With their first selection in the 2021 MLB Draft, the Yankees went with a college bat, selecting shortstop Trey Sweeney out of Eastern Illinois. Signing top picks can occasionally come with obstacles, but it looks like it will be smoothing sailing on the contractual front for Sweeney and the Bombers. The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler reported this morning that Sweeney expects to put pen to paper “within the next week.”
This qualifies as good news, as the Yankees look to lock in as much of their draft class as is possible. Sweeney is in Denver attending the MLB All-Star week festivities, and got a chance to speak with Gerrit Cole and Aaron Judge. Both Cole and Judge know what it’s like to get picked in the first round by the Yankees, so they profile as fitting players to introduce Sweeney to the organization.
Perhaps Sweeney won’t quite ascend to the heights Cole and Judge have, but hey, you never know. We’ll keep you updated as the Yankees bring their 2021 class onboard, and be sure to follow along with the rest of the draft, as day three continues to progress.