Tuesday, June 9, 2009
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.