Though owner George Steinbrenner won't give a major league contract to a draftee [that's why they passed on Craig Hansen], New York would select [UNC's Andrew]Miller in the unlikely event he gets this far and sign him to the largest bonus in draft history. More realistically, the Yankees could take Huff, the second-best college lefty in the draft. They also could one-up the Mets by taking Beato, who turned down the Mets as a draft-and-follow.
Projected Pick: David Huff, lhp, UCLA
New York Yankees: Max Scherzer, RHP, University of Missouri
It appears as of now that there are two teams prepared to take Scherzer with the health question mark: the Diamondbacks at No. 11 and the Yankees here. Both teams, it seems, have gotten the medical clearance to take the Missouri ace so he won't slide any further than this spot.
Previous projection: Pedro Beato.
Tune-in just before 1 p.m. ET for a live update on who will be the first overall pick of the 2006 draft. Then, for the first time, the entire first round of the draft will be announced live exclusively from MLB.com's New York City studios. Jimmie Lee Solomon, the executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, will do the honors live on MLB.com. No one -- except for the teams themselves -- will know who is taking who when before MLB.com does.
That will kick off the live video coverage of the opening five rounds of the draft. Casey Stern, host of MLB.com Midday, will handle the same duties for the program. He will be flanked by MLB.com draft insider Jonathan Mayo and Allan Simpson, the founding editor of Baseball America who now brings his draft expertise to Perfect Game Crosschecker (PGcrosschecker.com). The trio will give pick-by-pick analysis for the first three rounds -- 106 total picks -- of the draft.
If that's not enough for you, just click on over to MLB Radio. They've got audio coverage of every pick of every round for the two-day event. MLB Radio's Vinny Micucci, host of Baseball Today, will be joined by PG Crosschecker.com's David Rawnsley for day one, which will stretch until the conclusion of the 18th round. Mayo will slide over from the video studio to handle day two radio chores with Rawnsley as they take you home for rounds 19-50.
Major League Baseball's amateur draft starts Tuesday, and Maier said it would be a dream come true if he were tapped by the franchise.
Yankee officials wouldn't discuss his chances, although one evaluator not affiliated with the team said he's more likely to be an "organizational player" consigned to the minor leagues than a future major leaguer.
But Maier's got at least one big-name fan rooting for him.
"I hope he does get drafted," Jeter said last night.
"It's the least they could do. Pay him back finally. It would seem kind of ironic, wouldn't it?"
Brooklyn flamethrower Dellin Betances put on a show for the Yankees yesterday, lighting up the radar gun in front of several of the team's top executives in a predraft workout at the Stadium.A local kid that hit 94 on the gun as a teenager on short rest? Sign'em up. What about Donnie Baseball's kid? He's a legit option too:
Betances, a 6-9 righthander from Grand Street Campus, had pitched for his Youth Service team on Monday but was still able to reach 94 mph in front of general manager Brian Cashman and scouting director Damon Oppenheimer, according to a scout who was on hand. "I thought it went really well," Betances said. "I pitched just a few days ago and I was still able to hit 94, so I thought that was a positive."
Betances is expected to be a first- or second-round selection in the amateur draft, which begins on Tuesday. The Yankees pick 21st (first round) and 41st (supplemental round) but don't have a second-round pick.
In photographs, 18-year-old Preston Mattingly looks like a teen Donnie Baseball. However, on the field he might be more athletic than his father. Preston was clocked at 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard dash, according to his coach at Evansville Central High, Jason Engelbrecht. One talent evaluator estimated that there are only about 20 players in the majors who would be clocked that fast every time.IGWT is going to be loaded with scouting reports, pictures, video, links, projections, etc. all week, so get ready.
"He can run, that's for sure," said Mike Radcliff, the Twins' scouting director who has scouted Preston Mattingly. "He's very athletic, has a real nice frame (6-3, 195 pounds) and you can project him to be strong." Every team but the A's has scouted Preston, and the Yankees are one of the most active clubs - scouting director Damon Oppenheimer watched Preston two weeks ago.
