With the 28th pick of round 1, the Yanks took California high schooler Gerrit Cole. The last California high schooler selected by the Yanks in the first round was Phil Hughes. Keith Law is happy:
This is a great pick; he fell to the Yankees for financial reasons. Cole has the best arm among the prep pitchers in the draft. He has a loose, quick arm. He has the best fastball of the high school pitchers; it tops out 97 mph. He needs more consistency on the breaking ball. And he needs to just throw his changeup instead of guiding it. He’s a high-ceiling arm that could be a No. 1 starter. If that doesn’t work, he could be a dominant reliever.
With the 30th pick of round 1, the Sox took Casey Kelly, son of former Yankee Pat Kelly (one of this fan’s least favorite Bombers of all time, and that’s saying something). The Law:
Kelly was announced as a shortstop, but he is a first-rounder as either a position player or a pitcher. On the mound, he throws 89-91 mph; he has command of his fastball and is very aggressive with it. He also has a plus curveball. At shortstop, he has good instincts and is natural and athletic. It’s a big upside pick for the Red Sox, and he was the best player on the board at that point.
Sox fans better hope he has better he has better plate discipline than dad.