The Yankees used their first pick in the 2018 MLB Draft to take Anthony Seigler at 23rd overall. He is a five-foot-eleven, 200-pound catcher from Cartersville High School in Georgia. Seigler is ambidextrous and has the distinction of being both a switch-hitter and switch-pitcher.
He was ranked no. 46 on MLB.com’s top 200 list and no. 42 on Baseball America’s top 500 list. Seigler is considered one of the best all-around catchers in the this year’s draft class, having great skills behind the plate. He is athletic, a quality receiver, and is already a promising pitch framer.
Seigler relies on hard contact from both sides of the plate with an approach to hitting the ball to all fields. The only question is how much power he will ultimately develop, but his bat speed should provide him with double-digit home run production.
If personality is something you like to see from your players, Seigler certainly showed it off wit his outfit to tonight’s draft. Out of the handful of players who attended the event, he was easily the best dressed.
Yankees first-rounder C Anthony Seigler - and his amazing Draft-night shoes. pic.twitter.com/OhCL8RLXla— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) June 5, 2018
This is an interesting pick for the Yankees to make, considering they have Gary Sanchez just starting out as the team’s starting catcher. While he has his drawbacks, Sanchez is still learning the position and certainly making traction. However, the Yankees clearly saw Seigler as the best player available at the time, and having two top prospects is something you only worry about until you absolutely have to.