2011 Draft: Yankees picking 31st overall


Now that the regular season is over for all teams, we know with certainty that the Yankees’ first round pick next season will be #31 overall. They finished with the third best record in baseball, but there are some compensation picks early in the draft that push them back a few spots. Depending on how active the free agent market is for Type-A’s, the Yanks second rounder is likely to fall the 80′s somewhere. Of course, they’re very likely to surrender their first rounder to sign one such free agent, so don’t get too attached to that 31st overall pick.

Categories : Asides, Draft


  1. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Lol, no they aren’t. The Rangers will.

  2. chriskeo says:

    Cliff Lee > first 80ish picks.

  3. 5 years of Cliff Lee > Draft Pick who may never make it to the bigs.

    This is going to be a draft where everybody drops down crazy money on picks, so even if the Yankees don’t have a first rounder, they’ll have plenty of chances to spend big on other picks.

    I still wish Javy didn’t suck so the Yankees could offer him arbitration and get even Type B compensation. Are there any other chances for compensation this year? I haven’t checked the Elias Rankings lately.

  4. FachoinaNYY says:

    31st pick for Cliff Lee?

    Not the comp Texas was hoping for I bet…

  5. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Did we sign anyone significant in IFA this year? 31 picks… price of winning I suppose. The one time we had the 1 overall pick that dude broke his arm or something. I think they need to implement the lottery thingie like in NBA or just lottery period. It’s patently un-Ameirican to punish a team for striving excellence every year!

    Bottom line, the Yankees deserve better fate than these predetermined BS about loser gets the 1st pick. It’s un-natural !

    • Mike Axisa says:

      No one signed any significant IFA’s yet, unless you count Sano.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep says:

        Thx, I guess it’s a by product of all the PEDs and Roid rage in D.R. Oh well… I still think the current draft system is BS. As matter of fact , didn’t MLB introduced drafts in the 60s to stop our dynasty?

        • Gonzo says:

          Basically. The big teams would just sign the best players for the most money. Then MLB tried the Bonus Rule and started the Bonus Babies moniker. They Yankees circumvented that system, then they implemented a draft.

          To be honest, I think the draft has everything to do with owners wanting to reap more of their profits than trying to be competitive.

      • Avi says:

        Sano was signed last year (’09) when the yanks signed Gary Sanchez. The IFA class is very weak this year.

  6. Cecala says:

    Am I the only one concerned with Cliff Lee being a possible injury risk? The dude has a ton of miles on his arm and he isn’t exactly a spring chicken. That being said though, proven lefty > draftee.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep says:

      I believe Lee is a cock , ahem , still in his prime. But Yes, back problem is no joke, even for a prime cock.

  7. bonestock94 says:

    Of all the draft classes to get totally blown out of the running in. Oh well, I doubt I’ll care if we get Lee.

    • Avi says:

      The Yankees will most likely have a top ten talent available when they pick at 31 and perhaps at 80 as well.
      Many of the top guys slip due to signability concerns/contract demands, and end up being picked much later than they were projected to go.
      Stetson Allie, Anthony Ranaudo, Nick Castellanos from this past year.
      Andrew Brackman was supposed to go in the top ten picks in ’07.
      If they don’t try to reinvent the wheel by picking a player NOBODY thinks is a first rounder talent (as they did with Cito Culver, CJ Henry, David Parrish, Brandon Weeden, David Walling etc) They’ll most likely end up with a quality prospect.

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