Saturday, June 11, 2011

Prospect Update June 11th

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 2-3 loss to the Syracuse Chiefs
Jesus Montero pinch hit and drew a walk in his only plate appearance.  Jorge Vazquez was 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts.  Brandon Laird had a nice day going 2 for 4 with a HR, a run, and 2 RBIs.

Starter DJ Mitchell went 7 innings giving up 3 runs and striking out 2.

Trenton Thunder 4-2 victory over the Binghampton Mets
Corban Joseph went 1 for 4.  Brad Suttle went 1 for 5.  Jose Gil had a big day going 3 for 4 with a HR, double, 2 runs and a RBI.  Austin Romine didn't play again.

Top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos went 5.2 innings, giving up 2 runs and striking out 8.

Tampa Yankees 4-2 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays
Robert Lyerly went 0 for 3 with a run.  Zoilo Almonte went 1 for 4 with a HR, a run, and 2 RBIs.

Charleston RiverDogs 2-0 victory over the Asheville Tourists
Gary Sanchez went 1-3 with a double, a run, and a RBI.  JR Murphy went 0 for 3.

Yankees Draft: 50th Round - Cody Stewart CF

B/T: L/L

Stewart is out of Great Oaks High School in California.

He only had 12 plate appearances as a junior due to a back injury.

As a senior he hit .490 with a HR, 17 RBIs, and 22 runs.  He was ranked as the 88th best prep prospect in California by MaxPreps.  He was selected to play in the Southwestern League-Sunbelt League All-Star Game. 

An opposing coach had this to say:
"He really came out of nowhere this year; he's one of the biggest surprises in the Southwestern League," Ruth said. "He's a left-handed hitter with a good frame who looks like he'll get bigger and stronger. He'll fill out as he gets older, and he runs tremendously well. He's the kind of guy that makes ground balls a bang-bang play."

A video is here

Yankees Draft: 49th Round - Tyler Mapes RHP

B/T: R/R

Mapes is out of his sophomore year at  Navarro College.  Navarro is a junior college.  He played his high school baseball at Newman Smith High School in Texas.

During his sophomore year Navarro he was selected as the Region XIV East Zone Pitcher of the Year.  He went 10-2 with a 1.37 ERA.  He also struck out 90 in 91.2 innings.

EDIT: Just found out that he is committed to play at Tulane next season and that he played his freshman year at Navy.

Navy lists his high school accomplishments as:
• Attended Newman Smith High School, where he earned three letters in baseball and also played quarterback with the football team
• Unanimous first-team all-district selection during both his junior and senior years
• As a senior, he went 6-3 with a 1.54 ERA in 68.0 innings with 71 strikeouts and only 14 walks
• During his junior season, he had three wins and two saves with a 3.48 ERA in 64.1 innings with only 59 hits allowed
• Offensively, he tied for the second-highest batting average in school history with a .500 (27-for-54) mark in 2008
• Batted .353 (30-for-85) with 26 RBIs during his senior season
• Helped the team to a bi-district title as a senior with a 22-7 record
• Named to the academic all-state team in 2009
• Teammate of fellow Navy baseball member Ryan Lamb
• Member of the National Honor Society

His freshman year at Navy he went 3-2 with a 3.41 ERA.   He had 15 strikeouts in 31.2 innings.

Yankees Draft: 48th Round - Wesley Benjamin LHP


Benjamin is out of St. Charles East High School in Illinois. He is committed to play for Kansas University.

His junior year he went 13-2 with a 1.26 ERA.  He struck out 112 in 83.1 innings.

As a senior he went 10-1 with a 1.31 ERA.  He had 84 strikeouts in 64 innings.

A Kansas Blog had these accomplishments listed
Benjamin is the No. 15-ranked high school player out of the state of Illinois according to Perfect Game USA. He was also named the Kane County Chronicle High School Player of the Year as well as an all-state selection by the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches' Association.  For that complete article and interview go here

Chicago Tribune spotlight is here

His high school bio is here

Yankees Draft: 47th Round - Ethan Springston CF


Springston is out of Seton Catholic High School in Arizona.  Could not find any college commitment information so this could be a good sign for the Yankees.

In 2010 he hit .395 with a .553 OBP.  He was All-State Honorable Mention and All-Region First Team as an infielder.

As a senior he hit .533 with 11 HRs, 54 RBIs, and 45 runs.  He was ranked as the #41 prep prospect in Arizona by MaxPreps.

His website is here

Here is a highlight video:

Yankees Draft: 46th Round - Connor Mach 3B


Mach is out of his junior year at the University of Missouri.  He went to Parkway West High School in Missouri.  His older brother Kyle also played baseball for Missouri.  His Missouri bio says this about his high school career:

Was a two-time all-state selection for Parkway West High School (2007 and 2008).  Named to the all-metro and all-conference teams his junior and seniors seasons. He hit .481 his senior year, with five home runs and 20 RBI.  Had a career batting average of .465 at Parkway West, with 27 home runs, 83 RBI and 38 stolen bases.  He was a two-time all-state selection in football as a wide receiver and strong safety and was a three-time all-metro and all-conference honoree.

In 2009 he hit .246 with 2 HRs, 17 RBIs, and 24 runs.  He played in 37 of Missouri's 62 games that season, starting 32.

During his sophomore year he hit .267 with 2 HR, 10 RBI, and 8 runs.  He played in 21 games, starting 13 of those.

As a junior he hit .288 with 3 HRs, 31 RBIs, and 30 runs.  He started all 58 games for Missouri.  He also won a Big 12 Player of the Week award.

Yankees Draft: 45th Round - Cass Ingvardsen RHP


Ingvardsen is out of Weatherford College which is a junior college in Texas.  He went to Livingston High School in Texas.  He is committed to play at Stephen F. Austin University next season.

His SFA intro reads:

Cass Ingvardsen - RHP, R/R, 6'3", 215 lbs (Livingston, Texas / Livingston HS / Weatherford College)
A big right-handed arm, Ingvardsen was an all-district choice in both his junior and senior seasons after posting a 1.93 ERA with 60 strikeouts as a junior and a 1.36 ERA with 93 strikeouts as a senior at Livingston High School. 
He then signed on with Weatherford College, but only managed to get into three games for the Coyotes in 2010 as a freshman on a loaded pitching staff, fanning eight in just 7.1 innings of work. Cardenas (SFA coach) on Ingvardsen: "He has shown really good velocity at the high school and junior college level and should really be able to improve our staff either as a late-inning guy or as a weekend starter."

His second year at Weatheford he pitched 16 innings in 17 appearances.  He went 3-2 with a 1.13 ERA.  He also struck out 15.

Yankees Draft: 44th Round - Adam Ravenelle RHP


Ravenelle was drafted out of Lincoln-Sudbury High School in Massachusetts. He is committed to Vanderbilt University.

