This is from Pete Abe back on May 31, 2008 –
Since [Brian] Cashman gained control of scouting and player development in 2005, the Yankees have made great strides in repairing what was a largely forgotten aspect of the organization.
If most factors are equal, Cashman said, he would prefer a college player over a high school player. That was evident last season. Of the 50 players the Yankees selected, 40 were collegians. Only five of the players they signed were high school products – although all five were taken in the early rounds.
“I’m not risk-averse to take a high-ceiling high school player early,” Cashman said. “I just want the best talent and to be sure that the picks aren’t wasted.
“The draft is your lifeblood. You need to have talent coming into the organization on the front end, and that’s the amateur draft and the international signings you make.”
The Yankees have been a wild card in the draft under [Damon] Oppenheimer. Chamberlain fell because of concerns about injuries. The Yankees selected right-hander Andrew Brackman in the first round last season despite evidence that he would need Tommy John surgery (which he had in August) and the presence of Scott Boras as his advisor.
Since this was written, the Yankees wasted high picks on Gerrit Cole, Jeremy Bleich, Scott Bittle, Cito Culver, Sam Stafford, Dante Bichette and Ty Hensley.