Each of the four major sports has an amateur draft, a time when teams can add players to their teams with an eye towards the future, and in the cases of the NBA, NFL and NHL, oftentimes step in and make an immediate impact.
In the case of the MLB draft, rarely, if ever, does a player make his major league debut the same year he was drafted. More often then not, these players spend a few seasons in the minor leagues honing their craft, adding new wrinkles to their repertoires.
That delay in a tangible return, along with the lack of name recognition for the prospects and the length of the draft itself (the 1996 draft went on for 100 rounds), is why baseball's draft is never really talked about in the same vein or with the same level of excitement as those held by the NHL, NBA and NFL.
With baseball's draft coming up in a few weeks, now is as good a time as ever to take a look at six players who, at one point in time, were Yankees but achieved their success elsewhere.