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MLB draft results 2015: Yankees draft San Diego shortstop Kyle Holder 30th overall

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After taking right-handed pitcher James Kaprielian from UCLA with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, the Yankees have made their second pick already and it's not even the second round yet. After losing David Robertson in free agency, New York was awarded a supplemental draft pick as compensation, which they have now used to take shortstop Kyle Holder out of the University of San Diego with the 30th overall pick.

Believed to be the best defensive shortstop in the draft, Baseball America ranked him sixth in the state of California and 38th overall in the nation, while MLB.com has him at No. 51 and Minor League Ball ranked him No. 87. According to Minor League Ball, Holder is a defense-first shortstop who is a lock to stay at the position with above-average defense. He is graded out with a strong throwing arm and a good overall athlete. MLB.com says he has "outstanding hands, range and footwork to go along with a strong arm and the athleticism." BA describes the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder as an average runner with an uphill left-handed swing, but has shown the ability to barrel up the ball. He has a high-contact approach, though won't hit for much power.

Everyone seems to be saying that his future lies completely in his glove, which BA compares to Walt Weiss, Gary DiSarcina, and Brendan Ryan. Hopefully he'll be able to figure some things out with the bat, but at the moment this is not the most exciting pick the Yankees could have taken. Right now he sounds a lot like 2013 second rounder Gosuke Katoh, who many saw as all-glove, no-bat, but hopefully Holder's college experience will make him better equipped to prove people wrong.

The Yankees will next choose in the second round with the 57th overall pick of the draft. It will be their last selection of the day and they will choose again on Tuesday for round 3-10.