The draft is over two months away but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a mock draft. Hudson Belinsky of Baseball America put out the first mock for them. Here is a link to it.
He has the Yankees selecting Kevin Gowdy a RHP out of Santa Barbara HS. He will be the next profile that will be done. But on the outset he appears to be someone Damon Oppenheimer loves. He is from southern California. He is tall at 6’3” and has projection.
Oppenheimer loves southern California pitchers. Over the last three seasons he has selected Ian Clarkin, Drew Finley and James Kaprielian all pitchers out of California.
But what really stands out to me are players right now near the Yankees spot that I didn’t think would be there. The first is Alec Hanson who most thought would be in the running for the 1st overall pick in the draft. Control issues have really plagued him but he is a big RP pitcher who has velocity, size and a very good breaking ball.
The other player is Cal Quantrill. He is the son of Paul Quantrill who the Yankees famously used almost every day when he was in pinstripes. Cal had the potential to be the top player in this draft but had Tommy John surgery last year and probably will come back slowly. The Yankees do love him thou as they took him out of high school with a pick three years ago. My guess is they will keep an eye on him very closely.
So look for Gowdy’s draft profile next week followed by Alec Hanson.