Via Frankie Piliere, the Yankees have been “heavily linked” to high schoolers Tyler Goeddel and Jake Cave in the upcoming draft. Baseball America ranked Goeddel as the 89th best prospect and Cave as the 182nd best prospect in their recently released top 200 list while Keith Law had them 35th and unranked in his lasted offering, respectively. A few days ago we heard the Yanks were in on two more high schoolers, Dillon Howard and Brandon Martin.
I actually have Goeddel, a third baseman/outfielder, on my list of players to write up before the draft. He’s a lanky kid at 6-foot-4 and 170 lbs., and his game is highlighted by athleticism and bat speed. He’s an above-average runner and thrower with a swing geared for contact, though the power isn’t there yet. Goeddel missed some time with mono this spring, but it’s a high-end skill set. He’s committed to UCLA. Cave, an outfielder and left-handed pitcher, is a better prospect on the mound is more of a fourth or fifth round guy. He sits anywhere from 86-94 with his fastball and also throws a changeup and a slider. Committed to LSU, Cave is the kind of guy that could come out of college in three years as a first or second round arm.