Yanks’ second pick, #44 overall


With their second pick, the Yanks selected Jeremy Bleich, LHP, Stanford

Scouting Report: Neither BA nor Keith Law nor MLB have a report on the guy, so we’re out of luck. Here’s his video.

My Take: Don’t like the pick, it’s an overdraft. Can’t even find the kid on BA’s top 200 list.

Outlook: Bah. Staten Island I guess.

The site’s a bit overloaded right now, apparently walkoffs 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 next post is up.

Update: Got a scouting report: 88-91 with movement, good change and curve. Missed a good chunk of the season with an elbow strain.

Categories : Draft


  1. NC Saint says:

    That pick just sapped all the Cole-excitement out of me.

    • Stu H says:

      John Manuel’s apparently really excited about the Bleich pick, thinks it was a great choice for the Yankees, and that he had first round talent before being hurt.

  2. Piquay says:

    Just saw his scouting video on MLB.com

    Sitting 87-90 with his fastball, decent curve, easy delivery. Nothing that stood out to me, or made me think he was worth a pick this high.

  3. J.R. says:

    Cardinal Career: Updated Career Stats
    Stanford’s active career leader in games started (29) • Has posted a 8-14 career mark with seven saves, one complete game and a 4.41 ERA in 47 appearances • Has limited opponents to a .288 batting average.

  4. J.R. says:

    Nothing worthy of the 44 pick

  5. J.R. says:

    NM, his junior year looks sick

    As A Junior In 2008: Has made six starts in seven total appearances with a 2-2 record, 1.24 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 29.0 innings pitched • Has had his ERA drop 92 points over his last four starts despite suffering two losses and a no-decision as 11 of the 12 runs scored against him during period are unearned • Opponents are hitting just .204 against him in 2008.

  6. Piquay says:

    Wow, I was hoping with his less than stellar stuff, he would at least have a Kennedy-like college career.

    That is quite disappointing.

  7. Matt L says:

    Is he the next Adam O?

  8. Joey says:

    Hopefully someone falls to us our next pick…

  9. Jamal G. says:

    “Bleich, a Louisiana native, returned from his elbow strain in late May and could move into the first five rounds with a strong NCAA postseason. At his best, he sits in the 88-91 mph range with his fastball that has natural lefty movement, complemented by a solid curveball and a plus straight change.”

    Scouting report from a poster on the nyyfans.com forum.

  10. Joey says:

    Faith in Oppy people! Faith in Oppy

  11. Adrian-Retire21 says:

    Dumb pick.

  12. rbizzler says:

    Repost: Did Opp just draft a LOOGy in the supplemental round or does this kid have a chance as a starter? Any idea?

  13. Adrian-Retire21 says:

    Did anybody take Tanner Scheppers.I hope he falls to us.I rather him the this lefty IaN kennedy type.

  14. cult of basebaal says:

    hmmm … i wonder how you pronounce his last name … right now i’m feeling like its “blech”, like the sound you make when you clear your throat in disgust

  15. Sinjin says:

    Stupid pick. This guy would have been around in later rounds. If they were interested in a LHP Robbie Ross (BA Rank 43) or Kyle Lobstein (BA rank #45) would have made more sense.

  16. Here’s my scouting report:

    87-89 on the fastball, topping out at 90
    has 2 curves–a 72-73 curve and a 75-77 curve. I like the first one better–more movement–but he has to learn how to command it. The second is more like a slurve with tight rotation. I just don’t see the use for it. Throws it too often.
    79-81 slider. Has good cut to it, what you want in a true slider.
    quick to the plate from the stretch.
    smooth delivery other than showing the ball to 2b/cf, which creates stress; not much of an issue with everything else being fine
    good pick off move.

    In total, this guy isn’t anything special. He’s not particularly good at any one thing. He’s got some frame to fill out but not that much. Not worth a supplemental pick at all.

  17. Brad says:

    And with the 44th pick the Yankees draft…Buddy Groom!

  18. mehmattski says:

    Bryan Smith of Baseball Prospectus said this earlier this week:

    Draft Notice: Jeremy Bleich. I go with Bleich here, because it’s rather substantial that the lefty proved he is back, though he did walk five in his four scoreless innings. This has definitely been a year in which some late risers have clouded the early rounds, making a guy like Bleich a bit of an afterthought. However, the Stanford lefty just missed in my Cape Cod League Top 30 list this offseason, and he’s a lefty that keeps the ball in the park with swing-and-miss stuff. Here’s to guessing he is drafted lower than he should be.

    Any idea what he was “back” from?

