If at First You Don’t Succeed: Draft Day for the Yanks

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.

9 comments… add one
  • I’ll be shocked though, if the 1B is there for him past Giambi’s contract.. I got my fingers crossed for Teixieria!

    Lar June 6, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • it would be nice to see the Yanks stock their farm with some position players. Cashman says that they’ll go for the best available when they pick, whether that means the guy’s a pitcher or positional player. Is LaPorta projected as a first-rounder this year?

    Nick-YF June 7, 2007, 11:21 am
  • Yes Nick. He would be a HIGH 1st rounder except for his Boras ties.
    From a personal P.O.V. a kid we played this year is the #2 pitcher in the draft, Porcello, I hope he drops to the Yankees. It would be a miracle, but this kid is legit. Big frame, power arm, could pitch very soon.
    I also read about this reliever who they could take, his name is slipping my mind right now, but they project him as being ready by September.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 12:07 pm
  • it would be nice to have a draft thread up, as it’s starting right now. regular yf/sf-er tj is blogging it on his page.
    got my eye on james simmons, a right handed starter from uc riverside. i got to see this kid twice this year, and he’s well beyond his years. he was 11-3, 2.40 with a 116-15 strikeout-walk ratio. he may slide down to the supplemental picks, but should be around by the time the sox pick.

    sf rod June 7, 2007, 2:27 pm
  • I was thinking the same thing SF Rod. One thing for sure it’s MUCH faster then the NFL draft so far!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 2:29 pm
  • espn360.com is streaming a live feed straight from espn. it’s quality too. selig should take some notes.

    sf rod June 7, 2007, 2:38 pm
  • The MLB draft is so odd. Signability is the #1 area of focus after talent, what a shame.

    John - YF (Trisk) June 7, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • O’s pick Wieters. Don’t expect Porcello to drop now.

    Andrew June 7, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • just put up a draft thread for those who want to comment.

    Nick-YF June 7, 2007, 2:42 pm

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