In 2009, he went 5-0 with a 2.12 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.  His fastball topped out at 90 mph.

As a junior MaxPreps had him ranked as the 96th best prep prospect in Mass.  He was selected to the Massachusetts All-League team for Dual County.  His stats that season were similar to the one before.  He went 5-0 with a 1.67 ERA.

His senior year he went 6-0 with an ERA just under 1.00.

His Perfect Game USA report reads:

Massachusetts has an outstanding crop of pitchers for 2011 and Ravenelle ranks right with his better known peers Beede and Magliozzi. He is long and loose and touched 93 mph with a big sweeping 76 mph curveball. -- David Rawnsley
An ESPN Boston piece about his draft day is here
Interview with him is here

Yankees Draft: 43rd Round - Tyler Farrell RHP


Farrell is out of Galesburg High School in Illinois.  He is committed to Western Illinois University.

His junior year he posted a 5-5 record with a 2.03 ERA.  He also pitched for the Galesburg American Legion Team and went 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA for them.

His high school coach said this about him:

“Tyler just worked really hard in the offseason to put himself in a good spot for the next level,” GHS coach Arnie Gonzalez said. “A great kid with great support, whether it’s baseball or academics. He will do really well. Tyler is the type of kid that if you had a team full of Tyler Farrells, you know you are going to not only do well as a team, but you wouldn’t have any problems to deal with. He is a great young man.”
In 2011, he was selected to the All-Western Big 6 Conference baseball team.  His stat line was very impressive.  He went 7-1 with a 0.94 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 52 innings.

Yankees Draft: 42nd Round - Kevin Cornelius SS


Cornelius is out of Weatherford High School in Texas.  He is committed to Texas Christian University.

During his senior season he hit .492 with 7 HR, 46 RBIs, 60 runs, and 13 stolen bases in 13 attempts. He was ranked the 50th best prep prospect in Texas by MaxPreps.  He was also selected as the Player of the Week in February by MaxPreps.

His Perfect Game USA scouting report reads:
Kevin Cornelius is a 2011 SS with a 6-1 170 lb. frame from Weatherford, TX who attends Weatherford HS. Nice athletic build, some developing strength. 7.14 runner, very good hands defensively, quick exchange, stays balanced, throws carry well, solid overall defender. Wide base hitting, smooth easy swing, hands work well to the ball, can get long at times, inconsistent swing path, tends to get out front early, shows raw strength/power potential at times. Good approach to the game, should keep improving. Excellent student.

Yankees Draft: 41st Round - Jeremy Rathjen CF


Rathjen is coming out of his junior year at Rice University.

Played for Memorial High School in Houston, Texas.  His Rice bio page says this:
The 2008 valedictorian of Memorial High School in suburban west Houston. Two-time all-District 19-5A honoree.  He led the Mustangs to a 28-6 record, district championship and the regional quarterfinals of the state tournament.  Named to the 2008 5A Baseball All-State Academic Team.  He maintained a 6.517 grade point average on a 6.0 scale.  

He was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 45th round of the MLB draft out of high school.

In 2009, he played in 40 games, 24 starts mostly in the outfield.  He hit .242 with a HR, 13 RBIs, and 11 runs. He played summer ball for the Santa Barbara Foresters in the California Collegiate League and was selected as the fourth-best individual prospect in the league after batting .323 (31-of-96) with four home runs, two triples, seven doubles, 20 RBI, 17 runs scored and eight stolen bases. His stellar season helped lead Santa Barbara to the league's regular season championship.

During his sophomore season he was selected to the second team  All-Conference USA, second team  NCAA District VI All-Academic and Conference USA All-Academic Team.  He played in 63 games, starting in 53 of those.  He hit .339 when playing in the outfield and .280 at DH. He also hit 13 HRs, and 69 RBIs.

This past season, as a junior, he played in only 16 games.  In those games he hit .295 with a HR, 18 RBIs, and 7 runs.  He was selected to the preseason All-Conference team for Conference USA.  He did not live up to the hype due to a torn ACL during March of this season.

In February, Perfect Game USA wrote this scouting report:
Rathjen isn’t as polished of a defender as Drew Stubbs was for the Texas Longhorns, but he’s a similar athlete, with long and lean proportions that takes long, gliding strides in the outfield.  Rathjen is still somewhat raw in almost every facet of his game, but he has shown dramatic improvement.  At the plate he has good bat speed and power potential, but he has the tendency to swing and miss, and needs to show better pitch recognition.  He has plus speed and the potential to be a threat on the basepaths, but needs to get better reads and jumps.  In the outfield he can cover a lot of ground and has a good arm, but is working to improve his routes to get better jumps on fly balls.  Everything is there for it all to come together for him to become a true five-tool athlete this spring, and a few more finishing touches could lead to a big bump on draft boards.

Yankees Draft: 40th Round - Tyler Hanover SS


Hanover is out of his junior year at LSU.

He played high school baseball at North Davidson High School in North Carolina.  According to his LSU bio he did the following:

He was a 2008 Second-Team High School All-American.  The 2008 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of North Carolina and 2008 Piedmont Conference Player of the Year during which he led team to conference title.  He batted .475 in 2008 for North Davidson HS with eight doubles,12 homers, 43 RBI, 15 steals and 37 runs and served as North Davidson HS closer in 2008, recording a 1,70 ERA and three saves in 12 innings.   He earned all-conference honors in each of his four high school seasons and received academic honor roll recognition.  He batted .450 in 2007 with five homers and 28 RBI.

As a freshman in 2009, he played in 65 games, 53 starts at 3B.  He hit .321 with 5 HRs, 47 RBIs, and 40 runs.

In 2010, he started all 63 games, all but one at 2B (one at 3B).  He batted .332 with 2 HRs, 35 RBIs, and 49 runs.

His pre-junior year scouting report by the LSU website read:
Projected as the Tigers' starting second baseman for the second straight season after starting 62 games at second base in 2010.  He is a gap-to-gap hitter with surprising middle of the order pop due to his explosive hips and hands and has excellent instincts and baseball savvy, and he plays with great confidence.  HE has played in each of the past two Cape Cod League All-Star Game and batted .286 for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the summer of 2010 with 10 doubles and 12 RBI in 38 games.  He batted .300 for Yarmouth-Dennis in the summer of 2009 with four doubles, two homers and 16 RBI in 25 games.

During his junior season he hit .311 with no HRs, 25 RBIs, and 41 runs.  He played in all 56 of LSU's games.

Highlight video here

Yankees Draft: 39th Round - Taylor Guilbeau LHP


Guilbeau is out of Zachary High School in Louisiana.  He is committed to the University of Alabama.

