With the 452nd pick in the MLB Entry Draft, the New York Yankees selected left-handed pitcher Andrew Chin in the 15th round. Chin, who was the arguably the best and most consistent pitcher for Boston College this past season, was the only Eagle starter to post a winning record.
Should Chin sign, he would likely be assigned to either the Rookie League or Short-Season Single-A League to start his professional career.
Chin was one of the most heralded and intriguing recruits brought into Chestnut Hill over the last couple of seasons. He posted a perfect 7-0 record with a 0.69 ERA as a junior at the Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols school as he helped the team to a 20-0 overall season. Named a TPX Preseason Second-Team High School All-American, he seemed a sure-fire bet for a top draft choice, possibly in the first round. But his career was temporarily derailed when he tore his elbow five innings into his senior season.
The Toronto Blue Jays still drafted Chin with their fifth round selection after he graduated from BB&N, but he opted to come to Boston College instead of starting his pro career. Redshirting his freshman year after Tommy John surgery, Chin began his road back last year, immediately making the starting rotation in his RS-Freshman year and starting 13 of his 14 games appeared in.
Despite a 1-8 record in '13, he led the Eagles with 45 strikeouts (20 of which were looking) and tied for the most starts with 13. His 3.88 ERA was second-best on the team, holding hitters to a .255 batting average. In what was perhaps his finest outing, he went 7.2 innings against Maryland on the season's final day, allowing two runs on four hits.
That led to a rocky summer in Chatham on the Cape, where he started seven of his nine appearances. He went 2-2, but his ERA ballooned to 6.45.
This past season, Chin was fantastic, once again saving his best for last. In his final start of the year against Clemson, he spun the first two hitter of the ACC era and the first complete game of the Mike Gambino era as he defeated the Tigers, 3-1. Chin would retire 10 straight in that game and 14 of the final 16 batters he faced, allowing just five base runners over nine innings of work.
The scouting report on Chin centers on his command and a deceiving repertoire. He has a fastball that can touch into the high 80s and is rated out very well, but his game centers on a sinker with deceptive off-speed movement. He has good movement inside and out against hitters, and he entered Boston College as one of the most complete pitchers Massachusetts had ever produced. His smarts are also unmatched, and he can outfox hitters by setting them before blowing them away with any one of a number of dangerous out pitches.
Chin is scheduled to join the Chatham Anglers for a second season, starting on June 11th at Orleans. Chin can play on the Cape for roughly a month, but he will be faced with signing a contract to begin his minor league career or return to Chestnut Hill. He must sign by July 15th.
Congratulations to Andrew Chin on his drafting by the Yankees!