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UK pitcher Carson Coleman signs free agent deal with New York Yankees

(Quinn Foster I UK Athletics)

(Quinn Foster I UK Athletics)

A Lexington baseball product is going to have his shot at making it to the Big Apple.

Kentucky Wildcats right-handed pitcher, Carson Coleman, has reportedly agreed to a free-agent deal with the New York Yankees. UK’s official Baseball account tweeted the announcement Sunday morning.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 MLB Draft was done quite differently than in decades past. Instead of franchises running through 40 rounds of picks, the league minimized that number all the way down to five. As a result, not a single former Kentucky player was selected in the draft and Coleman is the first to sign a free-agent deal.

Coleman has a career strikeout rate of 13.58 per nine innings while at Kentucky, the highest by any UK pitcher with at least 50 innings pitched since 1979. He graduated from Lexington Catholic High School before staying home and playing for the ‘Cats. In the 2019 MLB Draft, Coleman was selected in the 33rd round by the Tampa Bay Rays before coming back for another season of college baseball.

The coronavirus cut Coleman’s redshirt junior season short, as he only appeared in six games for the 2020 season before it was canceled. However, he allowed his opponents to bat just .190 and gave up zero runs in his final five outings.

Left-handed pitcher Mitchell Parker, who earned a scholarship offer from Kentucky ahead of the draft, was taken in the fifth round by the Washington Nationals.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR