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Yankees 2018 Draft Preview: An introduction

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Everything you need to know about the Yankees 2018 MLB Draft.

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It’s that time of year again! The 2018 MLB Draft is exactly two weeks away, and our coverage kicks off today. This year, the draft starts on Monday, June 4th and ends on Wednesday, June 6th. Rounds one and two will take place on the first day, along with the compensation and competitive balance picks. Rounds three through ten will take place on day two, and rounds 11-40 will be held on the final day. MLB Network and MLB.com will exclusively air the first round, as well as Competitive Balance Round A. The remainder of the draft will be available streaming live on MLB.com.

Here is this year’s draft order:

1. Detroit Tigers
2. San Francisco Giants
3. Philadelphia Phillies
4. Chicago White Sox
5. Cincinnati Reds
6. New York Mets
7. San Diego Padres
8. Atlanta Braves
9. Oakland Athletics
10. Pittsburgh Pirates
11. Baltimore Orioles
12. Toronto Blue Jays
13. Miami Marlins
14. Seattle Mariners
15. Texas Rangers
16. Tampa Bay Rays
17. Los Angeles Angels
18. Kansas City Royals
19. St. Louis Cardinals
20. Minnesota Twins
21. Milwaukee Brewers
22. Colorado Rockies
23. New York Yankees
24. Chicago Cubs
25. Arizona Diamondbacks
26. Boston Red Sox
27. Washington Nationals
28. Houston Astros
29. Cleveland Indians
30. Los Angeles Dodgers

The Yankees finished the 2017 season with a 91-71 record, so they will have the 23rd pick in the first round based on the reverse standings. They don’t get any compensation picks, so they will have the 61st overall pick in the second round, and the 97th overall pick in round three. The Yankees will have the 23rd pick in rounds four through 40.

It’s impossible to predict whether a prospect will make it at the big league level, but several notable players have been selected 23rd overall over the past twenty years, including Jeff Francoeur, Phil Hughes, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Christian Yelich. I’m sure the Yankees wouldn’t say no to a Yelich-esque player.

Here are a few resources that will come in handy before the draft starts:

Check back here daily to find everything you need to prepare for the draft, including an overview of the Yankees’ organizational depth, a closer look at the system’s strengths and weaknesses, and a preview of the projected first and second-round prospects. As always, we will provide live draft coverage on all three days.