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Here’s a quick update on the players that the Yankees have officially signed from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft:
2B Ty McFarland, James Madison University (10th round, #302), RHP Matthew Borens, Eastern Illinois University (11th round, #332), 1B Bo Thompson, The Citadel (13th round, #392), RHP Joe Harvey, University of Pittsburgh (19th round, #572), C Collin Slaybaugh, Washington State University (26th round, #782), OF Griffin Gordon, Jacksonville State University (27th round, #812), RHP Matt Wotherspoon, University of Pittsburgh (34th round, #1022), 2B Ryan Lindemuth, The College of William & Mary (37th round, #1112), RHP Andre Del Bosque, University of Houston-Victoria (38th round, #1142).
As Lou DiPietro runs down over at YESNetwork.com, the Yankees are making progress with several of their top picks. That group includes second-round left-hander Jacob Lindgren, who has indicated that he intends to sign and is traveling to Tampa for his physical.
“Everybody dreams of playing for the New York Yankees, wear the pinstripes, and it’s just kind of a dream come true,” Lindgren said on a conference call last week. “I never really thought I’d have this opportunity, especially with the Yankees.”
General manager Brian Cashman has indicated that Lindgren would begin his professional career at Class-A Charleston once his deal is complete.
Various reports also have indicated that the Yankees will sign third round right-hander Austin DeCarr, fourth round left-hander Jordan Montgomery and fifth round right-hander Jordan Foley.
The Yankees have also made the following post-draft free agent signings: C Jake Hernandez (University of Southern California), RHP Travis Hissong (Wright State University), and RHP Matt Marsh (Liberty University).
The Yankees’ braintrust is huddled in their conference room in Tampa, Fla., preparing to send a set of names to representatives Willie Randolph and Andy Cannizaro at the MLB Draft in Secaucus, N.J. that they hope will develop into legitimate big league talent down the line.
With the Draft underway, the Yankees are looking ahead to their first pick at No. 26, and will also have compensation picks at No. 32 and No. 33 before making a second-round pick at No. 66.
It’s always a challenge picking later in the first round, and the Yankees believe this Draft tilts a bit toward the pitching side, but there is talent to be found that can eventually contribute in the Majors.
Here’s a look at the best 26th, 32nd and 33rd picks in Draft history, based on WAR:
Best 26th picks: Alan Trammell, 1976 Tigers; Dave Henderson, 1977 Mariners; Dan Plesac, 1983 Brewers; Brent Gates, 1991 A’s; Jeremy Bonderman, 2001 A’s, Kelly Wunsch, 1993 Brewers.
Best 32nd picks: Dave Magadan, 1983 Mets; Lee Lacy, 1969 Dodgers; Justin Thompson, 1991 Tigers; Roger Pavlik, 1986 Rangers; Dave Valle, 1981 Mariners.
Best 33rd picks: Mike Gallego, 1981 A’s; Dave Burba, 1987 Mariners; Milt Wilcox, 1968 Reds; Brad Wilkerson, 1998 Expos; Floyd Youmans, 1982 Mets.
Best 66th picks: Ryan Dempster, 1995 Rangers; Chase Headley, 2005 Padres; Trevor Cahill, 2006 A’s; Ken Boswell, 1965 Mets; Fred Lewis, 2002 Giants; Dave Engle, 1978 Angels.