The Yankees signed Stanford LHP Jeremy Bleich to a $700,000 bonus according to Baseball America. He was a supplemental first-round pick, 44th overall.
That figure, if correct, is below what a player in that slot would normally get. That suggests to me that Bleich’s elbow injury may require surgery. Why else would a Scott Boras client settle for less than slot? We should find out more tomorrow.
The Yankees also signed 27th round pick Garrison Lassiter, a shortstop, to a $675,000 deal. He was a high school kid who fell because of signability issues.
Gerrit Cole did not sign. The Yankees also passed on second-round pick Scott Bittle, who has shoulder issues. They will receive picks at roughly the same position in the draft next season.
Strange draft for the Yankees. They took a kid who didn’t want to play pro ball with their first pick, an injured kid with their third pick and a potentially injured kid with their second pick. Was Joe “He’s fine” Girardi in charge of medical evaluations?