Baseball America has a summary of what every team in the American League did on draft day. They also noted that after taking several prep bats in the first few rounds, they stuck with college players for the middle rounds and didn't take another high school player until after the 10th round.
Beyond the Box Score has a study about the success rate of prospects that were called up before they were 21 and tries to figure out why these players failed. Some of the best prospects ever have been called up while they were young, but there have also been many terrible debut seasons over the years. Whatever the reason might be, it certainly has nothing to do with a loss in confidence.
Keith Law (subscription required) likes the Yankees' first round picks, believing that Eric Jagielo's power is present, but Aaron Judge needs time to develop in-game. Ian Clarkin had trouble with command this season, but his velocity was strong. If he had performed better he would have been taken earlier in the draft. However, he believes that Gosuke Katoh and Tyler Wade are better off going to college than going pro and Mike O'Neill has no plate discipline. He also thinks David Palladino will end up in the bullpen and Nick Rumbelow's high arm slot could make him an injury concern.
The Yankees drafted a total of 18 players off Baseball America's top 500 list (second highest). Five of them were in the top 100 (second highest) and nine were in the top 200 (second highest).
The top 25 best prospect names in the 2013 draft includes 7th round pick, Nick Rumbelow, 22nd round pick Derek Toadvine, and 32nd round pick Chauncy Sumner. Who is your favorite?
1st round pick, Eric Jagielo: He is in Tampa to take his physical and/or sign a contract with the Yankees.
1st round pick, Aaron Judge: He took batting practice with the Yankees yesterday and said he was confident he will sign soon.
1st round pick, Ian Clarkin: Damon Oppenheimer feels 'very strongly' that the Yankees will sign their first round draft pick, Ian Clarkin. The team cannot officially sign him until he graduates from high school this week.
2nd round pick, Gosuke Katoh: He is committed to UCLA and didn't expect to be drafted, but has said that he could be a Yankee by next week.
3rd overall pick, Mike O'Neill: The Yankees like Mike O'Neill because of his speed and his potential to play all three outfield positions.
4th round pick, Tyler Wade: He has left for Tampa to presumably sign a deal with the Yankees.
5th round pick, David Palladino: He has agreed to terms with the Yankees, passing up a full scholarship with LSU in order to start a professional career with the team he rooted for as a kid. He will have his physical yesterday and should officially sign today.
6th round pick, John Murphy: Though he hasn't officially signed yet, Murphy referred to himself as a Yankee and met Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez down at the Yankees' minor league complex.
13th round pick, Cale Coshow: He has agreed to terms with the Yankees, pending a physical.
15th round pick, Jordan Barnes: He has signed with the Yankees and will begin conditioning and be placed in the organization by June 21.
22nd round pick, Derek Toadvine: He has signed with the Yankees and will report to Short Season-A Staten Island.
25th round pick, Jordan Floyd: He seems to be set on going to Kansas State, but will at least listen to the Yankees' offer before he makes an official decision.
30th round pick, Cody Thomas: He will not be signing with the Yankees and instead will attend the University of Oklahoma to play football.
31st round pick, Kevin Cornelius: He has agreed to terms with the Yankees, pending a physical.
37th round pick, Josh Pettitte: The Yankees know he will be going to Baylor, but they took him to make sure no one else got him and his situation changed. Damon Oppenheimer believes he will be a good pitcher, but they weren't sure if he'd make the jump he needs to make after a few month in high school or after three years in college.
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