2014 Draft Open Thread: Day Two


2014 DraftThe first day of the 2014 draft is in the books and now we’re moving on to day two. The Yankees selected Mississippi State LHP Jacob Lindgren with their first and only selection on day one — everything you need to know about him is right here — after forfeiting a bunch of high picks to sign free agents last winter. It was kinda boring waiting around for their pick to come up, but that’s life.

Day two will cover rounds three through ten, and the Yankees have a pick in every one of those rounds. Their first selection of the day is 91st overall, or the 17th pick of the day. Their second pick of day two is 122nd overall, then things go back to normal and they’ll pick once every 30 picks. The Yankees will select seven eight players today and remember, these picks are all tied to the draft pool. Expect to see some regular ol’ prospects as well as some cheap college seniors picked today. The draft pool money saved on the seniors will be redirected to other players.

Here are some stray links following day one and heading into day two:

  • “I am humbled and grateful to be drafted by the New York Yankees,” said Lindgren to Michael Bonner. “This is an incredible feeling and a day I will remember for the rest of my life. I would like to thank Mississippi State University, my coaches, teammates and the greatest fans in college baseball for helping me reach this point.”
  • In ESPN’s round two analysis (subs. req’d), Chris Crawford called Lindgren the quickest to MLB pick and says he “can get left-handed hitters at the major league level out right now, as his slider is virtually unhittable against hitters from that side and he attacks batters with a 92-94 mph fastball.”
  • Here are the best available players from Keith Law (subs. req’d) and Baseball America. Virginia HS RHP Jacob Bukauskas, the consensus top available player, sent a letter to teams saying he intends to follow through on his commitment to UNC a few weeks ago, so he’s basically unsignable at this point.
  • In case you missed it yesterday, make sure you check out this FanGraphs post by former Mariners front office staffer Tony Blengino to get an idea of what it’s like inside a team’s war room during the draft.

The draft resumes at 1pm ET with a half-hour preview show beforehand, and it’ll all be streamed on MLB.com. Here’s the video link and here’s the Draft Tracker link. There won’t be a liveblog today (sorry, I just don’t have the time), so do all your draft talking here.

Categories : Draft, Open Thread


  1. pat says:

    When’s his TJ scheduled?

    • I'm One says:

      Next week. He’s looking to get it out of the way now, like Joba did.

      • mitch says:

        Way too early. He’s already pitched a whole college season. Let’s let him sit out the rest of the summer to rest and determine he needs surgery next spring.

  2. Darren says:

    Is there anything stopping the Yankees from having him join the team immediately? Sign him to a contract, do a physical, and get out to the bullpen by tomorrow or Sunday at the latest. Enough with burying players in the minors forever! You didn’t see Dave Winfield rotting away the best years of his life.

    The only obstacle is that he’ll need better entrance music than “Jacob’s Ladder” by Huey Lewis + the News.

    • The Great Gonzo says:

      Something something burrito something

      • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

        How about we NOT do that?

        • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

          Reply to Darren, obviously.

          3/4 of the folks here hadn’t heard of this guy two days ago. Now Cashman failed if he’s not replacing Matt Thornton tomorrow.

          They wonder why we make fun of them.

          • Darren says:

            While I was semi-joking, I’m not, really. I mean, if his stuff is good enough to get out major league pitching right now, why not get him to the show sooner rather than later? Does he really need to acclimate to professional baseball by riding the bus in the minor for two years? Why? He’s not 17. If we were talking about a starting pitcher or an everyday position player, it would be a different story, where they have to learn to manage the grind, learn to manage the lifestyle, learn how to work their way through a lineup 3 or 4 times. But a guy who’s gonna come in for an inning or two and use pure heat and a nasty slider to get guys out? What is he gonna learn in the minors?

            Legit question.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

              It may not be two years, and he won’t necessarily have to report to Staten Island or anything, but you want to take a look at your own pitcher versus professional hitting in a low-impact environment first.

              Nothing to do with the grind, etc.

              There’s zero reason to rush him right now. It doesn’t matter how many inherited runs Thornton’s letting in. If this kid is that good, I’d want him to be here when he’s ready to be Boone Logan on a really, really good day.

