Now that it is draft day you will see final mock drafts come out from all the big players. The only bad thing is most mock drafts only do the first round picks and the comp rounds at the most so no one will be saying who they believe or are hearing the Yankees are on. As the article yesterday said the Yankees are interested in high school catching but as many people who follow the draft that doesn’t mean that they will draft a catcher. Case in point here is a tweet I sent to Chris Crawford who writes for himself and for ESPN about the MLB draft.
Almost exclusively. So they’ll probably take an outfielder. RT @Hopjake Are you hearing the Yankees on catchers?
— Chris Crawford (@CrawfordChrisV) June 4, 2014
What this draft class is rich with is power HS arms. That is what I would like the Yankees to go after because the pitching is weak in the organization with Ty Hensley’s injuries.
Jack Flaherty is a player in the range that of the Yankees pick I would like them to take. He has good size at 6’3″ and 217 lbs with already good stuff but advance command. What I really like about him is he also played some 3rd base which means he probably has a fresher arm then most prep pitchers that will be drafted. With the rash of Tommy John(TJ) that are going around having a fresh arm is key. What I also like is he is from California which means he played baseball all year around so he should be better off then someone who is drafted in the north or midwest.
But if I could get my way I would go after Scott Blewett who baseball america has ranked as the 51st best prospect in the draft. He also is huge at 6’6″ and is young as he just turned 18. Rany Jazayerli who used to write for baseball prospectus and who now writes for himself and other publications did a piece showing that the younger you are when your drafted the better off you are in pro ball. Mostly because if your elite at a younger level you have a higher probability to make it to the majors. Which is a plus for Blewett. Now your dreaming a bit on him but I think Blewett really would be my guy over Flaherty.
The draft is a long shot and while drafting has gotten better in the last half decade it still isn’t a sure thing. You need to hit on your picks because less players are making it to free agency because of extensions now. Also pitching is always a premium and with the rash of TJ surgeries that are going on right now you need more then ever which is why I would like to see the Yankees draft a pitcher with their first pick. But really their strategy should be best player available no matter what. Hopefully that is one of these two guys.