As a sophomore he was rated the 10th best prep prospect in Louisiana by MaxPreps.

In 2010, he was ranked as the 6th best prep prospect by MaxPreps in Louisiana.  Led his team to a 5-5A District Title.  He went 10-3 with a 1.40 ERA.  He was voted to the Class 5A-4A All-Metro and Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A All-State team as a junior after leading Zachary to the regional round of the playoffs.

His high school bio page is here

Yankees Draft: 38th Round - Joseph Maher RHP


Mather is out of Bedford High School in New Hampshire.  He is committed to play at Northeastern University in Boston.

I couldn't find any high school statistics.

In 2011 he was ranked as the 7th best prep prospect by MaxPreps.  He was also All-State Honorable Mention in basketball.

A report from Granite State Baseball said this:
Joey Maher is one of the few players talented enough to participate in the Fall Showcase League for three seasons, since his first season as a sophomore through his final season last fall, Maher developed from a hard throwing kid to the dominate pitcher he is today.  His accomplishments include two pitcher of the week awards, 2010 All Star Game Selection, played in 3 consecutive championship games, 1 time Fall Classic Champion.

Yankees Draft: 37th Round - Ryan Harris RHP


Harris is out of Jupiter Community High School in Florida.  He is committed to play at the University of Florida.

As a junior he was ranked at the 45th best prep prospect in Florida by MaxPreps.

In 2011 he was clocked at 93 mph by Perfect Game USA.  He was ranked by MaxPreps as the 10th best prep prospect in Florida.  His senior stats that I could find were up to date when he pitched during their postseason run.  In that game he pitched his second consecutive shutout.   He was 5-2 after that game and going into the game had a 0.49 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 49.1 innings.

Yankees Draft: 36th Round - Ryan Thompson RHP


Thompson is out of Franklin Pierce University.  He transfered from the University of Connecticut after his redshirt freshman year.

In high school at Souhagan High School in New Hampshire, Thompson was an All-State selection his sophomore and junior year.  He was also All-State Honorable Mention his freshman year.  He did not play his senior season because his dad moved the family back to Calgary.

He redshirted his first year at UConn.  Then as a redshirt freshman in 2010, he made 5 relief appearances going 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA.  He struck out 5 in 5.2 innings.

In 2011, at Franklin Pierce, he went 11-1 in 13 starts with a very impressive 1.23 ERA.  He also had 114 strikeouts in 95 innings. He threw 4 complete games.  He was named the Daktronics, American Baseball Coaches Association, and the National College Baseball Writers Association East Region Pitcher of the Year.  He was also awarded the Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year Award and was a finalist for the Tino Martinez Division II player of the year award.

A scouting report from the scout said his fastball — which sits consistently at 88 to 92 miles per hour — and slider are already both major league average pitches. He was impressed with Thompson's control and ability to throw strikes.

Yankees Draft: 35th Round - Chris McCue RHP


McCue is out of Ardrey Kell High School in North Carolina.  He is committed to the University of North Carolina.

Could not find any HS stats.

As a junior he was ranked by MaxPreps as the 15th best prep prospect in NC.

In 2011, he was the #6 best NC prep prospect by MaxPreps.

ESPN RISE profile here

The UNC bio on him reads:
Chris McCue is 6-0, 160-pound right handed pitcher from Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell. McCue helped propel Ardrey Kell HS to the 4A state championship last season and is ranked No. 135 in the nation by Perfect Game in the 2011 class and No. 11 in the state of North Carolina. Impact Baseball has McCue as the No. 17-ranked prospect in the state of North Carolina. Under Armour has honored him as a preseason All American. McCue played for the On Deck O's for three years then competed with the South Charlotte Panthers for the 2010 World Wood Bat tournament in Jupiter, Fla. McCue is also an excellent student in the classroom and a member of the National Honor Society.
There scouting report reads:
Chris McCue has the ability to throw his heater in the mid 90s - clocked as high as 94 miles per hour at the World Wood Bat Championship - while being able to mix in an effective curveball and changeup at any point in the count and throw them for strikes and keep batters honest. Scouts raved about his sinking action on his fastball at the Area Code Games, with his potential to dial up the speed as he physically develops in addition to refining his mechanics on off speed pitches.
McCue has focused on pitching exclusively the past year and has been working with noted pitching instructor Jake Robbins in Charlotte to improve his repertoire. McCue said he is developing a cut fastball.

Yankees Draft: 34th Round - Skylar Janisse RHP

B/T: R/R

Janiesse is out of St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School in Ontario.  He is committed to Oakland University.

Couldn't find high school statistics.

He played in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game.

His awards and some stats can be found here

His Under Armour scouting reports reads:
Janisse is a righthander with an ideal pitcher’s frame and an advanced command of his three-pitch mix. He has an upper 80s fastball with movement, a sharp breaking curve ball that is a swing-and-miss pitch and a change with good arm speed and late sink. Janisse is a polished, young pitcher with a high ceiling.

His Under Armour video:

Yankees Draft: 33rd Round - Spencer O'Neil RF


O'Neil is out of Southridge High School in Washington.  He is committed to the University of Oregon.

As a sophomore in 2009,  he hit .410 with 23 RBIs.

In 2010, he hit .484 with 26 RBIs.

His senior year was not a great, he hit .339.  MaxPreps had him ranked at the #5 prep prospect in Washington. He was ranked #7 in the Baseball Northwest Super Sixty of 2011.

His Perfect Game USA scouting report reads:
Spencer O'Neil is a 2011 OF/1B with a 6-4 170 lb. frame from Kennewick, WA who attends Southridge HS. Long slender athletic frame, has not started filling out yet. Smooth easy hitting stroke, simple repeatable swing, well balanced, uses hands well, stays inside the ball, hardest contact to LCF, squares it up well, just waiting for the strength to kick in, good upside with the bat. Good outfield actions, sound fundamental footwork, charges the ball hard, long overhand release, throws have good carry. Good student, verbal commitment to Oregon.

Yankees Draft: 32nd Round - Garrett Nuss RHP


Nuss is out of Mt. Dora High School in Florida.  He is committed to play at the University of Central Florida.

His senior season he went 11-1 with a 0.96 ERA.  He also had 93 strikeouts in 56 innings.  He was selected to the First Team All-Central Florida.

His high school awards from MLB Draft Guide look like:

  • 2011 Rawlings Florida All-Region Team
  • 2011 BHSN Preseason All-Central Florida Baseball Team
  • 2010 Perfect Game Underclass 2nd Team
  • 2010 East Coast Pro Showcase
  • 2010 Diamond Club Pro Showcase
  • 2009 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention

Here is his highlight video:

Welcome to Yankee Stadium: Kevin Whalen

In this segment I will give a background on any top prospect that is called up to the MLB squad.  The first this season is Kevin Whalen who is a relief pitcher.

