Mr. Irrelevant signs

The last guy picked in the entire draft has signed:

The Nahant-born [Larry] Day got pre-draft invitation to work out for the Yankees in Yankee Stadium courtesy of ex-Harvard coach Matt Hyde, now a Northeast scout for the Yanks.

“I still never expected to be drafted. That was my gut feeling,” Day said.

Now for the kicker: he was the last player chosen in the draft, No. 1,453 overall.

Day signed with the organization and learned that he’ll probably be assigned to Staten Island (N.Y.) Saturday in the all-rookie New York-Penn League.

“My bonus? When you’re the last guy chosen, it’s not all about the money,” he chuckled.

There’s a bunch of rumors floating around message boards that a couple other guys have signed, but I have yet to see confirmation of this. BA is slow to update the signings in their draft database this year, although you can see that the Mets have begun to lock guys up.

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Reviewing the Sickels Mock Draft

John posted his comparison of the Yanks real draft with our Mock Draft, the results:

Same first round pick, which is intriguing. The Mock draft has a higher upside with the third and fourth round guys who dropped due to signability in real life. Suttle was more popular in the mock draft than in the real draft apparently. Which class would you rather have? If the Mock guys are signable (and the Yankees have the money to do it) that’s quite attractive, but on the other hand I like both Pope and Suttle, too.

I like my draft better, and that’s almost entirely because I made the picks. And dammit, Barry Enright will be a solid Major League starter some day!

But hey, I took Brackman and Venditte, the Yanks took Brackman and Venditte … great minds think alike.

First ’07 draftee signs

Second baseman Justin Snyder, the Yanks 21st round pick out of San Diego, has signed. The Yanks gave him close to $100,000 in bonus money AND will pay for his last year of school. That’s a HUGE bonus for a 21st round pick.

There’s some rumblings that prep RHP Manny Barreda (12th round) and college OF Dave Williams (15th round, from what school Joe?) have also signed, but I have yet to see confimation. When I do, I’ll let you know (some NYYFans.com forum commentor doesn’t count as confirmation).

Yanks 45th pick, #1345 overall

With the final pick of the 45th round, the Yanks took the awesomest pitcher in the history of the universe: Pat Venditte, from Creighton. I am not worthy to speak of his awesomeness, nor are you worthy of watching this (don’t worry, I won’t tell):

Yanks 34th pick, number 1049 overall

The Yanks took RHP Drew Storen out of Brownsburg High (In.) with the final pick of the 34th round.

Scouting Report: Low-90’s fastball, nifty slider and a very good changeup for a high school kid. At only 6′-1″, 170 lbs, he could still add some serious velocity to his fastball. Scout’s are scared off by his delivery, which has enough twisting to make Tim Lincecum blush. His got good control and a nice understanding of changing speeds.

My Take: I like the pick, and subsequently, I felt like blogging it. BA rated him as the second best prospect in the state of Indiana behind first rounder Jarrod Parker, and had him near the end of their Top 200 Draft Prospects list (subscription required). In what seems to be a running theme for Yankees’ draftees this year, he’s got a strong college commitment (Stanford) and will be a tough sign.

The 36th round is just about to end as of this writing, and so far every team is still picking except Toronto, who dropped out after the 30th round.