In his latest first round mock draft Keith Law has the Yankees taking Cal State Fullerton outfielder Gary Brown, but he also mentions that they’re in on about a million other players as well. In his last two mock drafts, he had them taking Texas prep righty Tyrell Jenkins and California high school outfielder Christian Yelich. It’s tough to nail down the 10th overall pick, let alone the 32rd, hence all the changes.
Brown has tremendous physical gifts – the guy’s a great athlete and might be the fastest runner in this draft class (video) – but the problem is that he’s a Grade-A hacker. He’s drawn a total of 41 walks in 774 plate appearances during his three years at Fullerton, or one every 19 or so times to the plate. That’s straight up Francoeurian.Brown does have excellent bat control (just 70 career strikeouts), but man, if you’re picking a college player at 32, you need more polish than that. You can find similar skills in a high schooler and get three extra years to develop him. I’d be kinda disappointed if the Yankees took Brown with their top pick.