Whalen made his major league debut last night against the Indians.  He arrived on the Yankees in November of 2006 in the trade that sent Gary Sheffield to Detroit.

His 2007 minor league stats were a 6-2 record in 2 levels (A and AA) with a 2.62 ERA in 38 appearances and 8 starts.  He struck out 96 in 82.1 innings.  This was the last year he made any starts.  He won pitcher of the week while a A and was named and AFL rising star.

In 2008, he went 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA.  Again between the 2 same levels.  He struck out 48 in 36 innings.

In 2009 he again played at 2 levels but this time it was AA and AAA.  That season he went 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA.  He struck out 85 in 67.1 innings.

In 2010 he again went between AA and AAA.  This season was much worse though.  He went 5-4 with a 6.02 ERA.  Striking out 62 in 42.1 innings.

This year, 2011, he finally put it together at AAA.  He was 1-1 with 18 saves and a 1.67 ERA.  He has been the closer at AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre all season.  He has 30 strikeouts in 27 innings.

With all the injuries to the bullpen he has now been called up to pitch for the MLB team.

Prospect Update June 10th

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 3-6 loss to the Charlotte Knights
Jesus Montero was back in action but went 0 for 4.  Jorge Vazquez did the same and Brandon Laird went 0 for 3 with a run.

Trenton Thunder 7-3 victory over the Binghampton Mets
Brad Suttle went 1 for 3 with a run.  Corban Joseph went 1 for 4 with a double, a run, and a RBI.  Austin Romine sat out again.

Tampa Yankees 0-2 loss to the Clearwater Threshers
Robert Lyerly went 2 for 4.

Starter Brett Marshall went 6 innings, giving up only 1 run, and striking out 5.

Charleston RiverDogs 1-2 loss to the Asheville Tourists
Slade Heathcott went 0 for 4.  Ramon Flores had a big day going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and a RBI.  JR Murphy went 1 for 4.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Yankees Draft: 31st Round - Aaron Bummer LHP


Bummer is out of Sunrise Mountain High School in Arizona.  He is committed to play at the University of Nebraska.

As a junior, in 2010, he went 4-2 with 3 saves.  He had a 1.67 ERA in 42 innings while striking out 54.  He was rated the 30th best prep prospect in Arizona by MaxPreps.

His senior year stats weren't quite as impressive.  He didn't record a decision and had 2 saves in 8 appearances. He had a 5.44 ERA and had 19 strikeouts in 18 innings.  MaxPreps moved him up to the 18th best prospect after this season in Arizona.   He broke his foot in March of this season so that is why he had limited statistics.

Yankees Draft: 30th Round - John Brebbia RHP

H: 6'1"

Brebbia was drafted after his junior year at Elon University. He is out of Wellington High School were he was Named both a county and state all-star and helped them capture a district title.

As a freshman at Elon, in 2009, he made 24 appearances, all in relief.  He went 1-0 with a 7.62 ERA.  He struck out 14 in 28.2 innings.  

In 2010, he did not see much improvement.  He went the same 1-0 but he ERA was 8.16.  He raised his strikeout rate but striking out 23 in 28.2 innings.

In his junior year he put it all together.  In a very impressive year he went 7-1 with a great 1.76 ERA.  He also struck out 35 in 41 innings.  He again only pitched in relief and made 27 appearances.  He also had 3 saves.

Yankees Draft: 29th Round - Scott Hoffman RHP


Hoffman is out of Desert Ridge High School in Arizona. He is committed to play at Arizona State University.

In 2010, he was a MaxPreps Junior All-American.  MaxPreps has his hitting stats here but the Yankees drafted him as a pitcher and they do not list his pitching stats.  He was selected as the Rebulic Big School Baseball Player of the Year after that season.

As a senior in 2011, he was rated as the 5th best prep player in Arizona and 54th nationally by MaxPreps so this looks like the Yankees may have gotten a steal in round 29 if they are able to sign him.  His stats for the season were a 13-0 record with a 2.01 ERA (other website lists it at 1.80). He also had 76 strikeouts in 66 innings.  He was selected to the All-State second team but as a DH, not a pitcher.

A report was done on him by ESPN RISE which reads:
Scott Hoffman, Desert Ridge (Mesa, Ariz.) 
The standout junior led Desert Ridge (31-4, No. 14 in this week’s FAB 50) to the Class 5A Division I state title. In the final, an 11-4 win over Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.), Hoffman pitched a complete game and hit a home run for the third straight game. He also was the winning pitcher in an earlier state playoff game against Gilbert (Gilbert, Ariz.), ending the season 12-0 on the mound.

Yankees Draft: 28th Round - Josean Lazaro RHP


Lazaro is out of North Broward Prep High School in Florida.  However, he only played there his senior year.  For the first three seasons he played at Perkiomen School in Pennsylvania.  He is committed to play at Villanova University next season.

Lazaro had a pretty impressive high school career on both the mound and at the plate.  However, since it seems the Yankees have drafted him as a pitcher I will only list those stats.  For all his info you can go to his website that lists much information on him here.

As a freshman in 2008, he went 5-2 with a 2.97 ERA.  He struck out 36 in 36.1 innings.  During that season his velocity was measured at 80 mph.

In 2009, he went 2-3 but improved his ERA to 2.40.  He also struck out 39 in 33.2 innings.  That season he was clocked up to 88 mph.   He also attended a Perfect Game USA event and the scouting report read:

Jose Lazaro is a 2011 RHP/OF/3B with a 5'10'', 170 lb. frame from Pennsburg, PA who attends Perkiomen School. Lazaro has an athletic build, uses a 3/4 arm slot short arm action, good arm speed, very little effort, some arm side run, 11-5 curve ball with good bite, good pick off to first, fastball has good downward plane, solid command, easy motion. Defensively, on line throws, shows arm strength and arm speed, good upside. He is also a good student.

During his junior year he went 2-0 but his ERA rose to 3.23.  However, his strikeout rate went way up.  He struck out 61 in 39 innings.  His velocity was measured at 90 mph.  

His senior year he put it all together.  He went 7-0 with a 2.52 ERA.  He also struck out 101 in 58.1 innings. He was clocked at 93 mph.  He was selected as preseason All-American High Honorable Mention by Perfect Game USA.  

Prospect Update June 9th

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 10-1 victory over the Charlotte Knights
Jorge Vazquez had a big day, going 2 for 4 with a HR, double, 4 RBIs, and 2 runs. Brandon Laird went 1 for 4 with a double and a run.  Jesus Montero didn't play

Starter Adam Warren had  great day, pitching the complete 9 innings and only giving up 1 run.  He also struck out 7 and only threw 105 pitches.

