With the MLB Draft less than a week away, it is an excellent time to take a look back at the history of the two picks that the New York Yankees have out of the first 38 selections. Today, we take a look at the first of the two picks, which is at number 30.
Since the Yankees are usually in postseason contention or in the playoffs, they are used to picking towards the bottom of the first round when they keep their pick. Since the 30th pick became a part of Round 1 in 1987, the Yankees have made that choice three different times.
In 2007, New York took right-hander Andrew Brackman out of NC State University. While Brackman had a lot of potential as a possible future major leaguer, the right-hander only made three MLB appearances four years later. While Brackman never allowed a run in his three outings, he also never recorded a big league strikeout.
Five years after the Brackman selection, the Yankees were back on the clock at number 30 and went with a right-hander out of Edmond Santa Fe High School in Oklahoma named Ty Hensley. Hensley would only appear in 26 games in the organization and never got past Short-Season Staten Island. He had a hip injury in 2013, and he had two Tommy John surgeries. Plus, he was the victim of a beating in Oklahoma in 2014.
As for the final 30th pick the Yankees have made since ’07, they went with a college shortstop in 2015 when they selected San Diego’s Kyle Holder. Out of the 42 players that were selected in the first round that year, 24 of them have not made their big league debut. This includes Holder and right-hander James Kaprielian (now with the Oakland Athletics).
While Holder has yet to make it to the big leagues, there is still a possibility he could play a part in a trade this summer that helps the Yankees. Remember, Kaprielian was a part of the Sonny Gray deal two years ago. Holder’s glove was his calling card coming out of the draft, but he has only been a career .259 hitter in his five seasons in the organization.
Now, If you want to take a deeper dive into the history of the pick, let’s go back to 1996 when this selection officially became a first round pick and not a supplemental pick. In total, 11 players that were chosen with that selection over that time have played at least one game in the big leagues.
If you want to shrink down that sample size a little bit, there have been only four players that have made their big league debut since being drafted with the 30th selection dating back to 2006. Of course, in ’06, the St. Louis Cardinals selected current Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino.
When you are picking this low in the MLB Draft, there is a lot of luck involved in finding the right player, and it all depends on who is the best player on the organizational big board. There is always the chance you can find the next Mike Schmidt like the Phillies did when they took him in the second round back in 1971. However, there is no guarantee that you will find the next major leaguer either.