  19. Mike A. says:

    I mean, Tim Murphy was still on the board…

  20. With Robbie Ross on the board you take this joke…nice Yankees. Hopefully they take Ricky Oropesa sometime soon.

  21. Jake says:

    This makes no sense to me. Obviously the draft is a crapshoot, but there doesn’t seem to be any logic behind this. Need a lefty? Fine, take one of lefties rated way higher than Bleich. Really want Bleich? OK, take him in the 4th or 5th.

  22. Joey says:

    when he’s the #3 prospect behind Andrew and Gerrit in 2 years you all owe him an apology! ;-)

  23. My Pet Goat says:

    There was a deafening silence in Yankee blogdome a a result of a Google server melt-down due to the excessive Bleich searches. Any-hoo, its strange in that this pick only makes sense if the Yankees truly felt he would not make it back to them. Hard to say from our limited perspective. But on his Stanford Bio page (\http://gostanford.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/bleich_jeremy00.html) its pretty clear that he was special in Cape Cod (not so much in the Pac10). Instead of muttering about left-handed Kennedys (which would be spectacular) let’s hope for the next Pettite.

  24. Ivan says:

    The Yankees have to see something into this guy that was impressive. I trust the Yankee Brass

  25. dan says:

    I read somewhere that it’s pronounced “blyshe” or b-lie-sshhhh

  26. dan says:

    Nardi had better get his chisel out for both of them.

  27. Joey says:

    My God I feel old. All of these kids being drafted out of HS I’m older than. Can I start calling them kids yet?

    • dan says:

      Haha I’m a senior with 4 days of school left… this is really weird being the same age as a bunch of these guys. And I have the same birthday as Eric Hosmer :)

      • Lanny says:

        Well I’m the same age as Andruw Jones. Just wait til a guy your age hits homers in the World Series.

  28. billybob says:

    When does the second round start? I need some more action.

  29. Baseballnation says:

    Could cliff lee be a comp??

  30. I think this kid needs another pitch.

    • rbizzler says:

      That is why I was thinking LOOGY when I saw the scouting report that says ‘keeps the ball in the yard and good swing and miss guy.”

      Hopefully, he turns out to be much more than that.

  31. Lanny says:

    If we are going to give all the credit for the great system to the guys making the picks maybe we should give them a little breathing room on their picks.

    They do have a pretty good track record.

    • CB says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Cash and Oppenheimer deserve the benefit of the doubt. Let’s just wait and see. No one was that hot on Romine in the second round or pope in the third round last year.

  32. Jake says:

    What a mixed bag today has been in Yankee land. The Giambi walk-off, the Cole pick, the news that the Yanks are talking to Cashman about an extension then … this. The good still outweighs the bad.

  33. Jon says:

    It looks like he dominated the Cape Cod League. I bet that did a lot to improve his draft position in the Yanks’ eyes.

  34. Mac says:

    The pick’s intriguing, to say the least. Good ’08 numbers + good Cape Cod showing + great make-up + some room on his frame for muscle? It’s interesting.

  35. tommiesmithjohncarlos says:

    Hey, ESPN, the worldwide sports leader, here’s an idea… how about you have a FUCKING LINK TO ANY ROUND OTHER THAN THE FIRST on your “DraftCentral” site…

    This production musta set ‘em back a couple of bucks…

    • Lanny says:

      What’s with the cuss words? Relax.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos says:

        Sorry, just frustrated. Ironically, today I was dreaming about making a t-shirt that says “Fudge the Police”…

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos says:

          … I mean, they have a link that says:

          “Sort By: Name | School | Position | Round”

          … and the “Round” link gives you the First Round and no others, as if there’s only 1 round and not 51. Is this the first time they’ve ever covered a draft of a major sports league? Methinks not.

  36. Jamal G. says:

    2nd Round starts now right?

  37. Joey says:

    Do they take any more breaks inbetween rounds 2-5?

  38. What happpened to the site formatting?

  39. Ponch says:

    This falls in line with the way the Yankees draft. This kid is probably serviceable (and I say probably serviceable because I’ve never heard of him in my life), and he’ll sign relatively cheap. They’ll take their shots with signability guys in the later rounds and get them cheaper than if they took them at 44. The MLB draft is a different beast than the NFL draft. They saved cash here, and at least it’s a lefty. They’ll probably give a 8th round kid a $1 million bonus, ala Betances.

  40. Mike A. says:

    They started. Rays took Lobstein.

  41. Joey says:

    There goes Lobstein….

  42. dan says:

    lobstein gone– rays

  43. Lanny says:

    They should use their financial might on every selection. They spend 45 mill on Igawa they can throw 45 mill to the draft every year and stock this system with studs.

  44. dan says:

    oh shit.