Trenton Thunder 1-4 loss to the Reading Phillies
Brad Suttle went 0 for 4.  Austin Romine didn't play.

Dellin Betanes had a good day on the mound.  He went 6 scoreless innings while striking out 8.  Pat Venditte got the loss after giving up 2 runs in one inning of work.

Tampa Yankees 4-2 victory over the Clearwater Threshers
Robert Lyerly went 0 for 2 with a run.

Charleston RiverDogs 4-5 loss to the Ashville Tourists
Slade Heathcott went 1 for 5.  JR Murphy went 0 for 5.  Rob Segedin had a nice day, going 2 for 4 with a run.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Yankees Draft: 27th Round - Chaz Hebert LHP

B/T: L/L

Hebert is out of Breaux Bridge High School in Louisiana.  He has signed to play for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette

During his junior year, 2010, Hebert posted a 5-4 record with a 1.99 ERA.  He had 87 strikeouts and 39 hits allowed in 56.1 innings. He also hit .349 with eight doubles, five home runs and 37 RBIs.  After the season he also attended the Perfect Game USA showcase and was rated a top 10 round draft pick.  He also played in the World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) world championship in Jupiter, Fla. as a pitcher with the Texas Sundevils. Among 813 pitchers in the tournament Hebert ranked 21st in velocity, with a average of 87.89 mph and at least two pitches over 90 mph.
Perfect Game USA had this to say about him:
Chaz Hebert is a 2011 LHP with a 6-2 180 lb. frame from Breaux Bridge, LA who attends Breaux Bridge HS. Slender projectable pitcher's body. Big leg raise delivery, lands closed with front side, 3/4's release point, arm is loose and fast, ball comes out easily. Upper 80's fastball, touch 89, more in there, has good FB life around the plate. Big slow curveball for strikes, didn't see change up. Easy low 90's type arm with mechanical adjustments and added strength, just developing off speed. Project to follow closely. Verbal commitment to Louisiana Lafayette.

During his senior year he was selected as the District 6-4A MVP and received Class 4A All-State honors as a senior, posting a 6-2 record with a 1.36 ERA. The lanky lefty also struck out 86 batters in 56.2 innings, relying on a fastball that has touched 92 miles per hour.  Baseball America selected him to go in the 6th to 15th round so it looks like the Yankees may have gotten a steal here if he chooses them over college.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Yankees Draft: 26th Round - Jordan Foley RHP

B/T: R/R

Foley is out of The Colony High School in Texas.  He is committed to play at Central Michigan University in the fall but will hopefully choose to be a Yankee instead.

During his sophomore season, 2009, he was 1-0 with a 1.70 ERA.  He also struck out 7 in 12.1 innings.  He was ranked the 437 best player in Texas by MaxPreps.

As a junior he earned all-district honors after striking out 70 in 68 innings and posting a 0.84 ERA.  After this season he committed to Central Michigan. 

As a senior he was ranked 162nd best player in Texas by MaxPreps.

This is all I could find on him, he has a senior year MaxPreps profile but it has no stats, so this is all I got.

Prospect Update June 8th

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 1-0 victory over the Charlotte Knights
Jesus Montero didn't play again.  This Yankee offense was pretty quite.  Both Jorge Vazquez and Brandon Laird went 0 for 3.

The pitching on the other hand was superb.  David Phelps threw 7 shutout innings.  He struck out 8 in 103 pitches.  In his first appearance since being called up from Trenton, Tim Norton pitched a scoreless inning to pick up the win.  Kevin Whalen came in to pick up his 18th save of the season, pitching a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.

Trenton Thunder 7-6 victory over the Reading Phillies
Austin Romine also didn't play again. Brad Suttle went 0 for 3 with a run.  Cody Johnson had a nice day going 1 for 3 with a HR, RBI and 2 runs. Relatively unknown prospect Jose Pirela had a huge day going 3 for 3 with 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, and 2 runs.

Tampa Yankees had an off day

Charleston RiverDogs had an off day

Yankees Draft: 25th Round - Adam Smith INF


Smith just finished his junior year at Texas A&M.  He went to Klein High School in Spring, Texas.  There he was a standout shortstop for his father, Barry Smith. He was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior (2008), hitting .472 with four home runs, 26 RBI, 34 runs scored and nine stolen bases as the Bearkats advanced to the third round of the playoffs. He wasalso named District 16-5A MVP, second-team all-state and second-team all-greater Houston and played in the THSBCA Texas All-Star Game and the Houston All-Star Game.  And along with fellow A&M classmates Randall Thorpe and Estevan Uriegas, was a member of Team Texas at the All-Star Senior Sunbelt Baseball series in 2008. He helped lead the squad to the championship of the event and was the Home Run champion. He hit .382 as a junior (2007) with four home runs, 21 RBI, 18 runs scored and eight stolen bases and his team advanced to the first round of the playoffs.  He was an honorable mention all-district selection. He played summer baseball for the Houston Heat and the Southeast Texas Sun Devils and was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 28th round (858th overall pick) of the 2008 June draft.  This all according to his Texas A&M profile.

Although he is listed on the MLB draft site as a RHP, all of his stats from college are as a hitter and in an article about him being drafted it states he is a 3B.  He also played mostly SS and 2B his first two seasons at A&M so it looks like he can play any position in the infield.  Therefore, I'm going to assume that he is actually drafted as an infield prospect.

In his freshman year, 2009, he played 57 games, 54 starts, all at SS.  He hit .267 with 9 HR, 25 RBIs, and 33 runs.  After this season he played summer ball for the Beatrice (Neb.) Bruins of the M.I.N.K. League.

Then his sophomore year, 2010, he again played in 57 games, this time starting 52.  That season he switched around position many times playing 5 different positions throughout the season.  He got the most time at 2B.  He hit .268 with 10 HRs, 42 RBIs, and 40 runs.  He also stole 11 bases.  

His junior year was not a great one.  He hit only .238 with 5 HRs, 24 RBIs, and 19 runs.  He appeared in 47 games and starting 44 of those games.  He was also given Honorable Mention for All-Big 12.

Yankees Draft: 24th Round - Matt Tracy LHP


Tracy just finished his senior year at Ole Miss.  For high school he went to Christian Brothers in Des Peres, Mo. In high school he was named First Team All-State, All-Metro and All-Conference as a senior. He helped lead CBCHS to the semi-finals of the state tournament in 2007 while posting a 9-2 record with a 1.48 ERA in his senior campaign.  He also tallied 71 strikeouts and walked 30 in 67.0 innings. 

As a freshman in 2008 he made 7 relief appearances, striking out 10 in 10.1 innings.  He had a 4.35 ERA and no decisions.

His sophomore year, 2009, he only made 4 appearances so I assume he got injured.  He had 0.00 ERA in those for relief appearances.  He struck out 8 in 5 innings.

