Yanks’ first pick, #28 overall


With their first round pick, the Yanks selected Gerrit Cole, RHP, Orange Lutheran HS

Scouting Report: Big fastball, 96-97 consistently and touching triple digits, and there’s some projection left. His two seamer comes in a little slower, at 93-94. Sharp breaking ball that’s somewhere between a slider and curve, but it needs improvement. Decent changeup that fades. Not the prettiest delivery, but he’s got time to work on it. Here’s his scouting video, and another clip from ESPN:

My Take: I love the pick. He was the best player on the board, and the Boras factor certainly helped. Best high school righty to come out of SoCal since Phil Hughes said Baseball America. All of the concern about his makeup didn’t pop up until people found out he signed with Boras, so I’m going to reserve judgment on that until I learn more.

Outlook: Signing the kid will probably go right down to the August 15th deadline, so he might not get more than a handful of innings in the Rookie level GCL, if any at all.

The site’s a bit overloaded right now, apparently day games and draft broadcasts don’t mix well. Please be patient if the site loads slow, don’t hit refresh over and over, it only makes it worse. Use this thread until the Yanks pick again.

Categories : Draft


  1. Jamal G. says:

    JASON GIAMBI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry couldn’t resist, love the pick as well. Come on Connor Gillapsie, Zqach Collier, Alex Meyer and Danny Webb at #44.

  2. CB says:

    Yet again another great pick by Cashman and Oppenheimer. They roll the dice again and take the pitcher with perhaps the biggest upside in the entire draft. Just outstanding stuff. They didn’t waiver and take a lesser left handed pitcher or a position player despite the need.

    Just a great job. Both Detroit and Arizona drafted for need taking those relievers. You get a sense they were trying to get guys who could help them right away.

    This year Detroit went away from their philosophy of taking the best player available.

    Cole may have more potential to become a #1 guy than an other pitcher in this draft.

    Next year the yankees will have both Cole and Brackman entering the system – two starting pitchers who can hit triple digits in one year.

  3. Matt L says:

    Love this pick, we can only wish Scheppers is still around at 44.

  4. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    YEE-HAH! Thank God the Yankees weren’t Dombrowski’d this year. They could have done a lot worse than this Cole pick, and not much better.

    Whatever happened to all the teams that were going to go over slot this year? They all decided to go with safer picks instead…and a big run on relievers in the later third of the first round? That was incredibly bizarre. Not that I’m complaining.

    …it would be something if the Yankees grabbed Hunt or Melville with #44, though. You’re talking about similar upside/value picks as Kennedy/Chamberlain from the 2006 draft.

  5. NYFan50 says:

    So Mike, who do you realistically hope falls to the Yanks at 44?

  6. Joey says:

    I have just experienced the RAB draft day crash. I’m touched I get to be part of it this year.

  7. JT says:

    who is left? now that hunt is already gone!!! damn why did visciano suck so much, we could of gotten a better supplemental pick.

  8. stuart says:

    I live in So Cal. my friends father in law is the area scout for a NL team. He has been at it for about 15 yrs. He loves this guy…

    This scout knows the game and loved Moustakis last yr.. he LOVES Cole…

  9. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    A fair number of position players, actually. On the pitching side, I think the list of first-round talents starts and ends with Melville. Scheppers’ injury really scares me, although he wouldn’t be a terrible supplemental pick (I would be willing to bet he’d be available in the 2nd round, though).

  10. Baseballnation says:

    His delivery is pretty nasty from clips that I seen with…seemed to scream arm injury down the line..

  11. Ivan says:

    Coles a great pick. Just a sick arm. Best HS pitcher from southern Cal since Phil Hughes. What are the odds uh?

  12. dan says:

    This site alone made my computer crash 3 times in the past 3 hours. I have only the internet open, and every site works pretty quickly…. except for RAB.

  13. CB says:

    I think that some kind of left hader is going to be available at 44. Don’t know if it’ll be a reach or who’ll be left in our trade of Luis Vizcaino.

    I also have a feeling that Scheppers may fall really, really far now and the yankees may take a shot at him.

