Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com posted his first mock draft late last week, and he has the Astros taking Oklahoma RHP Jonathan Gray with the first overall pick. The Yankees drafted but failed to sign him in the tenth round of the 2011 draft. The Cubs are projected to take Stanford RHP Mark Appel second overall. San Diego 3B Kris Bryant going third to the Rockies is the consensus right now.
With their three first round picks, Mayo has the Yankees taking Oklahoma HS C Jon Denney (26th overall), New Jersey LHP Rob Kaminsky (32nd), and Mississippi JuCo SS Tim Anderson (33rd). I’ve already written posts on Kaminsky and Anderson, and Denney is a bat-first catcher who can really hit but may or may not remain behind the plate long-term. The Yankees have been connected to all three players in recent weeks, especially Denney and Kaminsky. High schoolers and up-the-middle athletes. Pretty typical for the Bombers.
Other Mock Drafts: Baseball America (v1.0) and Keith Law (v1.0).
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Oppenheimer’s Top 5-Round Breakdown: 41 picks (16 college pitchers, seven college position players, four high school pitchers & 14 high school position players)
Oppenheimer’s top picks in the last five drafts have been high school players with mixed results. Cole didn’t sign, Heathcott is very talented, but has battled off-field and injury issues, Culver has a minor league OPS of .638 through his first four seasons and recently gave up switch-hitting, Dante Bichette is repeating at low Class A after a rough year there in 2012 and Hensley recently had hip surgery and will miss most of the season.
Since 2007, Yankees drafts have produced six big leaguers, but no regulars—David Phelps, Brandon Laird, Austin Romine, D.J. Mitchell, Andrew Brackman and Adam Warren. All but Romine are college products.
With three first-round picks, the Yankees have a chance to add some serious talent to a young farm system. College players such as Notre Dame third baseman Eric Jagielo, Mississippi righthander Bobby Wahl or perhaps even Michigan outfielder Michael O’Neill—whom the Yankees drafted out of high school—could be in the mix. O’Neill’s uncle Paul played for New York and works for its YES Network. On the high school side, outfielder Billy McKinney from Plano (Texas) West High, shortstop Dustin Peterson from Gilbert (Ariz.) High and lefthander Rob Kaminsky from St. Joseph High in Montvale, N.J., merit consideration.