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2018 MLB Mock Drafts: Keith Law predicts Yankees pick high school bat

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Apparently the Yankees are going to draft a football player

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The 2018 MLB Draft is nearly upon us, so it’s time to start paying attention to some of the mock drafts getting thrown around this year. The latest from ESPN has Keith Law expecting the Yankees to pick high school outfielder Jordyn Adams with the 23rd pick of the draft. That might be an interesting pick, if Adams wasn’t already set to attend North Carolina.

Adams is a two-sport athlete, primarily focusing on football as a wide receiver. Most outlets rate him as a four or five-star recruit with a solid future on the gridiron over the next few seasons. His dad is also the team’s defensive line coach, so you better believe football is the direction he’s going in. If Adams chooses to attend UNC, he is also expected to continue playing baseball for the Tar Heels as an outfielder.

The 18-year-old is six-foot-two and 175 pounds from the right side of the plate. Ranked as the no. 45 prospect in the upcoming draft, Adams has not been much of an offensive player yet. Considering he spends his time split between two sports, it shouldn’t be surprising he is behind in some areas of his game. MLB.com believes he has raw power and maybe even 80-grad speed, but he’s going to be a bit of a project for any team who takes him.

Law states that the Yankees “have been the most strongly connected to him lately,” whatever that means. It feels like the kind of high-risk move Brian Cashman and company might be willing to take, especially at 23rd overall. The Yankees decided to take a reliever with their first pick of the 2014 draft, after all. They also just took an injured pitcher in the first round last season. Over the years, the Yankees have certainly been willing to try an unorthodox approach from time to time, so maybe this is not as outlandish as we might think.

That being said, there just seems to be too many caveats surrounding Adams for him to make much sense for the Yankees. This kid is one of the best football players in the country, so it’s clear that he has his career planned out already. Baseball is just there as a backup. Maybe if he falls in the draft and the Yankees have a chance to scoop him up just in case, but as a first-round pick, evaluators might be expecting too much. It doesn’t seem wise to take anyone who might be harder to develop than normal. The Yankees seem to make this decision a lot, and it’s never really worked out for them.

Maybe they think Adams can eventually become a center fielder and a lead-off hitter, but the draft is already such a crapshoot. The Yankees have sent many of their recent top picks packing, including James Kaprielian, Blake Rutherford, and Nick Solak. It’s time for the Yankees to get someone who is more likely to stick.