Second-round pick Aune opts to sign instead of playing football, baseball at TCU
By Steven Miller / MLB.com
The Yankees took a two-sport athlete to start Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft, selecting Argyle High School (Texas) center fielder Austin Aune with the 89th pick, and Aune already decided he will sign.
Aune moved into his dorm Sunday at Texas Christian University, where he signed in February to play quarterback and baseball, but by Tuesday afternoon, he was already packed up and headed home.
“I called my parents … and called my adviser and my adviser told me what the situation was,” Aune said. “We went over it as a family and thought it was a great offer, and I chose to accept it. The money and everything else was right for us.”
The 6-foot-2 Aune played shortstop his entire life except for a brief stint at center field in his junior season. He returned to shortstop as a senior, when he hit .447 with eight homers and 41 RBIs. The Yankees announced Aune, who said he had a dollar value in mind entering the Draft, as a center fielder.
They followed the Aune selection five picks later at No. 94 with Miami (Fla.) catcher Peter O’Brien, who the Rockies took in the third round last season, while he was at Bethune-Cookman.
The 6-foot-5 offensive catcher transferred to Miami for his senior season and hit .340 with 12 doubles, 10 home runs and 40 RBIs for the Hurricanes.
That followed a junior season at Bethune-Cookman, where O’Brien hit .304 with 14 home runs and 69 RBIs. The 53rd-ranked Draft prospect on MLB.com was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore.
New York selected Bradford High School (Wisc.) outfielder Nathan Mikolas with its third-round selection at No. 124.
Position is the issue for the left-handed hitting Kenosha, Wisc., native, who projects as a left fielder or a first baseman. But at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, he is considered one of the best high school bats in the draft.
The Yankees selected their first second-day pitcher in the fourth round with the 157th pick, taking Faulkner University right-hander Corey Black.
The 5-foot-11 pitcher began his career at San Diego State University, but underwent Tommy John surgery and transferred to Faulkner, where he went 11-2 with a 1.53 ERA in 88 innings. He projects as a reliever with a 94-96 mph fastball.
They took Arizona outfielder Robert Refsnyder with the 187th pick in Round 5, but the right-handed hitter will move to second base for New York.
The 6-foot junior played the infield in high school, but moved to the outfield at Arizona. He lacks the power to play a corner outfield spot at the big league level, but he hit .353 with 61 RBIs and 12 stolen bases while starting all 60 games this season.