BA’s Draft Dope


Baseball America has started digging through the aftermath of the 2008 Draft, and handed out some hardware. Unfortunately this article is subsciber only, but I’ll tell you this much: Pat Venditte has one of the best pro debuts of any college player, Jeremy Bleich had one of the draft’s best secondary pitches, and Garrison Lassiter was one of the best late round picks. Sadly both Gerrit Cole & Scott Bittle were two of the best players who got away, but that should come as no surprise. All-in-all, the Yanks spent just over $5M on the draft this year, down nearly $3M from last year. Had Cole and/or Bittle signed, they would have spent north of $8M this year.

Categories : Asides, Draft


  1. McCaff says:

    I sent Gerrit Cole a friend request on facebook, and im considering cursing him out.

  2. Reggie C. says:

    Who’s Garrison Lassiter? What’s the report on him?

  3. Jamal G. says:

    Does Jeremy Bleich even have an elbow any more? You know, because of all those surgeries he’s had…

  4. Reggie C. says:


    Should the Yanks bother to make a million dollar minor league offer to Adam Loewen, the ex-Orioles draft pick 1st round pitcher-turned-OF ?? He’s 24 years old but the size and athleticism are there and he could turn into a slugger. With the Yanks lack of impact farm hitters, do you see a fit ?

  5. Mike Pop says:

    Lets say Bittle and Cole did sign. Would our farm be looked at as much deeper ?

  6. Mike Pop says:

    Good ol Hank
    courtesy of wikipedia

    “I’m very confident in the next 10 years that Chamberlain, Hughes, Kennedy, (Andrew) Brackman, (Alan) Horne – all those guys – we’re going to be a powerhouse for the next 10 years and longer.”

  7. Mike Pop says:

    Mike, Brackman would of been a top 10 pick in the draft if there werent concerns about his arm and the tommy john procedure right ?

  8. GG says:

    The 2008 draft was a total disaster. There are plenty of reasons why we are in this hole. The draft is a huge one.

    • Hold the fuck on.

      Considering that:
      A) The 2008 draft was four months ago, and
      B) There’s no way that we can know whether Gerrit Cole and Scott Bittle will become first ballot Hall of Famers whose faces become the first non-Presidents chiseled into Mount Rushmore OR career minor leaguers who bounce around for a while, never amount to shit, blow their arms out and end up in Germany as gay porn fluffers OR fall somewhere in between those options until like, a decade from now,

      it’s pretty safe to say that the “total disaster” of the 2008 draft is about 0.0000000000000000000001% of the reason that we are “in this hole” that we’re currently “in”.

      So slow down there, Debbie Downer.

  9. Mike A. says:

    Holy crap. I finally finished my first season in NHL 09, and I managed to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the first round of the playoffs. Game 6 was redic, I won 1-0. It was more intense than Game 7 of the ALCS. That was awesome.

  10. Bryan says:

    Does Pat Venditte have a legit shot at making the majors using both arms, or are they going to pick on over the other?

  11. E-ROC says:

    When does the minor league free agent list become available?

  12. T-Dizzle says:

    This draft class blew.
    Why would anyone take Cole? He’s high school kid that’s proven nothing.
    They need to be like the Rays and draft a David Price he was proven in college

  13. Tripp says:

    How is Bittle consider a top prospect who got away? He was injured. No one is going to meet the demands he had being injured. I guess I wouldn’t classify him as a “top prospect” who got away.

  14. Mike Pop says:

    Anyone know who prevailed in the homestead strike of 1892 ? was it the workers/union or carnegie and frick ? Anyone know off the top of their heads

  15. Slugger27 says:

    what in the hell r u talking about

  16. ortforshort says:

    2008 was a farm system disaster for the Yankees. They screwed up the draft big time, altho’ you can’t expect to have a great draft when you’re picking 28th – it is something of a crapshoot trying to get blue-chippers. They screwed up on the international front, letting Beane steal Inoa out from under their noses and then getting outbid for most of the other top prospects by, of all teams, the Reds and the Padres. On top of that, the farm system’s value tumbled as a slew of prospects went backward big time like Hughes, Kennedy, Horne, Marquez, Tabata, Sanchez and Cox. Plus other young players like Cabrera and Cano tanked. The only way the organization can turn the year into a positive, talentwise, is if they sign both free agents Sabbathia and Teixeira.

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