Foxborough native Austin DeCarr, a former Xaverian High star who did a post-graduate season this spring at Salisbury (Conn.) School, was selected in the third round in the second day of the Major League Baseball Draft today, 91st overall, by the New York Yankees.
The 6-foot-3 DeCarr was one of the fastest-rising prospects over the last year, committing to Clemson University last July after hitting 93 mph in a series of summer showcases. After showing promise as a sophomore at Xaverian in 2011, DeCarr spent a good amount of his final two high school seasons on the mend, though he did record a key save in the Hawk's run to the MIAA Division 1 State Championship in 2012.
This spring, DeCarr has topped out at 97 mph, and was expected to be one of the first Massachusetts natives taken in the draft. Bay Staters Tyler Beede (Auburn), Sean Newcomb (Middleborough), Isan Diaz (Springfield) were taken ahead of DeCarr with the 14th, 15th and 70th overall picks, respectively.
In his second to last start, a May 12 win over Taft (Conn.), DeCarr struck out a career-best 19 batters, drawing heaps of praise from area scouts as well as Peter Gammons.
Comparing to DeCarr to his friend Beede, the former Lawrence Academy star who has now been drafted twice in the first round (2011, 2014), one American League scout told ESPNBoston.com earlier this week that DeCarr's breaking ball is more advanced than Beede's was at this stage of his career.
"I’d say his breaking ball has become more advanced than Tyler’s was at this point," the scout said. "I’d say he’s got a bigger breaking ball, maybe not thrown quite as hard at times as Tyler’s, but it’s got a little more depth and shape to it. But Ty pitched off his changeup more in high school, so they’re a little different in that sense."