Preston is "a throwback in this era of specialization for high school kids," Engelbrecht said, because he played three sports. Preston spent the last two summers playing AAU basketball instead of baseball - he does live in Indiana, after all - and even his dad says he's raw.
Still, he hit .478 with 23 extra-base hits and 21 stolen bases in 30 games this season. In addition to his abilities, he wowed scouts with his demeanor.
"He's been a treat," Engelbrecht said. "He's got every reason to big-league his teammates - he comes from that family, he's good-looking, he's a great athlete, he's got money - but he doesn't. He really mirrors his dad."
1. Philip Hughes, RHPThe list is based on their projection system and not raw ability, which is why guys like Jeff Marquez and Austin Jackson are out of the regular pecking order. Clicking on each player's name brings you that player's page, which features all sorts of stats, a game log, and off course, their brutally honest projection (check out the names listed under "Similar Players" for Phil Hughes). Have fun!
Hughes struck out 93 batters while only walking 20 last year. And heÂs still only 19 years old.
2. Jose Tabata, OF
Talented young slugger will participate in his first full season of professional baseball this year.
3. Jeff Marquez, RHP
Marquez appears on track to become a useful starting pitcher in the big leagues.
4. Melky Cabrera, OF
Cabrera probably wonÂt stay in center field, but he doesnÂt project to hit for the kind of power most teams expect from a corner outfielder.
5. Eric Duncan, 1B/3B
Duncan is a patient hitter who probably swings and misses too often to be more than an average hitter in the major leagues.
6. C.J. Henry, SS
2005 draftee is athletic enough to be the YankeesÂ next starting shortstop many years from now, but he struggled to make contact at the plate in the Gulf Coast
7. J. B. Cox, RHP
Cox does not record as many strikeouts you might expect from a future closer. He couldaggressivelyvely promoted through the system because he throws strikes and isnÂt particularly hittable.
8. Tyler Clippard, RHP
ClippardÂs strikeout totals are impressive, but he gives up a lot of fly balls and could experience problems with home runs in the upper minor leagues.
9. Darrel Rasner, RHP
He keeps the ball on the ground and his control continues to improve.
10. Christian Garcia, RHP
Garcia could fulfill his potential if he overcomes some injury troubles and inconsistent control.
11. Austin Jackson, OF
Another athletic 2005 draftee; Jackson needs to improve his power at the plate to contend for a major league job three or four years from now.
12. Eduardo Nunez, 2B/SS
Nunez held his own as one of the younger players in the New York-Penn League last year.
The Tampa trio includes right-hander Gerardo Casadiego (third in the league with 10 saves), infielder Cody Ehlers (second in RBIs with 43 and fourth in homers with nine) and outfielder Brett Gardner, who is third in hitting at .333.
Both Short-Season Staten Island and the Gulf Coast League Yankees kick off their seasons on the 20th of June, less than 3 weeks away. The GCL team is always fun to check up on, because it's usually chock full of very young, very talented players just plucked from the draft or the international market.
New York Yankees
Mariano Rivera: 21 games, 27.1 innings
On track for: 71 games, 89 innings
Scott Proctor: 25 games, 34 innings
On track for: 81 games, 110 innings
Kyle Farnsworth: 25 games, 24 innings
On track for: 81 games, 78 innings
Thoughts: Joe Torre earned a whole lot of praise for the way he handles players emotionally, finding ways to take pressure off them; he was a hugely important figure during the Yankees' dynasty. His handling of the bullpen the last five years has been a problem, and it's a problem again this year. He effectively overworked Paul Quantrill, Tom Gordon and Tanyon Sturtze, and he's doing it again with Proctor this year. He simply doesn't trust enough relievers, relies on too few, and by August and September, the workhorses are exhausted. Rivera pitched three innings Tuesday, which is the kind of thing that feels right in May and can really hurt a team later in the summer