Charlotte athletics page had to say about Maciejewski:

“SET CHARLOTTE ALL-TIME RECORD FOR MOST STARTS IN A CAREER WITH 55 AFTER HIS COMPLETE-GAME, THREE-HIT SHUTOUT OF UAB IN THE CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT ON MAY 24TH … MADE ALL 15 STARTS ON THE WEEKEND IN 2018 GOING 9-2 WITH A 2.25 ERA … THREW 104 INNINGS WITH 104 STRIKEOUTS ALLOWING JUST 31 RUNS, 26 EARNED AVERAGING NINE STRIKEOUTS PER GAME AND A 4/1 STRIKEOUT-TO-WALK RATIO…  PUT UP CAREER BEST NUMBERS IN ALL MAJOR CATEGORIES DURING HIS FINAL SEASON INCLUDING WINS, ERA, INNINGS PITCHES, RUNS/EARNED RUNS, STRIKEOUTS AND OPPONENTS BATTING AVERAGE (.215) … IN ADDITION TO EARNING THE TOP SPOT ALL-TIME FOR CAREER STARTS, THE LEFT-HANDER FINISHED FIFTH WITH 330.1 CAREER INNINGS PITCHED, SIXTH ALL-TIME WITH 264 STRIKEOUTS AND TIED FOR SIXTH WITH 21 CAREER WINS.”

The Yankees should have no problem churning out, at worst, a healthy crop of good relief pitchers in the near future from the farm system. At best, though, the organization has stockpiled a ton of pitchers that could potentially move quick through the farm system. Nice work by them, kudos.

Maciejewski has already signed with the club so a warm welcome to the organization to him, and an even warmer welcome to the Yankees family. You can follow him on twitter by following @J_Maciejewski22.

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