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Yankees Draft Preview 2015: Supplemental 1st, 2nd Round picks

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The Yankees have the 30th and 57th overall picks in the 2015 MLB draft. Who should they be looking at when draft day rolls around?

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Last year, the Red Sox traded the reinvented Andrew Miller to the Orioles for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez at the deadline. Miller's inability to receive a qualifying offer pretty much stamped David Robertson's ticket out of New York, landing the 30th overall pick as compensation from the White Sox. They will also have the 57th overall pick in the second round. Here are some names the Yankees will want to look at for those picks (click the player's name for video):

Jacob Nix, RHP, IMG Academy
Baseball America Rank: 37

After a messy fiasco with the Astros and Brady Aiken-gate, Nix spent a year at the prestigious IMG Academy, keeping his draft eligibility for 2015. At 6'4", 225 lb, he boasts a fastball that touches 97 mph and a changeup that he had last year as the Astros fifth round pick. According to USA Today, he has added a knuckle curve to his repertoire, which should play well with his live arm. When looking at righties, the Yankees have to love a guy who has been working with a changeup for a while. If Nix is still on the board, he is a great option.

Justin Hooper, LHP, De La Salle HS (California)
Baseball America Rank: 39

The Yankees love lefty pitchers, and they love players from California. At 6'7", Hooper meets both requirements. Perfect Game clocked him at 97 mph and noticed that he has a nice breaking ball. Taller pitchers are usually a high-risk, high-reward play, as their height makes it hard to have consistent mechanics. The video shows his weird delivery leading to command that could generously be described as "inconsistent." But if the Yankees are interested in playing the lottery with their 30th pick, Justin Hooper is their man.

DJ Stewart, OF, Florida State University
Baseball America Rank: 30

The Yankees' 28th round pick in 2012, Stewart has posted an OPS over 1.000 for three consecutive seasons at FSU, mixing in good plate discipline with power. He is a deceptively good athlete, according to his MLB.com scouting report, but he won't be winning any Gold Gloves any time soon. Still, the Yankees have to love the pop in his bat, in addition to his advanced approach at the plate, which has allowed him to walk at a remarkable clip without racking up too many strikeouts.

For the second round pick, the Yankees will have to look at prospects ranked in the 50's and lower. Here are some potential matches:

Lucas Herbert, C, San Clemente HS (California)
Baseball America Rank: 52

Herbert is the battery mate of potential Yankees first round pick Kolby Allard. Having been a high-potential, but unimpressive hitter through his junior year, he has exploded as a senior. His high school coaches have been floored with his game calling and leadership skills, as he caught a pitching staff that had posted a cumulative 1.33 ERA as of early April, according to a story from The Orange County Register. The Yankees love to keep their system full of high-upside catchers, so they should jump on Herbert if he is available in the second round.

Wesley Rodriguez, RHP, George Washington HS (NY)
Baseball America Rank: 77

From the same high school as Manny Ramirez, the 5'11", 200 lb Rodriguez has been clocked as high as 98 mph with a curveball that has confounded high school hitters. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski is said to have watched him in person, according to the New York Daily News. Because of his height, keeping a starting role will be tough for Wesley Rodriguez, but his velocity and already dangerous curve make his floor as a reliever higher than some of the other names on the board. Plus, as a Washington Heights native, it's always fun to see the Yankees develop homegrown talent that they found in their own backyard.