2013 Draft: Day Two Open Thread


2013 DraftDay One and the first 73 picks of the 2013 draft came and went last night, with the Yankees selecting four total players and three legitimate first round talents. There are still another 38 rounds and roughly 1,150 picks to go however, and thankfully none of them will come with the pomp and circumstance of last night’s MLB Network broadcast. The MLB draft just isn’t a made-for-television event, though I understand the league’s effort to increase popularity and all that. It all boils down to money and marketing, as usual.

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of Day Two, here are some draft-related links to peruse:

  • Here are Baseball America’s top remaining players. The top three — Oklahoma HS C Jon Denney, Virginia HS RHP Connor Jones, Tennessee HS RHP Kyle Serrano — are all considered very tough signs. Serrano pretty much confirmed he will go to college on Twitter, and Jones reportedly sent a memo to teams telling them not to draft him recently.
  • Meanwhile, Baseball America says the Yankees’ top three selections — Notre Dame 3B Eric Jagielo (#26), Fresno State OF Aaron Judge (#32), and California HS LHP Ian Clarkin (#33) — would all slot into the middle of their top ten prospects list. Of course, their top ten is different than my top ten. They also call Judge “a great get” at his draft slot and note Clarkin “could have gone as high as the 13th pick.”
  • The Yankees didn’t make an appearance in Keith Law’s post of the winners and losers from Day One (subs. req’d), though he did give me a “yay” when I asked if he liked the team’s top three selections. Law lists his best available players at the bottom of the post.
  • In the pick-by-pick analysis (subs. req’d), Jason Churchill and Christopher Crawford say Jagielo could be “in pinstripes sometime in 2014, early 2015 … The Yankees get some upside [with Clarkin], and with both Jagielo and Judge have had themselves a solid first round.”
  • Scouting director Damon Oppenheimer spoke to Buster Olney about the team’s Day One draft on today’s Baseball Tonight podcast. He doesn’t say anything too exciting as you’d imagine, but he does discuss the Jagielo and Judge picks. Oppenheimer’s segment starts are the 16:00 mark.

The draft continues today at 12:30pm ET with rounds three through ten. This will probably be the most boring of the three draft days since the Yankees are likely to go heavy on cheap and draft pool-saving college seniors this afternoon, which is what they did last year. That will allow them to pay over-slot bonuses to early and late-round picks. Unfortunately, college seniors aren’t exactly exciting prospects.

Here are the links for the DraftTracker and MLB.com broadcast. There will be no liveblog today, so instead follow the draft with this open thread.

Categories : Draft, Open Thread


  1. Yanks200910 says:

    Carlos Salazar would be really nice to draft H.S kid that can throw 97 MPH..

  2. DERP says:

    Roel Ramirez please

  3. Travis L. says:

    I can see the Yankees signing Michael O’Neill in the 4th or 5th round.

  4. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

    Jagielo could be “in pinstripes sometime in 2014, early 2015

    less than 2 full seasons in the minors???

    Is this kid something really special? Do you have a current young-MLBer as a comp?

    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

      The kid’s an advanced, polished college bat.

      They move pretty quickly.

      • trr says:

        But let’s weight that against the team’s normally slow rate of promoting younger players. But hey, I’d love to see him buck that trend

    • wsa says:

      I would take that as a best case scenario. Sort of “prospect speak.” Sort of like how people insist on differentiating between which 18 year old is a #2 vs. #3 vs. #4 MLB starter 5+ years down the road when 80-90% of them will never make any MLB impact and the lines between those roles on an MLB roster are pretty blurred anyway.

      Doesn’t mean it can’t happen but it would be someone from the 2012 draft currently knocking on the door. For position players that’s basically #3 overall pick Mike Zunino. NCAA hitters from that class as mostly around High A. NCAA guys from 2011 are mostly around AA. Wang is knocking on the door. Jackie Bradley has come up. Rendon just made is up but was the #6 pick. Even going back to 2010 there are few guys who have made it up yet let alone contributed.