  14. Phil McCracken says:

    I like the Cole pick over some of the other softer throwing pitchers they were looking at.

    More raw talent allows more flexibility, like with Joba, Brackman, and Humberto Sanchez.

  15. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Montgomery is off the board, and not to the Yankees, thank goodness. Not that I’d be complaining if they picked him at #44.

    Melville just might drop, though. Likewise Gillaspie.

  16. Mike A. says:

    Melville’s gotta be the guy right now. Unless the Cards take the local boy…

  17. CB says:

    Coles mechanics are far from pretty or ideal.

    But that said – just think about how he could throw after Nardi and the rest of the pitching instructors work on him.

    Nardi straightened out joba’s mechanics and added 3-4 mph to his fastball. Cole was sitting mid 90′s with skewed mechanics. They are going to streamline that make him better.

  18. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    I would have to imagine that if the Yankees don’t take Melville here, they think he’s going to be available one or two rounds down the line. And they might not be wrong, either.

  19. Jamal G. says:

    Come on Tim Melville!

  20. Mike A. says:

    Pads made up for the Dykstra pick with that one.

  21. Jamal G. says:

    Come on, one more pick! Don’t fuck us Arizona.

  22. So now who? Melville or Webb? or a sleeper–Westmoreland?

  23. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Slightly unrelated note:

    Kevin Goldstein (2:26:17 PM PT): 38. Astros — Jordan Lyles, rhp, Hartsville HS

    Yet another guy who few others had this high. Boy oh boy.

    39. Cardinals — Lance Lynn, rhp, UMiss

    He sure is huge! Joking aside, could be a solid innings eater

    40. Braves — Brett DeVall, lhp, Niceville HS

    So much better than Lyles that it’s not even funny.

    Poor Astros. Really, they’re lucky the Tejada trade is working out for them right now, since almost every other organizational decision they’ve made in the last two or three years has been…well, bad would be an understatement.

  24. Jamal G. says:

    Yes! Wade Miley to ‘Zona, come on D. Opp, we all know who is there!

  25. WHO???? WHAT THE FUCK? With Robbie Ross available they pick this no-name piece of shit? Wow…

    • Joey says:

      I’m just as confused, and nothing impressive with his video. The kid the Sox took next, Price, I have seen pitch when he came down and faced UCF. Didn’t pitch that well in the game, but he was pretty impressive with his velocity, but his control was eh

  26. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    That’s…interesting. LHP from Stanford. Okay…

    …I seriously think the Yankees think Melville is going to drop. Either that, or they like Bleich a lot. I mean, it’s hard to be unhappy when the Yankees grabbed Cole #28.

  27. billybob says:

    Who the hell is Jeremy Bleich?

  28. Jamal G. says:

    Isn’t Lobstein the highest rated LHP on the board, why Bleich?

  29. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Ironically, Goldstein suggested the Yankees might have wanted Miley, explaining the Bleich pick. Maybe ‘Zona screwed the Yankees after all…

    With that, I’m out. Time to brave the subway…

  30. Scott Brosius Would make a Good Neighbor says:

    This guy Bleich on anyone’s radar????

  31. r.w.g. says:

    Why did we leave Shooter Hunt and Tanner Scheppers on the board there?

  32. L says:

    Seriously…who is jeremy bleich? any1? any1? bueller?

    Robbie Ross, Kyle Lobstein and time melville still there and jeremy bleich?!?! wtf.his stats aren’t even good. Or…how about tanner scheppers?

  33. Baseballnation says:

    I have faith in Opp and the opps that they believe in they’re research on the lefthander.. a bit surprised and despite expecting some of the other guys to drop like Scheppers, I still would have liked for them to scoop him up and not take the risk…

  34. cult of basebaal says:

    cause shooter wasn’t on the board (he went with the 1st pick of the supplemental) and i’m sure the yankees were scared off by the medicals on schepper’s shoulder there, just like every other team has been

  35. Brian says:

    maybe it’s a big gamble that they can get other guys down the line.
    however, was jeremy bleich in danger of being drafted in the next thirty picks?

  36. dan says:

    Can we take some hitters now? please?

