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.
Via K. Levine-Flandrup, contract talks between the Yankees and first round pick Ty Hensley are complete. Now they’re just waiting on Hensley to decide whether he wants to turn pro for millions of dollars or follow through on his commitment to Ole Miss. The deadline to sign draft picks is 5pm ET this Friday.
Hensley, the 30th overall selection, is slotted for $1.6M but the Yankees can afford to pay him up to $1,815,910 without surrendering a pick in next year’s draft. That would represent the fifth largest bonus New York has ever given to a drafted player. Hensley has reportedly taken his physical already, which must be completed before the deadline. He said he hoped to sign quickly soon after the draft, but I’m guessing his agent/advisor got a hold of him and told him to wait it out. 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.
Via Jim Callis, the Yankees have signed sixth round pick Rob Refsnyder for roughly $206k, the full slot value for the 187th overall pick. That leaves the Yankees with $1,606,300 worth of draft pool money to offer first rounder Ty Hensley without facing penalties. They can pay him up to $1,815,910 by exceeding their draft pool by 5%, which would result in a tax but not forfeiture of next year’s first rounder.
Refsynder, an outfielder at Arizona who the Yankees will try at second base, is a big-time contact hitter with a swing geared for doubles into the gaps rather than homers of the fence. He’s an average defensive player in the corner outfield and hasn’t played the middle infield regularly since high school. Refsnyder was recently named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player and is a pretty interesting conversion candidate as an offense-minded second baseman. You can see all of the Yankees’ picks at Baseball America and keep tabs on the draft pool situation at our Draft Pool page.
Scouting director Damon Oppenheimer told Josh Norris that the Yankees are “close” to signing sixth rounder 2B/OF Rob Refsnyder, though the deal is not done yet. Refsnyder was named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player two weeks ago after leading his Arizona Wildcats to the national championship. Based on his Twitter feed, he’s in Tampa at the moment.
In other news, Oppenheimer said the Yankees are still “trying” to hammer out a deal with first rounder Ty Hensley. When asked if the two sides were close, he said he “thinks so.” The deadline to sign draft picks is next Friday, July 13th. You can see all of New York’s picks at Baseball America and keep track of the financial situation at our Draft Pool page.
June 27th: Via Jim Callis, O’Brien signed for $460k. The Yankees didn’t save all that much even though he’s a college senior.
June 23rd: Via K. Levine-Flandrup, the Yankees have officially signed O’Brien. Still no word on the bonus, however.
June 21st: Via K. Levine-Flandrup, the Yankees have reached an agreement with second round pick Peter O’Brien, a catcher out of Miami. Slot money for the 94th overall pick is just shy of $508k, but he has little leverage as a college senior and is likely to sign for less. No word on the exact number just yet.
O’Brien is a legitimate prospect and was not just a draft pool saving selection. He’s a right-handed hitter with big power and leadership skills, though most think he’ll continue to outgrow — he’s already listed at 6-foot-5 and 225 lbs. — the catcher position down the road. You can see all of the Yankees’ draft picks at Baseball America and keep tabs on the draft pool situation with our Draft Pool page.
Via James Edward, the Yankees have agreed to sign 18th round pick Brady Lail for a $225k bonus plus another $135k in future college money. The two sides hammered out the deal at an Arizona steakhouse on Friday and the contract will become official tomorrow.
Lail, a high school right-hander from Utah, is a classic project arm at 6-foot-3 and 170 lbs. with a fastball that ranges anywhere from 86-94. He also throws a true knuckle-curve and the occasional changeup, but both pitches — as well as his command — need work. Here’s some video. Since Lail was drafted after the tenth round, $125k of his bonus will count against the draft pool. You can see all of the team’s draft picks at Baseball America and keep tabs on the draft pool situation with our 2012 Draft Pool page.
Via K. Levine-Flandrup, the Yankees have signed third rounder Nathan Mikolas for $400k. Slot money for the 124th overall pick was $378k, so he managed to get an extra $22k. Good for him. Jeff Zampanti says they also gave him another $132k for future college costs, though that does not count against the draft pool.
Mikolas, a high schooler from Wisconsin, is a bat-first prospect with a smooth left-handed swing and power potential. He has a track record of hitting quality pitching with wood bats in showcase events. There’s a chance he could play left field long-term, but first base is more likely. Here’s some video. Mikolas is expected to join the Rookie Level GCL Yankees next week according to Zampanti. You can see all of New York’s draft picks at Baseball America and the latest draft pool info on our Draft Pool page.