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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/7/20

Challenges facing the MLB Draft; The upside in drafting Volpe; Remembering the dynamic duo of Mattingly and...Maas?

2019 Major League Baseball Draft Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB via Getty Images

Newsday | Erik Boland: The MLB Draft requires an extraordinary amount of logistics, and that’s on a good year. Teams have scouts on the road, conduct in-home visits with potential candidates, and construct a plan for draft day. The 2020 Draft, however, does not fall on a good year, so the logistical hurdles only have been amplified. The Yankees, for example, have had to review video instead of live games, and use Zoom calls to connect with prospects. The hard work culminates on Wednesday and Thursday.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: On the subject of the MLB Draft, the Yankees made one of their signature over-drafts in the first round last year. The team selected Anthony Volpe, a prep shortstop from New Jersey, with the 30th overall selection. While Volpe doesn’t have any standout tools, the Yankees loved his “baseball IQ”. Kiley McDaniel of ESPN even thinks Volpe could become a top-100 prospect in a year or two.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Sherman’s retracing of the construction of the Yankees’ dynasty years circles back to Don Mattingly. In 1990, Donnie Baseball was a shell of his former self, hampered by injuries. While he had his worse season at the plate since breaking into the majors. Mattingly did make an impression on that club, though, by mentoring Kevin Maas. The rookie hit 21 home runs in 79 games, providing fireworks for an otherwise unmemorable team.