Yanks Get Steal, Grab Joba Chamberlain

With the biggest steal of the 2006 draft thus far, the Yankees selected Nebraska right-hander, Joba Chamberlain with the 41st overall pick. Chamberlain is a top ten talent, but slipped through the cracks to the Yankees, and New York is certainly happy to have landed him.

Chamberlain, who is of Native American, is a great success story. He transferred from a small baseball program as a sophomore to Nebraska and became an immediate star. And, over the past two season, he became one of the best college pitchers in the nation.

A pitcher who once battled weight problems, Joba is now down to 225 pounds and has seen his fastball velocity reach 97 MPH at times. This season for the Huskers, the big righty went 6-5 with a 3.93 ERA in 89.1 innings of work. Not to mention, he also struck out 102 while walking only 34. Although his numbers suffered late in the season, Chamberlain is a big time talent, who also has the college polish to go along with it. The Yankees picked up a huge steal, considering he was once a projected top ten pick.

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