Jun
05

Yanks’ third pick, #75 overall

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With their second round pick, the Yanks’ selected Scott Bittle, RHP, Mississippi

Scouting Report: Wrote him up here, so I’ll refer you to that (scroll all the way to the bottom). Here’s his scouting video.

My Take: I like the pick. Should move very fast as a power reliever. The cutter should eat wood bats alive.

Outlook: If the Yanks choose to be aggressive with him, they’ll send him to High-A Tampa for the rest of the year. Otherwise he’ll torment the NY-Penn League with Staten Island.

Categories : Draft

41 Comments»

  1. Mike W. says:

    Mike,

    I’ll ask again in this thread. Could you, or anyone else, give a list of some guys that have signability issues, but lots of talent, that we should be hoping that the Yanks take a flier on in the upcoming rounds?

  2. mehmattski says:

    130 K, 30 BB, 3 HR in 70 IP in 2008. The Yankees drafted him last year. Maybe they could have gotten him in the third round. The cutter sounds fun, but in the high-80s can he really count on it?

    I guess I just have a bias against drafting college closers, I’d prefer we convert failed starters into relief roles.

  3. dan says:

    Absolutely crazy numbers (.145 BAA, 1.75 ERA, 130 K’s) ….another cutter-crazy reliever—maybe Rivera can show him a thing or two in ST

  4. Rick in Boston says:

    I’m with the pick. I actually like Bittle as a fast-riser – 130 K in 70 IP is impressive, even more so in a very good conference like the SEC.

  5. CB says:

    PeteAbe just had a shall we say interesting firs experience with Cole:

    “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? ”

    That’s kind of hard to believe. I’m too busy?

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....ent-379196

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos says:

      I am a member of the media. ALL MUST BOW TO ME!!! ANYONE WHO DOES NOT WISH TO SPEAK TO ME ON MY TERMS AT MY BECK AND CALL IS AN EVIL, MOTHER-MURDERING SELFISH PSYCHOPATHIC RACIST, SEXIST, AGEIST, WHINY BABY-MAN AND I WILL SLANDER AND LIBEL HIM MERCILESSLY FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES!!!!

  6. A.D. says:

    Nice pick to add to a stock of bullpen arms

  7. Carl says:

    According to Pete Abe:

    “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? ”

    this kid is starting on the wrong foot

  8. dan says:

    Is he a Ryan Wagner or Chad Cordero type who we could see as soon as next season? With really just one pitch, it seems like he’d need to just asjust to each level and not really work much on refinement.

  9. There goes Niko Vasquez

  10. matcohen says:

    struck out 45% of hitters faced – which is sick

    Walked 11% – that is pretty high for someone with that kind of stuff.

    Sounds like he has some control problems to work out.

  11. cult of basebaal says:

    where is that quote from petey from, it isn’t in the blog post that is linked to.

  12. Jamal G. says:

    I’m tired of this, Melville or bust for 106! :D

  13. Joey says:

    there goes Carpenter, another from your list Mike

  14. Manimal says:

    Did anyone see Coco Crisp get his ass kicked by the whole Tampa infield?

  15. zack says:

    Does it seem unfair that a pitcher who wasn’t going to be thrown out gets attacked and defends himself and therefore gets thrown out of the game?

  16. can we get Kyle Long at 106? That would be sick.

    • CB says:

      I was thinking about Long as well. He’s supposed to be a tough sign and I’m hoping they’ll snag him at some point.

      Given how far he’s fallen they may be able to get him even later.

      At this point who is going to pay him that much over slot?

  17. zack says:

    jacoby just Matsuied his wrist…Looks ok though

  18. Mike A. says:

    Ross Seaton or Danny Webb baby. Let’s do it.

  19. L says:

    david adams? what happened to kyle long??

    • Joey says:

      Summary from MLB:

      The University of Virginia has become a good proving ground for legit pro prospects in recent years, and while Adams isn’t Ryan Zimmerman, he should do pretty well in this year’s Draft. A solid hard-nosed type, he gets the ultimate praise from scouts as being a real “baseball player.” He’s hit in the past, but didn’t fare so well this season, which might affect him somewhat, but likely not too much.

  20. Lanny says:

    We should have signed Carpenter last year. Peavy too. Use those financial muscles.

  21. Stryker says:

    is it to early to be excited about bittle? i really like his makeup. hopefully contreras and co. will be able to work on one or two more pitches – even if they’re raw for some time – and he can be a viable relief option.

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