The first day of the draft is over and it looks as if the Yanks did well for themselves. Here’s the thing: I know nothing about the players the Yanks drafted except for what was said about them on sites such as Baseball Analysts, Baseball Prospectus, and In George We Trust. Nevertheless, the general consensus seems to be that the Yanks played it safe with their first pick, and came away with a few steals later in the day.
A more detailed recap follows after the jump.
The Yanks went with Ian Kennedy with their first pick who is said to possess great command of four pitchers and apparently has a good make-up. He doesn’t wow the scouts, however, and he had a sub-par last season at USC. He’s a client of Boras but the rumor is that the Yanks have aready signed him. From what I’ve read, this is viewed by the experts as the weakest selection of New York’s draft.
The Yanks’ next pick of Joba "The Hutt (stolen from poster "Carla" at WasWatching)" Chamberlain is generally viewed more positively. He was projected by some as a first-rounder but a tricep injury scared teams away. In pictures he looks kind of like Sidney Ponson, and if there’s one player I love it’s Sidney Ponson.
The big steals of the draft for the Yanks might have happened in the 8th and 9th rounds. The Yanks, banking on their wealth, went for pitchers with first round talent who have signability or injury issues. In the 8th round, the Bombers picked home-town high school star Dellin Betances. He’s 6-8 and has a very live fast ball. Scouts liken him to Daniel Cabrera. New York followed that excellent pick with the selection of Mark Melancon who is generally regarded as the best reliever in the draft. His stock fell because of an injury and the potential that he’d be difficult to sign this year.
My view? My expertise in terms of the future of picks is limited to my feeling about a player’s name. Following my gut, I like the sound of "Joba Chamberlain" and "Dellin Betances". I have serious doubts about "Ian Kennedy." Has there ever been a star baseball player named Kennedy? Has there ever a Kennedy of note outside of New England?
Anyway, it appears the Yanks have done a good job for the second year in a row with the draft.