2009 Draft: Yanks show interest in Renfroe

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Via the fantastic ESPN Draft Blog, the Yanks have shown a lot of interest in prep shortstop David Renfroe, most likely for their second pick, number 76 overall. Renfroe, who hit .509 for South Panola HS (Mississippi), is an excellent athlete and a top two-way prospect.  MLB.com’s scouting report says he has above average offensive potential and possibly the same on defense, and that his game plays up because of outstanding instincts. His father played professionally for nine years, so he’s also got good bloodlines. Here’s a clip of Renfroe going deep in a showcase game.

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Nady takes BP
  • Tom Zig

    The question is can he range to his left?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

      icwudt

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      That’s a shot at Je….ahh nevermind, it’s played.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Pasta Diving Renfro

  • Joe R

    I’d imagine in that clip the announcer wasn’t referring to Renfroe when he mentioned he was the best defensive catcher right?

  • Stryker

    sounds like a solid, solid prospect if the yankees can land him. i approve!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    I like what I read on the scouting report.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

      as am i… anyone know where k-law had him on his list? im not a subscriber

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

        He didn’t have him in his Top 100.

  • Will (the other one)

    Sounds like he’d be a great pick at #76, but at 6’3″/200 just out of HS, any worries he’d outgrow his position and have to slide over to third permanently?

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

      I would think. He would probably have to slide over to third or maybe to a corner outfield spot.

  • Chris

    Any word on a college commitment?

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

      Ole Miss I believe. One of those Mississippi schools.

    • rbizzler

      Ahoy,
      I am assuming that most of you have seen this, but nomaas did a Q&A with him a while back. He has a commitment to Ole Miss but sounds like he would sign. I like the versatility, but is he a reach at 76?

      http://www.nomaas.org/draft/?p=160

      • V

        I think, outside the 1st round, especially if there’s a limit on your top picks (like the Yankees this year), you don’t care about ‘reaching’.

  • V

    Kevin Goldstein on BaseballProspectus:

    “29. New York Yankees

    This is admittedly a fun pick, because in doing the draft I really couldn’t find a good home for Matt Purke, who is the best high school left-hander available, but rumors have him also carrying the baggage of a $5 million price tag. Teams like Purke plenty as a hard-throwing lefty with 94 mph velocity and a long, projectable frame, but not at that price, which could make him the one guy in this draft who drops on bonus demands, thus making him perfect for the Yankees.

    Selection: Matt Purke, LHP, Klein HS (TX)”

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=8915

    • V

      Also has SJ44’s nephew to the Red Sox.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

      but those damn red sox pick right before us….

      • V

        He has them taking Tony Sanchez.

        • V

          Who I wouldn’t mind having if the Sox took Purke.

  • JohnC

    Rough outing for Betances today. 2IP, 2H, 4ER, 4BB, 1K Struggled with his control, as evidenced by the 4 BBs.

    • Doug

      that’s too bad since for a little while there, it looked like he may have turned the corner in that regard

  • JohnC

    McAllister another decent outing at AA today. 6IP, 2R, 1ER, 6H, 1BB, 5Ks.

    • Drew

      Wow, we got no hit down there. That Indians prospect looks to be good as hell.

  • Drew

    In that clip, it looks like he’s using a wooden bat, correct me if I’m wrong. Also, if the guy can pitch I’d imagine he’s got a hell of a gun at SS.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Also, if the guy can pitch I’d imagine he’s got a hell of a gun at SS.

      He once did a patented Derek Jeter® Jumpthrow™ to get the runner at first. There were no survivors.

  • Doug

    It’s behind the subscriber wall, but BA says that catcher Gary Sanchez is expected to sign with the pinstripes.

    Any info on him?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He speaks Spanish.

    • V

      http://dominicanbaseballuniverse.blogspot.com/

      No idea on how reputable this guy is, but the blog has the Yankees linked to several names.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Eric

      From a blogger in the Dominican (in the comment section)

      “Now there are some players who are very special, if Gary Sanchez is not on roids and his age is real, he is worth more than 3 million easily.”

      http://dominicanbaseballuniverse.blogspot.com/2009/05/chinese-raul-mondesi.html#comments

      Again, just 1 blogger’s opinion, but he sounds like he’s actually seen the guy, so maybe he knows what he’s talking about.

      • RollingWave

        the above two speculation is always a problem for Latin prospects though

  • Doug

    Not a good day for Montero behind the plate: 4 SBs and a passed ball