            • The Great Gonzo says:

              About a million reasons. But I will start with the most obvious:

              He was pitching against 18 year old college kids last week. Now, all of the sudden, he’s gonna be called on as the guy to get David Ortiz out? The chance of him being successful right out of the gate are insanely slim, and it not completely ruining his career is also incredibly slim.

              Also, “people say” he could pitch in the majors today. People say ALOT of things. That in no way means that they should be taking at their word. Because guess what? KLaw gives zero shits if the kid craps himself against Chris Davis next week, because he can go back to saying shit about the next bunch of college kids.

              How about we get him signed right quick, get him to Charleston, aggressively accelerate the timeline and maybe see him when we see him?

              • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

                First: yes to all that.
                Second: instead of the opinions of ‘some’ we’ll get early insight as to what NYY think of him when he gets assigned. EST? Not ready. AA? Wow! Oh boy!

                So sign that frickin contract and let’s go…

              • Darren says:

                Good points all, except that if it’s Yankee scouts who saw him recently and they say he has the stuff to dominate now, that’s enormously different than Keith law or someone else ‘saying’ it.

    • ALZ says:

      i wondered this too. You can save a ton of money for later picks if they promised to rush him to the majors. The pick is slotted for just over a million. If he knows he will be going majors fast he would be better off monetarily with it and just taking a few hundred thousand off that.

    • Fernando says:

      I would like to see them do something different to give the young guys a chance sooner. Thornton has been terrible and seems to further illustrate the point that signing free agent relievers is a waste.

  3. John C says:

    And we’re off with day 2 as Houston takes J.D Davis, 3B Cal State Fullerton

  4. King George says:

    There’s still a lot of Top 100 players left and I’m seeing a lot of teams overdraft, most likely for $ reasons to overspend on previous picks.

  5. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    “The Yankees will select seven players today and remember, these picks are all tied to the draft pool.”

    I’m old and senile, & my math skills suck, but with the Yankees getting one pick in each of the 3rd through 10th rounds, doesn’t that mean the yankees get to draft eight players this afternoon?

  6. TheRealGreg says:

    Yankees pick Austin Dakar RHP

  7. TheRealGreg says:

    It’s been a good year to go see talented high school arms in the Northeast, with DeCarr keeping up with Scott Blewett in New York and Joe Gatto in New Jersey as the top prep pitchers in the region. While slightly less projectable than his counterparts, the Clemson commit performed well this spring. Even though it’s just his second full year of pitching, DeCarr is more advanced than many, with more consistent pitchability. He’ll pitch at 92-93 mph, but can reach back for 95 mph when he needs it. His curveball shows flashes of being a plus offering, and his changeup gives him the chance to have a very effective three-pitch mix. He can throw all three pitches for strikes. A fresh arm in a durable frame is an intriguing combination. While DeCarr may not have the ceiling of some high school pitchers in this class, his stuff and poise should interest many teams in the first few rounds.

  8. Chip says:

    Yankees pick Austin DeCarr HS RHP, local kid

    It’s been a good year to go see talented high school arms in the Northeast, with DeCarr keeping up with Scott Blewett in New York and Joe Gatto in New Jersey as the top prep pitchers in the region. While slightly less projectable than his counterparts, the Clemson commit performed well this spring. Even though it’s just his second full year of pitching, DeCarr is more advanced than many, with more consistent pitchability. He’ll pitch at 92-93 mph, but can reach back for 95 mph when he needs it. His curveball shows flashes of being a plus offering, and his changeup gives him the chance to have a very effective three-pitch mix. He can throw all three pitches for strikes. A fresh arm in a durable frame is an intriguing combination. While DeCarr may not have the ceiling of some high school pitchers in this class, his stuff and poise should interest many teams in the first few rounds.

  9. Chip says:


    “Austin is a real competitor and he has two plus pitches right now,” Toffey said. “His fastball is right around 93-95 mph, he was throwing 96-97 at times and he also has a real good curveball.”

  10. CashmanNinja says:

    DeCarr seems like the kind with a high ceiling, but is extremely raw. The talent is there and he’s got pretty good size. He’s rough around the edges and hasn’t pitched that much (only 2 years). He’s probably going to cost over the slot though.

  11. vicki says:

    tigers got my gamecock catcher. sniff.

  12. TheRealGreg says:

    I know baseball drafting is a crapshoot but I don’t like this pick. Hear that he has good stuff but not good location.

    • King George says:

      He’s 19.

