The Failure Of The Yankees First Round Draft Picks

Brenden MonroeCorrespondent IJune 12, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  Ian Kennedy #31 of the New York Yankees poses during Photo Day on February 19, 2009 at Legends Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Slade Heathcott became the latest Yankees first round pick when he was selected 29th overall in the MLB draft.

Let’s hope he doesn’t turn into almost all of the other Yankees first round picks.

Here is the past decade of first rounders the Yankees have selected: (the links are from and the comments are mine)

2009Slade HeathcottOF- 
2008Gerrit ColeRHP-Chose to go to UCLA instead of sign 
2007Andrew Brackman RHP-Can’t throw a strike in A ball  
2006Ian Kennedy RHP 


-Just had surgery to fix an aneurysm, but never showed much promise on the major league level

2005Carl HenrySS 


-Left the minor leagues to go play basketball at Memphis.  He was once quoted as saying “I spent my off-seasons from baseball working on my basketball skills”

2004Philip HughesRHP-Could be the future ace, he is the one guy who isn’t a failure on this list 
2003Eric Duncan3BHas a good glove, but is currently hitting .225 at AAA Scranton 
2001John-Ford GriffinOFGot a couple of stints in the majors with the Blue Jays, now in the Dodgers minor league system 
2000David ParrishCSon of former Major Leaguer Lance Parrish, David never did anything for the Yanks 
1999David WallingRHP 


Walling got the Knoblauch/Ankiel  syndrome and just couldn’t be an effective pitcher anymore


As you can see, the only good fist round pick in the past decade has been Phil Hughes, who has shown flashes of what he can become with some solid, high- strikeout performances.  He still has time, and so does Andrew Brackman, who had arm problems.  If Brackman can throw strikes, the 6-10 pitcher will see the Majors sooner rather than later.

Let’s hope Slade Heathcott doesn’t turn into the the lastest edition to this unenviable list.