The Yankees have signed first round pick Anthony Siegler for a reported $2.8 million. As the 23rd selection in the 2018 MLB Draft, this numbers fits right into the established slot value for the pick. Siegler had previously mentioned his desire to sign with the club, so it’s not as if he as trying to play his cards close to the vest. Without having to overpay him, the Yankees now have the opportunity to secure several other picks at, or possible even above their respective slot value.
Considered the 46th-best player in the 2018 MLB Draft, Seigler was among the best catchers in the class. He is athletic enough to stick at the position, and already shows a knack for receiving and pitch framing. As a switch-hitter (and switch-pitcher!), he offers an all-fields approach with enough bat speed to push his home run totals into double digits.
Catcher Anthony Seigler, Yankees first round pick, signed Saturday morning for $2.8 million which is slot value— George A. King III (@GeorgeAKingIII) June 9, 2018
Despite the fact that the major league team has Gary Sanchez behind the plate, it is clear the organization is already looking to the future, just in case. This is the highest the Yankees have taken a catcher in the first round since they chose Thurman Munson all the way back in 1968 at fourth overall. If all goes well in the development of Seigler, it is possible he could be the catcher of the future in a couple of years.
Given how quickly it took them to sign Seigler, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him assigned to a minor league team before too long. He will likely spend time in either Pulaski with the advanced rookie team or in short season Staten Island. The Yankees might even be comfortable sticking him in Low-A Charleston sometime within the next year.