Talkin’ draft with Damon Oppenheimer


Damon Oppenheimer, the mastermind behind the Yankees’ draft, will be fielding questions at MLB.com on the Yankee draft at 2 p.m. today. Head on over, register and grill him on Gerrit Cole.

Categories : Asides, Draft


  1. Mike A. says:

    WTF D-Opp, was Clay Caulfield too good to pass up that you didn’t select Nick Maronde?!?1?1?

    I wonder if he’d answer that one…

  2. Rich says:

    Ask him when he is going to sign a contract extension.

  3. Joey says:

    PeteAbe’s reporting our 7th rounder, Kyle Higashioka, wants half a mill to skip out on his scholarship to Cal

  4. JohnC says:

    Sayonarra! He aint worth that much.

  5. Bo says:

    They wouldn’t have taken him in the 7th if they weren’t prepared to pay him.

  6. Joey says:

    Sucks that he can’t answer questions on players drafted by any other team. Stupid tampering

  7. Sal says:

    I asked the question about Dwyer. Opp says they’ll look at him this summer and go forward about signing him. He is “excited” about his potential.

  8. Manimal says:

    RIP Ensburg, we hardly knew ye. And Roger Clemens on Viagra? The miracle purple pill?

  9. Nefarious jackson says:

    Good Q & A with Damon O posted on PinstripesPlus

    Didn’t seem like signing Chris Dwyer is realistic, thinks that Chris Smith’s Bat is much much further along then A-Jax at same age

  10. MD says:

    interesting….I submitted a question about the status of Humberto Sanchez and it never was fielded…..wonder if he isn’t progressing as well as they would like…

  11. Joey says:

    Kinda disappointed, not the greatest chat to say the least… that’s another dept. or so-and-so looks “good”

  12. John says:

    Why did he answer questions that wasn’t his department (Inoa, Gardner, etc.), but not ones that he actually knew about?

    • Jamal G. says:

      Why would Brett Gardner not be in his department? I asked the question about Inoa, he said he couldn’t answer that because that was the Int’l dept. (which I should of already known, but hey)

      Interesting, he said at this same stage, Gerrit Cole is further along than Phil Hughes in terms of stuff. So that must include the Slider which Hughes was rated as having a plus one. I asked about Cole’s Changeup because in the press conference he called it a plus pitch but I wanted to clarify if that was present grade or future potential.

      He also said the Yankees feel that Chris Smith has future plus power, sweet when you imagine that contact ability.

      Kind of cute that he said the Yankees value clean arm action and delivery when evaluating a pitcher but those were the two big knocks on Cole. He did list that as the final factor if that means anything. ;)

      • Jamal G. says:

        Sorry, the question was never posted regarding Cole’s Changeup.

      • rbizzler says:

        I don’t think that he meant that Gardner wasn’t his department, only that it wasn’t his decision when/if he gets the call-up. I am sure that he will be asked for input on Brett’s projected skills but ultimately it will be Cash and co. that decide if/when he gets a shot with the big club.

        • John says:

          Yeah, that’s what I meant. He answered questions like that where it wasn’t really his final decision (same with the setup one) rather than about the draft where he is really the #1 guy.

  13. Bo says:

    Well he is limited in what he can and can’t say. He cant exactly rave about guys he drafted because then there demands go up if they arent signed.

  14. Number 27 says:

    if there was any question about his ability to suceed cashman (if necessary), the fact that he seems to give a roundabout answer to almost every question seems to be a good indication. ;)

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