The Yankees had themselves a busy day yesterday. The big league club had a doubleheader in Detroit to make up for games that were snowed out in April and then Brian Cashman was hard at work building the future. The first two rounds of the MLB Draft were last night and while the Yankees history with the draft isn’t the best, Cashman was working to build an already impressive farm system.
With the 23rd overall pick, the Yankees selected Anthony Seigler from Cartersville High School in Georgia in the first round. Seigler’s skillset is almost unmatched as he’s a switch-hitting catcher, but he can also pitch from both sides. He has the chance to be the next great amphibious pitcher. At the very least, we know Seigler comes with a solid fashion sense.
In the second round, the Yankees selected Josh Breaux from McLennan Community College in Texas with the 61st overall pick. Now it may seem weird that the Yankees selected two catchers with their top two picks when Gary Sanchez is established at the position for the foreseeable future, but because of how much the draft is a crapshoot and how long it takes for players to develop, this isn’t about him.
This is more likely about how the depth behind him in the organization is weak. The Yankees identified a position they felt they needed help in and took the time to replenish that area. There are still 38 rounds left in the draft, so we’ll see what kind of players the Yankees end up targeting. There’s a right-handed pitcher named Owen Sharts who I can’t decide if I want the Yankees to take or not...for obvious reasons.
Now it’s time for Day Two of the draft, with Rounds 3-10 taking place. Unlike yesterday, there’s no television broadcast for today, but you can watch the draft on MLB.com or follow along on Pinstripe Alley for our live updates. You can use this as your open thread for anything draft-related today. Today’s selections begin at 1:00pm EDT. Go Yankees, go Sharts, go draft.