      So they are basically expecting him to be the fastest mover of college bats maybe in the entire draft including Bryant and Moran. To be one of the fastest movers in the last 5 years or so including top 5 picks. He’s an advanced hitter and did very well with wood on the Cape but it’s very optimistic. Especially if he has to adjust his swing to stop the praying motion and load earlier. Even 2016 seems like it would be a good case for any real impact in MLB. That would be like Mike Olt if he was actually contributing this season in MLB rather than being demoted to AA.

    • A.D. says:

      It’s a fairly redic comment, but people love that stuff. One year when Tabata was in A+ (and coming back from the hamate bone) Gammons made the comment he could be in RF in NY the next summer

  5. wsa says:

    I was very underwhelmed with Churchill and Crawford’s commentary during the draft. Not really a surprise from ESPN. Was all generic stuff that didn’t seem more insightful than what the average commenter on here could offer.

  6. PFOJ says:

    I love how the stated idea of the new cap system was to make sure the players got drafted in order of talent, except it has lead to Hunter Dozier at #8 and rounds 3-10 are a complete farce.

  7. JohnC says:

    Rowdy Tellez!

  8. crawdaddy says:

    KLaw giving the Yankees credit, not really something he’s known for doing.

  9. your mom says:

    I don’t really care who they draft here on out. Chances are good that I don’t know shit about them until I google them when they’re picked.

  10. JohnC says:

    Jacob Hanneman to the Cubs, CF Ivan Wilson taken by Mets

  11. CashmanNinja says:

    Oh well…Denney to the Red Sox.

  12. JohnC says:

    Red Sox just took catcher Jon Denney

  13. leftylarry says:

    Red Sox get Denny, wow.

  14. crawdaddy says:

    Red Sox take Denney in 3rd round.

  15. Jason Bustamante says:

    noo, Redsox tok catcher Jon Denney.

  16. crawdaddy says:

    Let’s remember the Yankees have catchers up and down their system.

    • Bo Knows says:

      Ain’t that an understatement all legit prospects behind the plate

      Romine (AAA-MLB)
      Murphy (AA)
      Sanchez (A+)
      O’Brian (A)

      then there’s Louis Torres the IFA they signed last year, he’ll probably be in Rookie ball when that starts.

      I think they’ll be fine if they skip over an offensive minded catching prospect just for one draft.

  17. A.D. says:

    Looks like the Yanks did keep with their college cape cod philosophy given that Jagielo and Judge had nice seasons there

  18. JohnC says:

    Red Sox usually take the guys that get alot of publicity. Nothing new for them.

  19. your mom says:

    Red Sox draft well…..just saying.

    • Guns says:

      The Red Sox make the Yankees look like amateurs when it comes to drafting.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Not at all. The Yankees and Red Sox have had comparable farms for awhile. On the development side yes they completely outclass us.

        • Guns says:

          Comparable how? In where they are ranked by outside talent evaluators at Fangraphs.com and Baseball America? A farm is only as good as the talent it produces. Where they rank is (should be) irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

      • Pat D says:

        Then go fucking route for them.

      • jjyank says:

        Hahaha alright then. How many more superstars have they brought up in the last few years? When was the last time they made the playoffs?

        You’re funny.

        • JohnnyC says:

          Don’t mess with him. He’s got guns. At least 2 of them.

        • Guns says:

          You really want to compare what the Red Sox farm has produced over the last decade to the Yankees? I don’t even have the energy to argue such an obvious point. You can keep living in your fantasy world where the Yankees are the best at everything… churning out superstar after superstar with their drafts. That’s what’s funny.

          I’m sure the Red Sox not making the playoffs the last few years has everything to do with Pedroia, Ellsbury, Papelbon, Lester, Buchholz, Lowrie, etc… Those are all good to great players that any team would love to have.

