Via Joel Sherman, the Yankees will take Dodgers’ outfielder Jamie Hoffmann first overall in the Rule 5 Draft. Hoffmann, 25, hit .291-.390-.466 with 23 doubles, 10 homers, and 15 steals between Double- and Triple-A last year. He also had an uneventful 24 plate appearance cameo with the Dodgers.
The righthanded batter was ranked the Dodgers 22nd best prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2009 season, and their handbook says he can capably play all three outfield spots. Against lefty pitchers last year, Hoffmann was a .308-.432-.542 hitter. I approve.
Update by Joe: Diamondbacks took Kroenke.
Update by Joe again: Mariners take Texeira.
Update by Joe again: Yanks pass with their own pick.
Update by Joe again: Everyone passed in round 2. That’s it, folks. Minor leaguers next.
AAA portion: Yanks pass in the first round. No team took a player from their affiliates.
AA portion: Yanks pass. Everyone passes in the second round and no Yanks are taken.