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Yankees Draft Preview 2015: Projected Third-Round Prospects

A look at who the Yankees might select in the third round.

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Last year, the Yankees didn't even get to participate in the MLB Draft until the second round, but this year they not only have a first round pick, but a compensation pick as well. We've already visited the possibilities from the first and second round, and attempting to determine who might be left on the board by the time the Yankees use their fourth pick in the third round is a bit dicey. Here's a look at the pitchers and position players who could be left by the time the Yankees make their 92nd overall pick:


Andrew Suarez: LHP, 6'2", 200; Miami
Rank: Minor League Ball: 85; Baseball America: 73; 75
Scouting Report: Previously drafted 57th overall by the Nationals, Suarez's fastball sits in the low 90s. His arsenal contains an average slider, changeup and curveball. Scouts say he has good command, and while he isn't expected to be the ace of any staff, he could be a decent back of the rotation starter, or successful out of the bullpen. There are some concerns about his health, though, namely that he had to have labrum surgery his freshman year of college.

Jonas Wyatt: RHP, 6'2", 195; Committed to San Diego State
Rank: Minor League Ball: 83; Baseball America: 145; 187
Scouting Report: There's quite a bit of discrepancy in the rankings for Wyatt, probably because his velocity increased over the spring. Scouts are intrigued by his arm strength and raw athleticism, but some say that he's more of a thrower than a pitcher due to delivery and command issues. His fastball averages in the mid to low 90s, topping out at 96 mph. Wyatt also throws a changeup and curveball that show room for improvement.

Joe DeMers: RHP, 6'2", 215; Committed to Washington
Rank: Minor League Ball: 96; Baseball America: 91; 90
Scouting Report: Similarly to Wyatt, DeMers is known for throwing a fastball that sits in the low to mid 90s. His pitching repertoire also includes a changeup that flashes above average, and a curveball with sharp break.

Cole Sands: RHP, 6'3", 200; Committed to Florida State
Rank: Minor League Ball: 97; Baseball America: 79; 55
Scouting Report: The younger brother of Carson Sands, who was drafted by the Cubs last year, the brothers are both pitchers, but scouts say the comparison ends there. Sands, who won't turn 18 until July, throws a fastball that sits in the low 90s, and is said to have a decent changeup. He also throws a slider, but his secondary stuff needs more work.

Position Players

Skye Bolt: OF, SH, 6'2", 175, North Carolina
Rank: Minor League Ball: 76; Baseball America: 106; 67
Scouting Report: Although Bolt is a switch-hitter, scouts acknowledge that he has a better swing and hits for more power from the left side of the plate. He has the speed and athleticism to stick in center field, and he would likely be a first-round pick if he could figure out how to tap into his power more consistently at the plate.

Taylor Ward: C, RHB, 6'2", 185, Fresno State
Rank: Minor League Ball: 89; Baseball America: 70; 99
Scouting Report: Ward is said to be an above-average defender behind the plate, primarily due to his arm speed and strength and catch-and-throw abilities. He has shown occasional flashes of power with the bat, but his offense is considered to be behind his defense. Still, scouts think he could excel as a back-up catcher in the majors.

Jonathan India: 2B/SS, RHB, 6'0", 190, Committed to Florida
Rank: Minor League Ball: 91; Baseball America: 82; 92
Scouting Report: India can play second base, third base and shortstop, and is said to have an accurate arm coupled with good lateral movement, but scouts consider him more of a lock at second base. He's known for hitting to all parts of the field and being a consistent hitter who occasionally hits for power.

Rhett Wiseman: OF, LHB, 6'1", 195, Vanderbilt
Rank: Minor League Ball: 92; Baseball America: 88; 120
Scouting Report: Most recently playing right field, Wiseman lacks the bat to stay there, but could be a starter in left field. He projects to be average all around, both in terms of hitting for power, and it terms of fielding the ball. Scouts caution that Wiseman has a tendency to swing and miss.

A lot of outfielders and right-handed pitchers are ranked in the third-round range, so it will certainly be interesting to see which position the Yankees look to fill.