The 2016 MLB Draft is over and now all that is left to do is wait to see which of the players the Yankees drafted will end up signing. The Yankees drafted 40 total players and the final tally comes to: 17 right-handed pitchers, six left-handed pitchers, ten outfielders, three catchers, two first basemen, one second baseman, and one third baseman. Evidently no love for shortstops this year. Last year, the Yankees drafted just seven high schoolers, but that number jumped up to 14 including first-round pick Blake Rutherford.
As we have done in past years, I've compiled a list of the Yankees' 2016 draft class. This includes a link to the research that Jason and Tanya did on each player (if you click their name), along with their Twitter handle if they have one. You can also find information about their signing statuses, as well as their eventual assignments in the organization. According to Bryan Hoch, the Yankees have $5,831,200 worth of bonus pool money to work with for the first 10 rounds. It typically takes a few days for players to start making their decisions, but we will be sure to update this post when that information becomes available.
|1 (18)||Blake Rutherford||Chaminade Prep HS||05/02/97||@BlakeRuth2||Signed||GCL|
|2 (62)||Nick Solak||Louisville||01/11/95||@nicky_sols||Signed||Staten Island|
|3 (98)||Nolan Martinez||Culver City HS||06/30/98||@nolanmrtnz||Signed||GCL|
|4 (128)||Nick Nelson||Gulf Coast CC||12/05/95||@Pimpedit16||Signed||Pulaski|
|5 (158)||Dom Thompson-Williams||South Carolina||04/21/95||@DTW42||Signed||Staten Island|
|6 (188)||Brooks Kriske||USC||02/03/94||@TheRealBKriske||Signed||Staten Island|
|7 (218)||Keith Skinner||U North Florida||04/14/94||@keith6skinner||Signed||Staten Island|
|8 (248)||Dalton Blaser||Cal State Fullerton||01/31/94||@2Blaser2||Signed||Staten Island|
|9 (278)||Tim Lynch||U Southern Mississippi||06/03/93||@TimLynch26||Signed||Pulaski|
|10 (308)||Trevor Lane||U Illinois Chicago||04/26/94||@tmlane25||Signed||Staten Island|
|11 (338)||Connor Jones||Georgia||11/17/94||Signed||GCL|
|12 (368)||Taylor Widener||South Carolina||10/24/94||Signed||Staten Island|
|13 (398)||Brian Trieglaff||Texas Christian U||06/13/94||@BTriegs14||Signed||Staten Island|
|14 (428)||Jordan Scott||IMG Academy||05/23/97||@joey_hscott13||Signed||GCL|
|15 (458)||Tony Hernandez||Monroe CC||08/08/96||@toonnyyhdz||Signed||GCL|
|16 (488)||Zach Linginfelter||Sevier County HS||04/10/97||@ZachLingo10||Won't sign||N/A|
|17 (518)||Mandy Alvarez||Eastern Kentucky||07/14/94||Signed||Staten Island|
|18 (548)||Greg Weissert||Fordham||02/04/95||@gweisspiece17||Signed||Pulaski|
|19 (578)||Evan Alexander||Hebron HS||02/26/98||@Evan_c_a||Signed||GCL|
|20 (608)||Miles Chambers||Cal State Fullerton||10/22/93||@_MilesChambers||Signed||Pulaski|
|21 (638)||Timmy Robinson||USC||06/17/94||@timmyrobinson4||Signed||Staten Island|
|22 (668)||Blair Henley||Arlington Heights HS||05/14/97||@blairhenley17||Won't sign|
|23 (698)||Braden Bristo||Louisiana Tech||11/01/94||@Bbristo5||Signed||Pulaski|
|24 (728)||Joe Burton||Harford CC||12/18/95||@longhorn_99||Signed||GCL|
|25 (758)||Edel Luaces||No school||05/14/94||Signed||GCL|
|26 (788)||Gage Burland||Gonzaga||06/27/95||@gager44||Won't sign|
|27 (818)||Phillip Diehl||Louisiana Tech||07/16/94||@RealDiehl11||Signed||Pulaski|
|28 (848)||Will Jones||Lander U||03/15/93||@thatjonesboy101||Signed||Pulaski|
|29 (878)||Bo Weiss||Regis Jesuit HS||07/24/97||@BWEI22||Won't sign||N/A|
|30 (908)||Ben Ruta||Wagner College||06/08/94||@benJAMINruta||Signed||Pulaski|
|31 (938)||Miles Sandum||Granite Hills HS||07/02/97||Won't sign|
|32 (968)||Juan Cabrera||North Canyon HS||04/19/97||Won't sign|
|33 (998)||Bryson Bowman||Western Carolina U||05/02/94||@BrysonBowman12||Won't sign||N/A|
|34 (1028)||D.C. Clawson||Dana Hills HS||05/20/97||@ClawsonDa||Won't sign||N/A|
|35 (1058)||Zack Hess||Liberty Christian Academy||02/25/97||@Zack_Hess44||Won't sign||N/A|
|36 (1088)||Tyler Honahan||SUNY Stony Brook||01/05/94||@TFHonahan||Signed||Pulaski|
|37 (1118)||Corey Dempster||USC||03/17/95||@Cdempster11||Won't sign|
|38 (1148)||Sam Ferri||Notre Dame College Prep||01/04/98||@Sam__Ferri||Won't sign||N/A|
|39 (1178)||Brian Keller||U Wisconsin Milwaukee||06/21/94||@bkell721||Signed||GCL|
|40 (1208)||Nate Brown||Arrowhead Union HS||01/15/98||@nate_brown15||Won't sign||N/A|
6/11: It sounds as though Zach Linginfelter has every intention of attending the the University of Tennessee and waiting to see if his stock will rise in the future. Zack Hess also tweeted that he would be attending LSU, and Eric Longenhagen said that Bo Weiss would most likely attend UNC. It appears that Tim Lynch has agreed to terms with the Yankees.
