New York Yankees Mock Draft Picks- Five Picks They Need To Make
#26: Eric Jagielo, 3B-OF/Junior/Notre Dame
To be Honest, and i think a lot of you who reads this post too will agree; A-Rod should be A-Goner. all joking aside, Rodriguez is not the same player he was back in 2004, maybe even 2006. He's becoming more prone to long-term injuries that require extensive surgeries to fix these injuries. first it was shoulder, then his knee, and currently he is healing from January Hip Surgery. But, who do the Yankees have in their system to fill the hole A-Rod will leave for the Yankees? Greg Bird? Defense at 3B is a major concern and will continue to be as he transitions from being a catcher. Peter O'Brien? Nope. He's basically in the same boat as Bird except his bat lags behind him unlike Bird. So who can the Yankees draft to solve this problem for the long-term definitively? The answer is Eric Jagielo. The Notre Dame 3rd Basemen has impressed scouts with his massive power, pure hitting ability, and his size. The only concern scouts have raised about him, is his ability to remain a mainstay at 3B at the next level, but he should be good enough, if not slightly above average for a Major League 3rd Basemen. Scouts have compared him to Ryan Braun coming out of Miami(FL) as a 3B, only to be converted to a Right Fielder by the Brewers. As a Hitter, He's a Ryan Braun with more power potential but about the same ceiling as Braun had coming out of the Draft
#32: Aaron Blair-RHP/Junior/Marshall With Manny Banuelos, Ty Hensley, and Jose Campos out for the season due to various injuries and surgeries, as well as many of the Yanks other pitching prospects in the pipeline gone dry and impressive this season thus far, It would make sense to take a proven, reliable, and possible quick riser thru the minor leagues. Blair is a perfect fit for this opening, if he is still available at this slot. Blair has impressed pro scouts with his command, use of his 6'4'', 215lbs frame, improved changeup, plus-plus fastball, and an average slider that could prove to be an above average slider with some improvement and refinement. Even though some scouts will argue he's destined for a spot starter/long relief role in a Major League pen, most scouts who've tracked him long enough to see his true potential, Blair could be the Yankee's future mid-rotation starter, maybe even more if he further develops his current repertoire or adds a fourth pitch.
Possible alternatives for this pick:
Eric Jagielo, 3B/Senior/Notre Dame
Tom Windle, LHP/Junior/Minnesota
Andrew Thurman, RHP/Junior/UC-Irvine
Kevin Ziomek LHP/Junior/Vanderbilt
#33: Dustin Peterson, SS/Senior(HS)/Gilbert High School(AZ)
This is a very tough pick, assuming that the Yankees don't flip Blair at #32 and pick him at #33 and Peterson #32. Either way, the Yankees would be picking at worst another potential suitor to replace A-Rod at 3B, or if all goes perfectly and he sticks at SS with proper development and instruction, Peterson could eventually, given 2-4 years of proper instruction and development in the minors, not to mention effectively, give the Yanks the answer to the ever-lasting and biggest concern for the club going forward…Who can replace the greatest Yankee shortstop, captain, and idol to almost every young yankee fan alive? Dustin Peterson could most likely, or almost perfectly, replace The Captain.
Possible Alternatives for this Pick:
Aaron Blair, RHP/Junior/Marshall
Riley Unroe, SS/Senior(HS)/Desert Ridge HS(AZ)
Andrew Knapp, C/Senior/Cal
Kevin Ziomek, LHP/Junior/Vanderbilt
Tom Windle, LHP/Junior/Minnesota.
#66: Tom Windle, LHP/Junior/Minnesota
Regardless of the climate and program Windle has pitched for, he overcame those drawbacks and has pitched quite impressive enough to earn himself a chance of coming off the board as high as late 1st-mid to late 2nd round consideration. Assuming that Petitte, who is just coming off the DL form a upper back injury, in addition to a fractured fibula last season. in which he spent the remainder of the season on the DL, decides to retire permanently this time, the Yankees are going to need another Andy Petitte-esque lefty starter, a la Windle. With a fastball that sits in the 88-92mph range, with the ability to touch 93-94 given some refinement and adjustment to his approach and delivery, which in the long term could make him even more effective and prolific, along with a change up that projects as plus, if not even plus-plus, and a average slider that rates out as 45 on the 20-80 scale but could potentially become a 50 on the same scale. his control and command rate out as 60 and 50 on the 20-80 scale but could potentially become 65-70 command rating with proper development and refinement of his mechanics and delivery, could also raise his control into the 60-70 range more likely than not topping off at a 65 control rating. Windle has the potential and size of a mid-rotation starter ceiling and a floor of a backend starter with good control and command of his repertoire. Only concern is whether or not he will still be sitting on the board at 66. but if he is, the Yankees would be foolish and stupid to let what could be the next Andy Petitte for the Yankees.
Possible Alternatives for this Pick:
Trevor Williams, RHP/Junior/Arizona State
Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP/JUCO/Seminole State College(FL)
Matt McPhearson, OF/Senior(HS)/Riverdale Baptist HS(Columbia, MD)
#103: Michael O'Neil, OF/Junior/Michigan
Remember Paul O'Neil as a Yankee. Well, those years might return to the Bronx again, only this time Paul's nephew, Mike O'Neil will take his spot in RF. He hits for power, mostly extra-base hits but still will rake possible 20-25 homers a season, maybe a bit more if he adds more strength to to his already massive 6' 1'', 195lbs frame. Scouts project him to have the same production levels as Mike Morse and Andre Either. although there is some concern from a couple scouts about where he projects in the field, since he doesn't have the speed to play to Center, although he does have the average speed for a corner outfielder, preferably Right Field. However, the same scouts think he doesn't have the power you want from a corner outfielder. But, regardless, he's a reliable defender in the outfield, or at either corner infield spots.
Possible Alternatives for this Pick:
Jeremy Martinez, C/Senior(HS)/Mater Dei HS(CA)
Ryan McMahon, 3B-OF/Senior(HS)/Mater Dei HS(CA)
A.J. Puk, LHP-1B/Senior(HS)/Washington HS(Iowa)
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Also, I do have a full mock draft version, meaning rounds 1-40, of every pick the Yankees should make to improve their farm system pipeline in addition to what is currently in the pipeline, as well as the future of the Yankees, meaning the players they do draft, whether its any of the guys i listed on my mock draft or a guy not on my draft board, become quality players who help the Yanks win ball games and eventually succeed in their quest for title number 28, 29, 30, and beyond.
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