The Yankees go with a shortstop in the 10th round in Benjamin Cowles, who was selected as the 303rd overall pick out of Maryland. In Cowles’ junior year, he batted .287 with a 1.041 OPS in 174 ABs (48 games). Cowles homered in 12 consecutive weekend series before it was snapped in the last regular-season series against Indiana; he led the Big Ten with 18 HR. Cowles drove in 51 RBI on 50 hits, which ranked him second in the Big 10 conference in RBI.
In the pandemic shortened season of 2020, Cowles batted .241 in 54 ABs, with 12 runs on 13 hits. In 2019, Cowles batted .200 with 23 runs on 35 hits in 175 ABs.
Cowles’ performances throughout the 2021 were definitely recognized: 2021 Baseball America Third Team All-American, 2021 First Team All-Big Ten, 2021 ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region First Team and was named the Big Ten Player of the Week (3/16/21).
The Newark, NY native also lists his sports hero as Derek Jeter.