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Leury Tejada Signs With the Texas Rangers

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The New York Nine Scout Team’s Leury Tejada inked his professional contract with the Texas Rangers on June 10th at the home of high school coach Jason Norman, with family and friends in attendance.

Tejada established himself as a top prep pitcher in New York City at Walton High School. In 2017, Tejada posted a 0.00 era allowing a total of three runs, all unearned, for the entire season. With a projectable thin frame and quick arm that produces low 90’s fastballs he profiles to add velocity as he adds weight.

“The Rangers got a good one in Tejada”, said an anonymous National League Scout. “He has a quick, whippy arm that has more velocity in it, and it’s easy velo. It’s effortless”.

His high school coach Jason Norman added, “Leury Tejada came to the United States in 10th grade as a wide-eyed talent who wanted to hit and play shortstop – and left school as a precocious starting pitcher and a Top 10 draft pick of the Texas Rangers. Talent alone does not tell that story. What makes Leury special is his tremendous confidence and desire to win, the athleticism he brought to the mound that was honed at shortstop and centerfield, and his ability to absorb and implement instruction. Every player who wants to get the most of their ability should take note. Leury was an absolute pleasure to coach and I have the utmost confidence that he will be a successful professional baseball player.”

The 10th round selection by the Rangers made Tejada the first high school player taken from New York City in this year’s draft. We wish Leury well and know that he will work hard and represent his family, coaches and the New York Nine in a professional manner.

Alumni Dunn, Sheffield selected in First Round of 2016 Amateur Draft

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New York Nine Alum Justin Dunn, a right handed pitcher from Boston College and Team New York Alum Jordan Sheffield, a right handed pitcher from Vanderbilt University were both first round selections in the Rule 4 draft yesterday.

Dunn, who was selected 19th overall by the New York Mets, is currently 4-1 with a 1.49 era. He has fanned 66 batters in 60 1/3 innings while only allowing 46 hits and a .208 batting average against him. He was named an All-American, and his 11-strikeout performance in his last outing against Tulane helped lead BC to winning the Oxford regional.

Sheffield, a Tennessee native, was snagged by the Los Angeles Dodgers with pick number 36. Sheffield was a three time winner of the SEC pitcher of the week award while leading the Commodore staff with 8 wins, a 3.01 era and 113 strikeouts. At one point this season Sheffield didn’t allow an earned run for 32 consecutive innings.

We wish these two outstanding young men well as they advance their careers at the professional level.

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New York Nine Alumni Drafted In The 2015 MLB Draft

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The 2015 First-Year Player Draft saw three former New York Nine/Team New York players selected. RHP Heath Slatton was taken in the 18th round, with the 546th pick by the San Francisco Giants. The righty was taken out of Middle Tennessee State University and limited opposing batters to .57 home runs per nine innings pitched. LHP Matt Clancy was taken in the 13th round, with the 395th pick, by the Seattle Mariners. Clancy has been fantastic this year at St. John’s, sporting a 2.91 ERA in 34 innings with 9.26 K’s per nine and only 6.88 hits allowed per nine. LHP Rock Rucker was taken by the Cincinnati Reds, out of University of Auburn-Montgomery, with the 595th pick. According to an anonymous scout, Rock is “super athletic with a loose easy arm and throws an easy 92-95. Rock could have a solid big league career if developed and given a chance.” The New York Nine Organization wishes these fine young men health and success as they begin their professional baseball careers.

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