Austin Wells, the Yankees first-round draft pick, signed this past Friday. Wells was the 28th overall 2020 draft pick and a catcher from the University of Arizona.
The six-foot-two, 220-pound catcher slashed .357/.476/.560 (99-for-277) along with 35 extra-base hits (7 HRs), 74 RBI, 85 R, and 63 BB in 71 games for the University of Arizona. Even in a shortened sophomore campaign, Wells hit .375/.527/.589 (21-for-56) with 8 extra-base hits (2 HR), 14 RBI, 12 R, and 17 BB in just 15 games. The Las Vegas native also received a series of accolades for his impressive 2020 season; he became a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and was named to the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award watch list. After the 2019 season, Wells was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Before being drafted by the Yankees this year, Wells ranked as the 21st best prospect according to Baseball America and the 27th best prospect according to MLB Pipeline.
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