Lots of non-raves about the Yankees first day of picks. This from BA regarding their second round pick, John Murphy, “Scouts that we have talked to were mixed on his catching ability, and even if he can, why would the Yankees take yet another catcher?” Heathcott, the Yankees just seemed to be in love with, which I get (despite concerns regarding reports on his (Tabataesque) attitude, but Murphy seems like a huge, inexplicable reach. We’ll see.
While the Bombers went for signability early, their strategy seems to be to take more chances late, reasoning (I suppose) that a wasted 8th or 12th round pick doesn’t matter so much if they can’t sign the guy. Maybe they were scared off by the Cole fiasco last year? As the highest profile and most monied franchise in the game, the team is constantly dealing with guys looking to hijack them and must be concerned with the precedents they set. Here are picks from the 12th through the
12th Round – Brett Gerritse (RHP – HS – 6’4″, 220lbs) – Video
A 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, Gerritse has an awkward delivery and less-than-ideal arm action, but his stuff will get him drafted. Big and physical, he delivers a 90-91 mph fastball and 80-81 mph curve that at times is a plus pitch. His changeup may be his best pitch, as it has split-finger movement late.
He sounds like a projectable kid. One rumor on RAB was that he’s from money and will, therefore, be a tougher sign.
13th Round – DeAngelo Mack – OF – LHB – USC – 5’10″, 185lbs
Mack, one of the SEC’s most improved players, has added significant polish since he arrived on campus, particularly improving his two-strike approach. He has opposite-field power, stays back on offspeed stuff and has a good pro body. His offensive tools grade out as average, not plus, and he may not hit for enough power to be an everyday corner regular. He doesn’t’ run well enough to be a center fielder.
Not much to see here by that description
14th Round – Graham Stoneburner – RHP – Clemson – 6’1″, 190lbs – Video
Stoneburner, a redshirt sophomore, has lacked consistency in his performance, though not with his velocity. He consistently hits 94 mph with his four-seamer, a sign that he’s come back completely healthy from a torn ACL and back injury (fractured vertebra) from high school that caused him to miss his freshman season. At times, Stoneburner is just an arm-strength guy, with scattershot command and below-average secondary stuff. At other times, he throws strikes to all four quadrants at 94-95 mph, stays tall in his delivery well for a 6-foot, 185-pounder and keep the ball in the ballpark, as he’d allowed only two homers all spring. At times he shows some power on his slider, which still needs to add depth and tilt and doesn’t project as anything more than an average pitch. His ability to pitch off his fastball was more successful in the bullpen, which was his primary role once the calendar turned to April. His changeup is a bit better than his slider, though it lacks life and is as straight as his fastball at times. Stoneburner’s feel for pitching also is inconsistent, but his consistent velocity is as good as any college righthander in the Southeast, and he generally throws strikes, if not quality strikes. He had just 17 walks in 56 innings.
Oh my God! The Yankees just drafted Jose Veras! Seriously, though, 14th round for a guy who sits at 94? Sign me up. Cool name, too. Yanks draft strategy this year may be to just draft the coolest sounding names: Slade Heathcott, Graham Stoneburner, DeAngelo Mack, all very cool baseball names (nowhere else can you get analysis like this, ladies and gentlemen – God I suck at draft analysis – I wish I actually saw ONE of these kids play before).
15th Round – Shane Green – RHP – 6’4″, 210lbs – Daytona Beach CC
Even RAB has nothing on this kid. I’m sick of blatantly ripping off RAB anyway (who’s possibly using BA or BP analysis anyway). I’m doing my own comments from now on – tune in later for actual analysis from someone like EJ, Eric, Moshe, Steve or someone who actually HAS a BA subscription.
16th Round – Bryan Mitchell – RHP – HS – 6’2″, 175lbs – Video
Hey! He’s got a video. Let’s watch it and see what I can learn. He’s… uhhhh… skinny – dude does NOT look 6’2″. Gun flashes 85-86 for him with nice movement, though RAB says 90-91 and he’s committed to NC (signability concerns). Damn, I’ve already resorted to using RAB – DAMN YOU, RAB AND YOUR INSIGHTFUL COMMENTARY!!!
17th Round – Chad Thompson – RHP – HS – 6’8″, 205lbs – Video
6’8″!! Man, Cash and Oppenheimer sure do like tall hurlers. I guess between him and Brackman, they figure they can loan these guys out to the Nets if they can’t pitch.
18th Round – Hector Rabago – C – RHB – USC – 5’10″ – Video
ANOTHER Catcher? Really Cash? Another catcher? Really? You DO realize that we can only play one at a time, right? Is this just a massive vote of no confidence for Montero’s future behind the dish?
19th Round – Luke Murton – 1b – RHB – Georgia Tech – 6’4″, 235lbs
He’s, um, large. Very projectable linebacker/first baseman’s frame, and a very projectable NAME, too. Can’t you just hear it, “Now batting for the Yankees, first baseman, Luke…. Murton…. Murton”
20th Round – Thomas Keeling – LHP – Oklahoma St. – 6’3″ – Video
All these random names, videos and scouting reports whizzing by are starting to make me feel drunk. Though it could be the Jim Beam that’s doing that, too. A LEFTY, YAAAAY. I like lefties. So do the Yankees. Lots of hurlers in these mid-rounds.
Sorry for the analysis slipping into the realm of the absurd towards the end, but one of TYU’s resident experts will be sure to pick up the pieces later on with ACTUAL analysis, but I hope it was as much fun for you as it was for me (ie fair to middling).
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