2013 Draft: Yankees offered Jonathan Gray roughly $500k in 2011

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Via Jon Heyman: The Yankees offered RHP Jonathan Gray approximately $500k as their tenth round pick in 2011, which is far above slot. He did not sign and is now expected to be a top five pick in this summer’s draft. Both Baseball America (subs. req’d) and Keith Law (subs. req’d) ranked him as the second best prospect in the draft class behind Stanford RHP Mark Appel in their latest rankings.

The Yankees drafted the 21-year-old Gray out of Eastern Oklahoma State but he has since transferred to Oklahoma. He was a pure arm strength guy back in 2011, sitting around 94 mph with his fastball and backing it up with a hard slider. He’s since added velocity and consistently flirts with triple-digits, plus his secondary stuff and overall command has greatly improved. Going from a tenth rounder out of a junior college to a potential first overall pick out of a major program is quite a jump for the kid. Good for him.

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  • keithr


  • LK

    Completely forgot they had drafted Gray. Very different situation from Cole, but man would the system look nice with those two at the top. Nice work by the NYY scouts.

  • The Lime

    Well, you can’t fault the Yankees for not trying. 500K for an arm strength guy is a competitive offer.

  • http:/www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    One could day dream for hours of what the system would look like right now if the Yankees were able to sign Cole and Gray….


    Well no use of crying over spilt prospects.

  • your mom

    Shit. If we had Cole and this guy…………

    • your mom

      ………they’d probably both be on the DL.

    • pablos banananana sammich

      Shit. If we had Cole and this fork…………


    Obviously, offering a tenth round pick way over slot, and him not signing is a sure sign of Cashman’s deriliction of duty….


  • John C


    You enjoy making us suffer like this with these threads?

  • trr

    Damn. Would love to have him

  • Bo Knows
  • John C

    Not to pile on, but Yanks also drafted Doug Fister in the 6th rounf of the 2005 draft but he opted not to sign also that year

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

      They also drafted Daniel Bard and Chris Davis once upon a time as well.

      • KeithK

        I bet every team could make a list of guys that they didn’t sign who turned out to be top prospects or major leaguers somewhere else. Sure the Pirates would have to list the guys they passed over with top picks but it’s the same idea.

        • The Lime

          The hindsight bias is ridiculous when fans look at past drafts.

  • Andrew M.

    Any idea what he was asking for? If he wanted a few million or if they were a few hundred thousand apart?

  • Havok9120

    Cashmen failed.

  • Gonzo

    I assume Brewers fans will be having the same feeling next year knowing that Carlos Rodon wanted $700k when they drafted him.

  • Phil

    Nobody at that level is a sure thing. Go back and see all the first round picks….One thing the stats don’t reveal…maturity and guts.