2009 Draft: Yanks connected to SanchezBy
Via ESPN’s Draft Blog, the Yankees have been connected to Boston College backstop Tony Sanchez in recent days. Sanchez is the top college catcher in the draft and is hitting .354-.456-.641 with 14 homers for the Eagles this season. MLB.com’s scouting report notes that he has a good swing, power potential and ability to stay behind the plate long term. Here’s a clip of his swing, and another of him blocking a ball in the dirt. Keith Law rated him the 35th best prospect in the draft. Sanchez wouldn’t be a bad pick at #29, and if the Yanks choose to go conservative since they won’t receive another compensation pick if they don’t sign their first rounder again, Sanchez is exactly the kind of player they could go for. Given that catchers are often overdrafted because of the scarcity of the position, and the fact that college hitters are overvalued in general, I bet someone pops Sanchez before he gets to the Yanks.