    • Bo Knows says:

      You’re never pleased so what else is new dude ;)

      Besides most HS kids aren’t going to have good command at this point especially one who is pretty new to pitching.

    • Chip says:

      You can teach a guy to throw more strikes but its really hard to teach them how to throw mid 90s

    • Tom K says:

      The mlb.com scouting report seems to differ with you – “three pitch mix, can throw them all for strikes” He seems to be advanced for a high school arm, but doesn’t have the big upside that some high school kids have.

      • Cool Lester Smooth says:

        Yeah, he’s a pretty great pick for the third round. Hopefully he does better than Jordan Cote.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      I heard he throws all 3pitches for strikes, and his curve has the making of a plus pitch and his changeup is solid. Obviously being able to get his heater up to 95 is also nice. Hes pretty highly touted, so I def like the pick. Jace Fry was all ready off the board, so i’m even more happy with the DeCarr pick.

    • The Great Gonzo says:

      Not every lottery ticket is a winner, and not all the winners are jackpots. Sometimes the winner is your money back.

      If you draw a useful MLB piece, then sweet. If he becomes the next Trevor Hoffman, then that would be dope. If he’s the next Uggie Urbina, then it is what it is.

  13. nycsportzfan says:

    Good pick with DeCarr. He sits in the 91-93 range but can reach back for 95 and his curve has the making of a plus pitch, and hes got a solid changeup. He can throw all 3 pitches for strikes and I read hes a very poised player, especially for a High Schooler.

  14. leftylarry says:

    Read elsewhere he’s really 6’2 ?

  15. tom says:

    How many Austins has Damon O drafted since he was in charge? lol.

  16. nycsportzfan says:

    Joey Pankake Inf S.Carolina, Tanner English OF S.Carolina, Austin Gomber LHP Fla Atl, and Alexis Pantojas SS P.Rico are the guys i’m hoping for with our next pick…

    • nycsportzfan says:

      They go with a South Carolina player, but not one I was thinking. Another LHP, which is one of the positons I personally covet most. Don’t know much about em yet, but i’m on it..

    • JohnC says:

      I’m hoping for RHP Ryan Butler next

      • nycsportzfan says:

        Julius Gaines SS Fla Int is very interesting prospect. Pantojas the P.Rican SS is also a interesting player. Austin Gomber LHP Fla Atl is also a good looking player but might be overkill on LHP in the first 5rounds.

        Tanner English is probably the guy I want. I love the way that kid plays the game. Flat out, all out.

  17. CashmanNinja says:

    I really want the Yanks to draft Trace Loehr. He’s the gritty/instinctive type player, great baseball IQ, great hitter, great runner. The only problem is arm strength. Many see him moving to 2B, but who knows. The kid could be Ian Kinsler with better defense if he sticks at 2nd, but maybe give him a chance at SS. I like the tools.

  18. BJ says:

    #122 is Jordan Montgomery, LHP, USC. Nice pick.

    • Chip says:

      High probability left hander. I’ll take it

      • BJ says:

        MLB.com talking heads saying that he’s a back-end starter, high floor but low ceiling, commands 4 pitches. “safe” pick at this point in the draft.

        Hoping they go up the middle with the next few picks.

        • Cool Lester Smooth says:

          That’s what you want in the fourth round.

        • nycsportzfan says:

          Yup. Said hes a safe bet to meet his ceiling of a 4th in a rotation starter. Thats not bad at all for 4th rder.

          Wasen’t Tyler Webb a S.Carolina kid also?

  19. nycsportzfan says:

    There goes Connaughton. I didn’t realize he was still on the board, or i’d put him on my hopeful list for our 4th rd pick. Good pick for the scummy Orioles.

  20. CashmanNinja says:

    Interesting pick. Great size and is more of a pitcher than a thrower. He’s sounds like a Mike Mussina type pitcher who relies on location and movement instead of overpowering batters. Considering how HR happy some hitters are now…this guy could carve out a very solid career with a great change up and cutter. Sounds a lot like Al Leiter.

    • leftylarry says:

      Sounds like a Vidal Nuno type to me, sat 85-88 all season.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Good post. Described really well(In my opinion). Isn’t Tyler Webb a South Carolina kid as well? MLB.COM is saying hes got 4spot in rotation ceiling but is likely to meet that expectation as well. I’ll take it in the 4th rd.

