Continuing with recently-published storylines about the state of the Yanks farm system, Baseball America released their first batch of 2009 Draft Report Cards. BA non-subscribers take heart: the information you seek resides below!
Best Pure Hitter: J.R. Murphy, C (Pendleton HS, Bradenton, Fla.)
Best Power Hitter: Slade Heathcott, OF (Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas)
Fastest Runner: Slade Heathcott
Best Defensive Player: Slade Heathcott
Best Fastball: Adam Warren, RHP (University of North Carolina)
Best Secondary Pitch: Bryan Mitchell, RHP (Rockingham County HS, Reidsville, N.C)
Odds & Ends:
Best Pro Debut: Adam Warren
Best Athlete: Slade Heathcott
Closest To The Majors: Caleb Cotham, RHP (Vanderbilt University)
Best Late Round Pick: Bryan Mitchell
One That Got Away: Tyler Lyons, LHP (Oklahoma State University). My feelings on this topic are well known.
All in all, it looks like the Yanks did a pretty decent job of grabbing some premium positional player talent while also continuing to stockpile arms with some projectability and upside. As I mentioned in my first MiLB roundup, I have a friend that has scouted Adam Warren a number of times and has me pretty excited about his future. In case anyone is interested, video of Adam Warren can be found here and here, courtesy of PnR Scouting.
-Posted by MJ