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Cole Ayers goes to the Yankees in Round 16

July 13, 2021

Jordan Boitnott With pick 483 in round 16 of the MLB Amateur Draft the New York Yankees drafted Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ pitcher Cole Ayers. Ayers was used as both a starter and reliever with the Scrappers. In eight appearances he started five games. During those appearances he posted a 3.52

Jordan Boitnott

With pick 483 in round 16 of the MLB Amateur Draft the New York Yankees drafted Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ pitcher Cole Ayers.

Ayers was used as both a starter and reliever with the Scrappers. In eight appearances he started five games. During those appearances he posted a 3.52 ERA and 1.0 WHIP over 30.2 innings. Ayers struck out 38 and dominated his opponents keeping them at a .187 batting average.

The right hander’s pitch mix consists of a fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. Ayers sits around 90-92 MPH on his fastball, but when he digs deep he can ramp it up to 95 (_Prep Baseball Report_). His other three pitches are all in the 81-84 range and he can occasionally get them all up to 86 MPH. Ayers has a high Whiff% on his slider and curveball at 55.9% and 55.3% respectively.

Prior to joining the Scrappers he attended State College of Florida. In two seasons he posted a 3.80 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 87.2 innings (SCFManatees). His incredible strikeout numbers helped him average 11.70 K/9. Next season he will be a junior, like many other players in the draft the choice of turning pro or returning to school looms large.