As a junior, in 2010, he started 4 games and appeared in 24 total.  He went 4-3 with a 5.85 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 60 innings.  After that season he was drafted in the 43rd round by the Florida Marlins in the 2010 MLB draft.

In his senior season, 2011, he became a full time starter.  He started 10 out of the 11 games he appeared in. He went 3-3 with a 5.23 ERA.  He had 51 strikeouts in 43 innings.

Yankees Draft: 23rd Round - Corey Maines RHP


Maines is out of Illinois State University.  He played high school ball in Houston, Texas at Langham Creek High School.  There he had many accomplishments including batting .429 with nine home runs and 42 RBI as a senior and also swiped 16 bases.  He garnered third-team all-state and first-team all-Houston honors in both the Houston Chronicle and HSA Baseball for his performance as a senior. He 9-3 on the mound with a 1.01 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 74.0 innings of work and named MVP of the District 5A Championship. He pitched in the Houston All-Star Game and helped his team to the regional semi-finals with a 34-4 record.  His team was ranked No. 2 in USA Today and No. 11 in Baseball America and he batted .311 with five home runs and 32 RBI as a junior, and went 7-1 with a 2.30 ERA while fanning 88 batters in 61.0 innings pitched according to the Illinois St. Website.

In his freshman year, 2008 he wasn't very succesful, going 3-5 with a 7.59 ERA.  He struck out 26 in 40.1 innings and 7 starts in 11 appearances.  He was also selected as the MVC player of the Week once.  

He was better as a sophomore in 2009.  That year he went 6-5 with a 4.26 ERA.  He had 69 strikeouts in 86.2 innings.  That season he made 14 appearances all of which were starts.  

His junior year in 2010, he regressed slightly.  He went 6-3 with a 4.60 ERA.  He struck out 67 in 86 innings.  He made 17 starts including 2 complete games and 1 shutout.  

In 2011, his senior season he finally put it all together.  This year he went 9-4 with a 2.87 ERA.  He had a career high 110 strikeouts in 94 innings while making 15 starts.  This season he also won the MVC Player of the Week award once and was an Honorable Mention for the All-MVC team.

Yankees Draft: 22nd Round - Nick Goody RHP

B/T: R/R

Goody is out of the State College of Florida Manatee Sarasota.  He went to University High in Orlando, Florida and there he received golden gloves his sophomore and senior years, and helped lead them to their first district championship in 13 years. Goody was named a 2009 preseason Under Armor All-American.

In 2009, his freshman year he started out at shortstop but was moved to pitcher midway through the year.  There he was quite successful, with a 2.42 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 22.1 innings.  His record was 0-1.

In 2010 he was part of the World Series Championship team for Junior College.  At SCF last season he had a great year. He went 6-2 with a 1.29 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 84 innings.  He lead his team in all of those categories.  He pitched in the FCCAA Sophomore State All-Star game.  He also pitched in the Florida Collegiate Summer League where he  was Pitcher of the Week twice, and was the MVP in the championship game at Tropicana Field.  He has also signed to play with the LSU Tigers but hopefully will sign with the Yankees instead. 

He has a blog check it out here

Yankees Draft: 21st Round - Zach Wilson 3B

B/T: R/R

Wilson is out of Arizona State University.  He played his high school baseball at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California.  He was actually drafted out of high school in 2008 in the 26th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates but chose to go to college.

His high school accomplishments are a first-team all-league selection in each of his last two seasons.  He was part of team that won state title and ended the year ranked No. 1 in the nation by Baseball America in 2007and was a 2007 USA Baseball Tournament of the Stars participant.

His freshman year at Arizona State was decent.  In 38 games, 22 starts, mostly at DH, he hit .275 with 9 RBI and 7 runs.

He improved significantly during his sophomore year.  He played in 49 games, again mostly at DH, and was Honorable Mention for the All-Pac 10 team.  His stats look like a .349 average with 8 HR, 45 RBIs, and 38 runs.  During the summer after this season he played in the Cap Cod league and won the MVP of the All-Star game at Fenway Park.

During his junior year he started to play more 3B.  His hitting declined.  This season he hit .270 with 7 HRs, 44 RBIs, and 33 runs.  He also started a team high 58 games.

Batting Practice video

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Yankees Draft: 20th Round - Daniel Camarena LHP

B/T: L/L

Camerena is out of Catholic Central High School in California.  He has signed a letter of intent to the University of San Diego.

During his sophomore season he went 3-1 with 2 saves.  He also had a great 1.60 ERA.  He struck out 36 in 30.2 innings.  He was also a very good hitter with a .370 average but the Yankees took him as a pitcher so I will focus on those statistics.

His junior year he made 14 appearances, 11 starts, and had an 8-1 record with a save.  His ERA climbed just a tad to 1.74 which is still great.  He also struck out 73 in 68.1 innings.  On the offensive side he hit .312 with 27 runs.

This past season, his senior, he was amazing.  He lowered his ERA over a full point to an insane 0.53 in 12 appearances, 11 starts.  His final record was 9-1 with 6 complete games and 4 shutouts.  He also struck out 90 in 66.1 innings, which is truly dominant.  He was ranked by MaxPreps as the #6 player in California and the #23 prep player in the nation.

A scouting report from Perfect Game USA during a 2010 national showcase said this:
Daniel Camarena is a 2011 1B/OF/LHP with a 6-1 200 lb. frame from Bonita, CA who attends Cathedral Catholic HS. Strong mature build. Top level 2-way prospect. Has been primary LHP but may have higher ceiling as a hitter. 6.92 runner, open to straight hitting stance, well balanced, aggressive hitter, very strong and quick hands, pull approach with plus power potential. Smooth defensive actions at 1B, can also play outfield. Full back turn delivery on the mound, lands a bit closed, extended smooth arm action, varies FB velocity/movement/location, tops at 91 mph and will sink it at 83-84 as well, pitches off a big curveball with plus command, very nice feel for a change up. Good student, verbal commitment to San Diego. Selected for the Aflac All-American team.

Perfect Game USA also noted:

MVP of WWBA Jupiter, Outsanding Pitchability, seen up to 91 mph, very good bat and OF as well

For more scouting reports go here
Video here
Interview with him can be found here

This is the last prospect I'm going to do a bio on tonight.  I will get to all 50 rounds but it may take a few days.

Yankees Draft: 19th Round - Ben Paullus RHP

B/T: R/R

Paullus just finished his junior year at the University of Memphis.  He is listed on the MLB draft tracker as Robert but in the Memphis roster as Ben.  I'm going to go with Ben.  Confusion cleared up, his full name is Robert Benson Paullus.

