Yankees agree to terms with third rounder Rob Segedin

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Via Jim Callis, the Yankees have agreed to terms with third round pick Rob Segedin on a $377,500 bonus, which is about $108,000 over slot. I’m actually pretty surprised that he signed at that number, it seems pretty low. Maybe that’s just an indication of where the market is at.

A draft eligible sophomore with extra leverage, the Old Tappan, NJ native hit .373/.463/.625 during his time at Tulane (.434/.518/.788 last season) with more walks (68) than strikeouts (49). Segedin was drafted as a third baseman, but back and shoulder injuries could push him to the outfield. The righty swinger can definitely hit, and is the most polished player selected by the Yanks this year. Here’s some video.

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  • RalphieD

    cool…keep adding to the farm…the grass is getting greener

  • matt damon wayans

    Wow, I expected much more considering his DES status. This is an awesome signing.

  • bonestock94

    Was he a big question mark?

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Yeah, there was speculation that he wouldn’t sign.

    • JohnnyC

      Early reports had him asking for 1st or 2nd round money and that he and the Yankees were far apart. But, in the end, he probably realized that re-entering the draft next year would drive his bonus even lower since 2011 is considered a deep, deep draft.

  • ultimate913

    Can he platoon with Granderson?

    • Slugger27

      as long as he can pitch the 8th, im good.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Seems like he was a bit of a steal. I figured he would have gotten more money. That’s good. He will probably start in Low-A ball next season (hopefully Culver makes some big strides between now and then and joins him.)

  • jon

    scouting report:

    Segedin was the 88th ranked draft prospect according to Baseball America and the fourth-best prospect coming out of the state of Louisiana. Here’s what they are saying at Baseball America…

    Rob Segedin, 3b Tulane

    Segedin injured his lower back in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2008, and continued back problems and a shoulder injury led Tulane to shut him down after five games last spring. He was healthy again by the summer, when he helped Bourne win its first-ever Cape championship, and has wielded one of the most potent bats in college baseball this year, hitting .434/.516/.788. Segedin has plenty of strength in his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame, and he makes consistent, hard contact. His righthanded stroke is geared more toward line drives than loft, but he does show the ability to lift mistakes out of the park. He’s not nimble on the bases or at third base, but he manages to get the job done defensively. He has plenty of arm at the hot corner, and his fastball topped out at 94 mph when the Green Wave used him as a reliever two years ago. Because of his back, he has pitched sparingly since. There aren’t many quality bats like Segedin’s in this draft, but his leverage as a draft-eligible sophomore at an academically strong program could drive up his price and down his draft position.

    From NorthJersey.com
    The Yankees drafted former Old Tappan standout Rob Segedin with the last pick, 112th overall, in the third round of the Major League Baseball draft today.

    Segedin, a redshirt sophomore and a third baseman at Tulane, is the all-time high school hits leader in New Jersey with 181. The 21-year-old led Tulane in almost every offensive category, while ranking among the national top 30 in six offensive categories.

    “I grew up a die-hard Yankee fan, so I’ve been dreaming of playing for the Yankees since I was a kid,” Segedin said via telephone from his sister’s house in Parkland, Fla. “When I got the call from their area scout in New Orleans, the first thing he said was, ‘How does it feel to be a Yankee?’

    “For me, it’s truly a dream come true.”

    Segedin batted .434 – which ranks second on the single-season list at Tulane – reached base at a .516 clip and finished with a slugging percentage of .788.

    Segedin has until August to decide whether to sign with the Yankees or return to school at Tulane for his redshirt junior season.

  • JohnnyC

    I believe that Oppenheimer sees him as a corner outfielder with a bat that can support it. Damon mentionned his better than average 60 yard sprint times and his strong infield arm as proof that he has the athleticism to play the outfield. Maybe a young Michael Cuddyer-type?

    • Chicks

      That would be great.

  • http://www.lessthismorethat.com/author/ddarrell Jamal G.

    I’m a big fan. Lincoln Hamilton of Project Prospect wrote him up in a sleeper piece prior to the draft:

    Rob Segedin, 3B, Tulane University

    In a draft thought to be short on hitters, Rob Segedin is as good a pure hitter as anyone in college. Segedin broke onto the prospect scene after a solid freshman season (.322/.414/.485 with a 30:27 BB:K ratio) but a back injury limited him to just five games in 2009 and forced a medical red shirt.

    Now fully healthy, Segedin has crushed college pitching to the tune of .434/.516/.788 with 33 BBs and 20 Ks. Segedin makes hard contact as consistently as any college hitter in this draft. He’s not an elite athlete and has below-average range defensively at third base. He does have a strong arm, and has seen time on the mound for the Green Wave. While he may not have much defensive value, and could need to move to first base or a corner outfield spot, Segedin can really hit. I’d take him over Arkansas 3B Zach Cox right now and not think twice.

    • http://www.lessthismorethat.com/author/ddarrell Jamal G.

      I meant to embolden that final sentence. Hamilton is a guy I really respect from his days at SaberScouting, so it means a lot to me for him to write that.

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      Bad ass. Back injuries scare me but it sounds like he’ll be a fast riser.

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    I am thoroughly satisfied. Definitely seems low to be and that is sweet. Hopefully this means there’s plenty of cash left to lock up Gumbs, Williams & others.

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Will he start 2011 in Tampa?

  • Philthy65

    who else seems likely to sign…for some reason i really want kevin jordan and kevin jacobs to sign

  • Jim

    Congrats to the NVOT alumni!!

  • pollo

    OT STAND UP!

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  • Stu H

    Just note the 94 mph fastball that Callis mentioned on the BA post. If he plays a corner outfield spot, it’s right field.

  • rbizzler

    Weeeha! Seems like a great add. Premium bat, albeit at a corner IF spot, but it seems like he can really swing it.

  • Andrew Brotherton

    D.O. said in an interview on Pinstripes Plus (behind subscription wall) that he was drafted as a right fielder. I think he will be a fast riser as every report says he has a monster bat.