Once upon a time I believed high school players were where itâ€™s at, that a team should spend all 50+ of its picks on prepsters and completely forego college players. However Iâ€™ve been coming around on college guys of late, and nowÂ believe that they too have their place in the amateur draft world (conversely, Billy Beane has been warming up to high schoolers, taking 4 in his top 7 picks last year). In fact, Iâ€™ve concluded that a team should draft only college guys at 2 key positions: catcher and end-game reliever. Experience in these roles is crucial, and you can argue that they are the scarcest commodities out there.
But enough of that, lets get down to business. If youâ€™re a Yankee fan, thereâ€™s only one guy to focus on for the first round: Jack McGeary. The 6â€™-3â€ southpaw will be graduating from Roxbury Latin High in suburban Boston this summer and has a â€“ putting it mildly â€“ strong commitment to attend Mike Mussinaâ€™s alma mater, Stanford (and it’s not just baseball that’s getting him there either, he scored a 2030 on his SATs). Over the last decade, the rule of the land has been â€œif you commit to Stanford, you go to Stanford,â€ as nary a player has passed up the Cardinal for pro ball since before Moose played at Sunken Diamond. That track record combined with some scary bonus demands (more on that later) is what will get McGeary to the Yanks at #30.