His high school accomplishment from the Memphis page:
First Team All-Chickasaw Conference, Clarion Ledger First Team All-State, All-Shelby Metro, was a 2008 Commercial Appeal Best of Preps finalist along with Tiger freshmen Heith Hatfield, Drew Martinez and Jacob Wilson. A four-year letterman for head coach Shane Faulkner at DeSoto Central. Set DCHS single-season records with a perfect 11-0 record and 94 strikeouts in just 68.2 innings.  Helped the Jaguars to a 23-8 finish and a District 1-5A championship. Recorded three shutouts and was nearly unhittable with a 1.56 ERA

In college he was not quite as good. As a freshman in 2009 he made only 6 appearances, 4 starts. In those he went 0-2 with a horrible 9.20 ERA.  He had 10 strikeouts in 14 innings.

He was better his sophomore year but still not great.  He went 1-1 with a 5.35 ERA in 18 appearances, 3 starts.  His strikeout rate increased as he struck out 36 in 33.2 innings.

This past year, his junior year, he was much improved.  He had a record of 5-4 with a 2.98 ERA.  He struck out 51 in 48.1 innings.  This season he did  not make a single start but lead the team in appearances with 22.

Yankees Draft: 18th Round - Hayden Sharp RHP

H: 6'6"
B/T: R/R

He is signed to play at Central Oklahoma and their coach had this to day:
Hayden Sharp, 6-6, 200, Pitcher, Fr., Morris:  “Hayden is one of the best high school arms we have ever signed here and is one of the top pitching prospects in the region. He has a chance to pitch in the big leagues someday with his fastball touching 96 right now. He should be a fairly high pick in this year's major league amateur draft.”

He is signed to play both football and baseball.  MaxPreps only has his football stats.

He played his high school baseball at Morris High School in Oklahoma.  As a senior he was used mostly as a reliever and had 82 strikeouts.  

Baseball America listed him as the 36th best prospect from Oklahoma.  MaxPreps has him as the 34th best prospect in Oklahoma.  

Yankees Draft: 17th Round - Matthew Troupe RHP

B/T: R/R

Troupe is out of Chaminade Prep High School in California.  He has signed his letter of intent to the University of Arizona.

Only his senior year stats were available. During that season he hit .343 with a HR, 8 RBIs and 10 runs in 75 plate appearances.  But the Yankees drafted him as a pitcher.  He was voted Player of the Week for pitching 9 innings with 20 strikeouts.  On the mound he went 4-2 with an amazing 1.14 ERA.  In 49 innings he struck out 74 batters.  He was ranked as the 48th best player in California by MaxPreps.

His coach had this to say about him:
"The thing about Mathew is he comes in and consistently throws strikes, and when he's off, he makes adjustments,"

Here is his highlight video.

Prospect Update June 7th

Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 2-8 loss to the Charlotte Knights
Jesus Montero didn't play for a second consecutive night.  Jorge Vazquez went 1 for 4 with a run.

Starter Andrew Brackman had a mediocre start.  Going 5.2 innings, giving up 4 runs and only striking out 2.

Trenton Thunder 2-4 loss to the Reading Phillies
Brad Suttle went 0 for 3.  Austin Romine again did not play.

Tampa Yankees 6-0 victory over the Clearwater Threshers
Robert Lyerly went 2 for 5.  Kevin Mahoney had a nice day going 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Josh Romanski had a nice outing, going 6 scoreless inning and striking out 7.

Charleston RiverDogs 1-4 loss to the Augusta GreenJackets
Slade Heathcott went 1 for 4.  JR Murphy went 0 for 4 as the RiverDogs offense sputtered.

Yankees Draft: 16th Round - Branden Pinder RHP

B/T: R/R

Pinder is out of Cal State Long Beach.  However, he was at Santa Ana College for two years before that.

He played high school ball at Centennial High School in Corona, California.  There he lead his team to a league championship in 2007 and earned All-League Honors as both a junior and senior.  He was also named league Pitcher of the Year in 2006.

He had a great freshman year at Santa Ana College.  He was named All-Orange Empire honors while tying for the team lead with 17 starts.  He helped to lead the to a league title by posting a 8-2 record with a 4.23 ERA and 48 strikeouts.

His second season at Santa Ana was off to a good start but after 4 starts and going 2-1, he got injured and used his redshirt for that season.

Then he transfered to Cal State Long Beach.  In his first season there he went 4-4 with a 4.85 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 85.1 innings.  His best outing was a complete game shutout againt UC Davis which earned him the Big West Pitcher of the Week award.

This past season was not as successful.  In 18 appearances, 11 starts, he went 3-5 with a 5.29 ERA.  He also had 58 strikeouts in 63 innings pitched.

Yankees Draft: 15th Round - Tyler Molinaro RF

B/T: L/R

Tyler Molinaro is out of Pittsburgh Community College.  He played in the junior college ranks for two seasons.  He was recruited to play at University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Hopefully he plays in the Yankees system instead.

The intro post for UNCW had this to say about him:
Tyler Molinaro (Charlottesville, Va./Pitt CC) started for National Junior College World Series participant and Region X champion Pitt Community College as a freshman and responded with an impressive season in which he hit .360 with eight doubles, nine home runs and compile a .667 slugging percentage.  Molinaro played at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Va., where he hit .447 with 10 homers and drove in 33 runs. "Tyler has gained experience at the junior college level while playing for coach Tommy Eason at Pitt. He's used his time at Pitt to develop into a strong collegiate hitter and has become a good defensive outfielder."

In the 2010 season he had a very solid season.  He hit .344 with 9 HR, 38 RBIs, and 47 runs in 46 games.  I'm not sure where the above post got their stats aka the .360 average but I found the ones above off the Pittsburgh CC baseball webpage.

Then he had his coming out party in 2011.  He lead the team in average, HR, RBI, and runs scored.  His line looked like .396 average, 15 HR, 53 RBIs, and 60 runs in 49 games played.  That means he averaged more than a RBI and run per game.

Yankees Draft: 14th Round - William Davis RHP

H: 6'3"

Davis is out of Dixon High School in North Carolina.  Like the other high schoolers the Yankees have picked Davis has signed a letter of intent, him with Eastern Carolina University.  He has a nickname of "rookie."

During his senior season he hit .524 with 11 HR and 31 RBIs.  However, the Yankees drafted him as a pitcher and this season he went 9-0 with a 1.02 ERA.  He also struck out 136 in only 61.1 innings.

Over his four seasons in high school Davis was 25-4 with a 1.67 ERA and 415 strikeouts in 209.1 innings.  He was also twice named the Daily News' Player of the Year (junior and senior seasons).

Yankees Draft: 13th Round - Justin James LF


James is out of Sacremento City College in California.  He attended John F. Kennedy High school in California.  He originally went for his basketball skills.  However, when those did not pan out he continued his baseball career and is now a Yankee draftee.

