Draft Report: Jordan Montgomery, College Pitcher

The Yankees took strike-throwing left-hander Jordan Montgomery from the University of South Carolina with their fourth-round selection (122nd overall) in the First-Year Player Draft.

Montgomery, 21, was 8-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 16 starts this season for the Gamecocks. In 100 innings, Montgomery allowed 45 runs (38 earned) and 93 hits with 29 walks and 95 strikeouts.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

He cracked South Carolina's rotation as a freshman, starring at the College World Series, and has been the Gamecocks' top starter for the past two seasons. Scouts have rated Montgomery as a good bet to reach his big league rotation potential, probably at the back end.

Montgomery sits 87-91 mph with an effective fastball that features run and sink, with good control. His best pitch is his changeup, and Montgomery also mixes in cutters and curveballs.

He turned in an excellent outing against Campbell in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on May 30, allowing two runs and five hits without a walk while matching his season high with nine strikeouts.

"When I have my changeup, I'm able to go deep in the game because it makes my fastball that more efficient," Montgomery told The State, "and I can throw it in and catch them guessing every now and then."

Yanks take high school righty DeCarr in third round

2014 Draft: Yankees draft RHP Austin DeCarr No. 91

The Yankees dipped into Red Sox country for their second selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, choosing high school right-hander Austin DeCarr from the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn., in the third round.

DeCarr, who has committed to Clemson University, has been rated to be more advanced than many of his counterparts despite being in just his second full year of pitching.

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The 6-foot-3, 218-pound hurler has a fastball that sits at 92-93 mph, but scouts have seen DeCarr reach back for 95 mph when he needs it. His curveball has shown flashes of being a plus offering, and he believes that it is his best pitch at this point. DeCarr's changeup gives him the chance to have a very effective three-pitch mix.

A product of Roxbury, Mass., DeCarr started his high school career at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass. He had some elbow issues in his final two seasons at Xaverian, and after committing to Clemson in 2012, DeCarr stopped throwing for about five months leading into a post-graduate year at Salisbury.

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His arm seemed to enjoy the respite, as he came back throwing harder this spring and was rated by some scouts as the top high school pitcher in Massachusetts. DeCarr told the Boston Herald that if he gets selected and does not sign, Clemson is an appealing choice.

"It's nice to be able to have those options," DeCarr told the Herald. "Playing professional baseball has been something I've wanted to do since I was a kid. If things don't work out there, I'll get a chance to play at a great school."

Yanks draft hard-throwing hurler Foley in Round 5

Draft Report: Jordan Foley, College Pitcher

The Yankees opened their 2014 Draft class with a fourth consecutive pitching pick, selecting hard-throwing right-hander Jordan Foley from Central Michigan University in the fifth round (152nd overall) on Friday.

Foley, 20, is a re-draft by the Yankees, having also been taken in the 26th round back in 2011 out of high school in Texas. Foley came north and attended college in the Upper Midwest when his family moved to Michigan.

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Developing into the Chippewas' ace after a rough freshman season, Foley excelled in the Cape Cod League last year and built on that momentum this season as a junior, maintaining a 93-96-mph fastball deep into games. He could project either as a starter or as a reliever.

In 15 starts, Foley was 6-5 with a 3.69 ERA, throwing two complete games. He permitted 104 hits and 58 runs (40 earned) in 97 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out 81.

Foley has a slider that generates swings and misses but lacks consistency, a changeup that features deception and sink and a developing splitter that could prove to be quite effective.

At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Foley has a strong build and projects as a durable starter, though his high arm slot has concerned some scouts. Foley is rated as a strike-thrower but is still refining his command.

Righty Holder is Yanks' fifth straight pitcher selected

Jonathan Holder served as Mississippi State's closer.

In hopes of continuing to replenish the pitching side of their farm system, the Yankees selected Mississippi State right-hander Jonathan Holder in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

New York has used each of its first five picks on pitchers. Holder, 21, is a big-bodied hurler at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds who has been battle tested in the closer role for the Bulldogs.

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Over his three-year collegiate career, the Gulfport, Miss., product is 11-2 with a 1.54 ERA and 37 saves in 80 appearances, wielding a low-90s fastball and a true curveball that he can throw for strikes.

This past season, Holder was 7-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 22 outings, logging seven saves. In 50 2/3 innings, Holder allowed 41 hits and 14 runs (12 earned), walking nine and striking out 68.

