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MLB draft results 2015: Yankees draft picks rounds 31-40

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31st Round - Hobie Harris, RHP: The Yankees took six-foot-three, 200-pound reliever Robert "Hobie" Harris out of the University of Pittsburgh. The right-hander transferred from Paris Junior College in Texas before the 2014 season and pitched to a 4.96 ERA with a 8.74 K/9 and 3.38 BB/9 in 45.1 innings. He played some outfield as a freshman before concentrating solely on pitching.

32nd Round - Alex Robinett, RHP: The Yankees took a different route from their normal strategy to draft from warmer states when they took Robinett out of West Point in New York. It turns out they did it to get an intriguing talent as the 6-foot, 215-pounder ranks 21st in the state of New York and pitched to a 2.01 ERA, 10.26 K/9, and 1.79 BB/9 in 80.2 innings with eight complete games (14 in his career) and three shutouts including a no-hitter. He set a Patriot League record with 92 strikeouts in 2015, places in the top 10 in the league in strikeouts and ERA. He is also the first Division I player to strike out 21 in a game since Stephen Strasburg. My goodness.

33rd Round - Christian Morris, RHP: Ranked as the 15th-best prospect in the Big Ten heading into the season, Morris had a disappointing 2015. After a strong 2014 season for Indiana University where he accumulated a 2.04 ERA, with a 5.06 K/9 and 2.26 BB/9 in 83.2 innings, the six-foot-four, 195-pound right-hander pitched to a disappointing 5.55 ERA, though he improved his K/9 to 6.75 with a strong 2.70 BB/9 in 60 innings.

34th Round - Andrew Miller, LHP: In a bizarre turn of events, the Yankees drafted another Andrew Miller, who is also a left-handed pitcher. Coming out of Sterling High School in Somerdale, New Jersey, Miller is a local kid with a fastball in the 84-89 mph range who has drastically improved his control in the last year. He doesn't have the height of the major league Miller at six-foot-three and 195-pounds, but he'll surely be able to add more velocity as he fills out. The University of Maryland commit was selected to the Northeast All-Region 1st team and a 2014 underclass 2nd team. He was also added to the Carpenter Cup Tournament team, an All-Star team for South and Central Jersey, Eastern PA, and Delaware.

35th Round - Alex Bisacca, RHP: Ranked 93rd overall in the state of Texas, the six-foot-two, 200-pound reliever pitched to a 2.35 ERA with a 7.43 K/9 and 1.57 BB/9 in 69 innings for Sam Houston State University. He started his career at Paris Junior College before transferring to Sam Houston for the 2014 season.

36th Round - Dustin Cook, RHP: Here's an odd one; Cook has been drafted three times–by the Mets in the 30th round in 2012, by the Indians in the 34th round in 2013, and by the Reds in the 28th round in 2014. Things didn't exactly work out for him as he's now been taken lower than all the other times. The six-foot-five, 225-pounder transferred from San Jacinto College before the 2014 season and was penciled in as the Oklahoma City University ace when he pitched to a 2.30 ERA with a 77/31 K/BB rate in 74.1 innings. He has been described as throwing in the low-90's with room to add more velocity and he was selected to the All-Sooner Athletic Conference team in 2015.

37th Round - Matthew Schmidt, 3B: The Yankees went with a six-foot-one, 195-pound Colorado high school third baseman who is committed to the University of Texas. He is the son of Colorado Rockies vice president Bill Schmidt, so you have to imagine he'll make sure his son goes to college in order to position him better in a few years. He hit .257/.385/.527 with 17 RBI and four home runs for Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado. He was selected to the Perfect Game West All-Region 1st team and received underclass honorable mention in 2014.

38th Round - Mike Garzillo, 2B: It's incredibly rare when a top-200 prospect sticks around this long in the draft, but the Yankees were able to nab Garzillo in the 38th round, despite Baseball America declaring him the 201st-best player in the draft and the fourth-best out of the state of Pennsylvania. He was a late-bloomer who didn't get much attention until this year when he was finally able to tap into his power potential. As a shortstop, he broke Lehigh University's single-season home run record in 2015 when he managed to hit 13 dingers after hit zero in his freshman and sophomore seasons. The five-foot-eleven, 185-pounder has always shown an ability to put the ball in play and has now added the ability to pull the ball for power. Despite hitting .359/.422/.651 in 2015, the right-hander hitter has yet to face high-quality competition playing in the Patriot League. Still, he seems to have a high ceiling with solid tools that the Yankees could do well to give a shot to. He's also a Yankees fan, so that's pretty cool too.

39th Round - Deacon Liput, SS: The Yankees took the All-Area Baseball Player of the Year from Oviedo High School in Florida. Baseball America ranks him 331st overall and 52nd in the state, but his commitment to the University of Florida makes his signing incredibly unlikely. He has a compact left-handed swing and can hit the ball to all fields with some power potential, but is more of a contact hitter. At five-foot-ten, 185 pounds, he is a steady defender with above-average speed, but a weak arm will likely push him to second base at the next level. He is also commended for his good instincts and approach to the game. He received Perfect Game All-American honorable mention and Florida All-Region 2nd team honors in 2015.

40th Round - Will Albertson, C: With their last pick of the draft, the Yankees took the right-handed hitting catcher from Catawba College in North Carolina. After transferring from Campbell University for the 2015 season, the five-foot-eleven, 190-pounder hit a remarkable .467/.531/.865 and set school records with 107 hits, 26 home runs, and 90 RBI. For his herculean effort, he was awarded the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II Player of the Year award.