  21. JohnC says:

    Connaughton wants to continue playing basketball though. Not sure he would sign and if he did, would Yanks have allowed him to play basketball and sign

    • CashmanNinja says:

      Doubt it. They’ll automatically think of Aaron Boone and say no. I think that’s a reason why they’re iffy to go after the football players as well. They want guys who will commit to baseball and that’s that.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Yes, hes all ready got permission to play basketball this yr. Teams knew that going in.

  22. nycsportzfan says:

    Bolstering up our pitching depth is always nice. 2LHP and a good looking RHP. The Yanks are playing this draft very smart.

    • CashmanNinja says:

      Not much flair, but they’re getting guys who could move pretty fast through the system. Montgomery looks like he’s pretty polished all things considering. I could see them fast tracking him as well.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        He ended up being S.Carolinas ace as a Freshman. Pretty impressive in the SEC. Also hes a big kid. Got the look of a inn eating lefty

  23. vicki says:

    you know jacob nix is no relation, or it’d be spelled jaycob nix.

  24. nycsportzfan says:

    What about taking a chance on Mason McCullough RHP Lander? Hes had some off the field issues and was dismissed from UNC. He transferred to lander. Hes a big dude who can throw a 100mph. He has trouble with location but the cannon might be worth taking a chance on in RD5.

  25. Cuso says:

    Position player gotta be coming next, no? College SS or HS C, my bet

  26. nycsportzfan says:

    Joey Pankake is still out there. He makes some sense for us if on the board. He also pitched alittle and topped out at 94, I believe? Very versatile kid who has a nice looking swing.

    • The Great Gonzo says:

      Oh Fck you. Joey Pankake is a made up name… What, did they pass on Billy Quiche and John Waffle or….


      • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

        We HAVE to have a guy named Pancake in our system. A pitcher, though? The fuck? Needs to be converted for Sterling’s sake.

        • nycsportzfan says:

          No, hes mostly a position player but in worst case scenario, he has pitched alittle. His bat progressed alot this past season, and hes got some power potential. He can play many positions on the IF as well as some OF.

      • BJ says:

        Joey’s career really took off when he got some encouragement from his family, particularly his favorite aunt, Jemima Pankake. She gave him the support he needed to go out and excel.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        No sir. Pankake has all ready been drafted under that name but chose college instead. He’d be good value at this point as well.

    • JohnC says:

      Pankake must have signability issues if still on the board. Was expected to go in 3rd round

  27. nycsportzfan says:

    Mac Marshall is still out there. Probably be a tough sign at this point, but if we could get him at overslot money, our draft takes a mighty good turn(its all ready solid). Mac Marshall is a heck of a prospect.

  28. DERP says:

    Heath Fillmyer

  29. nycsportzfan says:

    Aaron Judge getting some love on MLB NETWORK. Showed em tops on some Hot Sheet. I missed the start of the segment.

    • Chip says:

      He is the type of guy who could absolutely blow up if he can keep up the plate discipline and contact skills he’s shown thus far while adding the power he shows in batting practice

  30. DERP says:

    Jordan Foley was drafted by NYY in 2011.

  31. Chip says:

    Another high probability college starter. I’m liking their strategy thus far. A lot of Adam Warren types it seems which is perfectly fine at this point in the draft

    • nycsportzfan says:

      When you look at the Yanks top pitching prospects before this draft, it wasen’t a overly deep group and a bunch of injury concerns with some top guys like Banuelos and Hensley. So attacking that aspect in the draft and taking some safe picks, who should climb quickly seems like a good strategy. We got nice depth in the pitching dept now.

  32. Cuso says:

    They came back for a second helping of Foley. They must really like him.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      I mentioned JOrdan Foley in a prospect profile thread the other day. Good value here. Hes pretty good. Was expected to go in the first 3rounds, so this is just a great spot to get him. Strong armed kid.

