2013 Draft: Keith Law’s Mock Draft v1.0

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Keith Law posted his first mock draft today (subs. req’d), and he has the Astros taking Oklahoma RHP Jonathan Gray with the first overall pick. He says they figure to try to work out a pre-draft deal with the former Yankees draft pick for less than what it would take to sign Stanford RHP Mark Appel, then spread the savings around on later picks. Law expects the Cubs to take Appel second overall. I doubt he gets beyond that pick.

The Yankees have three first round picks, and Law has them selecting Stanford OF Austin Wilson (26th overall), Oklahoma HS C Jon Denney (32nd), and Arizona HS SS Dustin Peterson (33rd). Wilson was a big name a few years ago, but he wound up on campus and was expected to be a top ten pick before suffering a stress reaction in his elbow. He’s a tool shed who needs some work. Denney, who has been connected to New York before, is an offense-first catcher while Peterson a solid athlete who is likely to remain on the middle infield.

Law says the Yankees have been heavily connected to high school players with these top three picks, and that’s not surprising. Scouting director Damon Oppenheimer loves toolsy prep players. He does mention the team would love to see a top college arm fall into their laps with one of these picks, however.

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  • Chris

    I’ll be happy if they just follow the best player available strategy. Please please please no more character drafts.

    • RetroRob

      The Yankees include character, but they don’t draft by character.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You mean they can take into account two independent concepts at the same time? You surely lie.

  • Coolerking101

    Wouldn’t catcher be the last position the Yanks draft for? 3 or 4 of their top 20 prospects are catchers. I get that it’s a hard position to find quality guys at…but unless a catcher is the best available guy on the board, maybe it’s time to focus on every other position.

    • Havok9120

      Given that we appear to be relatively skilled at developing these guys, I’m perfectly fine with stockpiling them. They make pretty great trade bait these days since nobody has them.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’d say an offense-first catcher stands a non-zero chance at not remaining at catcher.

      I also remember the Texas Rangers once having three GREAT catching prospect. That didn’t turn out so well for them.

  • Chris in Durham

    Austin Williams? Really? Do we need another significant player in the system named Austin?

    2016 OF – Mason Williams, Tyler Austin, Austin Williams (every radio and TV announcer gets confused).

    • Robinson Tilapia

      If Vince McMahon owned the team, that’d be an immediate name change. He’d be Garrison “Sparky” Plugg.

  • Chris in Durham

    Wilson… sorry

    • Virginia Yankee

      Funny Chris,

      I read “Williams” too.

  • derrick

    most important question, are they good clubhouse guys.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That’s sort of a bastardization of what they mean by “makeup,” but whatever floats your boat.

  • Gus

    I would be absolutely thrilled to get those top two.

  • EndlessJose

    HS players in a draft full of really interesting college players.The Yankees don’t need young low level players who will take a long time to develop.USe the international draft for that.

    I hope Marco Gonzales from gonzaga falls to us.I also hope to get Brett Morales in the supplemental round.We need high arms not toolsy players.

  • Gonzo

    Austin Wilson away from Stanford hitting coaches? Yes please!

  • Wayne

    Jacob brentz is another high school guy i would look at?