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Day 1 Draft Thoughts

The Yankees did pretty well first day of the draft.  Blake Rutherford was a guy I didn’t profile because I never thought he would get to the Yankees.  There is a Vine going around showing his reaction to being drafted by the Yankees.  Family had Yankee jerseys on and there was a Yankee flag.  Immediately I’m sure that some fans remember Gerrit Cole who was a Yankee fan who spurred the Yankees for UCLA.  I assume the Yankees know Rutherford’s price tag and were fine with taking him.  I think Damon won’t be burned again and would have definitely made sure Rutherford is signed.

I say that because their 2nd selection was a good prospect but one who won’t get full slot so some money is being moved to Rutherford.  Nick Solak is a gamer who has some tools but isn’t worth full slot.  Solak reminds me of Dustin Pederioa.  I’m not saying he will be that good but I think Solak is a high floor player and I wouldn’t be shocked if he rakes in the minors.

Overall the first day of the draft is going to be about Rutherford.  He will probably get an extra $500k which a good amount will come from Solak’s pick if not all of it.  Solak probably would go in the 4th round to 6th round. 4th round money would be around $400k. If they give him $500k it would save them $500k also which should get Rutherford signed.  If that is the case they should be able to save enough with other picks to be able to go after a tough sign in rounds 3 through 10.

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