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
  • Mike W.

    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?

    • dan

      http://riveraveblues.com/2008/.....gems-2732/

      Mike did it already, and linked to it on this post.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Sorry, I was trying to get the pick written up when I saw your comment on the other thread.

      At this point, the only signability guys I know of are Tim Melville, Alex Meyer (huge RHP), Ryan Westmoreland (toolsy OF), and maybe Isaac Galloway (good hitting OF). Don’t know much more than that.

  • mehmattski

    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.

  • dan

    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

  • Rick in Boston

    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.

  • CB

    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

      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!!!!

  • A.D.

    Nice pick to add to a stock of bullpen arms

  • Carl

    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

    • Lanny

      Maybe he doesnt want to sign

  • dan

    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.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Nah, the Yanks (usually) don’t rush people like that.

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    There goes Niko Vasquez

  • matcohen

    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.

  • cult of basebaal

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

    • Joey

      He took it down and replaced it with “he’ll do a conference call tomorrow” guess he doesn’t want to piss off our future star

    • Mac

      He changed it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      PeteAbe is a cunt.

      • Joey

        just because he’s not as cool as Mike, Ben, and Joe doesn’t mean he’s a cunt

        • Lanny

          The language from some people here is ridiculous. Is there really a need to call him a “cunt”?? You do realize there are some women readers who will get really offended as well as normal men who will too. Like myself. Show some class and keep it to yourself.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos

            Okay, can do, but… shouldn’t we be showing class because it’s classy and not because you’re a woman?

            What, women are psychologically affected by certain words differently than men?

            • http://www.ilikemygirls.com Seven Costanza

              yea, they are actually.

          • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

            i wouldn’t be offended if he was called a ‘prick’, ‘dick’, or ‘tool’. but that’s just me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

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

    • John Schena

      Lay off Melville.. I need him at UNC

  • Joey

    there goes Carpenter, another from your list Mike

  • Manimal

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

    • Joey

      nah, was it as good as I can imagine? :-) Later on sportscenter I’ll catch it

  • zack

    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?

    • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

      It doesn’t matter if he’s just defending himself if he throws a punch. That’s where he went wrong.

      And for the record, Gomes is a moron.

      • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

        crisp was about to hit him. what should he do, roll up into a ball so as to not get tossed?

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

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

    • CB

      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?

  • zack

    jacoby just Matsuied his wrist…Looks ok though

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

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

  • L

    david adams? what happened to kyle long??

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    David Adams? info?

    • Joey

      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.

  • Lanny

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

  • http://www.myspace.com/truebelievermedia Stryker

    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.