OKLAHOMA CITY (June 8, 2013) – The New York Yankees took hard-throwing Oklahoma Christian starting pitcher Cale Coshow in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Coshow, a right-hander who just finished his sophomore season with the Eagles, became the first OC player taken in the baseball draft since 2001, when the Tampa Bay Rays took Nick Aiello in the 50th round.
Coshow, who played his high school ball at Deer Creek in Edmond, is only the eighth OC player ever to be drafted. He was the 404th overall selection of the draft.
“I’m very excited for Cale,” OC coach Lonny Cobble said. “My first and last players at (Edmond) Santa Fe (High School) were drafted by the Yankees. This is really cool that my first player picked at OC is a Yankee! Cale is a hard worker and is very deserving of this. Hopefully he’s the first of many.”
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Coshow went 2-0 as a freshman at Oklahoma before transferring to OC. This season, he was one of OC’s top starters and went 3-5 with a 4.56 ERA. In 13 appearances (all starts) he pitched 73 innings, with 69 strikeouts and 28 walks. He threw two complete games.
“God works in mysterious ways,” Coshow said. “He is giving me this opportunity and I can’t wait to see what it leads to!”
According to the scouting report on Coshow on the MLB website, he “has a plus fastball that he can run up to 96 mph and also throws a curveball and a changeup, both of which could be average or better in the future.”
The scouting report notes that Coshow “was a top recruit coming out of high school and still has considerable upside. A team that thinks they can smooth out his command issues could take Coshow.”
Coshow was the first player taken from a Heartland Conference team in this year's MLB draft.