New York Yankees Select Catcher Austin Wells 28th Overall

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In a modified 2020 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees had the 28th overall pick, and with it, they took Arizona catcher, Austin Wells.

Due to COVID-19 ending the college baseball season shortly after it started, the 2020 MLB Draft was shortened to only five rounds rather than its typical 40. With that, the New York Yankees were given the 28th overall selection in the first round, a pick they used on a swiss army knife.

With the 28th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees selected Austin Wells. Wells’ primary position is catcher, but he can also be used at first base and in the outfield as well.

Wells is a 6’2″, 220lb lefty, who in 71 games with the Wildcats collected 99 hits, tallied 85 runs, seven home runs, 74 RBIs, seven stolen bases and 63 walks with 57 strikeouts.

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Wells struggles with pitches away, but considering the fact that he played less than a season and a half of college baseball, this is something that can surely be improved upon. The biggest question most have when it comes to Wells is what position he will ultimately play.

The good news is, if the Yankees struggle figuring out where to place him, they can always make him a designated hitter. This might be a solid move for the Yankees considering many scouts say that Wells has power to all fields and if he can improve on hitting balls away, he could be a very good hitter.

There’s no doubt that the Yankees took Wells more so for his offensive ability than his defensive ability, but the question is, will he be worth the 28th pick? Wells certainly has a lot he can improve on, but that’s not a problem for the Yankees as they will have plenty of time to develop him into the player they need him to be.

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As a 20-year-old who will turn 21 on July 12th, Wells certainly has time to work on his game and he likely will not see Yankee Stadium for quite some time. However, this is certainly a scout to keep an eye on as he could be a slugger for the Yankees in the future.