Tuesday is the MLB Draft and it will happen at the MLB Network Studio 42. The diagram below is courtesy of Baseball Prospectus.
Steven Strasburg, a 6’5″, 220-pound righthanded pitcher from San Diego State is expected to be chosen first by the Washington Nationals. The caveat? He’s represented by Scott Boras.
Joe Hamrahi from BP will be covering the Draft live, and he has a particular affinity for the young guys being selected. He’s been following them as a part-time scout for the Royals. Pretty cool, huh?
After Gerrit Cole did not sign with the Yanks (opting instead to go to college at UCLA), the Yanks select 29th and MLB predicts the Yankees will select Brett Jackson from Cal-Berkeley.
29. New York Yankees: Brett Jackson, OF, Cal-Berkeley
Often, the Yankees get lumped in as that end-of-round haven for the tough signs, but here’s the thing. They didn’t sign their pick last year — that’s why they have a first-rounder this year — and if they don’t sign the pick this year, they won’t get compensation. That’s not saying they’ll go safe, but it’s something to think about. Jackson’s got some very intriguing tools in a slightly more advanced package than you’d get from the high school set.
I’m not one to follow the Draft religiously, but I do know the Yankees have a good scouting department, led by Damon Oppenheimer. He took over full reins in 2005, and in 2006 the Yankees had one of their best days ever, selecting Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and Mark Melancon — all of whom have reached, or are excelling in, the majors — while also landing Dellin Betances, Zach McAllister and George Kontos, all of whom could get there at some point.
Baseball America posted version three of their Mock Draft. It’s subscriber only. They have the Yankees taking HP Matt Purke. They had the Yanks taking Texas prepster Slade Heathcott in version two, and Cal centerfielder Brett Jackson in version one.
If you happen to watch the draft on television or online, enjoy it!