It's been 20 years since the New York Yankees drafted a skinny, unassuming shortstop out of Kalamazoo (Mich) Central High School.
That shortstop, Derek Jeter, would become the face of the Yankees' franchise and lead them to five World Championships.
When the 2012 First-Year Player Draft opens up at 7 p.m., ET Monday, the Yankees will undoubtedly be looking towards Jeter as an ideal archetype for the 11 players they will pick over the three-day event.
The Yankees will be picking towards the end of the first round with the 30th overall selection. They also have two picks in the second round—89th and 94th overall.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that being able to restock a team's talent pool is "vital" to an organization's long-term success.
"Because we've had as much success as we've had on a regular basis, we're always picking at the back end," Cashman told MLB.com. "It's difficult. There's a lot of waiting, and it puts us at the back of the boat in every round, but the philosophy is the same no matter what, which is to take the best player on the board."
The Yankees have adopted a similar draft philosophy to their NFL counterparts the New York Giants. It seems that every year Giants GM Jerry Reese is able to pick up a worthwhile contributor by selecting the best player available (BPA). It seems that Cashman and company will be following that same philosophy Monday evening,
The New York Yankees have selected a high school pitcher from Oklahoma by drafting Ty Hensley with the 30th pick of the 2012 MLB First-Year player draft.
Hensley is a project at the moment but should fit well in the Yankees long-term plans.
Tall and projectable, Hensley fires a glove-popping low 90's fastball which peaks at 94 mph. He gets excellent two plane movement on his overhand curveball, but struggles to command that pitch. Hensley's arm works well, but he will need to achieve fuller extension and correct a habit of pulling his front side open too quickly in his delivery to the plate.
I think the Hensley pick is a safe one for the Yankees. The state of Oklahoma has been a hotbed of talent of late- producing recent MLB draftees Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley. The Yankees are hopeful that Hensley can replicate the same success Bundy has experienced in the Baltimore Orioles organization.
Don't expect to see Hensley to at least 2015. It going to take some time for him to develop.
The New York Yankees have selected high school shortstop/center fielder Austin Aune with the 89th pick of the second round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Amateur draft.
Aune is a two-sport star from Argyle High School in Austin, Tx.
A two-sport star in high school, Aune has the ability to make it in either football or baseball. A potential five-tool player, Aune bats lefty and has potential plus power. He has good range at shortstop and a great arm, but some scouts think that a move to the outfield could be in his near future. Aune could potentially play center field at the next level, especially because of his great speed and arm. Although a bit raw, Aune's upside and great makeup should allow the toolsy outfielder to be picked in the early going of the Draft.
I think this is a good move by the Yankees.He will probably fit better in center field in the long run. His lefty bat will translate well at Yankee Stadium. He still needs some time to develop but could become the next great Yankee. He gives the Yankees another outfield option to go with Mason Williams who is currently in Single-A.
The New York Yankees have selected Miami Hurricanes catcher Peter O’Brien with the 94th pick of the second round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Amateur draft.
This is a bit of a do-over for O'Brien, who entered the 2011 season as a strong catching prospect at Bethune-Cookman, but he decided not to sign after being drafted in the third round by the Rockies, instead transferring to Miami for his senior season. He's been more consistent with the Hurricanes, showing the kind of offensive ability most thought they'd see when 2011 began. He drives the ball to all fields and has above-average to plus raw power. He's not a bad runner for the position. His arm has always been a plus and he's shown some improvement behind the plate as well with decent hands and agility for someone his size...
The Yankees have suddenly found themselves a bit thinner at the catching position. They traded away Jesus Montero during the offseason to acquire Michael Pineda. Highly-rated prospect Austin Romine has been battling injuries at Triple-A. The Yankees still have Gary Sanchez but this pick will definitely help deepen this crop.
I like this move because you can never have enough catching prospects. It will help enhance the values of Romine and Sanchez as well. He could also translate to first base if one of the other prospects pans out on the major league level. Nice move by the Bombers.
The New York Yankees have selected Nathan Mikolas, a prep outfield prospect from Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Mikolas is regarded as the region's top non-catcher positional prospect. Viewed as a potential top-100 draft pick, the 6'2, 205 left-handed hitter possesses a fluid and consistent swing with great bat speed, generating backspin while maintaining a selective eye. Mikolas has potential above-average power, including opposite field power with his ability to control and cover the strikezone, stay back on breaking pitches and snap through the zone with strong wrists ..
The Yankees love left-handed power hitters and Mikolas fits the bill. His big frame should translate into a MLB body and provide long-term durability. The Yankees have a couple of prospects in the minors who are more gap-to-gap hitters. He should translate to pure power. The real question about Mikolas should be how his power will correlate to pro ball. The Yankees have had their share of Shane Spencer’s and Shelley Duncan’s over the years. They would be happy if Mikolas provided more than that on the major league level.
