Thursday, June 5, 2008

Stanford LHP Bleich

With their second pick in the 2008 draft, the Yankees selected Stanford southpaw Jeremy Bleich. It comes as no surprise that the Yankees picked up a lefthanded pitcher with the sandwich pick, and though Christian Freidrich would have been my favorite, there was no way he would last until pick #44.

Bleich's favorite pitcher - and his most comparable - is Andy Pettitte, minus the cut fastball. Both pitchers are from Louisiana but Bleich's family is originally from Brooklyn and are huge Yankees fans. Therefore, Bleich is a lifelong Yankee fan who is comparable to Pettitte. Probably a bit of a reach [Tim Mellville would have been nice], but the Yankees must like what they saw from Bleich and made their move.

Jeremy Bleich is a good looking 6'2/185 LHP from Metairie, LA, high 80's LHP, outstanding command, excellent hard dropping 76 mph CB, arm works fluidly, mechanics are solid, highest level college prospect with high draft potential, excellent student.
To be honest, I've never heard of Bleich before, but I will do some digging as the day progresses.

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