2013 Draft: Yankees agree to sign 36th rounder Nestor Cortes


Via K. Levine-Flandrup: The Yankees have agreed to sign 36th round pick Nestor Cortes. No word on the signing bonus, but since he was drafted after the tenth round, anything in excess of $100k counts against the draft pool. The Yankees are currently $114k over their pool.

Cortes, 18, is a left-hander out of Hialeah High School in Miami. He’s undersized at 5-foot-11 and 190 lbs., but he can run his fastball into the low-90s with good sink. His changeup is very good for a high schooler and he also spins a curveball. Cortes is also an excellent athlete with an easy delivery and arm action. There’s a definite Daniel Camarena 2.0 vibe here, though I’m not sure if Cortes has that kind of polish.

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  • Joe

    Now that the signings are done can you rank the top ten signings in your opinion? Where would quantril have rated?

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

      Next week. Quantrill probably would have been number four behind the three first rounders.

      • Different Josh

        What about Cody Thomas?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Vaya Hialeah!!!

    Instantly shoots to the top of my favorite prospect list. Fucking OG right here.

    • Pseudoyanks

      Loved the old racetrack there.

  • Pseudoyanks

    190 lbs is a very developed frame for a 5’11″ 18 year old kid. Since they’re calling him an excellent athlete, I don’t imagine he’s fat. He must have extreme muscle development…maybe the first thing will to keep him away from the weight room for a little while.

    • RetroRob

      I was going to post similar, but saw your comment. 190 lbs. on a 5’11″ frame is very solid, especially for an 18-year-old. Without seeing his picture, I would assume he was actually overweight.

      • Bo Knows

        He’s not, he appears to be in very good shape. He could probably still have more room to add another 5-10 lbs.

      • OhioYanks

        It’s a solid build at 18, but not out of the ordinary for a good HS athlete. (Camarena, who Mike compares him to, was listed at 6′ 195.) Depending on the source, the measurements reported for HS players can be have a wide margin of error as well.

  • YankeeGrunt

    Perfect Game loved Cortes but some of the other draft pubs were uninspired; what they reported as low 90′s might be closer to high 80′s. It’s significant that the Yanks had him in for a BP on the last day before they’d make him an offer, and that bonus was probably at or below $100K. It’d be nice if he turned into a prospect, but I’m not sure he’s one of the Yanks’ more important signings.

    • Bo Knows

      No chance the bonus is below, this is a HS kid he would have just gone to school unless the yankees made an offer that he liked which is most definitely above.

      Also the kid is most definitely a prospect, just because he may not be one of the prospect household names doesn’t mean he isn’t talented. What his future is we don’t know

      • YankeeGrunt

        This was FIU, not UNC. Camarena got mid-300′s with a lot more hype and a USD commit, and in an era that lent itself more to such signings. Based on timing it was probably in the $100K range.

        • OhioYanks

          How does the timing indicate $100k exactly? The timing could just as easily indicate that he was holding out for more money and the Yankees caved as that he caved/decided to take the Yankees offer.

          Both of you guys seem to be doing a lot of speculating.

          • YankeeGrunt

            Levine-Flandrup reported he was going in for a bullpen and “hoping to impress enough to sign.” McCarley was throwing for the Yanks a week or so ago and a decision was made on what would probably have been a bonus at or above what was given to Fowler. If Cortes was that class of prospect, in line for a payday in that range, he probably would have been in as soon as his Connie Mack team was eliminated. Some of the scouting reports were not as glowing as the Perfect Game one. Couple that with the Yanks already being into the penalty and I’d be surprised if it was much more.

            • OhioYanks

              Again, this is a lot of speculation and rumormongering.

              Do you really think that the Yankees made their decision of what he’s worth based on one BP session?

              Again, what does the timing have to do with it?

              • YankeeGrunt

                It’s a fruitless argument. Based on what I’ve seen elsewhere he was more flyer than anything else. That doesn’t mean he can’t turn into a solid prospect, it just means that the Perfect Game profile isn’t the last word. It reminds me a little of Mariel Checo (not the prospects themselves, they couldn’t be more different, just the hype around them). A few doting prospect profiles had Yankee fans excited but ultimately Checo got a small bonus (IIRC $125K) and a shot in the GCL.

                • OhioYanks

                  I am not arguing with you. You seem to misunderstand my point. (I sort of feel like you are just not reading my comments at all at this point. You aren’t responding to them. You are just saying the same thing over and over.)