6/12: Phillip Diehl has decided to sign with the Yankees. He agreed to $50,000, plus $20,000 for one year of school. Fourth-round pick Nick Nelson has also signed. Dalton Blaser, Jordan Scott, Will Jones and Ben Ruta have all updated their Twitter accounts to indicate that they are part of the Yankees organization. Nate Brown looks like he will stick with his plan to attend the University of Florida.
6/13: A couple more update from Chad Jennings' roundup: Brooks Kriske expects to work out a deal this weekend and Braden Bristo agreed to a $55,000 signing bonus. He expects to work as a reliever. Jonathan Mayo then updated a bunch of signing situations. Nick Nelson gets $350,000, Brooks Kriske gets $100,000, and senior signings Keith Skinner, Dalton Blaser, and Trevor all get $10,000 apiece. These moves saved the Yankees $755,000 in slot money, most of which will likely go toward signing Blake Rutherford and Nolan Martinez.
6/14: According to their personal accounts, Tyler Honahan, Tony Hernandez, and Joe Burton all signed. Jim Callis later reported that fifth rounder Dom Thompson-Williams signed for $250,000. So far, the Yankees have saved $1,000,600 in slot money from the fourth through tenth round draft picks. That figure plus the regular slot values for rounds one through three is $5,091,200, which should be enough to lock up Rutherford, Solak, and Martinez (and some others beyond the tenth round).
6/15: Josh Norris tweeted that Tony Hernandez received a $100,000 bonus, the maximum a team can give beyond the 10th round without it affecting its overall slot pool.
6/16: Joshua Weige of the Naperville Sun is reporting that second rounder Nick Solak will fly to New York and sign with the Yankees on Monday. Four more signings to report, too: Mandy Alvarez, Brian Keller, Gregg Weissert, and Edel Luaces, courtesy of Lex18.com, Germantown Now, and Pinstriped Prospects for the last two. Solak and Alvarez both say that they will likely report to short-season ball in Staten Island.
6/17: The 2016 Staten Island Yankees roster has been released since they begin play tonight, and the 2016 draft picks included there at the moment are Timmy Robinson, Dalton Blaser, Keith Skinner, Brooks Kriske, and Mandy Alvarez. Robinson's signing had not yet been reported, but it is now on the tracker.
6/18: According to the Baseball America signing tracker, Taylor Widener and Miles Chambers have agreed to deals. It also appears that Evan Alexander has signed, as someone tweeted that he was headed to Tampa. (Alexander later confirmed it.)
6/20: Several players have been assigned to the Pulaski Yankees, who begin play later this week. They have been noted in the table above. It also appears that Connor Jones will sign, according to Pinstriped Prospects.
6/21: Jon Heyman reported that second rounder Nick Solak has officially signed for $950,000. The second round slot was worth $1,040,800, so they saved about $90,000 there.
6/22: Neither D.C. Clawson or Sam Ferri say they will sign; they will honor their college commitments. That's not terribly surprising for such late picks.
6/23: Third rounder Nolan Martinez has signed, according to the Yankees' official transactions page. Jonathan Mayo tweeted that it was a $1.15 million bonus, which was $541,800 over slot. They still have a little over $3 million in slot money to sign Blake Rutherford though. He will get the lion's share of that. Martinez, Scott, Hernandez, Alexander, Burton, Luaces, and Keller have all been assigned to the Gulf Coast League.
6/29: Today is the day! Top pick Blake Rutherford officially signed for $3,282,000, which is pretty much the maximum they could have given him with the pool money remaining. He is totally worth it. It sounds like the 19-year-old will first report to the GCL, but don't expect him to stay there for too long. He is super talented.
7/5: Brian Trieglaff announced on Twitter that he would sign with the Yankees. Linginfelter and Weiss have been tweaked to the "won't sign" category since with essentially, no bonus money remaining after Rutherford, they are definitely not going to sign unless something crazy happens.
7/15: The signing deadline passed and the Yankees ended up inking 28 of the 40 draft picks to contracts.