The Yankees came away from round 11 through 20 with some interesting and, surprisingly, well regarded prospects. Here is a summary of their picks and some notes I was able to put together:
|11||332||Matthew Borens||RHP||Eastern Illinois||Baseball America ranked him the fourth best prospect in the Ohio Valley Conference for the 2014 and 2015 drafts. He is six-foot-seven, but noticeably slim at 195 pounds, so he has plenty of room to fill in. Described as having good control with quality movement and offspeed stuff coming off a 3/4 arm angle.|
|12||362||Chris Gittens||1B||Grayson County College||
Gittens dropped significantly after he was ranked 438 in the country and No. 25 in the state of Texas, according to Baseball America. He is a talented two-way specimen, but is coveted for his "easy raw power, capable of just flicking balls out of the park from pole to pole. There’s some natural hitting ability there too. He weighed in at nearly 300 pounds when he came out of high school and, although he has slimmed down, his size limits him to first base."
|13||392||Bo Thompson||1B||The Citadel, SC||Listed at six-foot-three, 255 pounds, Thompson might be closer to five-foot-ten, giving him a Prince Fielder-type body. JM Werner of Prospect Digest believed that Thompson, a right-handed hitter, could go in as high as the supplemental round, believing that he "isn’t likely to hit for much average, but the power/patience combo could push him into the opening rounds of the draft."|
|14||422||Sean Carley||RHP||West Virginia||
Baseball America ranked the six-foot-four, 250 pound right-hander as the No. 388th prospect in the draft and No. 3 out of the state. A Tommy John survivor, the fifth-year senior "touched 94 mph early in the year, pitching at 88-92 in the rotation. His slider shows average potential but is inconsistent, and his changeup has a ways to go. Scouts consider him a strike-thrower with the potential for average control."
|15||452||Andrew Chin||LHP||Boston College||The six-foot-one, 190-pounder was ranked No. 399 in the country by Baseball America and No. 2 out of the state of Massachusetts, while Minor League Ball put him at No. 337. BA also ranked him as the 19th prospects out of the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2014 draft. He was previously drafted by the Blue Jays in 2011 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but opted to go to college. He is comparable to Chien-Ming Wang in his repertoire and has been described as pitching 'in the upper 80's with his fastball, good in and out, good with the changeup -- but he understands the craft and is willing to work at it. He's a classic left-hander with good feel for how to set hitters up.'"|
|16||482||Derek Callahan||LHP||Gonzaga, WA||
Back in 2012, the six-foot-four, 215-pounder was ranked as the No. 9 prospect in the West Coast Summer League, he struggled at Gonzaga that year, but really impressed over the summer when he led the league in strikeouts, going 8-2, 2.25 with 62 strikeouts and 24 walks over 76 innings. Scouts describe him as showing "solid velocity, sitting in the 88-90 mph range. He's mostly a two-pitch guy right now, as his best secondary pitch is a hard slider. His curveball is too soft and loopy and his changeup is still a work in progress, but scouts will always be intrigued by a physical lefthander with average fastball velocity."
|17||512||Garrett Cave||RHP||South Sumter HS, FL||
The six-foot-four, 180-pound high schooler was ranked at No. 184 by Minor League Ball and No. 116 in the country, No. 21 in the state by Baseball America. Cave gained attention after greatly improving this year a he went from high-80s, low-90s to sitting 89-93 mph and touching 95. He is one of the younger pitchers in the draft and, according to BA, he "has a loose arm, athleticism and feel for spinning a curveball. He doesn’t use his changeup often but it flashes average. Cave will need to throw more strikes to remain a starter but has the attributes to do so if he cleans up his delivery, which has some east-west movement and a head whack. That also means his arm slot is not consistent."
Previously drafted by the Cardinals in the 2011 MLB Draft, the six-foot, 175-pound lefty could afford to add some strength. Baseball America ranked Kamplain as the No. 15 prospect in the state and has only gotten better after his "command took a step forward last summer in the Cap Cod League, and so did his changeup, which has become his bread and butter pitch...He pitches in the 88-91 range from the left side and also mixes in a curveball."
|19||572||Joe Harvey||RHP||University of Pittsburgh||
The fourth-year junior was ranked No. 468 overall and No. 7 out of the state. He shifted to the rotation this season and became the Firday night starter for Pittsburgh. According to BA, "he pitches at 90-92 mph and touches 94 with sink and fastball life. His control has improved significantly. While he has a durable build at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, his lighter secondary stuff prompts some scouts to project him as a reliever. His curveball flashes average but plays well below that. His changeup also needs development."
|20||602||Corey Holmes||RHP||Concordia University, TX||While not on their top 500 list, Baseball America still regarded him as the No. 13 prospect out of the Mid-Atlantic Conference. He has a strong and full body at six-foot-six and 200 pounds.|
What do we all think? Anyone stand out to you?