          • JohnnyC says:

            And not one of those was drafted after 2005. That’s 8 years ago, if you’re counting. Where have you been?

            • jjyank says:

              Thank you. If we’re going to go back that far, why not talk about Jeter, Bernie, Mo, Pettitte, Posada, etc. Talking to Guns is apparently a waste of time.

              • JobaWockeeZ says:

                2004 to 1995 is a big fucking difference and you know it. Simply ignoring the argument doesn’t make it go away.

                • Guns says:

                  Yes, thank you. I don’t feel like I’m making any earth-shattering statements. The Red Sox are and have been better at drafting and developing players. It is what it is. I’m not the one who got worked up over it.

                • jjyank says:

                  I never said it wasn’t. Guns has been cherry picking things all day to prove his point. I say Cano, he whines that it wasn’t a draft pick. I list him players, he just makes a bunch of exclamation points and question marks.

                  This is stupid. Maybe the Red Sox had a few more players come up and be successful in the last decade. What we all seem to be forgetting is that we’ve gone toe-to-toe with them anyway. So who fucking cares? I’d rather be a fan of the team that makes the playoffs every year but one since 1995 and has had a few draft picks go sour than the team that has a bit more draft success and has missed the playoffs four years in a row.

          • Cool Lester Smooth says:

            Lowrie? Ellsbury? Bucholz is their version of Phil Hughes, although he has been great this year, and Papelbon isn’t better than David Robertson.

            • JobaWockeeZ says:

              And who have the Yankees drafted that are everyday players? Impact players? Lester and Pedroia already beats anything the Yankees have drafted in a decade combined.

            • Guns says:

              Yeah except Buchholz is light years ahead of Hughes in regards to talent but other than that you’re spot on. Oh yeah… Buchholz’s career WAR is 11.3 compared to 10.5 for Hughes, some of that as a reliever.

              Papelbon has had THREE seasons obove 3 WAR as a reliever compared to zero for DRob.

              Damn, proving you wrong was easy.

              • Mike Axisa says:

                Who cares? Apparently only you.

                • Guns says:

                  Very perceptive. One commenter made a point and I blew it away with facts making those points look incredibly silly. Then I gave myself a big pat on the back and treated myself to a mani/pedi.

                  • Mike Axisa says:

                    That was like 50 comments ago.

                    • BronxBomber98 says:

                      Honestly Mike I don’t know how you can put up with some of these people between the comment section of every post, every live chat, and the mailbag questions/comments you receive. I enjoy every article posted on River Ave and avoid the comments for this reason, for the trolls that have to try and feel superior in a useless pissing contest. Just letting you know that some of us here actually appreciate what you write.

  20. wsa says:

    If it was signability that caused Denney’s perceived fall, let’s see if the Red Sox can get him signed. I don’t see their first two picks as under-slot guys.

    What are the new compensation rules in terms of failing to sign a 3rd rounder?

    • pat says:

      Well I know you lose out of your draft pool however much was allotted for that slot. Not sure you get a comp pick though for losing a 3rd rounder. I could be wrong.

  21. David Brown says:

    Denney to the Red Sox. Now watch ESPN and the other usual suspects rank the Draft in this order. 1: Boston 2: Tampa Bay. 3: Yankees (Although they would like to put Baltimore & Toronto ahead of the Yankees). Being a Yankee fan and reading reviews of their Draft and entire Organization on ESPN & ESPN.com is like being a Republican on MSNBC. I remember when ESPN referred to Roger Clemens as a Yankee (forgetting he was a Red Sox), and make a bigger deal over Arod then Braun when it comes to cheating (When they are equally guilty).

  22. pat says:

    I predict a small school reliever next.

  23. Bryan says:

    What is the slot for the Yankees pick in the 3rd round?

