One for the road.
Vanderbilt right-hander Jack Leiter is gearing up for what will most likely be his last appearance with the Commodores.
He’s in line to begin Monday when Vanderbilt opens the College World Series final against Mississippi State.
Leiter and the Commodores moved forward over the weekend when the state of North Carolina had to be removed from the tournament due to COVID-19 protocols.
Leiter, the son of former New York Yankees and New York Mets southpaw Al Leiter, last pitched a week ago, throwing 123 shots and striking out 15 on catches in a loss to full match against the Wolfpack.
Leiter, the Summit, NJ native who played high school ball for Delbarton School in Morristown, is 10-4 with a 2.08 ERA in 17 starts this season.
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Leiter should be in the top five 2021 MLB Draft.
the Pirates of pittsburgh will have the first chance to call Leiter’s name when the draft begins on July 11.
This will be Leiter’s second round in the draft. The Yankees selected him in the 20th round of the 2019 MLB Draft, even though he was determined to attend Vanderbilt.
Damon Oppenheimer, Yankees National Amateur Scouting Vice President, explained what New York City thought when he picked Leiter. Through MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand:
“In the 20th round, Jack was obviously the best player in the table. I know his deep commitment to Vanderbilt, but there’s always a percent chance something could happen. As small as it is, it is there. Vanderbilt is the most likely scenario, however. At this point, it becomes a balancing act. You know you probably won’t be able to get him signed on these rounds, so why use the choice? In the 20th round, I weigh my chances there; that less than 1% chance or those relationships, they’re worth it at this point. Jack will be a draft-eligible sophomore in two years, and the idea that the Yankees will have been a big part of his high school graduation and development, that might help us with some information at this point, l ‘access to him at that point, stuff like that. There is a time when there are relationships that are built because of this. “
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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