James Kaprielian Yankees First Draft Pick

Yankees taking this is the typical Damon Oppenheimer as he loves pitchers out of California.  Oppenheimer really loves big pitchers who pitch in California and that is what Kaprielian is.

As Mayo said on the coverage he had some helium with some rumors going to the Cubs at 9.  While he has been consistent for a few years now as the Friday (best starter on the staff) starter he isn’t a big upside pick.

MLB had him as the 22nd best player in the draft while Kiley at Fangraphs had him at 21.

Kaprielian is really a low ceiling high floor player with a number 3 starter at his ceiling with a number 4/5 starter floor.  It has value but isn’t a very sexy pick.

My pick would have been Jon Harris if it had to be a pitcher especially college.  If it had been any pitching I would have taken Nikorak with the pick.  Tampa took the guy I would have really wanted there in Whitley.


Expect to see a bat now with the Yankees next pick which is at 30.

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