Post by vermontsox1 on Jun 11, 2020 20:04:30 GMT -5
Wu-Yelland impressed with a 3.16 ERA in the Cape Cod League last summer and entered the year as Hawaii’s top college draft prospect in the state. He allowed only one earned run in 13 innings before the season shut down, headlined by four scoreless innings with six strikeouts in a matchup against Vanderbilt. Wu-Yelland brings considerable arm strength from the left side with a 91-94 mph fastball that touches 96. He complements his fastball with a loopy, low-80s breaking ball he keeps out of the middle of the plate and a low-80s changeup that is effective against righties. Wu-Yelland has the arsenal to start, but he has struggled to consistently throw strikes in his career and projects as a reliever long-term. He pitched out of the bullpen exclusively this spring and excelled in both long relief and save situations.
I would imagine they have worked out a deal with each of them. Im curious to see what they nab in round 5. They should have a good amount of cash left unless they are expecting Blaze to be in the 2 million range. If thats the case then I would assume college junior type. I would love to see them snag the kid from Florida, but won't happen. Anyways it will be interesting to see what Wu-Yelland can do. I can imagine a Jalen Beeks type if he could hold as a starter.
"Their first-round pick caught the industry by surprise, their second-round pick was lost to a sign-stealing scandal and their third-round pick was something of an internet celebrity — at least by high school baseball standards.
But it was the fourth-round pick who seemed to mean a little extra to the Red Sox on Thursday.
His name was Jeremy Wu-Yelland. He’s a big, left-handed pitcher out of the University of Hawaii. He throws hard, made a strong impression in the Cape Cod League and might work best as a reliever in pro ball. Pretty standard stuff for a fourth-round pick.
Except the scout who found him was J.J. Altobelli, and in this year of all years, it meant a little more for the Red Sox to choose one of Altobelli’s guys.
His father, John; stepmother, Keri; and 13-year-old sister, Alyssa, were killed in the January helicopter crash that also took the life of Kobe Bryant and five others.
“It was very meaningful to me,” Altobelli said via text message from his home in Newport Beach, Calif. “There is no doubt it has been an extremely difficult year so far. All the credit goes to Jeremy and the talent he has and the work he has put in to put himself in the position to be selected. But to be able to have a player selected this year, especially with what has gone on in my life, I will never forget that moment. Means everything to me, and I’m thankful to (scouting director Paul Toboni) and the staff for making that selection. Jeremy has a bright future, and I’m excited to see what he does with the opportunity.”"