Yankees Draft Analysis

The big question for fans now that the draft has come and gone is "how did my team do?" Well, in the case of the Yankees, they did a lot of things extremely well in the 2008 draft class by mainly taking a vast variation of high school and college players. Find out more about the players New York selected and much more in this Draft Analysis.

Overall Talent Grade: A-

Top Selections - Gerrit Cole, Jeremy Bleich, Scott Bittle, David Adams, Corban Joseph, Christopher Smith

Early Selections Overview - The Yankees continue to use their first couple picks on top talents who fall into their laps for various reasons. They were able to land the best arm in the class, Gerrit Cole, as well as one of the best lefties in the class, Jeremy Bleich, who well because of an injury plagued spring.

New York is also seeming to make a habit of getting a quality college closers year after year now. Bittle could rocket through their farm system. And, after selecting Adams, who gives them a polished college position player they need in their system, the Yankees then went for upside, taking Corban Joseph and the huge talent that is Chris Smith.

Sleepers/Tough Signings - It's rare to get as quality a college arm as the Yankees got in round ten when they landed Clemson righty, D.J. Mitchell. Mitchell is the owner of a heavy 89-94 MPH fastball but faded down the stretch this spring.

The Yankees, as usual, have number of high upside late round selections, but two that stick out as potential tough signings are prep shortstop, Garrison Lassiter and prep lefty, Blake Monar.

High Upside Talents

Gerrit Cole - What is their to say other than that the Yankees somehow got the best arm in the draft class with the 28th overall pick. That also means that New York will have a massive challenge ahead of them in order to sign Cole.
Being that they are the Yankees, there's little doubt that a deal will get done. Once they get this righty power arm in their system he will need some molding and coaching to refine his game, and how he responds to that will determine just how good he can become.

Corban Joseph - Yes, he is a shortstop, but the Yankees drafted a bat when they picked this young man. He doesn't appear to be a long term fit at shortstop, especially as he continues to physically mature, but he is a very advanced bat for a high schooler.

The Yankees like his compact stroke and have been scouting him for quite some time; he was not new to their radar screen.

Chris Smith - Smith seemed like a bit of a mystery to everyone but the Yankees, among other teams, on draft day but word has spread in a hurry about just what a talent he is.

According to one scout, Smith is a lefty bat that is one of the most special in the entire class and that he isn't necessarily as raw as you might assume. Yes, he is a high school bat, but it appears that he actually has a fairly advanced approach to go along with his incredible raw skills.

Brett Marshall - After a leap in velocity, Marshall instantly leaped into a new level of prospect status this spring. Had he shown this kind of improvement earlier, he may have been picked in the top two rounds. The solidly built right-hander is the owner of fastball that reaches the mid-90's and a hard, late breaking slider.

It will be interesting to see what the Yankees do about their policy with the sliders for high school pitchers in this particular situation. Marshall appears to be signable, at least for a team like the Yankees. In some ways, this pick is reminiscent of a pick like Christian Garcia a few years back.

Blake Monar - An Indiana Hoosiers recruit, Monar has repeatedly said that he is very signable if he is offered a decent bonus. If that's the case and the Yankees can get him for somewhere in the neighborhood of 5th round money, then they did a superb job grabbing him 800th overall.

Monar would give them the projectable lefty with a good arm they desperately could use in their system.

Chris Dwyer - This Salisbury Prep lefty figures to a very difficult sign for the Yankees but potentially a very rewarding one. As late as they were able to grab him, it could end up being a steal.

He's a high school pitcher from the northeast, one that is very raw, so he is far from a sure thing. It will be interesting to see ho much money the Yankees are willing to toss his way. He needs a lot of work on his secondary pitches and his mechanics, but a teenage southpaw with a fastball that hovers around 90 MPH is always intriguing.

Potential Fast Movers

Jeremy Bleich - There may not be a pitcher in all of college baseball with as advanced an approach as Jeremy Bleich. It's rare to find a pitcher as comfortable pitching inside to aluminum bats as he is and that will only translate better for him as a pro pitching against wood.

Bleich is not overpowering, but as a lefty, his lively 88-91 MPH is more than enough considering his command. There's been talk of him being much like a lefty version of Ian Kennedy.

The difference in the two, and this is an edge to Bleich, is that he commands the inside half extremely well as well as the outer half. The Yankees landed themselves a highly advanced lefty arm with the stuff to match; he could rocket up the ladder.

Scott Bittle - Drafting college closers has become a habit of sorts for the Yankees and no one in the country was as dominant as Scott Bittle was for Ole Miss this spring. Armed with a plus plus slider that reportedly grades off the charts, Bittle can be just about unhittable at times.

Some have said his 90 MPH does not translate well if you'd like him to be a future closer, but even so, Bittle has the look of a dominant setup man. He should follow a path much like the current Yankee relief pitching prospects have been on of late.

David Adams - This pick has been lightly publicized but could be one of the wisest the Yankees made on draft day. Adams has drawn comparisons to Jeff Kent from many scouts, and his defense at second base is potentially Gold Glove caliber.

He's performed at the highest levels, including a strong 2007 campaign in Cape Cod, and hitters who can perform there usually translate well into the professional environment.