    • neo says:

      Pick 103 is 1/2 mil. Here is the complete list for the yankees:

      26 $1,839,400
      32 $1,677,100
      33 $1,650,100
      66 $845,700
      103 $500,900
      134 $371,300
      164 $278,100
      194 $208,300
      224 $160,800
      254 $150,200
      284 $140,200
      314 $135,300

  24. Bryan says:

    Also MLB.com states that the Yanks 2nd round pick could be a tough sign. Given what most people were saying, I assumed he was an under slot savings pick. That may not be the case.

    • pat says:

      Oppenheimer did an interview where he said he is very confident they will get it done. Sounds like they already had a deal in place. Also mentioned that we “picked the pocket” of a very well regarded drafting team when we took him.

    • Josh says:

      The guy they drafted in an interview said he’s hoping to sign by next week.

    • wsa says:

      I think that the truth is somewhere between the two. That he was originally considered a tougher sign because he was expected to go a bit later where the slot money is lower. A good student and after three years filling out at UCLA he might have gotten first round money. But that he is not a guy that the Yankees picked to be cheap. An athletic HS guy who plays strong D up the middle and has a strong commitment to a top program is not usually the recipe for way under slot. Maybe slot or a bit below. We’ll have to see. Last year people thought O’Brien was a cheap pick because he was a senior but he ended up getting slot money.

  25. pat says:

    O’Neill, Michael Michigan (MI) CF R/R JR 6’01″

    195lbs DOB: 06/12/92 | Back in 2010, Ryan LaMarre had scouts checking out the University of Michigan outfield regularly, eventually going in the second round. Now it’s O’Neill’s turn. Paul O’Neill’s nephew really knows how to hit, making consistent hard contact and spraying line drives to all fields. He has mostly doubles power, with some room to add strength, and average speed, though he’s smart on the basepaths. He should be a solid average defender. It’s not clear where O’Neill profiles, with not quite enough speed for center and not enough power for a corner, but his ability to hit at the college level will certainly help him on Draft day.


    • Travis L. says:

      Damn…I was a round off. Oh well, still knew they’d take him!

    • CashmanNinja says:

      I think he sounds pretty solid. He has the makings of a corner outfielder and he can hit. I’ve always felt that power was something that could eventually come around; actually being able to hit was the most important thing. And even if he’s only a gap hitter…he could be like a poor man’s Alex Gordon.

    • YankeeGrunt says:

      That profile is just stupid. O’Neill was the fastest kid on the Cape last year. He has above average to plus speed, far from average.

  26. Mike Axisa says:

    Yankees took Michigan OF Mike O’Neill with pick 3/103. More on him here:


    • CountryClub says:

      Wow, they actually took someone that’s a legit prospect. I wasn’t expecting that with this pick.

  27. JohnC says:

    Yanks took CF Mike O’Neill. Paul’s nephew. 2nd time they drafted him.

    Breaking news:

    Chien Ming Wang has opted out of his contract, and signed with Toronto

  28. Bryan says:

    Is O’Neil a slot pick? He is a senior right? So I would assume right at the slot.

  29. Bryan says:

    Kean Wong. What a name.

  30. Yanks200910 says:

    Damn the Braves really wanted Carlos Salazar Kerman HS (CA) RHP

    Committed to Fresno State in his own backyard, Salazar jumped up on boards in an early showing at the Major League Scouting Bureau’s SoCal Showcase and hasn’t looked back all spring. The physical right-hander has a ton of arm strength, touching 97 mph with his fastball fairly consistently. His sharp breaking ball has the potential to be a plus pitch in the future and he even shows some feel for a deceptive changeup. While Salazar has struggled with control in the past, his command has been improved and he’s generally around the strike zone. A longtime Bulldogs fan, there’s a chance he’ll never set foot on campus, with a chance to go high enough he’ll want to start his pro career instead.

