The Yankees raised a few eyebrows with their draft picks this year. Most notably, the team selected a pair of seniors from the Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey. The Bombers took shortstop Anthony Volpe with their first-round pick, 30th overall. Then, in the 20th round. they drafted right-handed pitcher Jack Leiter.
Considered one of the best prep arms in the draft, Leiter wasn’t expected to sign out of the draft. He has a near-ironclad commitment to Vanderbilt. If all goes well, he could re-enter the draft in three years and go in the top five. The Yankees just wanted to establish a relationship, as Damon Oppenheimer explained to Lindsey Adler.
After defeating St. Augustine in the Non-Public A championship game today, Delbarton School tweeted this:
@YankeesWFAN here’s your new state champs! Leiter was “leit-s out” and Volpe hit 2R HR to give us early lead. The @Yankees have 2 studs coming their way! pic.twitter.com/5KFk9GdK97— Delbarton Sports (@DelbartonSports) June 7, 2019
It probably means nothing. The school likely just saw it as good tweet material. But it almost makes you think a little. Just a little, and just almost.