We’re less than a month away from the draft, and John Sickels of Minor League Ball kicked off mock draft season with the first and sandwich rounds. He has Rice 3B Anthony Rendon going first overall to the Pirates, followed by UCLA RHP Gerrit Cole to the Mariners and Virginia RHP Danny Hultzen to Arizona. Sickels has the Yankees taking high school right-hander Kevin Comer with their first pick (number 51 overall), a semi-local kid from Tabernacle, New Jersey.
Comer, who ranked as the 35th best high school prospect in the draft by Baseball America coming into the spring, is a big kid (6-foot-4, 215 lbs.) with a big fastball, having been clocked in the mid-90’s this spring. Here’s an ESPN Rise feature on him from earlier this year. Comer is committed to Vanderbilt, which is always a tough school to sign kids away from, but the Yankees have had some recent success doing so, namely Dellin Betances. It’s just a mock draft remember, we haven’t heard anything about the Yanks being connected to the kid at all. That said, I love me some high school arms.