I think power hitters are hit-and-miss. I’m hoping Mikolas translate more into a hit—a big hit!
The New York Yankees have selected Corey Black, a right handed pitcher from Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama.
Black has a good fastball that has good movement and can get into the upper 90s. Black also has relatively good secondary stuff and dominated the NAIA. A lot is still unknown about the righty from a small school in Alabama, but he could end up being a steal in the Draft.
Black is the type of pitcher who is raw but has tremendous upside. He could be the next Joba Chamberlain to come through the Yankees system. You can’t teach velocity and Black already has that going for him.
If I was going to be cautious about anything it would be that he dominated batters at NAIA. It will take some time to see whether or not Black develops into the major league pitcher. He may be better apt to be slotted as a reliever. His 5’11” frame may also wind up being detrimental down the line. If Black can develop his pitches he may become a contributor sometime in the next few years.
The New York Yankees have selected Robert Refsnyder, a second baseman from the University of Arizona.
Just the aptitude to hit,” Arizona Wildcats coach Andy Lopez told the Tuscan citizen. “He has good bat speed; he’s just a good hitter.
I think the Yankees have an athlete here, I’m not sure if he has as much upside as infielders Cito Culver and Angelo Gumbs but he has plenty of tools to translate to the next level. He also provides some insurance if the unthinkable happens and Robinson Cano leaves the Yankees when he becomes a free-agent.
Refsnyder is a safe pick. He may be major-league ready much more sooner than later.
The New York Yankees have selected Nick Goody, a right handed pitcher from Louisiana State University (LSU).
Goody has been impressive in the NCAA regionals as he helped LSU defeat Oregon State 6-5, in 10 innings last Sunday. His pitching repertoire has been on display for the Tigers.
He earned some kudos from fellow pitcher, Oregon State closer Kevin Schultz, who told ESPN.com that he was impressed with Goody’s stuff.
He was electric," said Schultz. "He spotted his fast ball and his slider was pretty good. But he spotted his fastball, just like a major leaguer.
You can never have enough relievers and Goody projects to be a good one. The Yankees liked Goody so much that they drafted him again. They initially drafted him last year but he decided to pitch for LSU.
Goody has electric stuff and could wind up in the closers role someday. Let’s not name Goody as the heir apparent to the great Mariano Rivera but he could be making some noise in the Bronx in two or three years.
I like the idea of drafting college pitchers. LSU has a strong program and I think the Yankees have helped themselves with this pick.
The New York Yankees have selected Taylor Garrison, a right handed pitcher from Fresno State University.
Garrison also saw his Draft stock improve after he did not sign with the Dodgers as a 27th-round pick last season. The career reliever returned for his senior year and saved 11 games in 28 appearances, throwing 42 1/3 innings, striking out 52 and posting a 2.98 ERA.
Another good pick by the Yankees. The Yankees seem to be focused on adding young arms to be used a variety of roles. It seems Garrison will be slotted into more of a reliever role. The Yankees have been very “righty heavy” so far with their pitching picks. I’d like to see them being in a left handed arm as well.
The New York Yankees have selected Taylor Dugas, a center fielder from the University of Alabama.
The left-handed hitter did not sign when the Cubs drafted him in the same round last year, but he returned to Alabama to set the school's all-time hits record at 332. He started all 55 games as a senior, hitting .343 with 12 doubles, seven triples, two homers and eight stolen bases.
The Yankees have been searching to the heir apparent to Bernie Williams since his retirement in 2006. Curtis Granderson has filled in admirably but he is still not a home born star. Dugas is a redraft as he was selected by the Cubs last season but chose to return to the Crimson Tide. The Yankees are hoping that Dugas can develop into an all-around threat.
His speed and power numbers are slightly questionable at this point in time. With some minor league seasoning and growth those numbers should improve. If there is one aspect about his game Yankee fans should be excited about is his hitting acumen. You cannot teach hitting and Dugas seems to have an eye for the ball. A bit of a project pick but tremendous upside.
The New York Yankees have selected Derek Varnadore, a right handed pitcher from Auburn University.
Varnadore was only 4-7 with a 4.93 ERA for Auburn, walking 30 and striking out 63 in 87 2/3 innings, but at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, the right-hander projects with some upside.
It seems the Yankees spent a lot of time scouting the SEC with Varnadore being the second pitcher, third player overall taken from the conference. Not to say that is a bad thing because the level of play tends to be higher among the participating teams.
Varnadore is a bit of a project at this point in time. He has a classic pitcher body but still needs to develop his repertoire. The Yankees were obviously enamored with his physical tools and SEC pedigree. It may take some time for Varnadore to develop but perhaps he could be a contributor for the Yankees sometime in the next 2-4 years.
The New York Yankees have selected Matthew Snyder, a first baseman from the University of Mississippi, Ole Miss.
The 6-foot-6 slugger has Major League bloodlines. His father, Brian, played 12 years professionally and two in the big leagues, and his brother, Brandon, plays for the Rangers. Snyder hit .363 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs in 36 games as a senior.