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\r\nTop Selections - Gerrit Cole, Jeremy Bleich, Scott Bittle, David Adams, Corban Joseph, Christopher Smith
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\r\nEarly Selections Overview - The Yankees continue to use their first couple picks on top talents who fall into their laps for various reasons. They were able to land the best arm in the class, Gerrit Cole, as well as one of the best lefties in the class, Jeremy Bleich, who well because of an injury plagued spring.
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\r\nNew York is also seeming to make a habit of getting a quality college closers year after year now. Bittle could rocket through their farm system. And, after selecting Adams, who gives them a polished college position player they need in their system, the Yankees then went for upside, taking Corban Joseph and the huge talent that is Chris Smith.
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\r\nSleepers/Tough Signings - It's rare to get as quality a college arm as the Yankees got in round ten when they landed Clemson righty, D.J. Mitchell. Mitchell is the owner of a heavy 89-94 MPH fastball but faded down the stretch this spring.
\r\n
\r\nThe Yankees, as usual, have number of high upside late round selections, but two that stick out as potential tough signings are prep shortstop, Garrison Lassiter and prep lefty, Blake Monar.
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\r\nHigh Upside Talents
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\r\nGerrit Cole - What is their to say other than that the Yankees somehow got the best arm in the draft class with the 28th overall pick. That also means that New York will have a massive challenge ahead of them in order to sign Cole.\r\n
\r\nBeing that they are the Yankees, there's little doubt that a deal will get done. Once they get this righty power arm in their system he will need some molding and coaching to refine his game, and how he responds to that will determine just how good he can become.
\r\n
\r\nCorban Joseph - Yes, he is a shortstop, but the Yankees drafted a bat when they picked this young man. He doesn't appear to be a long term fit at shortstop, especially as he continues to physically mature, but he is a very advanced bat for a high schooler.
\r\n
\r\nThe Yankees like his compact stroke and have been scouting him for quite some time; he was not new to their radar screen.
\r\n
\r\nChris Smith - Smith seemed like a bit of a mystery to everyone but the Yankees, among other teams, on draft day but word has spread in a hurry about just what a talent he is.
\r\n
\r\nAccording to one scout, Smith is a lefty bat that is one of the most special in the entire class and that he isn't necessarily as raw as you might assume. Yes, he is a high school bat, but it appears that he actually has a fairly advanced approach to go along with his incredible raw skills.
\r\n
\r\nBrett Marshall - After a leap in velocity, Marshall instantly leaped into a new level of prospect status this spring. Had he shown this kind of improvement earlier, he may have been picked in the top two rounds. The solidly built right-hander is the owner of fastball that reaches the mid-90's and a hard, late breaking slider.
\r\n
\r\nIt will be interesting to see what the Yankees do about their policy with the sliders for high school pitchers in this particular situation. Marshall appears to be signable, at least for a team like the Yankees. In some ways, this pick is reminiscent of a pick like Christian Garcia a few years back.
\r\n
\r\nBlake Monar - An Indiana Hoosiers recruit, Monar has repeatedly said that he is very signable if he is offered a decent bonus. If that's the case and the Yankees can get him for somewhere in the neighborhood of 5th round money, then they did a superb job grabbing him 800th overall.
\r\n
\r\nMonar would give them the projectable lefty with a good arm they desperately could use in their system.
\r\n
\r\nChris Dwyer - This Salisbury Prep lefty figures to a very difficult sign for the Yankees but potentially a very rewarding one. As late as they were able to grab him, it could end up being a steal.
\r\n
\r\nHe's a high school pitcher from the northeast, one that is very raw, so he is far from a sure thing. It will be interesting to see ho much money the Yankees are willing to toss his way. He needs a lot of work on his secondary pitches and his mechanics, but a teenage southpaw with a fastball that hovers around 90 MPH is always intriguing.
\r\n
\r\nPotential Fast Movers
\r\n
\r\nJeremy Bleich - There may not be a pitcher in all of college baseball with as advanced an approach as Jeremy Bleich. It's rare to find a pitcher as comfortable pitching inside to aluminum bats as he is and that will only translate better for him as a pro pitching against wood.
\r\n
\r\nBleich is not overpowering, but as a lefty, his lively 88-91 MPH is more than enough considering his command. There's been talk of him being much like a lefty version of Ian Kennedy.
\r\n
\r\nThe difference in the two, and this is an edge to Bleich, is that he commands the inside half extremely well as well as the outer half. The Yankees landed themselves a highly advanced lefty arm with the stuff to match; he could rocket up the ladder.
\r\n
\r\nScott Bittle - Drafting college closers has become a habit of sorts for the Yankees and no one in the country was as dominant as Scott Bittle was for Ole Miss this spring. Armed with a plus plus slider that reportedly grades off the charts, Bittle can be just about unhittable at times.
\r\n
\r\nSome have said his 90 MPH does not translate well if you'd like him to be a future closer, but even so, Bittle has the look of a dominant setup man. He should follow a path much like the current Yankee relief pitching prospects have been on of late.
\r\n
\r\nDavid Adams - This pick has been lightly publicized but could be one of the wisest the Yankees made on draft day. Adams has drawn comparisons to Jeff Kent from many scouts, and his defense at second base is potentially Gold Glove caliber.
\r\n
\r\nHe's performed at the highest levels, including a strong 2007 campaign in Cape Cod, and hitters who can perform there usually translate well into the professional environment.
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