Tomorrow is baseball’s amateur draft. The Red Sox don’t pick in the first round, and the Yanks don’t have a chance until #30, but elite players have a habit of sliding down due to “signability” issues—teams are pressured by the league and their own finances not to exceed MLB’s recommendations for each draft slot. Several clubs will not even consider Scott Boras clients. I’ve spoken with a few experts over the last couple of days, and one name I’ve heard repeatedly as a potential NY target is Florida 1B Matt LaPorta, considered by many to be the best pure power hitter in the draft. LaPorta was a 2006 Red Sox selection (14th round), but the team could not sign him. We all know the Yanks could use some help at first. Yes, he’s a Boras client. From his Baseball Analysts interview:
I really enjoy the Boras Corporation. They’re a great group of guys and they love baseball. That’s the main thing: they’re baseball guys.
One of LaPorta’s best friends is Ian Kennedy, the Yankees number 1 pick last year. He was a Cubs and Rangers fan as a kid.