Jim and John at BaseballAmerica.com featured their mock draft today and surprise, they chose Stephen Strasburg as the number one pick and floated the idea of Sports Illustrated’s cover boy Bryce Harper. Not this year, maybe next year or the year after.
They had the Yankees choose high school outfielder Slade Heathcott.
29. YANKEES (Jim). So a little local flavor for the Red Sox? If I took a catcher there, I’d go for California high schooler Max Stassi because I think he’s a better bet to hit. There’s no elite talent with an outlandish price tag for the Yankees to take here, and though they’re linked to a possible big-money deal with Mississippi prep two-way star David Renfroe, I believe they can wait a round or two for that. Another two-way star, Texas high school outfielder Slade Heathcott, has been on fire in the state playoffs and drawing lots of high-level scouts. He was very impressive in front of top Yankees officials and they’re looking at a lot of outfielders, so Heathcott makes sense.
This is pretty much a toss-up this year. We knew the Yankees wanted Gerrit Cole last year and Andrew Brackman the year before. I’m pretty sure the Yankees will choose wisely this year, and see who can be productive in 3-4 years from now.