  33. JohnC says:

    Yanks take RHP Jordan Foley, Cnetral Michigan in 5th round

    6’3″ 215lbs DOB: 07/12/93 Strong-armed Texas high schoolers don’t usually attend college in the Upper Midwest. Foley took that path, however, in part because his brother attended graduate school at Central Michigan, and his family was moving to Michigan. Now he’s a good bet to become the first pitcher from the Wolverine State to go in the first three rounds since Mark Mulder and Matt Thornton were first-rounders in 1998. A Yankees 26th-round pick in 2011, Foley struggled as a freshman before becoming the Chippewas’ No. 1 starter and starring in the Cape Cod League last year. He built on that momentum this spring, maintaining his 90-96 mph fastball deep into games. His slider generates swing and misses but still lacks consistency. Foley’s changeup features some deception and sink, but his nascent splitter could be an even more effective third pitch. His strong build should give him the durability required of a starter, though his high arm slot allows hitters to pick up his pitches more easily than scouts would like. He throws strikes but still is refining his command.

  34. TheRealGreg says:

    Yankees drafting nothing but pitching so far. Perhaps going to lean on the international market for position players

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Thats my thought. Lets face it, with so many pitchers making the big club, and a few injuries to top prospects, had our top farm arms kinda lacking. We got some guys like Severino, DePaula, and Clarkin, but overall, we needed to put some more pitching talent into the system. We’ve done just that. Also, alot of these kids were good value and supposed to go sooner or went right where they were expected to go.

    • hey now says:

      Every big name IFA player they’ve been linked to so far is a position player, so your premise seems spot on.

      If everything goes as expected, they are going to be stocking up on guys who play the left side of the infield and a couple of top shelf outfielders.

    • The Great Gonzo says:

      Meh, maybe its the best player left on the board. Why shoehorn it?

      • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

        I’m actually pretty surprised that it’s STILL all pitchers. I agree with you, though. Every one of these guys could be the guy they happened to like the most at the slot. It’s still a very long draft.

        • nycsportzfan says:

          Good post. I agree, Yanks could very well of simply liked these guys most when they picked. Almost all of em are solid value , outside of Holder, who has stuff you can’t teach, a huge arm, and ML size, and possibly tops out as a closer. I don’t think the Yanks could of done much better with not having a 1st rd pick.

  35. DERP says:

    Wes Benajmin who just went to Texas was also drafted by NY in 2011.

  36. CashmanNinja says:

    I love when teams re-draft players after they spurn them the first time (in order to go to school). It makes me think that the team scouting them has looked at them more than any other team and knows the player better than anyone else. I’m a fan of this pick. He can throw mid 90′s and his only real knock (aside from his arm angle) is inconsistency with his off-speed stuff. At the very least he looks like he could be a very good reliever and that’s only if he doesn’t live up to his potential as a starter. Solid pick.

  37. Dan G says:

    IIRC, wasn’t Peter O’Brien a “cheap senior” filler out of Miami? That seems to be have turned out pretty well so far.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Oh I personally love college players. I always have. I like upside HS kids as well, but have always liked the College kids and the fact most have all ready exceled at level above HS.

      Refsnyder was a 4th rd pick outta college just a couple yrs ago. It was watching him in the college WS that had me thinking he was gonna be special. Thought he was way underrated.

      • CashmanNinja says:

        I like college kids more because they’re usually cheaper and more polished. High school kids obviously have more raw potential because you can get rid of any bad habits before they’re really set in stone. But they also take a LONG time to develop, if they ever do. I’d rather go the safer bet and take the college player, most of the time.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

          Feel like the Yanks need to get some wins in the draft over the next few years, and that the ‘high-risk’ signings are just too much risk right now…

          • CashmanNinja says:

            Same here. The last few years the high risk guys haven’t really worked out for us. I get how appealing they can be, but they’re basically projects and our minor league system hasn’t done a great job developing those projects. I’d rather get a guy who is almost a lock to contribute at some point rather than take a risk on someone who may not even make it to the majors (or at least for the Yankees).

            • nycsportzfan says:

              We’ve done great with college players. Pete O’Brien, Kyle Roller, David Phelps, Mark Montgomery, Brett Gardner, David Robertson, Tyler Webb, Aaron Judge, Eric Jagielo, Michael O’neill.etc

    • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

      Yes he was.

  38. nycsportzfan says:

    I was looking at some other teams drafts. One that stuck out to me was the SF GIANTS. Beede has number 1 starter upside and they added Aramis Garcia C Fla Int and Dylan Davis OF Org St with there next 2picks which was nice, and just added Coonrod most recently, whos got serious developmental stuff. Good draft by the Giants.