The Snyder pick makes a ton of sense from a Yankees draft perspective. With Mark Teixeira firmly entrenched at first base for the foreseeable future a prospect like Snyder has plenty of time in the minors to develop.
There is a lot to like about this pick on the surface. He has a baseball pedigree as well as a classic slugger’s body. His left handed swing won’t be a detriment either with the short Yankees right field porch beckoning.
The real question will be whether or not Snyder will round out to be an all-around player or just a “Steve Balboniesque” thumper? This a good value pick for the Yankees. It could turn into a home run bonanza if Snyder continues to develop.
11th Round, 367th Overall: Caleb Frare, LHP, Custer County HS, (Mont.)
A left-handed pitching prospect who has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Utah. A strikeout pitcher who still needs to fill out his 6'1" frame.
12th Round, 397th Overall: Christopher Breen, C, Winter Springs HS, (Fla.)
Another player who has signed a letter of intent to play in college (Seminole State College). The Yankees drafted O'Brien earlier and are stockpiling catching talent. A tall 6'3" for a catcher. Could be converted to another position.
13th Round, 427th Overall: James Pazos, LHP, University of San Diego
Another redraftee who chose to college over the pro's, Pazos projects to be a reliever as he averaged a strikeout per inning in 63 innings pitched.
14th Round, 457th Overall: Andrew Benak, RHP, Rice University
A starter who has pitched in a variety of roles for Owls. His versatility will help him as he develops in the Yankees system.
15th Round, 487th Overall: Dayton Dawe, A.B. Lucas HS (Canada)
This north-of-the-border prospect sports an above-average fastball. He will need to develop in the minors as he is a project at this point in time.
16th Round, 517th Overall: Stefan Lopez, RHP, Southeastern Louisiana University
Leads NCAA Division I in saves (20) for the 2012 season. A finalist for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award. Great pickup by the Yankees.
17th Round, 547th Overall: Timothy Flight, LHP, Southern New Hampshire University
Top NCAA Division II pitcher. A transfer from NCAA Division I Charleston Southern where he posted a 1-1 record with a 12.46 ERA during his second season. A left-handed arm who needs to develop in the minors.
18th Round, 577th Overall: Brady Lail, RHP, Bingham HS, South Jordan (Utah)
Signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Arizona. Still needs to fill out his 6’3” frame. Rated 85 on the ESPNHS scouting scale. Has played shortstop on the prep level as well.
19th Round, 607th Overall: Dietrich Enns, LHP, Central Michigan University
Threw two consecutive shutouts for the Chippewas during the 2012 season. Pitched in the less-than-stellar Mid-American Conference (MAC). A lefty with strikeout ability who will benefit from minor league tutelage.
20th Round, 637th Overall: Mikey Reynolds, SS, Taxas A&M University
Reynolds is in good company as two fellow Aggies—Tyler Naquin (Cleveland) and Michael Wacha (St. Louis) were drafted in the first round. Earned All-Big 12 second team honors. Not a big guy at 5’9” but brings a ton of speed to the table.
21st Round, 667th Overall: James Reed, LHP, University of Maryland
22nd Round, 697th Overall: Brett Marks, RHP, Wallace State C.C. (Ala.)
23rd Round, 727th Overall: Vincent Jackson, CF, Luella HS, McDonough (Ga.)
24th Round, 757th Overall: Jose Mesa, RHP, Charles Flanagan HS, (Fla.)
25th Round, 787th Overall: Ty Moore, OF, Mater Dei HS (Calif.)
26th Round, 817th Overall: Charles Haslup, RHP, University of Maryland
27th Round, 847th Overall: Daniel Oh, OF,University of California at Berkeley
28th Round, 877th Overall: Demetrius Stewart, OF,Boiles School (Fla.)
29th Round, 907th Overall: Jose Diaz, LHP, Advantage Learning Inst., (Puerto Rico)
30th Round, 937th Overall: Raphael Rhymes, OF, Louisiana State University
31st Round, 967th Overall: Kevin Johnson, RHP, University of Illinois
32nd Round, 997th Overall: Garrett Cannizaro, SS, Tulane University
33rd Round, 1027th Overall: Saxon Butler, 1B, Samford University
34th Round, 1057th Overall: Eric Erickson, LHP, University of Miami, (Fla.)
35th Round, 1087th Overall: Kyle Farmer, SS, University of Georgia
36th Round, 1117th Overall: Dalton Smith, C, University City HS, (Calif.)
37th Round, 1147th Overall: Charles Basford, RHP, Samford University
38th Round, 1177th Overall: David Thompson, OF, Westminster Christian School, (Fla.)
39th Round, 1203th Overall: Bo Decker, OF, East Ridge HS, (Fla.)
40th Round, 1233th Overall: Sherman Lacrus, OF, Western Oklahoma State College