2012 Draft: Yanks sign 15th rounder Dayton Dawe, will sign 29th rounder Jose Diaz


Via K. Levine-Flandrup, the Yankees have officially signed 15th round pick Dayton Dawe for $100k. A high school right-hander out of Ontario, Dawe sits right around 90 with two fastballs (two and four-seamer) and will also throw a mid-70s curveball and changeup. He’s listed at 6-foot-2 and 180 lbs. and his strengths are his simple delivery and fastball command.

In other news, the Yankees will also sign 29th rounder Jose Diaz according to K. Levine-Flandrup. No word on the bonus, but the high-school left-hander out of Puerto Rico will be assigned to the Dominican Summer League. Diaz is another guy listed at 6-foor-2 and 180 lbs., but he’ll only sit in the mid-to-upper-80s with his fastball and back it up with a mid-70s slider. He’s a projection pick, a lottery ticket. You can see all of the team’s draft picks at Baseball America and keep tabs on the financial situation with our Draft Pool page.

Categories : Asides, Draft


  1. Anon says:

    Any update on Tyler or is he still expected to take his decision until the 5 PM deadline?

  2. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Based on what I’ve read in BA, sounds unlikely that Diaz would have gotten much over 100k…clock still ticking for Hensley with cards played very close to the vest.

  3. yooboo says:

    I prematurely posted in the previous threat about your draft pool and BA’s being 125k difference.

    Which one is correct?

  4. Fernando says:

    Yes, two more lefties! The team is really stockpiling lefties at the lower levels.

    Looks bleak for a Vincent Jackson, Ty Moore, Jose Mesa Jr or DJ Stewart to sign. Still they did well in inking 22 of 40 so far and 18 of the top 19 (only Hensley missing so far).

  5. RetroRob says:

    Is there some advantage for Hensley to wait until Friday? Meaning are these signings today, and potential others in the coming days, part of the overall draft cap the Yankees have? If so, maybe they’ve guaranteed Hensely a set amount, let’s say it’s $1.6 million, and if Friday comes and there’s still a couple hundred thousand unspent on unsigned players, they’ll up him to $1.8 million?

    • yooboo says:

      Signing those latest prospects wont affect anything unless their bonus is revealed as they will be counting against the pool.

      It is all about a take it or leave it offer for Hensley.

      • RetroRob says:

        You’re right. I hadn’t read the front end of the draft-pool page in a while, where it’s all explained. If anything, it appears the opposite of what I asked. If the Yankees were to sign one of the latter-round picks for more than 100K, the overage would eat into the pool of money for Hensley.

        So either Hensley is being honest in that he is torn by his two choices, or it also might be possible the Yankees are holding firm at $1.6 million, and Hensley’s agent is going to push it to the deadline to get another 100 or 200K. No reason not to. The rumor might be that negotiations are completed, but as long as there is time on the clock they can be reopened.

        • yooboo says:

          It would be amazing if Yanks signed him for 400k cheaper but to think Mesa and Jackson going to college and Jimmy Reed being up in the air I can see Yanks offer him the rest of the draft pool.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      The first $100,000 given to a 11th+ rounder doesn’t count towards the cap. Over that does.

    • Brian Cashman is Watching says:

      For what it’s worth, Jim Callis earlier said Hensley signing was still 99.9% likely. Hensley isn’t the only holdout either, so are Andrew Heaney (9, Miami) and Richie Shaffer (25, Tampa), along with tougher Appel, Gausman, and Giolito. I tell myself this so I do not worry.

      Surprised that there are still signings going on with such little cap space, wonder it $100K goes farther than we thought. Holding out hope for Ty Moore.

  6. yooboo says:

    Yo, Mike Axisa.

    What is the situation with Jimmy Reed? He is said to pitch in the Cape Cod League but he is a junior. Even he throws 90 plus, he struggles mightily as a starter.

    Should Yanks change their mind about him being a starter and groom him up as a nasty southpaw reliever? He could be our lefty David Robertson.

    • yooboo says:

      I find the cape cod league. 4 starts 5.07 era. Strike out more than innings.

      He only started 6 games last year plus 4 in the cape cod league. I guess he is still raw.

  7. Cuso says:

    So J-Up blocks any potential trade to the Yankees. I find this strange. I get why some guys would, but it seems weird for him.

    • jjyank says:

      Nah, it’s just leverage. You put the big market teams on the no trade clause, then ask for an extension to waive it. Some guys (like AJ and the West Coast teams) legitimately don’t want to places, but I was always under the impression that it was the standard operating procedure to list the big market teams on your no trade.

      • Fin says:

        I thought it was to get the big market team to pay them straight up to waive it, or get the team to drop the last year of the team option if it has one. Most guys dont want extensions they want to get to FA as fast as they can. At least guys that are good enough to get no trade clauses in their contract.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          You’d rather get an extension if your team is willing to pay what you want. Waiting for FA is a big risk. If your team doesn’t want to pay you, then you want to getto FA.

          I’m not sure that you can directly compensate a player for waiving a no trade clause.

  8. j says:

    Diaz has been signed for a while. He tweeted about being glad to be a Yankee last month. Dawe as well.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Diaz hasn’t signed yet. Might have decided he’d sign, just been excited to be drafted, or agreed to terms.

  9. RI$P FTW says:

    I’d rather have Joey Diaz.

  10. yooboo says:

    Question….Diaz was signed to 2013 contract. Does it mean his $$$ will move from Rule 4 draft pool to IFA pool? Yanks have about 200k or fewer left in IFA pool, can Yanks use that to pay Diaz’s bonus? I know it does not matter if Diaz gets 100k or lesser but theoretically, he gets over slot bonus and where will it apply to?

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