    • CashmanNinja says:

      I’m really liking the Brewers draft so far for the most part. Their first 3 picks were fantastic. I realize they may have reached for Medeiros, but it was about saving $$ for someone like Gatewood and Harrison. Sneed also looks to have lots of potential as well. I also think the Nationals did great with their first 3 picks. Even the Astros drafted pretty well so far. I *love* the A.J. Reed pick. That guy is such an insane hitter. Insane power, but also makes contact which is pretty rare for sluggers of that caliber. There have been lots of pretty good drafting teams so far.

  39. nycsportzfan says:

    Yanks got 3players in the MLB TOP100. Lindgren, DeCarr, and Foley. Impressive.

  40. nycsportzfan says:

    Alex Pantojas SS P.Rico, Julius Gaines SS Fla Int, Joey Pankake Inf/OF S.Carolina, Luke Bonfield OF Fla(HS), Tanner English OF S.Carolina are some guys i’d look at here, off top of my head.

  41. TheRealGreg says:

    Looking at the Yankees farm system and there are a few surprises that I see.

    John Murphy, the SS drafted last year in the 6th round, is doing well at A ball.

  42. TheRealGreg says:

    They have to be targeting position players in the International Market. Otherwise, this draft looks a bit weird.

  43. TheRealGreg says:

    Yankees draft Jonathan Holder RHP Mississippi State

  44. CashmanNinja says:

    I’m still hoping for Trace Loehr, but he’ll probably be a tough sign.

  45. CashmanNinja says:

    Mississippi State again? Hmm. A reliever though, but a pretty big frame. Who knows if they’ll try to stretch him out.

  46. nycsportzfan says:

    Yanks take another Miss St arm in RHP Jonathan Holder in the 6th rd..

  47. Cuso says:

    Another college arm. Holder

    • Cuso says:

      Miss St again, too

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Looks like a beast on the mound. Has a intimidating look to em. I seen somewhere a analyst want a team to think outside the box and stretch him out as a starter, but his good work in the pen might make it to tempting to keep him there.

  48. Danny says:

    Holder is low 90′s with good fastball command and a solid low 80′s curve, was their closer this year … another reliever to add to the collection

  49. Chip says:

    Looks like Holder is another power bullpen arm

  50. nycsportzfan says:

    If you guys wanna learn some about Holder, check this link out..


  51. nycsportzfan says:

    You guys gotta admit, the Yanks played this draft smart to this point, especially when you take into consideration they plan on loading up in the International FA period and are big spenders in FA’cy. Beefing up the Systems pitching with proven college kids who could be fast tracked. The Yanks clearly have a plan.

    • Chip says:

      Holder and Lindgren could be setting up games as early as next year with some of the other high probability starters working at AA or AAA

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Also seen Holder listed as a 1B somewhere. So may have 2 different ways to make a impact.

  52. CashmanNinja says:

    A’s drafted Trace Loehr :(

  53. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

    No posts in 20 minutes, so now I’m streaming the draft and pandora. Sorry about the internet, office…

  54. nycsportzfan says:

    Tons of defensive SS’s still on the board.

  55. CashmanNinja says:

    An interesting (possibly tough signing) could be Montrell Marshall, cousin of Brandon Phillips. He’s physically big (6’5″), but will most likely move from SS to 3B. Very raw, but very talented.

    Lots of talented guys: Ben Wetzler (fast track guy), David Peterson, Isiah Gilliam, Kel Johnson, Austin Byler,

    • Chip says:

      Most of those guys are going to go very early tomorrow after teams decide what kind of money they’ll have left over to sign them

  56. TheRealGreg says:

    Yankees draft Mark Payton CF Texas

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Had 99 straight games reach base streak that might still be going(Not sure?). Thats pretty cool. Longest streak ever in the Big12(!!)

  57. CashmanNinja says:

    He’s only 5’8″, but the guy reached base in 100 or so current games.

  58. nycsportzfan says:

    Round 7 pick about to be here! Even though a guy from my list prob won’t get picked, heres a group of guys i’m interested in.

    Joey Pankake
    Tanner English
    Alexis Pantojas
    Luke Bonfield
    Gunnar Heidt
    Isaiah Gilliam

  59. TheRealGreg says:

    Guys on the case suggested “Adam Eaton with much less speed” The problem for them is where to play him

  60. Preston says:

    I think that there is obvious evidence that the off-season “shake-up” has actually produced a different approach to drafting and not just lip service to the problem. I don’t ever remember them going after this many college players before. They’ve drafted a college reliever, a high-school pitcher, three college starting pitchers and a college senior CF. I think they recognize that there is more certainty with college players, and that the team has done better developing college players, hope it works out.