During the 2010 season Justin did not see much of the field.  He played in 3 games and had no hits in 1 AB with 2 runs scored.

During the 2011 season Justin hit .309 with 20 RBIs, 46 runs, and 19 stolen bases.

Yankees Draft: 12th Round - Cody Grice CF

W: 220
H/T: R/R

Grice is out of his junior year at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

He played his high school ball at DeWitt High School in Michigan.  There he All-Conference and All-Academic his junior and senior seasons and was All-District his senior year.

He had a great freshman year at Grand Valley.  He was named the GLIAC Freshman of the Year, First Team All-GLIAC outfielder, Daktronics First Team All-Midwest region.  In 55 games he hit .411 with 5 HRs, 34 RBIs, and 45 runs.

During his sophomore year he continued his dominance.  He hit .455 with 6 HRs, 49 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases.  That season he was named NCBWA Midwest Region First team, ABCA Midwest Region First Team, Daktronics First Team All-Midwest, First Team All-GLIAC outfielder, and was a semifinalist for the inaugural Tino Martinez Player of the Year Award.

His 2011 numbers weren't quite as impressive.  He hit .381 with 4 HR, 59 RBIs, and 59 runs.  He was second in RBIs and first in runs on his team.  He also had 23 stolen bases.

Yankees Draft: 11th Round - Mark Montgomery RHP

H: 5'11"
W: 205
B/T: R/R

Montgomery was drafted out of Longwood University after his junior season.

He attended Bruton High School where he got many awards.  From his Longview profile it lists:
All-State, All-Region, All-District, and team MVP as a senior.  Virginia Gazette newspaper Player of the Year and All-Daily Press newspaper team.  He hit .419 with one home run and 12 RBI; while on the mound, he posted a school-record 107 strikeouts over 60 innings with a 2.03 ERA.  All-District as a junior.  All-District and Best Defensive as a sophomore.  He also participated in basketball as well as track and field.

During his freshman year he went 3-5 with a  5.57 ERA.  He also struck out 64 in  63 innings.  Went back and forth from reliever to starter, making 3 starts in 20 appearances.  

During his sophomore year he was much improved.  He was 3-1 with a 3.09 ERA.  This season he stuck to a relief role and was the teams closer.  He struck out 45 in 35 innings, while making a team high 22 appearances.  He also lead his team with 6 saves.   He was named the Coastal Plain League's 8th best prospect by Baseball America.

Before his junior season his coach described him as:
“Mark already has established himself as the finest closer in Longwood Baseball history. His 94 MPH fastball and near-unhittable slider have him poised to seal virtually any W for his team when given the horsehide near the end of a game with any sort of lead. Mark is a pure gladiator when he enters the arena. He reminds me of the great St. Louis Cardinal pitcher, Bob Gibson— fearless, frightening and totally 

His junior season was a truly great one.  He went 1-0 with an amazing 0.89 ERA in again a team leading 22 appearances.  This season he struck out 48 in only 30.1 innings.  He recorded 10 of the teams 12 saves for the season.  His number of saves and ERA are both Longwood records.  

Yankees Draft: 10th round - Jonathan Gray RHP

B/T: R/R

Gray is out of Eastern Oklahoma State Junior College.  He was drafted last season out of high school in the 13th round by the Kansas City Royals.

In his one season at Eastern Oklahoma he went 7-2 with a  2.55 ERA in 13 appearances, 11 starts.  He also struck out 64 in 60 innings.  He was listed as the 14th best prospect in Oklahoma by Perfect Game USA.   He has a fastball that sits around 92-95 and peaks at 96-97.

He will hopefully be willing to leave JC for the Yankees.

Yankees Draft: 9th Round - Zachary Arneson RHP

B/T: R/R

Arneson was drafted out of Lewis-Clark State after his senior season.

He played his high school ball at Bakersfield Liberty High School in California.  As a senior he help lead his team to a 12-0 regular season.

Before going to Lewis-Clark he was at Bakersfield College for his first 2 seasons.  There he went 1-3 with a save in 14 appearances. Recording 12 strikeouts in 17.2 innings.

He then transfered to Cal State Bakersfield where he made 12 appearances. He was also selected in the 21st round of last years draft by the San Francisco Giants.

In his senior year at Lewis-Clark State he went 2-1 with a 2.82 ERA.  He appeared in 18 games, making 4 starts.  He also struck out 46 in  44.2 innings.

Yankees Draft: 8th Round - Philip Wetherell RHP


Philip Wetherell was drafted by the Yankees after his Junior season at Western Kentucky University.

In high school at Stewardson-Stasburg High School in Illinois, he three time All-Conference.

His freshman year of college he Kaskaskia College in Illinois there he help to win a conference title.

His sophomore year he transfered to Western Kentucky.  There he was a relief pitcher who pitched 29.1 innings, going 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA and 23 strikeouts.

During his junior year he was mostly a relief pitcher but did make 4 starts.  Overall he went 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA. He struck out 44 in 59.1 innings.

Yankees Draft: 7th Round - Austin Jones 1B

H/T: L/R

Austin Jones was drafted out of Edmonds Woodway High School in Washington.  His nickname is Bubba.  He is signed to go the the University of Arizona but again will hopefully be a Yankee.

In April of this year Jones was hitting .557.

His other stats are behind a paywall.  If you want them bad enough to pay the $10 click here

In 2010 he was voted to the MaxPreps first team for his league.

Interview with Jones is here

Yankees Draft: 6th Round - Jake Cave CF

H: 6'
B/T: L/L

Jake Cave was taken out of Kecoughtan High School in Virginia.  As the other high schools he has committed to play college ball, Jake at LSU.  But again, hopefully the Yankees can scoop him up.

Cave transfered to Kocoughtan HS after his sophomore year from Hampton Christian. His sophomore year at Hampton Christian was one to remember.  He let them to the Division III independent schools state championship.  There he was a pitcher and went 10-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 61 innings.

During the 2010-11 season he hit .621 with 4 HR, 16 RBIs, and 38 runs.  He was voted as an Aflac All-Amcerican.  He was also listed as the 42nd best prep player by MaxPreps.

Perfect Game USA scouting report reads as:

Jake Cave is a 2011 OF/1B/LHP with a 6-1 180 lb. frame from Hampton, VA who attends Kecoughtan HS. Slender live bodied athlete, good strength potential. 6.83 runner, open stance, easy load and wrap, busy approach, very quick hands, some lift in swing, stays inside the ball, hard contact to LCF, would benefit from simplifying approach. Outstanding overall athlete, did not pitch but usually 88-91 mph off the mound. Good student, verbal commitment to Louisiana State. Selected to the Aflac All-American team.

Scouting video is here