Bryce Montes de Oca: RHP 6’8’’ 265 pounds
Rank: MLB.com, 65; Minor league Ball 84; Keith Law, 43; Scout.com, 104; BA 76
Oca is a rare find, as he a top prep prospect from Kansas. His stock was actually higher a couple of seasons ago, but he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013. Despite the high recovery rate for that operation his stock took a hit before this season. However, he has shown that he is healthy, and has reached 97 MPH.
His fastball is the reason that he is projected to go in the first 3 rounds, but his secondary stuff and his control is not as refined. Both his curve and changeup need to improve. This is to be expected as he is still in high school, and probably hasn’t really needed a pitch to compliment his fastball. His size and control are probably the bigger issues. Most tall major league starters have come out of college, and it is extremely difficult for a tall pitcher to perfect their motion.
The Yankees really like tall pitchers, their major league rotation very tall this season and they have taken risk with big pitcher in the international and draft market. They also really love to take prep pitchers, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, Ian Clarkin, Ty Hensley, all support that claim. Lastly they have shown the willingness to take risks. Andrew Brackman was a major one, and for a while it looked like it would really pay off.
He really seems like the type of player that they would take, but I’m not sure if they would view him as a second round pick. Right now he sounds like a reach but his stock could still go up before the draft. With that said adding him to a GCL team that already features a tall hard throwing righty in Domingo Acevedo would be pretty amazing to watch.