• Yankees 1st Round Draft Picks Since 1998

    Posted by on August 15th, 2012 · Comments (5)
    Year   Rnd  OvPck       	  Pos
    2012     1  30        Ty Hensley  RHP
    2011    1s  51    Dante Bichette  3B
    2010     1  32       Cito Culver  RHP
    2009    1s  29   Slade Heathcott  CF
    2008     1  28       Gerrit Cole  RHP
    2008    1s  44     Jeremy Bleich  LHP
    2007     1  30   Andrew Brackman  RHP
    2006     1  21       Ian Kennedy  RHP
    2006    1s  41  Joba Chamberlain  RHP
    2005     1  17        C.J. Henry  SS
    2004     1  23       Phil Hughes  RHP
    2004    1s  41      Jeff Marquez  RHP
    2004    1s  37      Jon Poterson  C
    2003     1  27       Eric Duncan  3B
    2001     1  23 John-Ford Griffin  OF
    2001    1s  34  Bronson Sardinha  SS
    2001    1s  42        Jon Skaggs  RHP
    2000     1  28      Dave Parrish  C
    1999     1  27      Dave Walling  RHP
    1998    1s  43        Mark Prior  RHP
    1998     1  24        Andy Brown  OF

    Is it safe to say that the best one in this bunch is Ian Kennedy (followed by Phil Hughes)?

    Comments on Yankees 1st Round Draft Picks Since 1998

    1. FakeGeneMichaels
      August 15th, 2012 | 2:20 pm

      I like to think Joba was before his injury.. I am sure others will disagree. But, if Ian is the best then Hughes, all I can say is I am glad Damon Oppenhiemer is now the guy in charge of the draft..Although Cito Cluver has been a disappointment.. Bichette jr. Well, I trust the bloodline and still believe he has a chance to be an impact player one day. Time will only tell

      The funny think Steve, I read a scouts report during this years draft that only 30% of the #1 overall top 5 picks succeed at the ML level. Then 6-10 the odds go to 20% and 11-15 only 10%. When you draft as low as the Yankees do they are more likely to find success at lower draft positions than top picks.. This is why BB has it wrong IMO.. It should be like the other sports where you can trade up or down for these picks.. How else can the Yankees avoid having to go into the FA market to sign the players they simply do not turn out to be impact players? we all can say draft better, but really, drafting is a crap shoot unless you get the NUMBER ONE PICK in the Nation.. Even then, stats show 70% of the time they will not succeed.

    2. August 15th, 2012 | 2:38 pm

      For me, with draft picks, I think the better way to look at it is:

      Did they star in the majors?
      Were they a useful player in the majors?
      Did they reach AAA?
      Did they do well in AAA?
      Did they do well in AA?
      Did they fail in AA and never advance?
      Were they an epic failure, overall?

      I think, if the guy gets a “yes” to any of the first 5 questions, then it was not a terrible pick. And, if the answer is yes to “Did they fail in AA and never advance?” then it’s a “push” pick. But, if they were an epic failure – see guys like Brackman, Andy Brown, and Cuvler, to date, then it was a terrible pick. Also, if the guy did not sign, it was a wasted pick.

    3. FakeGeneMichaels
      August 15th, 2012 | 3:02 pm

      Thats a great way to view it.. A+ for thinking outside the box!.. I wonder how well other teams stack up against the Yankees?. Like The Redsox, Angels?.. Any idea how they did? It would be fun to see which teams picked behind us and meassure if those players advanced?.. Then we can say well, this selection we did poorly because this player got to the ML ahead of our pick.. One example is David Wright.. I shake my head and think how we picked ahead of the Mets that year and missed him. Also wasnt Mike Trout on the board for the Yankees in 2010 to select? I could be worng on that…

      FYI.. Melky just tested Positive for PEDS.. wanted to share that just in case you didnt hear.. But somehow I think already know!!..

    4. MJ Recanati
      August 15th, 2012 | 3:49 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      I think, if the guy gets a “yes” to any of the first 5 questions, then it was not a terrible pick. And, if the answer is yes to “Did they fail in AA and never advance?” then it’s a “push” pick. But, if they were an epic failure – see guys like Brackman, Andy Brown, and Cuvler, to date, then it was a terrible pick.

      You can’t count Culver as a failure until such time that he flames out of the minor leagues. I didn’t like the pick but it’s beyond premature to declare Culver a failure at this point.

    5. MJ Recanati
      August 15th, 2012 | 3:51 pm

      FakeGeneMichaels wrote:

      Also wasnt Mike Trout on the board for the Yankees in 2010 to select? I could be worng on that…

      Mike Trout was picked in the first round of the 2009 draft. The Yankees did not have a chance to pick Trout in that draft as they were picking 30th or 31st (can’t remember which). Trout went 24th or 25th (again, can’t remember which).

      The funny thing is that the Angels had consecutive picks because the Yankees and Mets had signed Teixeira and K-Rod, respectively. Trout was one of their two first round Type A free agent compensation picks.

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