As his dad was picking up win #250, RHP Josh Pettitte was being drafted by the Yankees in the 37th round, 1124th overall, in the 2013 MLB Draft. It was a move powered more by respect for Andy than dreams of signing Josh Pettitte to a contract right now, as he has already committed to attended Baylor University in the fall. Both Andy and Josh reaffirmed that commitment after the news that he was drafted was announced.
Soo blessed to be drafted by the New York Yankees despite my decision before hand! #SicEmBears— Josh Pettitte (@JPettitte21) June 8, 2013
Andy Pettitte said plan remains for his son, Josh, drafted by the Yankees today, to still head to Baylor to pitch. Called it a "special day"— Erik Boland (@eboland11) June 8, 2013
The later rounds of the drafts are full of these type moves, as Kacy Clemens was drafted by the Houston Astros, Torii Hunter Jr. was drafted by the Detroit Tigers, and the Yankees also picked up the son of Paul Quantrill, Cal, in the 26th round.
It's a nice move on the Yankees part. Josh Pettitte pitched two no-hitters for Deer Park High School in Texas this season. Maybe he will find lots of success at Baylor and end up back with the Yankees in three or four years. In the meantime, we'll have to stick to enjoying the end of the great career of the elder Pettitte. Are you listening to this, Derek Jeter? We're waiting on a new shortstop.
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Yankees select 2B Gosuke Katoh|Yankees select LHP Ian Clarkin
Yankees select OF Michael O'Neill|Yankees select SS Tyler Wade
Yankees select RHP David Palladino|Yankees select SS John Murphy
Yankees select RHP Nick Rumbelow|Yankees select OF Branden Thomas
Yankees select LHP Conner Kendrick|Yankees select LHP Tyler Webb
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