We’ve now completed two full days of the 2019 MLB Draft, and the draft’s most consequential picks have been made. That’s not to say that nobody selected tomorrow, from round 11 through round 40, will pan out, but it’s likely that the best players the Yankees will find in this draft came from the draft’s first two sessions.
Today started off with a brief run on Jakes, as the Yankees selected outfielder Jake Sanford out of Western Kentucky in the third and left-handed pitcher Jake Agnos out of East Carolina in the fourth. In the fifth, they kept rolling along with the college southpaws, popping lefty Ken Waldichuk out of St. Mary’s.
The Yankees finally grabbed a right-hander to add to their legion of hard-throwing righties in the sixth round, when they drafted Hayden Wesneski from Sam Houston State. Wesneski was drafted by the Rays in the 33rd round in 2016 but elected to go to school. They doubled down with another college right-hander in the seventh round, Nick Paciorek out of Northwestern. Paciorek is a converted pitcher, having previously spent time as a catcher.
The eighth round saw yet another college righty, with New York selecting Zach Greene out of the University of Southern Alabama. In the ninth, they reverted back to the infield to grab first baseman Spencer Henson out of Oral Roberts University. Henson was a two-way player for a time, but has focused on hitting the past couple seasons to great effect.
Finally, the Yankees used their last pick of the day on Mitch Spence, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of South Carolina Aiken. For those counting at home, that’s four right-handed pitchers on the day, to go along with two left-handed hitters, one outfielder and one infielder. The Yankees also notably focused on college talent today, as they did not spend a single selection on a high school player. In fact, the only pick they’ve used so far on a high school athlete was their first one, which was used on prep shortstop Anthony Volpe.
Now that you’ve got all that, let us know what you think! What are your thoughts on the Yankees’ day-two picks? What grade would you give the haul?
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