  31. pat says:

    Wade, Tyler Murrieta Valley HS (CA) SS L/R HS
    6’01″ 180lbs DOB: 11/23/94Wade has played his way up Draft boards with an excellent senior season. He is a speedy, lithe athlete and, at 6-foot-2, 178 pounds, has room to get stronger. Wade has hit well all spring, utilizing his line-drive stroke well. He has below-average power and is unlikely to ever develop much. He has plus speed and his game is best suited for the top of the lineup. Defensively, Wade has convinced scouts he can play shortstop as a professional. He has good range and an above-average arm. Wade is committed to San Diego State.

    • Bryan says:


      Dear god this kid was born the offseason before Mo and Jeter made their professional debuts.

      • jjyank says:

        Clarkin was born 2/14/1995! I’m too young to feel this old.

        • Bryan says:

          Crap I did not even realize that. Jeez. It’s amazing to think that we still have some guys on the team that have been there since before Clarkin was born.

      • JohnnyC says:

        Didn’t realize Jeter and Rivera were playing amateur ball before 1995. Thought they were getting paid. Talk about love of the game!

  32. Bryan says:

    Yanks get Tyler Wade, SS Murrieta Valley HS, CA

  33. CountryClub says:

    Looks like yanks aren’t following the same strategy as last yr.

    • kenthadley says:

      Bingo. Guess they figured to stop going for the homeruns and accept the singles and doubles….no Cito, DBJ or Brackmans this year.

      • jjyank says:

        Culver and Bichette were most certainly not part of the same strategy Brackman was. That was about as much of a shoot-the-moon pick as you could get.

        • kenthadley says:

          They all seemed like reaches, but you are probably correct.

          • jjyank says:

            Brackman wasn’t a reach. If healthy, he likely would have been a top-5 talent. When you pick ~30th, he’s the kind of talent you should be looking for. It didn’t work out, but that doesn’t mean the strategy was wrong. Brackman, like The Doctor said below me, represents the exact opposite of the Culver and Bichette picks.

        • The Doctor says:

          Beat me to it. Literally opposite mentalities.

      • The Doctor says:

        Cito, DBJ, and Brackmans?

        One of these things is not like the other.

  34. DERP says:

    That’s three Southern California guys. Plus Judge who is from a different part of the state.

    • The Doctor says:

      Really cool to see as someone from Southern California. No one really specifically from my area, but still fun to see. Here’s to hoping at least one of them makes it!

  35. Travis L. says:

    Best name of the draft so far IMO: Amalani Fukofuka!!!

  36. PFOJ says:

    Absolutely inexcusable they missed out on Cody Bellinger. Hopefully Homer Bush has a son in the draft so we can make up for that failure.

  37. Pat D says:

    KLaw chat right now. Yankees questions:

    1) How did the Yankees do with their three first round picks? I was a little surprised they went with two college guys since they normally take so many HSers.

    Loved it, very strong group for where they picked.

    2) Saw your twitter comment regarding Katoh. Still think it’s a reach if he fills out?

    I don’t think his frame permits much filling out. I saw him a ton, liked his feel for the game and speed, but he was a pure college guy for me, not someone to sign.

    3) What’s your opinion on the Yankees day 2 picks?

    I’m not sure why they’re taking all of these twerps after going big (and high-upside) in round one. Katoh and Wade are little guys. I do like O’Neill for the round though.

    4) How soon can Jageilo and Judge be in the majors?

    Jagielo is a fast mover, Judge is a little longer-term because the raw power doesn’t play in games yet.

  38. vinnie says:

    I love the draft. If I had to cherry pick, I would have liked Stanek with the first pick then snagged Judge & Jagielo. You guys think Jags would have been around for the last 2 picks?

  39. pat says:

    Texas with Joe Jackson. No reports as to his footwear.

  40. The Real Greg says:

    I am drooling at the prospect (no pun intended) of Aaron Judge.

  41. EndlessMike says:

    Aaron Judge reminds me too much of Andrew BRackman.High upside but no track record.Good draft but it should have gone much better.

  42. pat says:

    There’s the reliever from a small school.

