The 2016 MLB draft is really turning into a HS affair. Most of the top prospects are high school kids as MLB.com has Riley Pint or Jason Groome as the top picks. This is a big change from most normal drafts as teams prefer high floor college starting pitching. In their latest first 10 pick mock Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo only have 2 college pitcher going in the first 10 picks.
Teams have tended to go college heavy at the start of the draft unless there is extreme top HS talent. This year there really isn’t one of those players. Pint has the most upside of any pitcher but there is some concerns about him. Groome hasn’t pitched because of an issue with him transfer back to his old high school to pitch.
All of this is good for the Yankees. When there is uncertainty about the draft that means picks that normally would happen don’t. A good amount of talent might fall to them at 18 because teams are going to stretch a bit to get that safer pick. Because of this the Yankees should be very aggressive with going after the best player available. This will probably be a high school pitcher.
There is still a lot that could happen in the next few weeks but the weak crop of college starting pitching is starting to have an effect already on how the draft might play out.