The Yankees selected right-handed catcher Keith Skinner with their seventh round pick out of the University of North Florida. He has bounced around a bit in his college career, playing at Fairfield in 2013 before transferring to Seminole State for the 2014 season and eventually to North Florida for the final two years.
Skinner isn't ranked in the top 500 by Baseball America. He batted .382/.466/.486 with 16 doubles and 40 RBI this season. The 22-year-old is 6'1" and 185 pounds, and was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week back on April 20th. Skinner set a North Florida record for most RBI in a game with nine in a game against Jacksonville on April 19.
Named 2014 Male Athlete of the Year at Seminole State and made the first team All-Region team as a sophomore, leading his team in batting average and on-base percentage. The Baseball Draft Report ranks him as the seventh best hitter in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
As a college senior, Skinner should be relatively inexpensive to sign. It seems like the Yankees have drafted a few players who might come with bargain pricing in order to save for the likes of Blake Rutherford or Nolan Martinez.
Judging by the numbers, Skinner has the ability to be a pretty good hitting catcher. His power numbers, particularly in the home run department, haven't been overwhelming to this point, but his triple slash numbers have managed to be very solid. It's unlikely that Skinner will end up being the type of player that turns into the Yankees' catcher of the future, but drafting outside the first round or so is basically just trying to find a winning lottery ticket anyway.