  45. Mike A. says:

    Wow, Scheppers to the Pirates.

    • dan says:

      I guess it’s safe to say that he’s worthless now, considering who he’s now employed by. That’s if he signs, of course.

      • Lanny says:

        You think Pitt is going to try to prove a point by not signing them or their new leader going to make other teams look foolish for following his directives the past few yrs?

        Talk about hypocritical

  46. mehmattski says:

    Scheppers finally goes, to the Pirates at 48.

  47. Lanny says:

    What site is running best for the updates?

  48. Hot Karl says:

    Not enthusiastic about the pic. Why not roll the dice on Tanner Scheppers rather than this kid. From the looks of his bio, he probably would have been available in the 2nd or even 3rd round.

  49. Joey says:

    fuck. bye bye Scheppers

  50. Hot Karl says:

    ah crap, i guess they just took scheppers. the yankees are silly geese.

  51. Avery was a bit of an overdraft

  52. L says:

    and there goes tanner scheppers to the pirates…gah. I hope the Yankees get one of these two guys:
    Kyle Long
    Pat Venditte

    Long is a tremendous athlete and could be a pitcher or position player and venditte is a switch pitcher…gotta love it

  53. L says:

    What caused Melville to slide so much? Money?

  54. Freggin’ Anthony Ferrara is a better pick than this guy.

  55. rafael says:

    Is there any way of following along that does not use Flash?

  56. Ponch says:

    I’d be scared to death of Scheppers. If his shoulder needs surgery, it’s anybody’s guess if he’ll ever be the same. It’s amazing what the shoulder joint can do when it’s healthy, and what it can’t do if it is truly damaged. What other joint is asked to turn 270 degrees with regularity? I’m all for taking risks, but calculated risks.

  57. Wow Cutter Dykstra in the second round…

  58. dan says:

    Robbie Ross gone

  59. Mike A. says:

    Crap, Robbie Ross…

  60. dan says:

    How much time is allowed between picks at this point? 2 mins?

  61. Mike A. says:

    Tyson Ross? Really Billy Beane? Did he even send a scout to look at this guy?

  62. Jamal G. says:

    I’m not going to criticize the #44 pick because we can’t all just praise Cash and Opp and them trash them when they make a move we did not foresee.

    • doesn’t mean they did a poor job on this pick, though.

      • TurnTwo says:

        seriously? people are going to jump down Cash and Opp’s throat because they dont recognize the guy’s name?

        • dan says:

          I don’t get it. I’m reserving judgment ’til Mike tells me what to think ;)

        • Jake says:

          It’s not about him being a bad player, it’s about taking him earlier than necessary, which cost the Yanks another high ceiling player they could have had in addition to Bleish.

        • Not at all. if they were to draft Ricky Oropesa, for example, who most people don’t know about, I’d be happy and so would most people after reading his report. But this guy’s stuff is not at all what I profile from a supp 1st rounder, not to mention the injury concern. This was a poor scouting job and I’m not sure Mike Dunn isn’ still the best lefty in the system…

          • TurnTwo says:

            but how does anyone know this? minus a couple of video clips, and a scouting report or two, who’s really seen him? you cant judge a player off that alone.

    • Joey says:

      Bye bye Lindblom.

    • Mike A. says:

      If nothing else, it was bad pick management. The probably could have had this guy in the 3rd round.

  63. Mike A. says:

    Cards got two of the best hitters in the class in Wallace and Peterson.

  64. Mike there goes your boy Lindblom.

  65. How many rounds today?

  66. Ponch says:

    Also don’t forget that the international signings fall into the Yanks’ draft budget, which has to factor into their equation. Maybe in their estimation, Micheal Inea is a better gamble that Scheppers, so they take some developmental guys in higher rounds and sock cash to throw at the Dominicans.

  67. Mike A. says:

    Shit, Cubbies got Aaron Shafer. I was hoping people would forget about him and we could gobble him up later.

  68. Rich M says:

    Coco Crisp just got his ass kicked!

  69. Mike A. says:

    Nice pick for the Tigers, getting Satterwhite.

  70. Nice Mets–Javy Rodriguez. Boy this draft blows for us. And no one believed me when I was saying it in the 1st round.

  71. jim says:

    how many rounds today?

  72. Might we snag Thames? or Westmoreland?

  73. Mike A. says:

    Man I really hope they don’t take Brett Jacobsen at 75…

  74. mehmattski says:

    Yankees up soon… what’s the best player out there?

  75. Mike W. says:


    Can you give us a list of names that we might be looking for in terms of the upcoming rounds in terms of “signability issues” that we should be rooting for the Yanks to take a shot on?

