2011 Draft: Yankees sign third rounder Jordan Cote

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The Yankees announced that they have signed third round pick Jordan Cote, though terms of the deal were undisclosed. I’m sure we’ll find out the size of his signing bonus soon enough, but there’s a pretty good chance it’ll be seven figures.

Cote, a 6-foot-5, 205 lb. high school right-hander from New Hampshire, was the highest ceilinged prospect the Yankees selected this year. Baseball America (subs. req’d) says his “fastball sits at 88-90 mph and touches 92, [but] adding strength and pitching in warmer weather should help bump his velocity, especially because he has great hand speed.” He also throws a curveball, slider, and changeup, but each needs work. “Cote has drawn comparisons to Chris Carpenter,” added BA, and “one scout said Cote has the highest ceiling of any pitcher in the Northeast.”

Update: Cote signed for $725k according to Keith Law, a very fair price. Honestly thought it might be double that.

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  • ADam

    Whats up with the second rounder, The LHP from TX I believe?

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

      No idea. Some people have mentioned that there was a problem with his physical, but I haven’t seen that confirmed anywhere.

      • nathan

        If they dont sign, they get a protected 2nd rounder next yr right

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Just like Scott Bittle.

  • CP

    I loved his quote from around draft time that he had basically come to an agreement with the Yankees on a dollar amount before the draft but it probably wouldn’t be finalized until August because he was too busy this summer. What on earth could he be busy with that would prevent him from taking $1M from the Yankees?

    • jsbrendog

      porn? illegal gambling? xbox?

      • Clay Bucholtz


      • CS Yankee

        letting the ‘roids clear his system?

      • Not ‘A-Rod’

        Hey Jordan, got any open seats at that table?

        • HisCatcher

          He’s actually sitting with me on my couch playing PLAYSTATION, not Xbox, he’s throwing pretty well, and is in good shape, but has not signed… should’ve seen the bass he caught the other day, simply amazing.

    • vin

      In other words, “We have a deal but everyone tells me MLB will be pissed if we sign before August. I don’t really know why, that’s just what they told me.”

      • MannyGeee

        Collusion! Selig disapproves!

    • CP

      If you go back and read the article, Cote was not actually quoted with saying that. It would be, yet again, the media’s interpretation. I’m sure he would have been much happier off playing baseball this summer, especially where he was not a Yankee’s summer follow.

  • KC

    The only reason his compared to Chris Carpenter is that they both come from NH. It will be interesting to see him against real competition.

    • MannyGeee

      The only reason his compared to Chris Carpenter is that they both come from NH

      that might be racist. or geographist… or something

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      It’s either Chris Carpenter or Carlton Fisk. Since he doesn’t catch…..it’s Chris Carpenter. DUH, Scouting 101.

    • Brian in NH

      Yanks actually drafted 3 players from NH this year. They all get compared to Chris Carpenter.

      Or Matt Bonner. That guy is a living legend round these parts. Its like he’s the Larry Bird of NH, but nowhere near the talent or skill.

  • pat

    I’d say it’s between him and Sharp for highest ceiling. Sharp has the same frame, and probably more raw arm strength.

  • CS Yankee

    They are on these signings like white on rice.

    15 of their 25 are inked.

    Did Cole sign yet, and if so, how much $?

    • Levi


  • Foghorn Leghorn

    another beanpole…this guy needs to put on about 20-30 lbs.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      It’s called “projectable”. Gets your, I say, gets your terminology right Foghorn.

      • Chip

        I say, I say, that boys got some projection left on him. Just like my aunt Egnor did when she got married before the growths started

    • Ted Nelson

      That’s par for the course with kids coming out of HS.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Slightly unrelated, but have the Yankees shown any interest in signing Roberto Osuna?

    • JohnC

      I think he signed with the Blue Jays

      • Jake H

        Hasn’t yet but he will sign with them according to some reports.

  • Chip

    Is there a list somewhere of who has signed and who hasn’t?

  • CC

    As always, thanks for the update, Mike.

    Any word of this kid Jake Cave? I think I read he was going to be hard to sign but I don’t know for sure.

  • Januz

    Cave is a likely sign, even the LSU Coach talked about it.

  • JohnC

    The other 2 I hope they get are 20th rounder Daniel Camerena and 41st rounder Jeremy Rathjen

  • Drew

    “Have seen him, good body/frame, good arm strength, very raw, think they got him in a good spot in the draft. Deal is for something like $700K, very reasonable for his upside.”

    From KLaw chat today re: Cote.

    • Drew


      • Zach

        Fantastic, that’s a solid deal. The fact that the Yankees stayed under a 1M avoids giving too much leverage to Cave or Bird.

  • Heisenberg

    Keith Law says he hears the deal is for around $700k.

  • Zach

    Maybe the Economy will lead to slightly more players signing than normal. Not thinking about Cote, but 20-50 range players.(Take the money so the ‘folks can payoff the house, etc.)

  • nycsportzfan

    well, good to see this upside kid signed on the dotted line.. Man, i hope Stafford gets signed, that dude can pitch, and would really help makeup for the bleich disaster…

  • Phil

    Now we finally have a starter for GCL!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Out of all the 2011 draftees Cote got me the most excited on draft day.

  • Casey

    Jordan has the best arm I’ve ever seen as a high schooler. I played little league with this kid. Amazing talent, no doubt he’ll make it far.

    Congrats Jordan! Everyone in NH is so proud of you and what you’re hard work earned for you!

  • John

    Jordan Cote, you are the man. Watch this kid go, he can pitch.