2011 Draft: Yankees sign fourth rounder Matt Duran

Fan Confidence Poll: June 25th, 2011
Series Preview: Seattle Mariners

The Yankees have signed fourth round pick Matt Duran, or at least that’s what this tweet from the kid suggests. The team hasn’t confirmed the signing yet, but given the context of Duran’s tweet, I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet. Baseball America (subs. req’d) said the New Rochelle native “generates plus raw power from his 6-foot-1, 220-pound build” and “has a long swing and can drive the ball to all fields.” Because of his limited defensive skills, he’s likely to move off third base down the road, probably to first. I don’t know what kind of signing bonus he received, but MLB’s slot recommendation for the 149th overall pick is $171,000. I figure the rookie level GCL Yankees are in his immediate future.

Update: Jim Callis says Duran got $335,000, so almost double slot. Good for him.

Fan Confidence Poll: June 25th, 2011
Series Preview: Seattle Mariners
  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Nice sign. Good luck cracking that GCL line-up.

  • vin

    Just what the GCL team needs… another masher. They’re like the mid 90s Indians of the minor leagues.

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

      They’re hitting .304/.382/.491 as a team. They lead the GCL in AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS, R, H, 2B, HR, RBI, TB, and SB.

      • Crime Dog

        Holy. Crap.

      • CP

        Not 3B?


      • jon

        not triples? slackers

        • Dave M

          I’m pleasantly surprised because, I was under the impression that the draft wasn’t that great this year?

          • zs190

            The team has almost nobody from the draft this year. Aside from Bichette and a rehabbing David Adams, the team was almost entirely made up from international free agents from prior years

  • Reggie C.

    He’ll get some game action at the gcl and probably then see full time SI action next year. Org needs power projectable guys and now that Dante is tapping into it, perhaps Opp didn’t have the worst draft in recorded baseball history. Maybe.

    • vin

      “perhaps Opp didn’t have the worst draft in recorded baseball history. Maybe.”

      Yeah no kidding. Funny how people are so quick to write his drafts off just because he doesn’t march in lockstep with BA.

      My guess is most people don’t realize that amateur baseball is nothing like amateur basketball or football. The talent is so spread out, and it takes scouts multiple visits to properly assess a player.

      • YankeesJunkie

        While Bichette is mashing (which by the way is great and I hope he makes me eat crow) is still hitting in the GCL when starts doing this is Low A and A ball at point you can put a little more projection on him. Also, while it is true that the talent is spread out find someone who said that the Yankees had an exceptional or even a good draft the last two years. On the matter of Bichette he was an overreach which is especially maddening on such a deep draft and his slot signing bonus shows that considering the leverage he had. Once again I am rooting for guys like Culver and Bichette to do well, but I think a fairly large contingent of scouts would agree that the Yankees did not choose one of the 10 or 20 best players available when they drafted Culver and Bichette.

        • Ted Nelson

          You appear to be missing the entire point.

          It’s not just about baseball talent being more spread out than basketball or football talent. Even in those sports it’s ridiculously stupid to decide who was and was not a good draft pick the night after the draft or before guys have finished their rookie years.

          The whole point is that it doesn’t matter at all who thinks the Yankees had a good or exceptional draft. The results are what matters, not what a bunch of journalists and fans (99% of whom haven’t seen these guys play, and the other 1% who have seen some of them a few times…) think right after the draft. Damon Oppenheimer has a strong draft record, and clearly he felt that the Yankees made the right choices under the circumstances. Who BA put in their top 200 is irrelevant. Look back at their historical top 200s, and you’ll realize that outside the top 20-30 prospects the list has very little value and outside the top 50 it has almost no value at all.

          “I think a fairly large contingent of scouts would agree that the Yankees did not choose one of the 10 or 20 best players available when they drafted Culver and Bichette.”

          A fairly large contingent of scouts is wrong like 90-99% of the time…

          • YankeeGrunt

            What’s the litmus test? Is it “best available” (purely subjective) or “won’t be available later” (speculative, but somewhat less so)? If Bichette could have been had a couple rounds later, or if Culver could have been, criticism is not necessarily nonsense. People go over the top with criticism, without question, but if we can’t debate the relative merits of this or that guy why should we bother to follow the draft? Just FedEx a few laurels to Damon Oppenheimer and wait to see who we can follow at GCL or SI.

            • http://riveraveblues.com/whoyouneedonyoursquad Michael Cutler

              Fact: Opp/Cash were told by executive from another organization shortly after the first round that if they waited to take Cito with their second pick, he would not have been there because they had him locked in with their number 2 selection. . . . .Some things are more important then skill level, talent level and athletic ability, like just knowing a ballplayer when you see one. . . . . and if you never played ball with one you just don’t get it and won’t. Cito Culver is a baseball player. Has been since he was about 10 years old. Will be for a long time. . . . hopefully in pinstripes. . . . .

  • jeremy

    where is he going to play with dante bichette already at 3rd? Is there a chance dante goes up to staten island similiar to how cito culver was handled last year especially since hes starting to rake?

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

    Doesn’t this make it more likely that Dante the Younger gets moved up to SI in August? Once Duran gets settled down in FL he can slide into Dante’s spot at 3rd, and Dante can move up to SI and follow the Cito Culver development track, and also get challenged a bit after his nice run.

    • pat

      Except the best GCL hitter we had was already promoted to play 3B at Staten Island. I guess they could rorate between 3B, 1B and DH.

      • vin

        Maybe they plan on Bichette, Austin, Nunez and Wilson splitting time at 3rd, 1st and DH.

    • Bryan

      I hope we get to see him in SI come August. Would be good to see him taking on some tougher competition. Wonder what the chance is of him making Charleston before he is 20.

  • Joel Willstein

    For a 147th pick, he got some nice signing bonus, twice the going rate. Sure hope he’s worth it.

    • Ted Nelson

      Slot recommendation bonus and a player’s going rate aren’t the same thing. Especially with a HS kid taken in the 4th round… they have to convince him to forgo what is probably a free education and the chance to improve his draft stock down the line.

      Last season the Yankees’ 4th rounder, Mason Williams, got 9 figures.

      Jake Cave was taken two rounds after Duran in 2011, and it might take 9 figures or close to that to get him.

      Being “worth it” at a $300,000 bonus isn’t saying much… that’s probably like 5-7% of their draft budget for this season alone.

      • Zangief

        “…they have to convince him to forgo what is probably a free education…”

        You have no proof of this. Most NCAA baseball players don’t get full rides either.

        • annonomous

          Duran had a 100% full ride to fordham. he is one of my best friends and all of new rochelle is rooting for him.

  • mr.jigginz

    I’m excite.

  • Gonzo

    Go New Ro! I wonder how many times he’s eaten at Mo’s place since being drafted.

  • YankeeGrunt

    Any idea what’s up with Sam Stafford? Everyone and their brother reported the deal done three weeks ago, even had a bonus amount, but BA took him off their “bold” list and he hasn’t shown up on a roster. Commish’s office? Problem with the physical?

    • Zach

      I’m also curious about this.

    • Howard Cosell

      Stafford failed the physical……..


  • Andrew Brotherton

    George Springer has been talking with the GM of the Long Island Ducks of the Independent Baseball League. If he goes to Independent ball I’d love to see us sign him.

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

      It doesn’t work like that. In fact, it doesn’t change a thing. If players could become free agents by signing with an indy league after college, everyone would do it.

  • Sean

    What are the chances we sign Gregory Bird and Austin Jones?