After a premature ending to the Yankees season, many of us are throwing darts in the air, hoping that we can figure out what the Yankees can do to fix the problems that plagued the Yankees this season. One of those areas that needs fixing is the starting rotation. While many of us are frustrated with the fact that the Yankees do not have as many major league ready players or top prospects as we would have hoped or expected, at least part of that is bad luck because of failed amateur signings.
In 2008, the Yankees used their first pick of the draft on Gerrit Cole, who ultimately decided he wanted to go to college and eventually became the 1st pick of the draft by the Pirates three years later. In 2011, the Yankees used their 10th round pick on Jonathan Gray who failed to sign and two years later became the third pick of the 1st round by the Rockies. Like Cole, Gray is considered a high end pitching prospect.
While the reminder of said failed signings is upsetting, its is important to realize that this current regime had the foresight to draft both of these guys. Specifically, the past two years, the Yankees have drafted Ty Hensley and Ian Clarklin, both highly touted high school pitchers. Both pitchers signed with the Yankees. Both guys were considered pitchers who could have been drafted much higher in the first round than they were. Hopefully, Gerrit Cole and Jonathan Gray are not the only 1st rounders the Yankees recently have been right about drafting.