  76. Jamal G. says:

    Come on, get him this time.

  77. Come on Yanks make my mock look good!

  78. L says:

    joseph bittle who is this?? any1 have a scouting report?

    • Rick in Boston says:

      His stats are insane – 130 K’s in 70 IP out of the pen. 30 walks, but only 35 hits allowed in those 70 IP.

  79. Goddamit not again…

  80. dan says:

    another “who?” pick

  81. Is there no such thing as an OFFENSVIE PLAYER??????? ERIC THAMES??? or even a better RHP like DANNY WEBB????? damn…

  82. L says:

    This is what i found..

    He has a live and slender 6-1 frame with a loose, quick arm. Bittle’s fastball was 86-88 mph and he threw plenty of 88’s. He’ll throw some two-seamers to left handed hitters that have good running life to them. Bittle’s strikeout pitch is a slider at 81-84 mph that has some sharp late action to it. He throws a 71 mph change up that shows plenty of promise. This kid is good and projects to be even better.

  83. r.w.g. says:

    Scott Bittle was a nice pick. He can help soon.

  84. ujshocker says:

    Apparently, he is an Eastern Orthodox priest . . .


  85. CB says:

    Biddle is a guy that the yankees have drafted before.

    Mike profiled him a couple of days ago in his unsigned gems post:


  86. dan says:

    Oh, yanks drafted him last year in the 48th round

  87. Jake says:

    Not that Keith Law is the final word, but the Yanks had 3 picks in the top 75 and managed to get only 1 player in Law’s top 75.

  88. mehmattski says:

    The Ole Miss website has him listed as Scott Bittle, not Joseph…

  89. John says:

    Are Joseph Bittle and Scott Bittle the same person?

  90. ujshocker says:

    and they picked him in the 49th round last year, so clearly they’ve been following him for a while.

  91. tommiesmithjohncarlos says:

    Found a clip of Bittle:


  92. r.w.g. says:

    Scott is his middle name. Gordon Beckham’s real name is James Gordon Beckham. Some people like to go by their middle name as a first name, or their name on things outside of legal documents.

  93. dan says:

    He has absolutely crazy stats. .145 BAA, 1.75 ERA, 130 K’s(can’t find innings, but that’s a ton for college)

  94. Rick in Boston says:

    The guy throws strikes and will probably move fast. So, while it’s sort of a need pick, it’s still a good pick.

  95. Rich says:

    He supposedly throws 93-94 now.

  96. Ok…I’m a little happier on this guy now

  97. L says:

    yankees.lhblogs.com…Over on ESPN.com, Keith Law is digging the Gerrit Cole pick. What’s not to like? He’s a top-15 sort of talent.

    Well, there is this. It’s standard practice for teams to hold a conference call with their first-round pick and the beat writers. It takes 10-15 minutes.

    Cole told the Yankees he was too busy to do it. Really?

    Hopefully he has a legit reason and he does one tomorrow. But that’s not an especially good first impression. This has nothing to do with Scott Boras, either. Andrew Brackman did his call last year and the rest of his clients have done theirs today.

    That’s great to hear about Cole lol…class act?

  98. JeterMack Clutch says:

    that is funny, and yea, teh stanford guys were saying he tops at 94 now

  99. Steve says:

    “Don’t like the pick, it’s an overdraft. Can’t even find the kid on BA’s top 200 list.”

    This is hilarious Mike. You know nothing about the guy and you hate the pick because he isn’t on some crappy list? If BA told you to jump out a window, would you do it? Wait, check your list first for the answer. HAHA! Why can’t you just admit you know nothing and the Yankees do? Why can’t you just admit you are clueless like every other fan when it comes to the draft. You shouldn’t even be covering the draft since you have no clue about any of these players. If you have to check a list then why even bother. Baseball America is not a gospel. Idiot.

    When Bleich pans out Mike, you have to write an apology to everyone. Maybe “I am an idiot that knows nothing about baseball” 5,000 times.

    And the little ignorant trolls who knocked this pick have to do it to. HAHA!

  100. [...] Jeremy Bleich, the Yanks’ sandwich pick on Thursday (you know, the one I wrote off way too early because I had never heard of him), is starting tonight for Stanford against Cal State Fullerton in Game 1 of their Super Regional matchup. You can catch the game on ESPN2 right now, or follow along on CSTV’s unbelievable Game Tracker. Feel free to talk about it on this thread. [...]

  101. [...] Take I was way to harsh with my criticsm of Bleich back on draft day, I tend to get caught up in the moment. I’m still not in love with the [...]

  102. Mike A. says:

    There’s still plenty of great players out there. Hopefully we get Lindblom and Maronda.

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