The MLB amateur draft starts tonight, which is always big news if you're a baseball fanatic. Admittedly, I am not as big a draft freak as others, even though I love me some Yankee prospects. I just don't have the time or the resources to follow up on all the potential talent out there at the HS and college level, so I leave that to the professionals who do and get my love on once guys officially become Yankees.
Last year's crop of talent was a lot of high-upside, low-risk variety from what I understand, and the Yanks are already getting solid returns from the likes of Rob Segedin (3rd Rd.), Tommy Kahnle (5th), Kyle Roller (8th), and Dan Burawa (12th) in A-ball and when short-season SI starts up, we'll get another look at the Cito Culvers and Mason Williams' of the world. And with the Yankees not picking until the 51st pick this year (thanks a lot, Randy), expect them to be aggressive on someone who drops down the board from their slot.
And that right there is the extent of my 2011 MLB Draft preview. Like I said, I'm not exactly Mel Kiper when it comes to this and I don't try to be. If you're looking for excellent draft coverage, check out the stuff from the boys at The Yankee Analysts and anything that Mike Axisa writes about at River Ave. Blues. Once the draft is over and I get a chance to follow up on these guys' thoughts, I'll weigh in with my take. Maybe. Until then, follow them and trust what they say.
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