Baseball America’s draft report card for the Yankees 2010 Rule IV draft can be found here.* The rundown is as follows:
Best Pure Hitter: Ben Gamel, OF (Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville, FL)
Best Power Hitter: Rob Segedin, 3B (Tulane University) and Kyle Roller, 1B (East Carolina University)
Fastest Runner: Mason Williams, OF (West Orange HS, Winter Garden, FL)
Best Defensive Player: Cito Culver, SS (Irondequoit HS, Rochester, NY)
Best Fastball: Tommy Kahnle, RHP (Lynn (FL) University) and Conor Mullee (St. Peter’s (NJ) College)
Best Secondary Pitch: Chase Whitley, RHP (Troy (AL) University)
Odds & Ends:
Best Pro Debut: Chase Whitley, Cito Culver and Zach Varce, RHP (University of Portland (OR))
Best Athlete: Angelo Gumbs, SS/OF (Torrance HS, Torrance, CA)
Most Intriguing Background: Ben Gamel
Closest To The Majors: Tommy Kahnle and Chase Whitley
Best Late Round Pick: Chase Whitley and Conor Mullee
One That Got Away: Josh Dezse, RHP (Olentangy Liberty HS, Powell, OH). Dezse was the Yankees 28th round selection (865th overall) and could not be bought out of his commitment to Ohio State. According to Baseball America, he was touching 95 on the radar gun this past summer.
At this point, we all know the Yankees chose to spread their $6.7M in bonus money across 14 players and 30 rounds. As such, they Yankees went after young, raw athletes and lesser-known talents. The return on investment may not be apparent for several years (if at all) but, at the very least, the team should be applauded for taking chances on players who may be able to infuse the system with a jolt of athleticism that has been sorely lacking over the past few years.
Also, for a look at last year’s draft report card, click here.