    • TheRealGreg says:

      To that end, after not drafting a college player in the first round since 2008, they’ve done 3 times in the last two years.

  61. Chip says:

    How do we not have somebody on here with access to the BA scouting reports?

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Just throw on ESPN2. Paytons longhorns are playing and he hit a 2run HR all ready.

      Paytons on deck!

  62. Chip says:

    Not sure if Mark Payton is good at baseball but he’s got a 70 girlfriend tool

  63. nycsportzfan says:

    College CF’er for Yanks. Texas CF’er Mark Payton. Don’t know em, but will do research. Firs position player for Yanks. Only 1 HS kid in first 7rds for Yanks.

  64. nycsportzfan says:

    Mark Payton is on ESPN2 right now. Texas is playing Houston. Payton his a 2run HR for Texas as they lead 2-0. Sweet!!!lol

    • CashmanNinja says:

      And just as I mention he has no real HR power…he hits a HR. haha, must have just heard he was drafted.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Payton is now up on ESPN2. They just showed his 2run shot. His 2nd blast of the yr.

      • TheRealGreg says:

        Looks like Gardner.

        • nycsportzfan says:

          Thats what I was thinking. How about that stance? Talk about giving the pitchers the smallest strikezone possible.lol I love that!

          Like I said, he went from 31st to 16th to 7th rd draft pick the past few yrs. I like em. He’ll fit nicely with our other linedrive hitting, high BA players in the OF like Cave and Gamel, and of course Gardy.

  65. CashmanNinja says:

    He offers almost no power, but looks like he could become a solid line drive/gap hitter. He seems to have pretty good speed and a knack for getting on base. I haven’t heard much about his defense yet, but usually CFs are the better athletes so the fact that he could stick there for so long makes me feel that his defense is at least above average. He’s got a very small frame, but seems like his bat/speed combo could make him a solid table setter for the top of the lineup.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      It cracks me up outta all days to hit one of his 2HR’s on the yr. Talk about having a day, ey!!

      Something tells me today is the best day young Payton has ever had.

  66. nycsportzfan says:

    I’ll say one thing, Paytons stance makes Pitchers have a very small strikezone. Hes gonna excel at getting on base and making contact, is my guess.

  67. nycsportzfan says:

    Still a bunch of players out there. Was this supposed to be a deep draft?

  68. EndlessJose says:

    Shame the Yankees don’t draft any Puerto Ricans.Alexis Pantojas SS is steal in the 8th.

    • CashmanNinja says:

      He’s a defensive specialist and looks to have a pretty strong commitment. Not worth the money, IMHO.

  69. CashmanNinja says:

    I’d really like to get Ben Wetzler — a lefty starter who could move through the minors very quickly.

  70. CashmanNinja says:

    Tanner English could be interesting, too. Insanely fast guy.

  71. CashmanNinja says:

    Boo Vazquez is another interesting (college) bat. And the name is cool.

  72. EndlessJose says:

    Guess the Yankees are going position happy in the International draft.Any of these pitchers have a ceiling above reliever or 5th starter?

  73. TheRealGreg says:

    Yankees draft Conner Spencer 1B Cal-Irvine

  74. nycsportzfan says:

    Connor Spencer 1B Cal irvine with 8th rd pick. Don’t know much about em.

    • TheRealGreg says:

      Good hitter, but not good power for 1B.

      This year, he hit .357 1 HR and 41 RBI’s

      • CashmanNinja says:

        It’s weird because I see random things with people mentioning his power, but it doesn’t look like he hit for power. Hmmm.

  75. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Uh oh, the English version of Wade LeBlanc is available.

  76. TheRealGreg says:

    Yankees draft Vince Conde SS Vanderbilt

  77. nycsportzfan says:

    Another hit for Payton against Houston. What a freaking day for the kid!

  78. nycsportzfan says:

    Heres a quote from Vandy Coach on Conde..

