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Update on some draft picks

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 19, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Why I waited so long to check out Baseball Prospectus today, I have no idea. But Kevin Goldstein had excellent information on some of the prominent unsigned draft picks:

The Yankees are also spending big in this year’s draft. While there has been little movement in talks with first-round selection Gerrit Cole, supplemental first-round pick Jeremy Bleich is close to signing for an over-slot bonus of somewhere just over $1 million.

In addition, sixth-rounder Brett Marshall, a classic power arm teenager from high school is close to agreeing to a deal for around $750,000; seventh-round selection Kyle Higashioka, one of the best high school catchers in the draft, has been bought away from a commitment to Cal for “somewhere in Marshall’s neighborhood”; and 10th-round pick D.J. Mitchell, who came on strong late in the season at Clemson, is close to signing for approximately $500,000.

None of this is surprising, as that’s what transpired last season. Teams have until Aug. 15 to sign players and often the commissioner’s office holds up approving deals that go over slot. You can expect the Yankees to announce a flurry of deals on that day.

Higashioka is the kid who visited the Stadium last month and impressed the team with his demeanor. Marshall visited with the team when they were in Houston. Those have been the kids they’ve focused on from the start.

When the Yankees take a h.s. kid in the first 20 rounds, it’s usually somebody with value at that pick who fell for signability reasons.





15 Responses to “Update on some draft picks”

  1. Jorge Tabata July 19th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Need to sign the lefty, Blake Monar from Indiana.

  2. Groundhoggator July 19th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks for the update …. any news on Bittle (with the injury/signing poss) and hs kids – monar, mcmahon, lassiter & dwyer??

  3. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 19th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    I like what I saw from Bleich in the CWS

  4. sunny615 July 19th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    why no progress on cole? Are the yanks really upholding the deal with money or is cole asking for the moon?

  5. David Brown July 19th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Pete: Thank you for the important information: Assuming the signings go through, that leaves four major guys to get signed: Cole, Bittle, Monar, and Garrison Lassiter. Do you have any updates on Lassiter?

  6. sw July 19th, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Ugh, Longoria just hit a GS off Halladay. Yankees aren’t likely to gain on Tampa Bay today.

  7. benfica356 July 19th, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    longoria just hit a grand slam, 5-0 rays.

  8. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 19th, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Tampa put up a five spot

  9. Groundhoggator July 19th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Much easier and greater fun to root for the team closest to us in the playoff spot – aka the Sox… who lost yet again.

    props to the Rays who are proving they are not folding the tents and can win games against premium pitching.

  10. gayle July 19th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    boo for the rays but yeah!!!! for my fantasy team after Daniel Cabrerra stunk itup today I needed someone to have a big night

  11. Phil July 19th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    What channel is the rays game on?

  12. Landyn Sargent July 20th, 2008 at 10:30 am

    The Yankees was so ornate. There is even the team with sign players next to you. Lucky the Yankees had plenty of the tents and with our sleeping bags we were fine.

  13. Rick July 20th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Cole is a Boras client, so you know they’re going to ask for the moon and not sign until the last minute. In the end, I don’t see the Yanks letting their first-round pick go unsigned over money issues.

    Glad to see that we continue to stock the system. Once our rotation becomes clear after this off-season, I bet they start trading pitching prospects for position prospects. The entire outfield needs an overhaul, and we need heirs for the SS and catcher positions.

    Any chance of Bleich coming in as a lefty specialist in the bullpen this year?

  14. Tseng July 20th, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Here’s hoping DJ signs. Go Clemson! =)

  15. Harold July 21st, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    I really like Monar (both his attitude and his stuff) and the Yankees could use some left handed pitching.

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