  37. rbizzler says:

    Did Opp basically just draft as LOOGY in the supplemental round?

  38. CB says:

    With Damon Oppenheimer’s recent track record you have to give him the benefit of the doubt here.

    There’s no way they just blew a pick. SaberScouting had Bleich as a guy just out of their top 100. Clearly the yankees liked him a great deal.

    When you take a raw player like cole they may be trying to balance that out with a more mature college player.

    That’s a little bit of the strategy they took in 2006 when everyone got bent out of shape about kennedy.

    Lets just see how it plays out.

    • dan says:

      Kinda… Kennedy was one of the best college pitchers of all time. I think it’s safe to say that Jeremy Bleich was not. I can’t seem to find his 2008 numbers though, so I could be somewhat wrong about this. Baseball cube only has through 2007.

  39. Baseballnation says:

    On the bleich topic…We were all saying the same things when the Yanks picked unknown Ryan Pope last year. That’s been agreat choice so far…

  40. Bleich started six games for the Cardinal this season. Here’s his numbers during that span.

    33 IP
    23 H
    17 R
    4 ER
    21 BB
    26 K

    Opponents hit .197 off of him on the year. Have to wonder why the small amount of innings during a 50 plus game season. Here’s his bio from the Stanford site.

    Probably had the best season of any Stanford pitcher in 2007 and again during the summer and fall of 2007 • Has an improved fastball and arguably the best curveball and changeup on the team • Feels as good physically as he has during his Stanford career and looking for a huge 2008 season • Has an opportunity to return to his role as the team’s ace • Had a high level of baseball experience prior to Stanford having already played on the USA Junior National Team • Has a fastball in the upper 80′s to low 90′s • His fastball has good movement and is tough to pick up • Features a good mental makeup and is a competitor on the mound • Potentially one of the top pitchers in the Pac-10.

    • dan says:

      I think I saw those numbers from somewhere…. they’re not updated. The position players don’t have full seasons either on that site (I think).

      • They are updated. Trust me. That’s his numbers. In Bleich’s defense, Stanford seems to have a tons of pitchers. But a guy that is supposed to be the “ace” doesn’t pitch only 33 innings. Something has to be up.

  41. Alex S says:

    oppenheimer must have seen something there………….

  42. Jake says:

    Bleich may be a good player, but that doesn’t change the fact that this was clearly an overdraft. Seems like they could have gotten someone like Scheppers AND Bleich in a later round.

  43. CB says:

    Meliville’s family sent a letter to all of the clubs saying he would only sign if he got taken in the top 10-15.

    So anyone who drafts him is only going to be able to sign him if they go way, way over slot.

    Which team is most likely to do that? They may be thinking they can get melville in a very late round similar to the way they got betances.

    Here is Bleich’s report from Stanford. Someone on lohud just posted it:


    “Sophomore left-hander is one of the top pitchers on the club. Had an excellent freshman campaign on the Farm going 4-4 with a 4.05 ERA over 60 innings. Notched seven saves as the team’s closer during the first half of the season. Made seven starts during the latter part of the year, primarily as the club’s Sunday starter. Had an excellent summer in the Cape Cod League earning All-Star honors. Finished the summer with a spectacular 1.77 ERA in 56 innings. An incredibly poised pitcher on the mound, Bleich features a fastball in the high 80’s with an above-average curve ball and change-up. Should be one of Stanford’s weekend starters throughout the ‘07 campaign. Expected to be a top draft prospect in 2008.”

  44. Baseballnation says:

    Lefties are almost always overdrafted…that’s reality given the scarcity of talented ones. It was mentioned on espn that he was thought of as a third round talent but because there are only so many decent lefties that the yankees considered him for the 45 pick…And it’s not terrible when you consider all the great talent that drops in the later rounds that the yankees coop up.

  45. Rich says:

    Oppenheimer on Cole (via Pete Abe):

    “Gerrit has a big, strong, projectable body with a high ceiling. He throws a power fastball with sink in the 94-98 range and has also developed a good changeup. He’s a competitor every time he takes the mound, and he pitches with a lot of confidence. We were really pleased with both of our first two selections.”

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