The Yankees' draft strategy this year was high on probability on low on projection, and those 2 different means of talent evaluation were no better exemplified than by their top 2 selections in the draft, lefty reliever Jacob Lindgren and righty starter Austin DeCarr. Both players signed quickly and both made their professional debuts yesterday with the Rookie GCL Yankees. DeCarr threw 1 scoreless inning with 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 K while Lindgren tosses a scoreless frame of his own with 2 hits and 2 strikeouts.
Lindgren, the high probability pick, was promoted to Low-A Charleston after the game, so he's already on the fast track that could end up at the Major League level before the season is over. Assuming he performs well in his first few outings there, I expect him to be moved to Tampa before the halfway point of July. DeCarr, the projection pick, could stay in the GCL for a few more appearances and likely won't end this year in a full-season league. As young prep pitcher from a cold weather area, he needs the experience and also the slower path to building up his workload.
Good to see both of them get on the field and into games quickly. Now let's see what kind of promise they show in their first taste of pro ball.