  43. Handsome B. Wonderful says:

    In Round 5, Pick 164, NYY selects David Palladino, RHP, Howard College (Tex.)

    6-foot-9. You can’t teach size.

    Palladino began his college career last year at South Carolina-Upstate and pitched in 10 games before undergoing surgery to repair a tendon in his knee. He then transferred to Howard this season. Palladino’s fastball sits in the low-90s, occasionally touching 95 mph. Because his fastball is mostly straight, it is critical for Palladino to use his 6-foot-9, 230-pound frame to create a good downhill angle. He also throws a changeup, curveball and slider. Despite his size, Palladino has an easy delivery and commands the ball well. He is committed to LSU.

  44. CashmanNinja says:

    I like that Palladino pick. The only real negative is the previous surgery, but hopefully that’s in the past. At least it wasn’t something like a shoulder. As for his pitches…he kind of reminds me of Kyle Farnsworth, but not quite the hard thrower. Teach him a 2 seamer and he should at least be a reliever — but I think they’ll try him as a starter first considering he’s committed to LSU. There’s no way they’ll pry him away from that school with a “hey, want to come be a reliever for us?” as opposed to going to college, being drafted higher, making more $$ early on, and then more $$ as a starter.

  45. EndlessMike says:

    Would have taken Jan Hernadez in the second pick.He would have been a cheap option.

  46. JohnnyC says:

    Cardinals honor America’s musical heritage by drafting blues singer Jimmy Reed. They also plan to draft George Jones and Liberace in rounds 30 and 31.

  47. The Real Greg says:

    Yankees draft John Murphy a SS from Sacred Heart

  48. 28 this year says:

    This is taking far too long. They need to speed this shit up. As exciting as they want to make the draft, at most, an individual only cares about who their team gets so 30 minutes or more between each pick is not exactly going to make anyone excited. If this is going to gain any traction, it needs to move faster.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Easy way to do that. Make picks tradable. Creates unpredictability and excitement.

    • gbyanks says:

      im pretty sure there is only a minute between mlb picks. there are just so many rounds

      • 28 this year says:

        It’s a minute but because a person probably only really wants to know who their team got, its really like 30 minutes. They could do 30 seconds or a minute but at least allow teams to pick as soon as they are ready rather than waiting the minute every single time.

  49. Larry F says:

    Boldt & Puk still available? I’d like to get one of those 2, but if they’ve slipped this far, then they may be unsignable, but what do I know.

    Also Josh Pettitte may be coming up soon. Round 10 or 11 maybe? Maybe 11 in case he doesn’t sign.

    • CashmanNinja says:

      I don’t think it’ll be top 10 — especially if he’s got a strong commitment. It’s not like money would be a huge factor (compared to some guys). He’s grown up with a dad making a good chunk of change so money isn’t as rare a thing as it is to some other players. With that being said money still talks. I just don’t feel anyone would really risk getting him in the top 10 since he’ll probably be a tough sign.

      • Larry F says:

        Michael Kay was saying his projected Round was like 6-20 or something. I figured it would not be in the top 10 so they don’t lose the bonus because I don’t expect him to sign, but it may still towards the earlier end of the range. O’Neill was even a bit earlier than I was anticipating. Of course he will be signed unlike Pettitte so that may be a major factor.

    • Danny says:

      Pettite’s more of a 30-40 rounder considering he’s almost def. going to school.

  50. The Real Greg says:

    Yankees draft Nick Rumbelow a RHP from LSU

    Rumbelow had a solid showing in 2013 for the Tigers, and his performance may end up getting him drafted. His fastball will sit in the low 90s but is straight most of the time. He also throws a power curveball with good, sharp bite that has the chance to be a plus pitch. Rumbelow has a good amount of effort to his delivery, however, and doesn’t have very good control. Many scouts are concerned he will get injured in the future due to bad arm action. A team that believes in his solid two-pitch mix out of a bullpen may give him a chance during the Draft.

