Yanks 4th pick, #154 overall

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The Yanks took Brad Suttle, 3B, Texas with the final pick of round numbero four.

Scouting Report: A decent contact hitter with below average power and speed. He’s okay defensively at the hot corner. He was miserable in the Cape Cod League last summer, which is where the best of the best college guys go to strut their stuff.

My Take: Eh, he was ranked kinda high on draft boards despite the uninspiring scouting report. Color me unimpressed.

Outlook: He’s a draft eligible sophomore, so he’s got some major leverage during negotiations. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if they didn’t sign him.

Update: They shoulda taken RHP Jake Arrieta out of TCU instead. The O’s just took him with the 5th pick of the 5th round.

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Yanks third pick, #124 overall

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With the final pick of the 3rd round, the Yanks picked Ryan Pope, RHP, Savannah College of Art & Design

I asked Keith Law about him and got this response: “good grief, i didn’t even know SCAD had a team”

This is all I’ve been able to dig up on the kid:

After today’s complete game two-hitter against conference rival Northwood, here’s his info for the year so far:

9 starts
9 complete games
4 shutouts
ERA 1.25
65.0 IP
74 K’s
6 walks
Opponents hitting a robust .149 off him

He’s got a no-hitter, two one-hitters, a three-hitter and now a two-hitter

Go here and scroll all the way to the bottom to see his scouting video.

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Yanks second pick, #94 overall

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With the last pick of the 2nd round, the Yanks popped Austin Romine, C, El Toro High (Ca.)

Scouting Report: Huge power potential and he doesn’t struggle to make contact. He’s got an accurate, cannon arm behind the plate. Not much of a runner, but he’s improving defensively. He’s a strong competitor and grew up around the game – his pops Kevin was a big leaguer, and his brother Andrew is also draft eligible this year out of Arizona State.

My Take: Sweet. Let’s just hope he signs and doesn’t head off to college like his brother.Â

Outlook: He’s headed for the GCL Yanks once he signs. Frankie Cervelli‘s had a great year, but Romine’s a better prospect behind the dish.

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This is getting annoying. We are in the process of moving to a new host because our old one…well…sucked. Everything should be a-okay in the not to distant future.

 How ’bout the Mets and Sawx taking a reliever with their first pick? Wow.

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With the last pick of the first round, the Yanks grab Andrew Brackman, RHP, NC State.

Scouting Report: Big kid (6′-10″, 230 lbs) with a big fastball (94-95, touching 98-99) and a hammer knuckle-curve. Improving 2-seamer and attacks hitters. He’s raw for a college guy because he split time between basketball and baseball at NC State, but he committed to baseball full-time this year. He had some arm troubles at the end of the year, and missed time because an ex-girlfriend passed away. Tommy John surgery is a possiblity in the near future, but his talent is so much better than anyone else out there right now.

My Take: Great selection. If you are out there bashing this pick now, you’re probably one of the people who was bashing the Ian Kennedy pick last year.

Outlook: It all depends on the elbow. He could see time with Staten Island or the GCL Yanks later this summer.

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Update by Joe: On one of the fucking two days of the year where a live blog is necessary. Opening Day is the other, and we crashed that day, too!

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