Baseball America’s 2012 Draft Report Cards

Baseball America published their AL East Draft Report Cards yesterday, though they aren’t a report card in the sense that they hand out grades or anything like that. They instead break down each club’s draft in a variety of categories, like Best Pure Hitter (sixth rounder OF Rob Refsnyder), Best Defensive Player (eight rounder OF Taylor Dugas), Best Fastball (fourth rounder RHP Corey Black), and Closest To The Majors (sixth rounder RHP Nick Goody).

The publication gave a lot of love to a pair of relatively unheralded late-round high arms, RHP Brady Lail (18th round) and RHP Dayton Dawe (15th). Lail was said to have an “above-average curve” with a “chance for three average to plus pitches” if he fills out his 6-foot-2, 175 lb. frame. Dawe is touted for his “clean delivery and a chance for a four-pitch mix.” Baseball America says Goody should be on the fast track like David Robertson back in the day thanks to his “90-91 mph fastball and short, sharp slider.” That’s one bandwagon I’m glad I jumped on early.

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Yankees sign undrafted free agent Daniel Aldrich

Via Kendall Rogers, the Yankees have signed College of Charleston outfielder Daniel Aldrich as an undrafted free agent for at least $150k. Regardless of the final amount, anything given to him in excess of $100k counts against this year’s draft pool. The Yankees had more than $400k in pool money left over after first rounder Ty Hensley signed a below-slot deal.

Aldrich, 21, was a redshirt sophomore this spring, so he’s not the typical college senior that usually signs as an undrafted free agent. The left-handed hitter was one of the best power hitters in the country over the last two years, participating in the College Homerun Derby twice and winning in 2011. Aldrich absolutely mashed with wood bats in the Cape Cod League this summer, hitting ten homers in just 30 games. He was a .315/.389/.651 hitter during his college career. Here’s some video.

Most undrafted free agents are minor league filler, but Aldrich actually offers some upside due to his power. No word on his defense, but he pitched in high school and probably has a decent arm. The downside is that he’s a hacker, striking out 116 times in 121 college games with a 48/6 K/BB on the Cape this summer. The Yankees had draft pool money to spare and have had a bit of success with CofC kids (most notably Brett Gardner) though, and Aldrich is about as good a prospect as you’ll find in the undrafted free agent ranks.

2012 Draft: Yankees sign 26th rounder Charlie Haslup, 36th rounder Dalton Smith

Via Kendall Rogers, the Yankees have signed 26th round pick Charlie Haslup. No word on his bonus. A big — listed at 6-foot-4  and 200 lbs. — right-hander out of Maryland, Haslup misses bats with a low-90s fastball and a mid-80s slider. He’s an intriguing relief prospect, pretty much all you can ask for this late in the draft.

In other news, the Yankees have also signed 36th rounder Dalton Smith according to K. Levine-Flandrup. No word on his bonus either. Smith is a high school catcher out of California that offers some power and athleticism behind the plate. The Yankees had a little more than $615k worth of draft pool money leftover and I’m sure some of it went to these two. There is no indication that they signed either OF Vincent Jackson (23rd round) or OF Ty Moore (25th round) prior to the 5pm ET deadline. You can keep track of the team’s draft picks at Baseball America.

2012 Draft: Yankees sign 24th rounder Jose Mesa Jr.

Twenty-fourth round pick Jose Mesa Jr. has officially signed with the Yankees according to his Twitter feed. The team still has $615,910 worth of draft pool space to work with after signing first rounder Ty Hensley to below slot deal last night, and I suspect Mesa will get some of it.

A high school right-hander out of Florida, Mesa is the son of the long-time big league closer. He’s already maxed out physically — listed at 6-foot-4 and 225 lbs. — and lives off a power fastball that he can cut in on lefties and bore in on righties. The bloodlines are a plus as well. You can see all of the team’s picks at Baseball America and keep tabs on the draft pool situation with our Draft Pool page. The deadline to sign picks is 5pm ET today.

2012 Draft: First rounder Ty Hensley to sign with Yankees

11:38pm: Via Callis, Hensley signed for a below-slot $1.2M. Chase Parham has some more on the MRI and shoulder issue, saying the right-hander was (and remains) completely asymptomatic and without pain. The Yankees have $615,910 of draft pool money — plus the $100k exemption for players drafted after the tenth round — left to spend before Friday’s deadline.

11:01pm: Via Jim Callis, the two sides had agreed to a slot bonus before a pre-signing MRI showed “abnormalities” in Hensley’s shoulder. Still no word on his bonus or said abnormalities.

10:44pm: Via K. Levine-Flandrup, first rounder Ty Hensley has decided to sign with the Yankees. No word on his bonus yet, but he was slotted for $1.6M and the team was able to pay him up to $1,815,910 without forfeiting a future draft pick. Earlier this week we heard that the two sides had already completed negotiations, but Hensley was still debating whether to turn pro or follow through on his commitment to Ole Miss. Hensley confirmed the deal on Twitter.

A high school right-hander from Oklahoma, Hensley was set to wind up with the Rockies as the tenth overall pick until RHP Mark Appel fell to the Pirates with the sixth pick, leaving OF David Dahl on the board for Colorado. Everything you need to know about the kid is right here. Hopefully Hensley will get a few Rookie ball innings in over the next few weeks, that would be neat. All of the team’s draft picks can be seen at Baseball America, and you can keep track of the draft pool situation with our Draft Pool page. The deadline to sign picks is 5pm ET on Friday.

2012 Draft: Yanks sign 15th rounder Dayton Dawe, will sign 29th rounder Jose Diaz

Via K. Levine-Flandrup, the Yankees have officially signed 15th round pick Dayton Dawe for $100k. A high school right-hander out of Ontario, Dawe sits right around 90 with two fastballs (two and four-seamer) and will also throw a mid-70s curveball and changeup. He’s listed at 6-foot-2 and 180 lbs. and his strengths are his simple delivery and fastball command.

In other news, the Yankees will also sign 29th rounder Jose Diaz according to K. Levine-Flandrup. No word on the bonus, but the high-school left-hander out of Puerto Rico will be assigned to the Dominican Summer League. Diaz is another guy listed at 6-foor-2 and 180 lbs., but he’ll only sit in the mid-to-upper-80s with his fastball and back it up with a mid-70s slider. He’s a projection pick, a lottery ticket. You can see all of the team’s draft picks at Baseball America and keep tabs on the financial situation with our Draft Pool page.

2012 Draft: Hensley expects decision to come down to the wire

Via David Collier, first rounder Ty Hensley said he expects his decision about whether to sign with the Yankees or attend Ole Miss to come right down to Friday’s 5pm ET deadline. The two sides have already wrapped up negotiations, they’re just waiting on his decision. If Hensley does not sign, the Yankees will receive the 31st overall pick in next year’s draft as compensation, but obviously they’d rather have the player now. One way or another, we’ll have an answer in less than four days.