  51. Handsome B. Wonderful says:

    In Round 7, Pick 224, NYY selects Nick Rumbelow, RHP, LSU

    Struck out 43 in 26 IP in the Cape League.

    Rumbelow had a solid showing in 2013 for the Tigers, and his performance may end up getting him drafted. His fastball will sit in the low 90s but is straight most of the time. He also throws a power curveball with good, sharp bite that has the chance to be a plus pitch. Rumbelow has a good amount of effort to his delivery, however, and doesn’t have very good control. Many scouts are concerned he will get injured in the future due to bad arm action. A team that believes in his solid two-pitch mix out of a bullpen may give him a chance during the Draft.

  52. neo says:

    another of those bullpen arms:

    pick 224 Rumbelow, Nick LSU (LA) RHP R/R JR

    6’00″ 190lbs DOB: 09/06/91
    Rumbelow had a solid showing in 2013 for the Tigers, and his performance may end up getting him drafted. His fastball will sit in the low 90s but is straight most of the time. He also throws a power curveball with good, sharp bite that has the chance to be a plus pitch. Rumbelow has a good amount of effort to his delivery, however, and doesn’t have very good control. Many scouts are concerned he will get injured in the future due to bad arm action. A team that believes in his solid two-pitch mix out of a bullpen may give him a chance during the Draft.

  53. Mason Williams Blood Alcohol Content says:

    Terrible Pick. Just why?

  54. BeanTooth says:

    Marchand says Clarkin needs “life-changing money” to sign. Posturing or sign that he could be very difficult to get under contract?

    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

      Probably both, haha. That’s probably why they’ve gone cheap with a bunch of these guys.

    • Chip says:

      I would think 1.6 million bucks would change your life. If they take 1.8 million to sign him, no big deal

      • emac2 says:

        Yeah, life changing is pretty relative but if a couple of million doesn’t qualify what does?

        • Chip says:

          Also, I would want to be under the direction of somebody whose job is to make me better rather than to win games because the actual 10 million a year jobs are in the majors and that should really be the only goal for these guys.

  55. The Real Greg says:

    Yanks draft Thomas Brandon a CF from Georgia Tech

    Despite being drafted by the Pirates in the fourth round last year, Thomas, an outfielder, elected to return to Georgia Tech for his senior year. He led the Yellow Jackets in batting average and on-base percentage as a junior and is performing well again this year. A bout of mononucleosis kept him out of action for two weeks, but Thomas has bounced back. His strength gives him power potential, but he emphasizes making contact with a line-drive stroke. Thomas is a plus runner and plays center field for the Yellow Jackets, but will need to improve his routes to stay there as a professional.

  56. The Real Greg says:

    Yankees draft Connor Kendrick a LHP from Auburn

    Kendrick began his college career at Georgia Tech before transferring to Northwest Florida State Junior College for his sophomore season. He moved on to Auburn this year and split time between the bullpen and the rotation. Kendrick throws his fastball in the upper-80s with good movement. He commands his changeup and curveball well and both have the potential to be Major League-average offerings. Kendrick has some deception to his delivery, which helps his stuff play up. He earns praise for his poise and aggressivness on the mound.

  57. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Just wanted to drop in and give big thanks to those who are updating who the team picks each round. I’m out of town and not able to lay much attention (although Guns…..dear lord, just of root for someone else already) to things. Having commenters keeping us informed is a great thing, and I appreciate everyone’s efforts. Thanks.

    • Dela G says:


    • Alkaline says:

      Agreed. I don’t get to comment much, but I love reading the content and the comments (for the most part). A lot of times, the comments certainly add a layer of depth in terms of information and analysis. It’s nice to get some people’s point of view who articulate it well and differ from mine. Always good to keep perspective.

  58. nycsportzfan says:

    This Palladino kid is intriguing. A big kid who can touch 95 with a smooth easy delivery and also throws a curve, slide, and change. 99k’s in 70.1inn for Howard this past season. I like em.

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