Yankees sign second rounder Angelo Gumbs

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Via Jim Callis, the Yankees have signed second round pick Angelo Gumbs for a $750,000 bonus, more than $300,000 over slot. The outfielder from a California high school is extremely raw, but all of his tools grade out as average or better according to Callis. Most importantly, dude’s got some serious bat speed, which you can’t teach. Gumbs is a bit of a long-term project, but the skill set and potential are very exciting. Here’s some video.

You can find a list of all the Yanks’ signed picks here, and by my count at least seven have received an over slot bonus. The signing deadline is midnight Monday, so a little more than three days until this is all resolved.

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  • Philthy65

    mike do you expect kevin jordan or evan rutckyj to sign?

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

      No, neither. Rutckyj wants way too much money, Jordan always seemed to have his heart set on college and his family doesn’t need the money.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I’m going to say niether sign, sadly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I’m not Mike, but….Rutckjimxlplxs…strong maybe. Jordan….no.

      • Chris

        What exactly is a “strong maybe”?

        • Gonzo

          Definitely maybe?

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

          It’s the same as a weak yes.

  • Pete

    Excellent. I am actually really excited about gumbs.

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

      Excellent. I am actually really excited about gumbs.

      TWSS

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Well done, sir.

      • rex rodriguez

        Gumbs has a really inspiring life story and it’s just the begining for him and his family.They shot a documentary about his draft experience. I saw the trailor on youtube.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZodNFVaZuM

  • Pete

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdmAVP6ZE7A

    I like this video more than the others

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

    Wow. Again, less than I was expecting. Thought he’d get $1m. Very very pleased.

    Who’s next bitches??

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    This should be fun. He’s obviously going to be a great player.

    I’m not biased or anything…

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

    Awesome–where is he going, SI?

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    I am excited about Gumbs. He has great tools and is Puertorrican. We tend to develop a bit later. (Just the baseball players, not the ladies, if you know what I mean.) *wink wink*

    • Gonzo

      Dang son. Cool your jets!

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        Don’t drool over 17 year olds.

        Kabak 3:16

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

      He has great tools and is Puertorrican.

      Well, his mother is a boricua, at least.

      /nitpick’d

  • Januz

    I have gotten the impression on various sites that Rutckyj is demanding a lot to sign. I still think it is possible it gets done very late. If Vironmontes, Dezse & williams are completed and announced, and they are not extreme amounts (Particularly Dezse, and another HS Pitcher Taylor Morton), he might realize what market conditions are and agree to terms,

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    I’m not saying that Gumbs will be the next Pujols, but when I clicked the link for his video, Albert came up. Coincidence? Doubtful!

    /Glenn Beck’d

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

      I can’t prove that he’s NOT going to be as good as Pujols.

      /Beck’d

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        IETC Very much!

  • Chris

    By my count, it looks like the Yankees have signed 25 of their 50 draft picks. How many of the others would you expect to sign? Who are the top targets?

    • Januz

      The top targets left are the guys I mentioned earlier: Rutckyj, Vironmontes, Dezse & Williams (Morton & another hitter (Rob Gamel) are done),

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

        “Rutckyj, Vironmontes Viramontes, Dezse & Williams”

        Fixed. And yes, Rutckyj, Viramontes, Dezse & Williams sounds like a damn fine lawfirm.

  • Gonzo

    Top three signed! If Gumbs is a CF, who’s playing time is he taking?

    Hey Mike, it looks like the Yanks aren’t going to be near the top of money spent if they don’t get the reaches (doesn’t look good for Jordan and Rutckyj).

    Looks like a Luis Heredia signing might be a mess according to Jorge Arangure.

    Doesn’t it look like they are under budget for both areas? Not that we would know for sure.

    • crawdaddy

      I heard Gumbs has been taking ground balls all summer so being a middle infielder is where he might start his pro career at.

      • Gonzo

        Wow, I thought he was being moved to CF. Interesting if they keep him at SS or 2nd. As long as he’s up the middle, it’s all good.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        He’s capable of playing CF and SS, so it should be interesting to see where they put him. If he stays at shortstop, I wonder if that inteferes with Culver.

        Then again, maybe Gumbs starts in SI. That’s not what I’d expect though.

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

          He’s stated he prefers CF to SS. He feels he can be elite in CF.

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            Yeah, I’ve read this as well.

        • crawdaddy

          Culver has a full season of GCL games so he’s ahead of Gumbs in developmental time which means Culver will probably play for Charleston some time next season while Gumbs will remain with the SS clubs in 2011.

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            That’s not a fact. Culver is still just 17, and just because Gumbs hasn’t played a game yet, that doesn’t mean he’s not as far along, or further along than Culver.

