MLB 2014 Draft: Prospects the Yankees could draft from Minor League Ball's top 350 list

The 2014 MLB Draft is only a few weeks away, so it's time we start looking into players the Yankees might be able to take this year. Obviously, they don't have a first round draft pick – instead, they choose 56th and 93rd overall – so it's hard to really guess who would be available by the time the Yankees get a turn. What we do know, is how they're ranked, so I looked at Minor League Ball's updated list of the top 350 draft prospects and paid attention to the players ranked around where the Yankees would be drafting since it's likely that at least a few of them will remain available.

Second Round

Rank Player Positon Location
50 Michael Gettys CF Gainesville, GA
Garrioch Scouting Report: Huge tools. Great speed. Swing and miss issues hinder him. Too pull concious but big time bat speed. Arm is elite and could work on the mound as well. Boom or bust guy.
51 Turner Larkins RHP Arlington, TX
Garrioch Scouting Report: Over the top arm angle creates excellent downhill plane. Low 90's fastball but could be more in there. Shows a change. Good curveball with sharp break.
52 Justus Sheffield LHP Tullahoma, TN
Garrioch Scouting Report: Short lefty has an excellent breaking ball. Fastball can reach 95 and shows an average to above changeup. Has a hard time getting downward plane on the ball. Fastball looks hittable but has armside run.
53 Alex Verdugo LHP/RF Tucson, AZ
Garrioch Scouting Report: Smooth bat. Athletic delivery. Very good all around player. Not sure if he's a hitter or pitcher. Corner guy without big power. Mid rotation upside as a pitcher. Just a solid player. May be better off in college to find his spot.
54 Brian Anderson 2B/CF Arkansas
Garrioch Scouting Report: Athletic build. Good footwork for a player new to keystone positlion. Strong arm. Contact approach. Solid all around player. Could be a CF as well. Super utility possible.
55 Michael Kopech RHP Mount Pleasant, TX
Garrioch Scouting Report: Excellent downhill angle on fastball. Good curveball. Works inside well. Velocity increase this spring makes him more likely to get picked early. Unusual delivery scares some off. Very similar to Zech Lemond's delivery to start but throws across his body. I think he's a reliever long term if he doesn't change the delivery.
56 Aramis Garcia C Florida International
Garrioch Scouting Report: All bat player started to show defensive ability. Receiving ability could be average. Has strong arm. Bat will play at corner OF. Some swing and miss but good power potential.
57 Cody Reed LHP Athens, AL
Garrioch Scouting Report: Good athlete. Up to 97. Big potential here. Big breaking ball and flashes an average change but control and command need work. Needs to gain consistency in delivery but #2/3 starter possible.
58 J.D. Davis 1B/OF Cal State Fullerton
Garrioch Scouting Report: Big power. On the mound and at the plate. Improve approach at the plate this year. Could work out in RF but may end up at 1B. Bat really needs to play up. I've seen him good and bad. I like him but he may be a guy I am biased towards.
59 Dan Mengden P Texas A&M
Garrioch Scouting Report: He has a simple, repeatable delivery and works fast. Fastball gets on hitters fast and has good arm side run. Hard 12-6 breaking ball is a plus offering. Could be an out pitch. Excellent change flashese plus as well. Mid rotation arm with potential to be a #2 or impact bullpen arm.

Third Round

Rank Player Positon Location
90 Bobby Bradley 1B/3B/C Gulfport, MS
Garrioch Scouting Report: Thick build. Strong but questionable hit tool. Pedro Alvarez type. Large amount of power projection. Likely a 1B due to lack of range but bat is the only thing that matters with him.
91 Joey Pankake 2B South Carolina
Garrioch Scouting Report: A safe college pick with average tools. He can run a little. He's a solid hitter and can hit for some power but won't be a star. He has a big arm though. Integral on some of the best college teams in recent memory and could outplay his tools.
92 Jacob Nix P Los Alamitos, CA
Garrioch Scouting Report: Easy delivery and a fast arm. Works 88-91 and touches 93. Slow breaking ball needs work. Slow delivery and fast arm don't work well for current breaking ball or change. Has projection. Could really jump up in 3 years if he makes it to school.
93 Carson Sands P Tallahassee, FL
Garrioch Scouting Report: Works 88-91 and tops out at 92. Has projection remaining. Nice change. Curveball not as advanced as change. Easy delivery but throws across his body.
94 Stone Garrett RF Sugar Land, TX
Garrioch Scouting Report: Boom or bust athlete type. Can run really well but doesn't play CF well and is likely a RF. Big power potential. Great extension but doesn't have great contact ability and struggles with off-speed. Could be an excellent pick if it all clicks.
95 Jacob Bukauskas P Ashburn, VA
Garrioch Scouting Report: A 2015 pick until this spring. Reclassification and velo jump make him a top 100 pick. Up to 97 with average or a tick above slider and change. If he was 90, he'd be a college arm. Still might be but 97 is tempting. He's sent a letter out saying he's going to school.
96 Chris Oliver P Arkansas
Garrioch Scouting Report: Big time arm strength. Up to 97. Fastball is straight. Long arm action on the back makes the breaking ball hard to break off. Shows a change but slows are. One pitch guy for the most part. Bullpen might be best fit.
97 Eric Skoglund P UCF
BA Scouting Report Excerpt: Skoglund’s fastball sits in the 88-91 mph range, bumping 93, and has good life down in the zone. Like other tall pitchers, it took him a while to grow into his body, but he has a loose arm and repeats his delivery, leading to a much-improved 86-22 strikeout-walk ratio through 99 innings.
98 Tanner English LF South Carolina
Garrioch Scouting Report: Best defensive center fielder in this draft. Could be a gold glover. Will make it to the bigs on glove alone. Can hit well enough but not a carrying tool.
99 Gareth Morgan RF Toronto, ON
Garrioch Scouting Report: The bat is always a little off. He looks the part but always seems to come up short when I've seen him. He could be a late bloomer but I think he's a guy I'll always be waiting on to come through.

So there you have it. Who would you like to see the Yankees pick?

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