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USC closer Brooks Kriske drafted in eighth round by New York Yankees

USC reliever Brooks Kriske improved every year at USC and it paid off on Friday when he was drafted by the New York Yankees organization.

The MLB team with the most World Series titles went to the college with the most national championships to grab their latest pitching prospect.

Brooks Kriske became the first USC senior taken in the 2016 MLB Draft when the New York Yankees tabbed Kriske as their guy in the sixth round with the No. 188 overall pick. Kriske was the first Trojans pitcher to be taken in this year’s draft and the second USC player overall behind Jeremy Martinez’s selection in the fourth round.

The right-handed reliever could have a real shot of making the bigs quickly with his fastball-slider mix. Kriske often sat 93-94 this season with reports that he touched 95-96 mph with his fastball on occasion. This extra velocity he flashed this season led to an increased strikeout rate. He struck out more than a batter per inning (42 K in 35.1 IP) for the first time in his career this year. 

Kriske’s senior year he took over USC's closer role after Marc Huberman struggled with his command early in the season and never looked back. Control was never a concern for Kriske, who walked 15 this season to maintain his career walk rate of around 4 batters per nine innings. 

The Palm Desert (Calif.) product was a consistent producer throughout he career in the cardinal and gold. He got better and better each season. His freshman season he compiled an 0-2 record with a 4.71 ERA in 21 innings. The improved to 1-0, 3.51 in 33.1 innings and then 2-1, 2.90 in 31 innings before having a 1-2 record with a 2.55 ERA and six saves in a team-high 26 appearances as a senior. He allowed hitters to bat just .205 this season.

Over his four-year career, he made 71 appearances, including seven starts. He had a 3.45 ERA in 120.2 innings.

Like Martinez, who became the first USC player picked by the Cardinals organization since 2009, Kriske is the first Trojan to be selected by his organization since 2009 as well. The last USC player drafted by the Yankees was catcher Hector Rabago, who was picked in the 18th round.

The bonus slot value of the No. 188 pick is $255,300, but the team and the player can negotiate for a different number. Last season, San Diego State junior ace Bubby Derby was drafted No. 188 and got a $200K signing bonus with a slot value of $244K (slot values change each year). As a senior, Kriske could see a much lower number than the slot value since he does not have the leverage of returning to school. The No. 189 pick last season, TCU outfielder Cody Jones, only got $50,000.


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Over his four-year career, he made 71 appearances, including seven starts. He had a 3.45 ERA in 120.2 innings.

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Like Martinez, who became the first USC player picked by the Cardinals organization since 2009, Kriske is the first Trojan to be selected by his organization since 2009 as well. The last USC player drafted by the Yankees was catcher Hector Rabago, who was picked in the 18th round.

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The bonus slot value of the No. 188 pick is $255,300, but the team and the player can negotiate for a different number. Last season, San Diego State junior ace Bubby Derby was drafted No. 188 and got a $200K signing bonus with a slot value of $244K (slot values change each year). As a senior, Kriske could see a much lower number than the slot value since he does not have the leverage of returning to school. The No. 189 pick last season, TCU outfielder Cody Jones, only got $50,000.

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The MLB team with the most World Series titles went to the college with the most national championships to grab their latest pitching prospect.

Brooks Kriske became the first USC senior taken in the 2016 MLB Draft when the New York Yankees tabbed Kriske as their guy in the sixth round with the No. 188 overall pick. Kriske was the first Trojans pitcher to be taken in this year’s draft and the second USC player overall behind Jeremy Martinez’s selection in the fourth round.

The right-handed reliever could have a real shot of making the bigs quickly with his fastball-slider mix. Kriske often sat 93-94 this season with reports that he touched 95-96 mph with his fastball on occasion. This extra velocity he flashed this season led to an increased strikeout rate. He struck out more than a batter per inning (42 K in 35.1 IP) for the first time in his career this year.

Kriske’s senior year he took over USC's closer role after Marc Huberman struggled with his command early in the season and never looked back. Control was never a concern for Kriske, who walked 15 this season to maintain his career walk rate of around 4 batters per nine innings.

The Palm Desert (Calif.) product was a consistent producer throughout he career in the cardinal and gold. He got better and better each season. His freshman season he compiled an 0-2 record with a 4.71 ERA in 21 innings. The improved to 1-0, 3.51 in 33.1 innings and then 2-1, 2.90 in 31 innings before having a 1-2 record with a 2.55 ERA and six saves in a team-high 26 appearances as a senior. He allowed hitters to bat just .205 this season.

Incredibly honored and humbled for the opportunity that the @yankees have given me. And thank you to all of my family, friends, teammates, and coaches who have stood by my side. God is great! #FightOnForever

A photo posted by Brooks Kriske (@brookskriske) on Jun 10, 2016 at 2:34pm PDT

Over his four-year career, he made 71 appearances, including seven starts. He had a 3.45 ERA in 120.2 innings.

Like Martinez, who became the first USC player picked by the Cardinals organization since 2009, Kriske is the first Trojan to be selected by his organization since 2009 as well. The last USC player drafted by the Yankees was catcher Hector Rabago, who was picked in the 18th round.

The bonus slot value of the No. 188 pick is $255,300, but the team and the player can negotiate for a different number. Last season, San Diego State junior ace Bubby Derby was drafted No. 188 and got a $200K signing bonus with a slot value of $244K (slot values change each year). As a senior, Kriske could see a much lower number than the slot value since he does not have the leverage of returning to school. The No. 189 pick last season, TCU outfielder Cody Jones, only got $50,000.

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