Holder is the second Mississippi State player selected by the Yankees this year. They took left-hander Jacob Lindgren in the second round with the 55th overall pick.

Yanks select Texas outfielder Payton in seventh round

Texas outfielder Mark Payton had been previously drafted twice.

The Yankees' first position player selected in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft was left-handed-hitting outfielder Mark Payton, who was taken in the seventh round (212th overall) on Friday.

Payton, a 22-year-old senior, is playing for a trip to the College World Series this weekend as the Texas Longhorns match up with the University of Houston.

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Payton was once again one of Texas' top offensive players this season. A line-drive hitter with some speed, Payton batted .319 (68-for-213) with 15 doubles, five triples, one home run and 36 RBIs in 58 games.

A product of Chicago, Payton was a perfect 16-for-16 in stolen-base attempts, logging a .455 on-base percentage and a .451 slugging percentage.

Measuring 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, Payton has said that he grew up idolizing Cal Ripken Jr. and Derek Jeter, but has lately gravitated more toward trying to emulate Dustin Pedroia.

"He's not the tallest guy, he's not the biggest guy," Payton told Big12Sports.com in April. "He's a gamer and he grinds every game. He's the hardest worker in the game, I believe. That's the guy you want to be on your team.

"You want to be that guy that everyone loves and be the first guy at the ballpark and the last one to leave. Everyone knows he's going to give everything he's got and that's what I want to do."

Payton was previously selected in the 2010 Draft out of high school by the Twins, who took him in the 31st round, and again in last year's Draft by the Indians, who took him in the 16th round.

After weighing his options about signing with Cleveland, Payton decided to return to school, hoping for another crack at the College World Series.

First baseman Spencer goes to Yanks in Round 8

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The Yankees selected first baseman Connor Spencer from the University of California-Irvine in the eighth round (242nd overall) of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

Spencer, 21, has been rated as a good line-drive hitter for the Anteaters, who are matching up with Oklahoma State at the NCAA Stillwater Super Regional in Stillwater, Okla., in hopes of securing a berth in the College World Series.

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In 61 games this season, Spencer batted .364 (84-for-231) with 15 doubles, five triples and one homer, collecting 43 RBIs. He posted a .453 on-base percentage and a .485 slugging percentage.

A left-handed-hitting junior who throws right-handed, Spencer attended Tesoro (Calif.) High School before attending college. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the Corvallis Regional late Monday night.

Spencer hit .400 (6-for-15), had five RBIs, three doubles and scored five runs in four games to help lead the Anteaters to the regional title over No. 1 seed Oregon State.

Yanks nab Vandy shortstop Conde in ninth round

With their ninth-round selection and the 272nd overall pick, the Yankees chose infielder Vince Conde from Vanderbilt University on Friday.

Conde, a 20-year-old junior who was named a first-team All-SEC shortstop, is still on the field this weekend for Vanderbilt as his club faces off against Stanford, hoping to advance to the College World Series.

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Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the 6-foot, 190-pound Conde attended Orangewood Christian (Fla.) High School, where was a high school and summer ball teammate of Dante Bichette Jr., who was the Yankees' first-round pick (51st overall) in 2011. Conde batted .307 (62-for-202) with nine doubles, a triple, four homers and 44 RBIs in 66 games this season at Vanderbilt.

Moving from third base to shortstop this year, Conde was 10-for-12 in stolen-base attempts, working 33 walks and striking out 33 times. He posted a .415 on-base percentage and a .421 slugging percentage, and is rated as a very good defensive player. Conde has listed the Yankees and the Marlins as his favorite baseball teams.

Yanks close Day 2 by taking JMU infielder McFarland

The Yankees wrapped up business on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday by selecting infielder Ty McFarland from James Madison (Va.) University in the 10th round, the 302nd overall selection.

McFarland was the eighth college player taken in the first nine picks by the Yankees, who have selected five pitchers and four position players through the Draft's second day.

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McFarland, 22, is a left-handed batter who throws right-handed. He is the son of longtime JMU head coach Joe "Spanky" McFarland.

As a senior, McFarland was First Team All-CAA and led JMU in batting average (.317; 72-for-227), slugging percentage (.507), runs scored (47), hits, home runs (nine), total bases (115), at-bats and tied for first in games started (53).

McFarland also led the team with 21 multihit games, nine of which featured three or more hits. He also had 12 doubles, two triples and three steals, walking 21 times and striking out 19 times.