So the draft is in a few hours away and I have some thoughts and links to share.
Let’s start with the Mocks
Keith Law (http://espn.go.com/blog/mlb-draft/insider/post?id=2770)
Behind Insider paywall. But Law has Yankees taking Ian Anderson as he has for all of his mocks. He believes that Anderson might go as high as #3 but he won’t get pass the Yankees.
YANKEES: Matt Thaiss, c/1b: New York has a split camp of whether it should go bat or arm. It has been linked to prep righthander Ian Anderson as well.
Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft/mock-draft-5-1-moniak-remains-top/#mxkst40ZFb4DFFAP.99
I think Anderson is the pick if he is here but multiple outlets talking about Anderson here means that there is a lot of smoke for him here.
Callis: Forrest Whitley, RHP, Alamo Heights HS (San Antonio, Texas)
It looks like pitchers for New York and probably a high schooler. Anderson probably doesn’t get by the Yankees, with Whitley, California right-hander Kevin Gowdy and Texas lefty Kyle Muller more likely to be available. Zeuch could be the guy if New York goes the college route.
Mayo: Ian Anderson, RHP, Shenendehowa HS (Clifton Park, N.Y.)
The top available high school arms are possibilities here. Anderson, mentioned above in a possible deal with the Braves, was throwing extremely well down the stretch, carrying mid-90s velocity deep into his most recent start when he struck out 16.
Both would be very good picks here. I think the Yankees would love if either of these arms.
I think overall you will see the Yankees draft a pitcher. The system is very position player heavy and taking a high upside arm will be key.
I saw a rumor this morning that the Yankees have a deal in place with Quantril. I saw that from someone who writes for baseball but isn’t a national guy. I’ve only seen it discussed from Scouts mock. Now none of the big draft guys have mentioned this at all in their mocks or in tweets. I would take it with a grain of salt. The Yankees really like him as they drafted him out of high school.
Frankie Pilere @fpiliered1 (Former MLB scout now writing for D1baseball.com ) has the following rumors.
Yankees would take Alex Kiriloff if he gets to them.
Gowdy pick would be more with their 2nd round pick
They prefer college bat in Craig/Thaiss
Delvin Perez might fall past the Yankees. This is because he tested positive for a performance enhancing drug at the MLB scouting combine. They drug test the top 200 prospects. If you don’t take the test you can’t be drafted if you’re a top 200 player. Perez by some accounts is a top 5 talent int he draft but might fall to the Padres 2nd pick in the first round now. He wont’ be suspended because of the drug test but it clearly is hurting his draft stock. Unlike other players he isn’t committed to a college so he doesn’t have a ton of leverage. I think the Yankees should consider taking him. Perez comes from Puerto Rico and I would talk to Carlos Beltran about him. Some people might be surprised by this but Beltran owns an academy in Puerto Rico and helps kids train to get drafted. I don’t believe Perez has played for Beltrans academy but he would know who helps the kid and get a good read. If Beltran would sign off I think you take the gamble.
Final thoughts: This draft is very weird and it really starts at the top. Normally there is a defined top-tier and really this year there isn’t. Puk who I really wanted the Yankees to draft out of high school might go number 1. But in a normal draft year I don’t think he goes in the top 5. There is some good talent but not elite talent. Next year’s class seems better but this year there is so much uncertainty that you will probably see a lot of teams playing it weird. That can both be good or bad for the Yankees as teams might roll the dice on players they really like.
Ownership tends to be more involved with these picks so I wouldn’t be shocked if you see a run of college players taken higher than mocks have them. I’m not really liking any of the college players this year and most of the ones tied in the mid teens that could be there when the Yankees draft I’m just not a fan of. I hope Anderson is there as I think in three years we will discuss how it was crazy he got to the Yankees. I think he has a chance to be a very good prospect almost immediately.