Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday Mid-Morning Food For Thought

Since Damon Oppenheimer took over as amateur scouting director during the 2005-2006 offseason, here is the breakdown of position players drafted by the Yankees who have made it to the Majors as Yankees:
That's it.  That's the list.  Those 6 players have combined for 172 games played and 443 plate appearances as part of the Yankee Major League roster.  72.2% of those PA were racked up by Romine and Adams this past season.  In those 443 PA, they've produced -1.3 total fWAR.

If you're looking for a major (maybe THE major) reason why the Yankee roster has become so old and brittle and stagnant over the last few years, there it is.  They haven't developed and inserted a single useful everyday position player into their lineup in Oppenheimer's time at the helm of amateur scouting and drafting.  That's influenced some by trades, and in fairness their results with pitchers have been better, but that's still a terrible track record to have after 8 drafts.  Even with those results and even with his mostly miss record in the 1st round, somehow Oppenheimer survived last week's meetings and will be back at the helm of amateur scouting again this year.  Welcome to Bizarro World, folks.


Anonymous said...

You missed Kevin Russon (2006 draft, 2010 debut). I think that you also have to give him credit for finding quite a few pitchers in the draft. I think they have purposely shifted their focus to position players in the draft, especially on college players, and especially in 2013. Many of the high school players drafted (which had been their area of focus before 2013) are not yet ready for a shot at the majors, but also have potential to be good major league players (Heathcott, Williams, Austin, Murphy, Bird).

Unknown said...

Good call on Russo. I knew there was somebody I was leaving out.