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Draft: Which Players Could the Yankees Redraft?

When trying to project what prospects a team will choose in the MLB Draft, it is best to find as many trends as possible. One factor in the draft process is exposure to the player. With a limited number of area scouts and cross-checkers, it can be challenging to get a true read on a player. The more time available to evaluate talent provides a better prediction of long-term success. The Yankees have an advantage with these particular nine players; the New York Yankees have already drafted them in the past.

Before the 2007 MLB Draft, teams were able to draft a player and let him develop in college until the next time he was draft eligible. Through this ‘draft-and-follow’ process, MLB teams could watch a talent grow, without much liability. Such success stories for the New York Yankees are Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte. Both of these Yankee greats were initially drafted in the 1990 draft and signed after playing Junior College baseball in 1991.

After the ‘draft-and-follow’ rule was changed, the only way for a team to acquire a player [as an amateur] after previously drafting the player, was by ‘redrafting’. Using the Baseball America Top 500 Prospects list (Subscription Required), these nine players are possible Yankee redraft targets:

Tristan Beck – Previously drafted by the New York Yankees in the 29th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, as a Draft-eligible sophomore (Stanford University). Beck missed the entire 2017 season due to a stress fracture in his back. He has served as the Stanford Friday night starter this season, showing off his four-pitch repertoire. Beck’s stuff has not been as strong later in the season. This is likely a result of conditioning and missing last season, and not due to any lingering injury issues. Baseball America currently lists Tristan Beck as the #31 Prospect in this year’s draft and is a possible first-round draft selection.

Zack Hess – Previously drafted out of High School by the New York Yankees in the 35th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Hess turned 21-years old this college season and is a Draft-eligible sophomore, currently attending LSU. This Right-Handed Prospect was the LSU closer in 2017 and is a Starter this season. This prospect has a mid-to-high 90s fastball, a possible plus slider, and a changeup. Some consider Hess a future bullpen arm but will continue to pitch as a starter as an amateur. Baseball America currently lists Zack Hess as the #87 Prospect in this year’s draft and could be a late Day One draft selection.

Jake Mangum (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)

Jake Mangum – Previously drafted out of High School by the New York Yankees in the 30th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Mangum turned 21-years old this college season and is a Draft-eligible sophomore, currently attending Mississippi State. This Switch-Hitting Center Fielder is known for his speed and defensive ability. He is also more of a contact hitter, with only two career college home runs. Baseball America currently lists Jake Mangum as the #134 Prospect in this year’s draft and could be a Day Two draft selection.

Jimmy Herron – Previously drafted by the New York Yankees in the 31st round of the 2017 MLB Draft, as a Draft-eligible sophomore (Duke University). Herron is currently the Starting Center Fielder for Duke, where his speed can be utilized. Due to a week throwing arm, his professional position will likely be left field. Herron’s carrying tool should be his bat-to-ball skills. Baseball America currently lists Jimmy Herron as the #165 Prospect in this year’s draft and could be a Day Two draft selection.

Zach Linginfelter – Previously drafted out of High School by the New York Yankees in the 16th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Linginfelter turned 21-years old this college season and is a Draft-eligible sophomore, currently attending the University of Tennessee. This Right-Handed prospect has split time between the rotation and bullpen, mostly due to inconsistent mechanics. Linginfelter’s mid-to-high 90s fastball is his best pitch. Baseball America currently lists Zach Linginfelter as the #166 Prospect in this year’s draft and could be a Day Two draft selection.

Riley Thompson – Previously drafted by the New York Yankees in the 25th round of the 2017 Draft, as a Draft-eligible redshirt freshman (Louisville). Thompson missed the entire 2016 season, after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. This Righty Pitcher has split time between the starting rotation and bullpen during his college career. Command has been his biggest issue, but his plus fastball and curveball are enticing to scouts.  Baseball America currently lists Riley Thompson as the #219 Prospect in this year’s draft and is a possible Day Two draft selection.

Blair Henley – Previously drafted out of High School by the New York Yankees in the 22nd round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Henley turned 21-years old this college season and is a Draft-eligible sophomore, currently attending the University of Texas. This Right-Handed prospect is a Starting Pitcher for the Longhorns. Baseball America lists Blair Henley as the #285 Prospect in this year’s draft.

Deacon Liput – Previously drafted out of High School by the New York Yankees in the 39th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. Liput was also selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 29th round of the 2017 MLB Draft but chose to return to the college. This junior is the Starting Shortstop for the Florida Gators, and projects as a second baseman as a professional. Speed is an essential tool to Liput’s playing style. There are some off the field questions about this prospect, following a suspension earlier in the season. Baseball America currently lists Deacon Liput as the #307 Prospect in this year’s draft.

Andrew Nardi – Previously drafted by the New York Yankees in the 39th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, as a Junior College Player (Ventura College). Nardi transferred to Moorpark Junior College for his sophomore year and is once again draft-eligible. This Lefty Pitcher has a Commitment to the University of Arizona for next season and is projected to be a lefty reliever as a professional. Baseball America currently lists Andrew Nardi as the #482 Prospect in this year’s draft.

The Yankees drafted five of the players discussed in the 2017 MLB Draft. For a player to be selected by the same team in subsequent years, the player must authorize that the team can do so, before the draft occurs. The draft status for each of the players initially taken in the 2016 MLB draft also comes with some level of fine print. As they all turned 21-years old before draft day, these prospects became draft-eligible sophomores. MLB.com provides a simplified list of rules, so draft eligibility requirements are easier to understand.

It is not a guarantee that the same organization will redraft players drafted in previous years by a team. Player operations executives will continue to have an affinity for players they have scouted, which could help get a player’s name onto a team‘s draft board. It is indeed possible that the New York Yankees will redraft none of the detailed players, but don’t be surprised if you see one or more of these prospects in Pinstripes.