Yanks exceed slot to sign third-rounder DeCarr

Yanks exceed slot to sign third-rounder DeCarr

OAKLAND -- The Yankees have signed right-hander Austin DeCarr, their third-round selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, MLB.com has confirmed.

DeCarr, the 91st-overall selection in the Draft, received a $1 million signing bonus. The recommended slot value for the pick was $585,100.

The 19-year-old was selected from Salisbury School (Conn.), where he pitched a post-graduate year after excelling at Xaverian (Mass.) High. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound hurler is expected to begin his professional career with the Gulf Coast Yankees.

"Austin is a special talent," said Salisbury head coach John Toffey. "The first thing I think you notice about him is his size and how well his arm works. His arm looks really easy, his fastball is 91 to 96 mph, and one of the things that really sets him apart is the curveball. He's got a classic 12-6 curveball, so you're looking at two plus pitches right there.

"I think he has the makings of a plus changeup. He obviously didn't need to use the changeup at our level a whole lot this year, because he was dominant the entire season. It's one of the best seasons I've ever had the privilege to coach."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.