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Draft pick signings update

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 04, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The deadline to sign draft picks is Aug. 17. The Yankees so far have signed 20 of their picks. But the unsigned (according to Baseball America) include:

1. Slade Heathcott
2. J.R. Murphy
5. Caleb Cotham
10. Tyler Lyons
14. Graham Stoneburner
16. Bryan Mitchell
17. Chad Thompson
20. Tom Keeling
21. Joe Talerico
22. Ben Soignier
26. Steve Bruno
28. Aaron Meade
29. Scott Maytas
30. Kyle McKenzie

Heathcott and Murphy quite likely have already agreed to the framework of their contracts. Typically, the commissioner’s office delays approving deals to try and take leverage away from other players. Baseball’s draft system is impossibly stupid, don’t get me started.

Several of the picks — including Cotham, Lyons and Meade — played in the prestigious Cape Cod League, which wraps up in the next two weeks. Lyon has been one of the best pitchers in the league, posting a 1.77 ERA in seven starts for Chatham. The Anglers are managed by an old friend of mine, John Schiffner.

Meade is 3-1, 1.91 for Harwich and has fanned 47 in 42.1 innings. The Yankees, one would think, will push hard for these guys.

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