2011 Draft: Yankees sign 13th rounder Justin James


Via K. Levine-Flandrup, the Yankees have signed 13th round pick Justin James to an unknown signing bonus (most likely above slot). He took his physical today. James, an outfielder from a Sacramento JuCo, is Dion‘s son and one of the higher upside prospects the Yankees drafted this year. He shows huge power in batting practice and high-end speed, though he’s very raw because he quit baseball in high school to focus on basketball. James is super intriguing, but there’s a lot of work to be done here. If he moves quickly, I’ll be surprised.

Meanwhile, KL-F also notes that second rounder Sam Stafford is in the middle of taking physicals and whatnot, so a deal could be announced shortly.

Categories : Asides, Draft
  • the tenth inning stretch

    I’m excited about Stafford.

    • CC’s third leg

      Hes already had some experience in college so im wondering if he can replace loone bogan in august and september

      • jt

        hahahahaha, oh man, i hope thats not serious

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

          (unwraps burrito, wipes down microwave)

        • CC’s third leg

          I would rather have my unshaved ballsack pitch against lefties than logan

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

            The emotions of rage, revenge, and impatience: always the best way to develop prospects.

  • Dennis

    Hopefully we have another mason williams on our hands.

    • SamVa

      … Another guy in the lower minors who has potential but… is in the lower minors?

      wouldn’t you rather him be someone who has made it to the majors? Just saying.

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

        He’s limiting his hope to what’s actually obtainable.

        We’d all love for Justin James to be so advanced developmentally that he’s ready to be added to the big league club next year, but if he was, he wouldn’t have been available to us in the 13th round.

        Take what you can get.

        • SamVa

          Right, but so what is attainable is someone who performs well in DOTF?

          I guess that’s true, but shouldn’t we set our sights higher than that?

          I don’t think the Yankees draft players in hopes that they will turn into Kei Igawa…

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

            You’re reading way too much into this. He’s not saying “I hope he turns into another Mason Williams and then never progresses beyond that and is a bust”, nor is he saying “I hope he turns into another Derek Jeter and is a Hall of Famer 25 years from now”.

            He’s simply saying “We added a quality low-minors toolsy prospect last year who shows promise and potential. Hopefully, we just did it again.”

            That’s all.

            • Ted Nelson

              Yeah. It’s a short-term goal. He can be Mason Williams-esque next season. If he’s going to be MLB stud-esque that’s going to take years.

  • JonS

    Whats Stafford’s upside? Middle rotation?

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

      I honestly don’t know. I have no idea what kind of changeup he has, and that’s a big part of it.

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

    Via K. Levine-Flandrup…

    I call bullshit, that’s not a real name, you made that up.

  • DerMegalodonster

    Awesome! Easily my favorite pick of this years draft. Will be my favorite prospect to track along with Gumbs.
    Six-five and 230 with the frame to grow into a another 30 or 35! Nineteen SB in a mere 43G… good OBP… power numbers that would have been better in another park (416CF & 375 to the alleys at home)… basketball player (plus athleticism) that hasn’t even focused on baseball… oh yeah, and a leftie whose favorite team was the Yankees… sweeeeeet!
    Doesn’t hurt that he’s a Sax player with good academics either.

    Have to believe the quick signing combined with upside which had BA stating he could go as high as the 3rd round, plus being a Yankee fan, means he put some vibes out that he wouldn‘t sign with anyone but the Yankees.

    • Aluis


  • bpdelia

    And on top of all that it brings back fond memories for me of sitting in YS2 with my dad and brother, watching Dion James, or Claudell Washington, maybe Deion Sanders and turning to them and saying,
    “Jesus, fuck this I’m gonna go get the ice cream in the little helmet.”