Draft Updates: Stewart, Frare, Lopez, FlightBy
- “I’ll be holding center field down next year in a (Florida State Seminoles) uniform,” said D.J. Stewart to Corey Dowlar, an indication that the 28th round pick won’t be signing. Stewart, along with fellow outfielders Vincent Jackson (23) and Ty Moore (25), was one of those high-upside high school plays in the late rounds. The Yankees saved draft pool money by selecting five college seniors in the top ten rounds so they’d able to sign one or maybe two of those guys, but it doesn’t sound like it’ll be Stewart.
- High school left-hander Caleb Frare (11) will officially sign after taking his physical on Monday, reports Ryan Minch. Slot money for all picks after the tenth round is $100K with any overage being applied to the draft pool. “They asked if I wanted to sign an 11th round contract and I told them ‘yes,’” said Frare. “It was a team-by-team basis for the most part but going in there was a few teams that if they drafted me, I would have signed regardless of which round it was … (The contract) looked good. They are going to honor my scholarship to Utah when I’m done playing baseball whether that is next year or 20 years from now. That makes the decision a little bit easier.”
- Right-hander Stefan Lopez (16) told Chris Landry that he and his representatives were scheduled to meet with the Yankees last night in an attempt to hammer out a contract. The Southeastern Louisiana closer also said the team contacted him during the draft to see if he would sign for what they were offering in the tenth round, but he said no. They instead took a late-round flier on him rather than risk losing draft pool money if he hadn’t signed in that tenth round. “I don’t want to short-change myself,” said Lopez, who pitched through a torn ACL at the end of the season.
- Left-hander Tim Flight (17) and his advisor will soon meet with area scout Matt Hyde to discuss a contract according to Kevin Gray. The decorated Southern New Hampshire University ace — he was named Division II Pitcher of the Year this spring and is up for the Tino Martinez Award as the top player in Division II — told the Yankees he is willing to sign but is hoping to land and above slot bonus. Again, everything over the first $100k gets applied to the draft pool.