Sunday, June 9, 2013

Day 3 MLB Draft Notes

The Yankees got their high impact talent with their 3 1st rounders on day 1.  They got their fill of cheap college seniors and possibly unsignable HS players to control the draft pool on day 2.  Day 3 was the final day to try to find a few more diamonds in the rough, something the Yankees have had great success with in recent drafts (see: Austin, Tyler or Turley, Nik).  How'd they do in rounds 11-40?  Here's a few names that stood out.

- Round 12: Philip Walby, RHP, San Diego St.

Walby is a big right-handed with a lively fastball that sits low 90s and can hit the mid-90s when he dials it up.  It's been reported to have both late life and late movement, but his offspeed stuff needs work.  He profiles as another power reliever type.

- Round 13: Cale Coshow, RHP, Oklahoma Christian

If Walby is big at 6'3"/215, then Coshow is a monster at 6'5"/260.  He started at Oklahoma Christian after spending 2 unproductive years at Oklahoma and features plus stuff (mid-90s fastball, curveball, changeup).  The stuff is enough for him to start in pro ball, but he's going to need to work on his conditioning or also get put into the power reliever category.

More after the jump.

- Round 20: Drew Bridges, 3B, HS

Bridges is a big high school kid with a big left-handed bat.  For a prep hitter he displays good hitting skills and smarts and plus power that projects well as he gets older, bigger, and refines his swing mechanics.  Bridges isn't much defensively at the hot corner and probably won't stay there long term.  If he signs and continues to hit, however, he's worth watching.

- Round 30: Cody Thomas, OF, HS

Thomas is a very toolsy HS prospect who would be fun to watch in the low levels of the Minors because of his athletic ability.  He's also a near impossible-to-sign pick as he's also got a football scholarship offer from Oklahoma to play QB.  It's a longshot for sure that he'll end up signing.

- Round 37: Joshua Pettitte, RHP, HS

If that last name sounds familiar it's because his dad is who you think he is.  Pettitte was the final of the nepotism picks this year after Michael O'Neill in the 3rd and Cal Quantrill (Paul Quantrill's son) in the 26th, and this was more a gesture pick to honor Andy than anything.  Josh is committed to Baylor and fully intends to go.  Maybe we'll see the Yanks pick him again in a few years.

The rest is a lot of likely organizational depth or non-signees.  The Yankees followed their blueprint in days 2 and 3 of the draft and look like they may have gotten themselves a few future prospects in the bunch.  The big deal is still that top 3, and I'm really hopeful that the Yanks make a big run at signing Ian Clarkin.  If they can lock up those top 3, this should go down as a good draft.

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