                  I never said anything about what bonus I expect. I have no idea. I asked you about your reasoning. Third time I ask what the timing proves, and you still haven’t answered. You keep mentioning other sources in the abstract without actually citing them. And you are putting a lot of stock in FIU not being UNC.
                  I am asking you why you are so sure. You don’t seem to have an answer except that you heard it somewhere you don’t care to share with us.

                  • Caballo Sin Nombre

                    To simplify things, the Yankees signed players in three phases: the initial flurry; the late round signability cases; and Judge. Based on his pattern of behavior, it appeared that Judge was holding out for whatever was leftover after the signability cases were done. I think based on this, most of us who have been following the sequence have concluded that Judge gobbled up everything the Yankees were willing and able to pay in bonuses after the signability cases were done. It doesn’t make sense that they would wait to add a signability case after Judge, especially one that was not ranked particularly high (for example, by BA). The fact that K. Levine-Flandrup reported that he was in camp “hoping to impress enough to sign” is consistent with this. And it is not uncommon for a team to make a late draft (36th round) based on just a couple of scouting reports; Cortes throwing in a private workout in camp could very well have provided more information than they already had.

        • Bo Knows

          Who cares where his scholarship is to, I’m never said the guy was going to require a massive overpay, I said he is going to get overslot because he does have leverage of college. If the yankees offered peanuts, he’d go to school. Also, if he was going to be a underslot guy, he would have signed weeks ago instead of waiting until the deadline. Yankees obviously felt they had some cash left over and probably wanted to see if he would be willing to deal.

  • Danny

    Real solid sign, the PG report on him was very promising.

    “Nestor Cortes is a 2013 LHP with a 5-11 195 lb. frame from Hialeah, FL who attends Hialeah HS. Compact athletic build, strong lower half. Easy delivery, high leg raise, compact quick arm action, hides the ball well in back, stays balanced, polished delivery that has some deception and is repeatable. Fastball topped out at 92 mph, comes out of hand easily, good sink and run at times. Good 1/7 shape on curveball, solid spin and good bite. Outstanding change up, maintains arm speed well, very good late life. Throws strikes with all pitches and can throw to spots, misses bats. Quick worker who knows what he’s doing on the mound, dominated. Strong physical resemblance to Gio Gonzalez without Gonzalez’s nasty CB at the same age. Signed with Florida International.”

    • Coachy

      The yanks are getting LHP that will most def surprise some people with his pitch ability and his understanding of the game thus far. Forget about what the a signing bonus was for he was offered an opportunity to play professionally. Nestor has developed quickly into a LHP and his change up is his best secondary pitch. His FB velo anywhere 87-90 while flirting with some 92′s in there. May not be a household name but I can guarantee you he will be in the next couple of years. Athletic yes fields the position well and was an outfielder throughout his HS career before becoming a full time pitcher

  • first name only male – Retire 21
    • YankeeGrunt

      Josh Pettitte made it clear before the draft he was going to Baylor. The Yanks drafted him in case he changed his mind, and because sometimes it makes sense to forge ties with a kid early – they have a lot of redrafts (this year Michael O’Neill and Kevin Cornelius were redrafts, last year Nick Goody).

      • Pseudoyanks

        No worries on the reply fail, and thanks…I know that was in response to me.

        • YankeeGrunt

          Haha sorry about that. They had a few they knew would be non-signs, including Pettitte, Quantrill and Schmidt. Some of them opted for college because the money wasn’t there (Floyd, Thomas, McCarley), and others (Buchanan, White) didn’t seem to get offers, or at least not substantial ones.

      • OhioYanks

        And probably also because he’s Andy Pettitte’s son.

  • Pseudoyanks

    So is Josh Pettitte holding out for big bucks ?

  • David Brown

    Really great Draft this year. I like the Cortes signing, because there is a real need to get lefties in the Organization, and of the three Prep Guys we Drafted, two were signed. Plus he seems to really be happy being in the Organization. I give the Yankees a B+ Grade

  • Raza

    Considering his size and repertoire, his scouting report resembles that of a pre-velocity spike Manny Banuelos.

  • jbc1


    How many did the Yankees sign. Did Yankees sign 30 of the 42 draftees. What do you grade the draft for the Yankees?
    Thanks great job with pre draft, draft and post draft coverage.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Is Cortes ambidextrous ? Signing contract with his right hand.

    • JonS

      Lots of athletes are actually other-handed. CC, Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb immediately come to mind.

      • Caballo Sin Nombre

        Interesting observation. I wonder if anyone has actually tested the hypothesis.