Showing posts with label Draft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Draft. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pitching: The Key to the Draft

Through eighteen rounds and sixteen picks, the Yankees draft is as follows:

  1. Slade Heathcott, CF
  2. John Murphy, C
  3. Adam Warren, RHP
  4. Caleb Cotham, RHP
  5. Robert Lyerly, 3B
  6. Sean Black, RHP
  7. Samuel Elam, LHP
  8. Gavin Brooks, LHP
  9. Tyler Lyons, LHP
  10. Neil Medchill, LF
  11. Brett Gerritse, RHP
  12. Deangelo Mack, LF
  13. Graham Stoneburner, RHP
  14. Shane Green, RHP
  15. Bryan Mitchell, RHP
  16. Chad Thompson, RHP

In short, I believe that the direction the Yankees have chosen for the draft is fantastic. Great pitching is much harder to come by than great hitting - particularly on the market. The demand for pitching is much higher than the demand for hitting, and the cost of pitching is greater than the cost of hitting. At the core of this is the fact that the attrition rate of pitching is much greater than that of hitters. Most of the well-known busts of the last dozen years or so have been pitchers, and most of the successful teams over that time have developed most of their pitching.

The Yankees began that route in 2006 (with a remarkable draft that included Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, Zach McAllister, George Kontos, Dellin Betances, Mark Melancon, and David Robertson), and have continued it with this draft, with eleven pitchers drafted thus far. While the Sabathia and Burnett signings run counter to this strategy, let's not forget that Wang and Chamberlain are in the rotation, Hughes is set to take over for Pettitte, and the bullpen is mostly homegrown. By the time Sabathia and Burnett are done in pinstripes (for whatever reason), the Yankees should have the depth to make up for their losses.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Summarizing Day One

The Yankees made two draft picks today; Slade Heathcott at 29 and JR Murphy at 76. Heatcott is a 5 tool centerfielder who should sign for a reasonable bonus. The Yankees are getting good value with pick, though Heathcott was likely not the best player on the board. That distinction belongs to Tanner Scheppers. However, there are many experts who believe that Scheppers' future is in the bullpen. If the Yankees believe that is the case, then I have no problem with their selection of Heathcott, who has a high ceiling as a centerfielder, and a decent fallback plan as a left-handed pitcher. Murphy is a guy I had never heard of before the draft. In my ten minutes of research I have heard that he has been climbing towards the top of a deep group of Florida high school catchers. There were probably better high school catchers out there, like Max Stassi and Luke Bailey, but Murphy is still a solid prospect, with a chance to be an above-average big league catcher, which is very valuable. I think the Yankees played it relatively safe on the first day of the draft, which makes sense as these two picks are not protected. These two guys should sign relatively cheaply, leaving the Yankees plenty of room to snag some late-round signability cases.

Draft Day

The next three days are going to be a perfect storm for New York baseball. The Yankees have a big three game set coming up with Boston, the Mets are playing the Phillies, and the draft will be going on the next few days. Theirs a ton of names swirling around the Yankees and this whole draft seems like its going to be very unpredictable. David Renfroe, Slade Heathcott, and Tommy Joseph have all been linked to the Yankees. Theirs also the chance they blow the budget on a big pitcher like Purke.

Personally, I'm going to have to go with the same hopes as Nomaas. Joseph in the first round and Renfroe in the second. I know you go best player available but I'm concerned about what comes after Posada's done which won't be long now. Montero is crushing the ball right now but who knows if he can stay behind the plate. Besides, this year's pick in unprotected and I don't want to see them lose it on a guy like Purke. I wouldn't object to Heathcott or a similar outfielder though. David Renfroe would be a steal in the second round. This organization lacks a true SS prospect. Carmen Angelini has been a bust of the worst kind and Ramiro Pena can't hit for his life. I'll probably be over at RAB and Nomaas for most of the draft so feel free to join me there.

EDIT 7:46 PM: I've had a sudden change of heart. Scheppers is my guy.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New Yankee Signees

11. CF Ray Kruml (South Alabama)
12. RHP Luke Greinke (Auburn)
17. SS Addison Maruszak (South Florida)
18. RHP Brandon Braboy (Indianapolis)
20. RHP Patrick Venditte (Creighton)
22. RHP Corey Arbiso (Cal State Fullerton)
23. 2B Ryan Wilkes (Kentucky)
24. 3B Michael Lyon (Northeastern)
25. C Jeff Nutt (Arkansas-Fayetteville)
28. RF Chad Gross (Cuesta JC)
31. INF Guy Lucian (Princeton)
34. RHP Brad Rulon (Georgia Tech)
35. RHP Andy Shive (Azusa Pacific)
39. 1B Erik Lovett (Mt. Olive College)
42. LHP Clint Preisendorfer (San Diego Christian)
47. RHP Ryan Flannery (Fairleigh Dickinson)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

News and Notes: Prospect Edition

Some info on Yankee prospects/draftees:
  • 17 year old Kevin DeLeon, the head of last year's international free agent class, made his debut last night for the DSL Yankees2. (That stands for Dominican Summer League, in which the Yankees have two teams). He went 1-3 with a walk and two steals, while batting cleanup.
  • 7th round pick, high school catcher Kyle Higashioka, says it will take $500,000 to sign. He is a good defensive catcher with some power projection, and most likely will be signed.
  • 2B David Adams, a 3rd rounder out of UVA, and SS Addison Maruszack, have both signed. They will probably go to Staten Island, and Maruszack may be converted to catcher.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Which Draftees Have Signed?

So the Yankees made 50 draft picks last Thursday and Friday, which have signed thus far? None. Okay, but which ones are close, or have said they want to sign? Here's the list:
6th round pick Brett Marshall, a Texas righty out of HS is close to signing
4th round pick Corban Joseph, a HS shortstop says he is ready to sign
3rd round pick David Adams, a second baseman out of UVA is also ready
2nd round pick Scott Bittle, a reliever out of Ole Miss wants to sign
11th round pick Raymond Kruml is a senior, so he has to sign
Zach Greinke's brother is willing to sign
10th round pick DJ Mitchell, a RHP from Clemson is willing to sign, but he wants more money than most 10th rounders get
8th round pick Daniel Brewer (CF) will sign
13th rounder Jack Rye is also a senior, so he'll sign
35th rounder Andrew Shive will sign
21st pick Mitch Delaney will also sign

I hope you are all thoroughly bored by that list.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Brackman to Begin Throwing Soon

2007 first rounder Andrew Brackman is scheduled to begin throwing from ninety feet next week. He had Tommy John surgery in August, but was believed to be a top 10 talent before getting injured. His injury was why he fell to the 30th pick. Brackman's rehab is right on schedule and he could pitch in the AFL or HWL later this year.

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Viz to Sign With Rockies

Luis Vizcaino is about to sign with the Rockies. He made 77 appearances for the Yankees last year, and proved to be very inconsistent. He struck out 62 and posted an ERA of 4.30 (104 ERA+). The Rockies will be his fifth team in five years. His replacement, LaTroy Hawkins appeared in 62 games last year with and unimpressive 29 K's, while posting a 3.42 ERA (140 ERA+). The ERA looks good but was supported by an abnormally high GB rate of 63.3%. He's due for some regression. The Viz is probably a better pitcher then LaTroy, but since the Viz is a type B free agent the Yankees get a sandwich pick, or a pick between the first and second round. So if you look at it as if it were a trade, the Yankees, by getting LaTroy (at a lower price than the Viz and on a 1-year deal) along with a sandwich pick get the better end of the deal.
The Viz LaTroy