The Yankees have solid pitching depth across their minor league system. That depth is headlined by numerous prospects that have reached the upper levels of the system and are now all over the Yankees top-30 prospects list. In this year’s draft, it would not be surprising to see the Yankees once again focus on pitching in the way that they did in 2017. One of the arms that will be on their radar is Auburn University right-hander Tanner Burns who they drafted late in the 2017 draft when he was coming out of high school.
Burns was an outstanding pitching prospect coming out of high school and was projected to go near the end of the first round or early in the second round that season. Burns comes from a baseball family, as his father was a minor leaguer in the Houston Astros system and an amateur coach. He was a good enough hitter that his draft scouting report from that season notes that he has the ability to be a two way player in college.
From day one at Auburn, Burns has produced while pitching against the best competition in baseball in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Yankees have SEC alumni in James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery and Jonathan Holder on their roster….