After a long couple of days, the 2018 MLB Draft is finally over. They sped through rounds 11-40 today at a lightning-fast pace. Here’s a recap of the Yankees’ day three selections. How do you think they did?
With their first pick of the day, the Yankees took Tanner Myatt out of Florence-Darlington Tech. The big (6’7”) right-handed pitcher set the tone for the day, as New York would go on to select 15 more righty pitchers. Of those, just two were prep arms. They also took a few more huge pitchers, including Derek Craft (6’8”) and Charlie Ruegger (6’6”). Daniel Metzdorf and Brady Allen join Josh Maciejewski (10th round) as the only left-handed pitchers that the team took during the entire draft.
The Yankees have a premier farm system, but there’s still room for improvement. It was clear that they needed help in the catching department, so they went all-in on backstops. Aside from the two catchers that they selected on night one, they took four more today. High schooler Alex Guerrero was selected in the 18th round out of Eagle High School in Idaho. The bat-first catcher is considered to be a solid defender, though he might end up moving to the outfield down the line. Jack Thoreson, Patrick Winkel, and Austin Wells round out the day three catchers.
Six infielders were selected today, with the Yankees using their 14th pick on second baseman Kyle Gray. Hailing from West Virginia University, Gray is a power hitter with good plate discipline. In the 28th round, the Yankees took third baseman Max Burt. Known as Northeastern’s ironman, he collected over 200 hits and started over 200 games during his college career. The Yankees also drafted Mitchell Robinson (3B), Mickey Gasper (1B), Sincere Smith (SS), and Matt McGarry (2B).
The Yankees’ system is stacked with outfielders, and as such, they did not get much love today. With the 367th overall pick, they took Matt Pita out of Virginia Military Institute. The right fielder hit .389/.459/.721 with 20 stolen bases in 2018. Alex Junior was the only other outfielder the Yankees picked today, though he was one of two players selected out of Tennessee Tech University.
It’s your turn to grade the Yankees’ day three selections. Did they grab too many pitchers, or do you think they did a decent job filling some of the holes in the farm system? Vote in the poll below and share your opinion in the comments section. Don’t forget to weigh in on their day two selections too!
What grade do you give the Yankees for day three?
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