    COACH CORBIN QUOTE: I am very proud of Vinny in so many different ways. He is a young man who has had the opportunity to impact our team since his freshman year. He has continued to flourish in the classroom while having success on the baseball field. I love the way he has matured and handled himself over the past year. He possesses very good defensive skills which you don’t see everyday.

  79. CashmanNinja says:

    Ohhhhhh, I like this Conde pick.

    2014 = 61 games, 202 at bats, 39 runs, 62 hits, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 4 HR, 44 RBI, 10 SB, 33 BB, 33 K, .307 AVG, .415 OBP, .421 SLG%, .835 OPS

    He needs some work offensively, but he shows the ability to make contact. The strikeouts may be just a tad high, but there are definitely worse. The main thing would be to get him to become more of a gap hitter and rack up the extra base hits like he had in 2013 (18 doubles, 6 HR). He seems to have decent speed as well as defense. He was named first team All-SEC shortstop. His coach seems to love him:

    “I am very proud of Vinny in so many different ways. He is a young man who has had the opportunity to impact our team since his freshman year. He has continued to flourish in the classroom while having success on the baseball field. I love the way he has matured and handled himself over the past year. He possesses very good defensive skills which you don’t see everyday.”

  80. nycsportzfan says:

    Fave pick for the Yanks so far?

    I love the Lindgren pick but to not make it easy, and really liking what the Yanks did without a 1st rd pick, i’ll say Holder is one of my fave picks. I just love the look of the reliever and his size/fastball are both very good and he has closer type ceiling. I think hes gonna be a good power arm for the big clubs team very soon. He wasen’t the greatest value but I like that they got em.

    • CashmanNinja says:

      Lindgren was a nice pick; I’m a bit partial to the Montgomery pick. Something about him just makes me feel like he was flying way under the rater. He’s seems very polished and looks like he could make it to the big leagues in a very short amount of time — something we desperately needed from our young pitchers. I do love this Conde pick, though. He’s another college bat and looks like he could stick at SS or move to 3B.

  81. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    MAxisa, without any time for RAB? My, how the times have changed.

  82. CashmanNinja says:

    Some interesting guys left. One that is VERY intriguing, but risky would be Patrick Weigel. The guy is 6’7″ and hits 98, while also having a curve and change that are solid, but inconsistent. The only reason he’s fallen is because he dealt with a sore forearm a few months ago, but came back to pitch. I know that screams red flags, but the 10th round is as good a time as any to take a risk.

    I also love Boo Vazquez. Terrific size, but hasn’t really had the power come around. Yet.

  83. TheRealGreg says:

    Yankees draft Ty McFarland 2B James Madison

  84. nycsportzfan says:

    McFarland a 2B with pop drafted in 10th by Yanks. Lead James Madison in HR’s with 9 this past yr. Got a 6ft 3in 195lb frame which means that pop could play well in Yankee Stadium.

  85. CashmanNinja says:

    First team All-CAA

    53 games, 47 runs, 72 hits, 12 doubles, 2 triples, 9 HR, 3 stolen bases, 21 BB, 19 K, .317 AVG, .390 OBP, .507 SLG%, .896 OPS

    And…his 2013 stats showed something remarkable…he had a K% just over 6% and a walk rate of over 16% (2.37 BB/K). Still trying to see how his defense is though, but it looks like he has a very good eye and patient approach.

  86. CashmanNinja says:

    And what a freaking game that Mark Payton is having. He really does look like a baseball player. He may not have the huge power numbers of other guys, but he just looks…well…like a baseball player.

  87. The Other Matt says:

    Marc Payton with the bunt single. Really starting to like this kid already.

    • CashmanNinja says:

      There are a list of players that I can see him being compared to: Adam Eaton, Ben Revere, Brett Gardner, Nori Aoki, Coco Crisp. I personally see Shane Victorino, minus the power.

      • The Other Matt says:

        After seeing him briefly in the field, up at the plate, and running the bases, I would go with Nori Aoki out of that group. Minus the power. But like I said that’s after a brief look. He doesn’t seem to have the speed of a Gardner, Revere, or Crisp, but he does look to have slightly above-average speed. Now that I think about it, I’ll say Ben Revere with less speed. Or maybe even Adam Eaton is a better comp. Idk. I’ll try and watch their next game tomorrow in the Super Regional, but it is exciting to see a guy who will be in the farm system while they’re still an amateur.

  88. Yanksinfirst says:


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