After weeks of waiting, the Yankees have finally managed to strike a deal with 2015 first-round pick James Kaprielian. The college right-hander went 16th overall, but was expected to sign at around slot value and that's exactly what happened:
The Scott Boras client tried to wait out the Yankees for even more money, but during that time the team spent their money elsewhere. Expected to return to college, 11th round pick Josh Rogers agreed to go pro when the Yankees offered an above-slot $500,000. That signing left Kaprielian with very little in the ways of available bonus money, but the two sides came to an agreement before the July 17 deadline.
Having Kaprielian in the system immediately improves the organization's pitching depth. He is expected to move fast through a system that is lacking in impact pitching and will join Luis Severino, Brady Lail, Ian Clarkin, Austin DeCarr, and Domingo German among the pitchers in the team's top 30 prospects list. Let's just hope he can stay healthy long enough to make it through the system. If they can get him into some games this year, expect him to get his feet wet in the GCL or Staten Island before moving on to Low-A Charleston.
That will likely be the last signing the Yankees will make this year as the deadline is just days away. According to our draft tracker, they were able to sign all their draft picks except for five in first baseman Michael Hicks, left-handed pitcher Andrew Miller, third baseman Matt Schmidt, second baseman Matt Garzillo, and catcher Will Albertson, which is pretty good as compared to years past where many more would go unsigned.