            Culver and Gumbs are both considered very raw. 30 games in the GCL doesn’t determine where Gumbs and Culver will start next season. You have to remember there’s still, the rest of this season, winterball, and extended spring training.

            The Yankees will have a better idea where they profile after all of those things.

            • crawdaddy

              It is a fact that Culver has more pro developmental time than Gumbs and having more than 150 ABs does mean he’s further along. You disagree, that’s fine so we’ll see what happens next spring where each of them end up, but if Gumbs plays SS, he won’t be on the same team as Culver with the latter on a higher level team.

              • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

                Yes and that higher level is NOT necessarily Charleston. There is no need to rush him into full season ball as his age and level.

          • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

            I think Culver is probably going to head to the NYPL next year unless they think he’s really, really, really advanced (which by all accounts he is not). Especially after Angelini.

            EST + Short Season ball is a nice safe path for the young kids they want to develop.

            • crawdaddy

              Maybe, but I think they can keep Culver in EST and then have him bring him up to Charleston sometime in May like they did Murphy and Heathcott this year.

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

                That seems likely.

              • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

                Murphy and Heathcott were much less raw than Culver, which is the real sticking point.

                • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

                  This is pretty much my point.

                  I don’t think Culver will necessarily be in Charleston next season. There’s a real chance that both Gumbs and Culver can be on the same team next year. It’s not like Culver is a super advanced player because he’s not.

                  It’ll be interesting to see where Culver and Gumbs are at this time next year.

                  No one should assume that at 18 years old, Culver will be in Charleston. That’s a lot to ask of him at such a young age. I’m not saying it won’t happen, but it certainly shouldn’t be expected.

  • Philthy65

    best minor league signing this year possibly heredia?

    • Januz

      I think the best signing may be Taylor Morton. Everything I read about him is good.

    • Gonzo

      According to Jorge Arangure, it might be a long drawn out process, so don’t hold your breath on Luis Heredia. I wish he was in the fold though.

      • Philthy65

        hes only 15 right?

        • Gonzo

          He turns 16 in a few days. His first date that he could sign was the 16th (his birthday), but they pushed it back to the 18th. Now his mother and his father (seperated) are fighting over something now. His mother is also questioning the legality of his Mexican League contract. His team would get 2/3 of his bonus if his contract stood up.

          Lots of drama that might not play out anytime soon.

        • Januz

          he turns 16 next week. i have heard the three teams in on him are the Yankees, Bucs & Jays

  • UncleArgyle

    Nice! Now lets immediately trade him as a PTBNL for a Utility Infielder!

    (Cue shrieks of horror, fainting, and protest acts of Sepaku)

    • UncleArgyle

      JK Glad the signings done. Gumbs sounds like a very intriguing prospect. You can never have enough toolsy outfielders in a system

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

      Gumbs for Craig Counsell. Make it happen, Cash.

      /#28atallcosts’d

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

        Gumbs for Craig Counsell David Eckstein. Make it happen, Cash.

        There is not nearly enough grit on this team.

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

          Push comes to shove, I’d include Montero in that package as well.

          The window may be closing, we can’t afford to risk anything.

          #28atallcosts

          • UncleArgyle

            Willie Bloomquist looked really good last night at the plate. He definitely has versatility and is a true professional. I say give KC the Yankee section of the Prospect Handbook and say “pick 5″. Get er dun!

    • Gonzo

      I think a PTBNL has to be chosen within 6 months of a trade, and a player can’t be traded until 1 year after they signed.

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

        He wasn’t serious.

        • Gonzo

          Dang man, my bad. It’s people like me that need a sarcasm font!

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

            It’s people like me that need a sarcasm font!

            /DanGilbert’d

            • UncleArgyle

              How about using this symbol for sarcasm:

              (*)

              Its the international emoticon for “asshole”

      • UncleArgyle

        I was definitely joking. But your 100% right i believe

        • Gonzo

          Well, at least you can pull that off in 6 months and trick me again.

          • UncleArgyle

            In 6 months Cash will already have traded Granderson for Chone Figgins, so it won’t matter, they’ll have their utility guy (*)

            • Gonzo

              Isn’t it more like ()*()

              • UncleArgyle

                Blame the International Emoticon Community (IEC), not me….but you have a point

                • Gonzo

                  I’m writing my ()*() congressman!

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

                    ()•()

                    /LadyGaga’d

                    • Gonzo

                      Isn’t Lady Gaga more like 8==>?
                      Too much?

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Would you describe Gumbs as an Austin Jackson-type with more power?

  • Reggie C.

    Does anybody think Angelo Gumbs is similar to Melky Mesa in terms of tools. Mesa’s power has been switched on all season, and right now, I think Mesa is the 2nd best OF prospect in the system.