Aug
02

2011 Draft: Yanks reach agreement with Hayden Sharp, sign Bubba Jones

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Update (August 2nd): Sharp’s bonus is around $200,000 according to Levine-Flandrup, which is pretty damn cheap for a high school kid that’s shown 98 this spring. Apparently the contract was being finalized today.

Original Post (July 28th): Via K. Levine-Flandrup, the Yankees have reached an agreement with 18th round pick Hayden Sharp. The deal is still pending a physical and could be finalized within two weeks, but Sharp is expected to get some innings in with the Rookie level GCL Yankees this year. A high school right-hander from Oklahoma, Sharp was a late-spring pop-up guy this year and Keith Law reported in May that he was pitching at 93-96 with some 98′s. A quarterback recruit for Central Oklahoma, Sharp will certainly get an above-slot signing bonus.

Meanwhile, Levine-Flandrup also reports that the Yankees have signed seventh rounder Bubba Jones for an overslot bonus of $350,000. Jones, whose real first name is Austin, was considered the best high school bat in the northwest by Baseball America (subs. req’d) before the draft. His long-term position is unclear (likely first base, though he did some catching in high school), but the lefty swinger is said to have a “short, swing with strong wrists” and “good bat speed.” Jones is heading to the GCL. You can see all of the Yankees’ signed picks here.

Categories : Asides, Draft
  • Steve

    GCL is going to be absolutely stacked! Bichette, Ravel, Yeicok, Duran and now these guys. Whoa! Can someone say GCL champions and future BA top prospects?

  • JonS

    Hey Mike,

    What’s up with Sam Stafford? Where is he now?

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

      Apparently the deal isn’t officially yet. They’ve agreed to terms, but they still have to dot the i’s and cross the t’s, etc.

      • JonS

        Thanks. I was wondering. :)

      • Prof. Plum in the Library

        Damn that typography.

  • Sam

    From what I hear there may be a problem with his medicals.

  • Sean

    What are the chances of signing Greg Bird and Jake Cave?

    • YankeeGrunt

      Greg Bird has been in for a physical (apparently) so the deal may just be pending commish approval. Cave is having an excellent summer in the Carolina Coastal League and is signed with LSU, so while he probably signs he has leverage and will likely use it to get as big a bonus as possible out of the Yanks.

    • Reggie C.

      Cave was always billed a difficult sign.

      Mike, is there a seven figure worthy draftee left in the lot of the unsigned?

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

        I don’t think so. Cote is the probably the closest thing to a seven-figure player left.

        • YankeeGrunt

          Bird thinks he was, and while he had a nice summer in the California Collegiate League if he’s that close to signing I’m guessing cooler heads prevailed. It would probably nearly seven figures to break Ravenelle or McCue.

  • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club

    this draft is looking better and better now that we are signing so many quality guys.

  • Jake H

    Good job, hopefully they both get some playing time. I can’t believe that they aren’t going to sign a player for a million $$ thou.

    • YankeeGrunt

      Yeah but they may sign 20+ of their first 25 draft picks, 10-15 of them for overslot. They’re paying mid-six figure money to a number of draftees and they’re getting high-upside kids. Better this than blowing their budget on two or three guys and getting organizational types or low-leverage guys with the rest of their early picks.

    • Ted Nelson

      The picks are already made regardlessly, so signIng them for less money is a good thing. I could still see a Cave, Camarena, or McCue getting 9 figures or close.

      • Ted Nelson

        *7 figures…

  • george

    Mike, when will you have additional or statues of information on some of the present international draft signings?

  • Phil

    Your concern is that an every day player w/high upside such as Jake Cave, Spence O’Neil, Jeremy Rathjen, etc., will choose college instead of sign w/the Bombers due to all the apparent talent in the organization & the possibility they either won’t get enough playing time or might get lost in the shuffle w/so much going on throughout the organization. Getting to the show might seem harder from the Yankee farm system than say from almost any other organization. Actually, though, you can foresee a lot of movement going on w/this organization in the next several years, & if these guys sign & do their thing, they’ll get their shot. I really hope we sign tthem, as well as pitchers Jordan Cote, Mat Troupe, Chaz Hebert, Daniel Camarena, Chris McCue, Taylor Guilbeau, Adam Ravenelle, & any of the other High School upside arms I’m leaving out here. We’ve got to develop more betta pitching!

    • YankeeGrunt

      When was the last double digit rounder to be signed away from UNC? It’s probably the toughest sign there is. I’d be shocked if McCue ended up in pinstripes this August.

      • Ted Nelson

        Seriously? I don’t know if he’s the last, but the Yankees signed Bryan Mitchell after taking his nin the 16th just in 2009.

        • YankeeGrunt

          And he got $800K. McCue probably doesn’t warrant that kind of bonus, and he was drafted 19 rounds later.

          • Ted Nelson

            “When was the last double digit rounder to be signed away from UNC?”

            B-R-Y-A-N M-I-T-C-H-E-L-L

            You asked a question and I answered it.

    • Ted Nelson

      If they put the money on the table I really doubt that fear of not getting to play in the low minors is going to stop guys from signing. Rathjen and O’Neil hav been considered unsignable by some, so I wouldn’t put that on depth if they don’t sign.

  • pat

    Powerful, short, simple, swing from the left side with strong wrists as a high schooler? Yeah, I’ll take that. Athletic enough for a football scholarship, great fraom and can already hit mid 90′s with minimal coaching? Sign me up. All for about a half mil. Me gusta.

  • Pants Lendelton

    Excellent. Anytime you can add a young power arm (even if he’s raw) is always a great thing.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Ahhh, I miss Lane Meyer. You guys should try and interview him.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Too many Austinzzz!!!!!!!

  • CMP

    You gotta love a guy named Bubba Jones.

    I envision a guy playing baseball barefoot with a piece of hay sticking out of his mouth who’s married to his first cousin.

  • Ted Nelson

    Definitely didn’t think they’d get Sharp so cheaply either.

  • nycsportzfan

    Its kinda funny, that this was supposed to be such a sad draft by us, but as usual is quickly changing around.. Guys Like Pinder, Wetherell, Bichette, Duran, and justin james are all doing super and keep em coming with hayden.. God, our farm system is deep! I hope we get COTE signed, he was my favorite selcetion of the whole dang thing..