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Gerrit Cole goes No. 1 in amateur draft

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 06, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

As expected, the Pirates just took UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole with the top pick in baseball’s amateur draft.

Cole’s name should be familiar. The Yankees took him with the 28th overall pick back in 2008. In April, Tyler Kepner did his usual wonderful job telling Cole’s story. The Yankees knew he would be a tough sign, but as they often do, they decided to take a shot on a potential high-end starter. It didn’t work out.

On his baseball bio page on the UCLA website, Cole still notes he “admires” Lou Gehrig and Mariano Rivera.

Because they missed out on Cole, the Yankees got a compensation pick in 2009 and used it on Slade Heathcott. This year, the Yankees don’t pick until the supplemental first round, No. 51 overall. The lost their regular first-round pick to the Rays when the signed Rafael Soriano.

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201 Responses to “Gerrit Cole goes No. 1 in amateur draft”

  1. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    :mad: :mad: :mad:

  2. blake June 6th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    everybody taking arms

  3. Wang IS Taiwan June 6th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    So Cole gets to be a Pirate rather than a Yankee…good luck on that team, Gerrit.

  4. Wang IS Taiwan June 6th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Anyone read the interesting article on EPSN or SI (can’t remember on which site I read it) that talked about how there just aren’t as many good bats anymore coming up anymore?I read it about two weeks ago. Everyone is just focusing on pitching, but it’s causing a deficit in good hitters.

  5. PacoDooley June 6th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Enjoy Pittsburgh Gerrit.

    Amazing that pitchers are often seen as crapshoots and poor prospects (like the saying that “there is no such thing as a pitching prospect”), but everyone wants to take a shot at elite pitching talent. Makes you wonder…

  6. Tom in N.J. June 6th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Who was the last pitcher drated and developed by the Pirates who went on to have a long and successful career?

    Was it John Smiley?

  7. Tom in N.J. June 6th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    New bats in college…

  8. Ghostwriter June 6th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Why are folks upset that Cole went to the Pirates? Aren’t the Bucs were a Yankee farm club?

  9. blake June 6th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Bundy looks like a beast. Another good arm into AL East

  10. tyanksfan36 June 6th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Our first round pick going to the Rays, really hurts me as a Yankee fan living in Tampa. It would be like if Boston got our first pick.

    The good thing about Cole is that if he ever ends up playing in High-A I can go see him in Bradenton. He will probably end up in AA or something though since he went to college.

  11. blake June 6th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I wish they could trade picks and stuff in the MLB draft.

  12. Wang IS Taiwan June 6th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Hey, perhaps Cole wondered what kind of training he’d get on the Yanks. Afterall, they haven’t had anyone come up through the system recently that’s been stellar…whether that’s on the pitcher or the coaches is anybody’s guess.

    But Wang, Hughes and Chamberlain have not exactly turned out to be the starters they were slated to be.

    But Tom in NJ — I can’t think of any pitcher that came out of the Pirates system that went on to get MLB’s attention.

  13. BoJo June 6th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Just because Pirates drafted him doesn’t mean he will be an easy sign. He still has another year of eligibility and his agent is probably Scott Boras. Anything could still happen.

  14. Wang IS Taiwan June 6th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Ghost — good point. ;)

  15. blake June 6th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Bubba picked by hometown Royals….wonder if he’ll sign. The Royals have some stud players in their system.

  16. Joe from Long Island June 6th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I read that Boras is his agent. Look for a contentious negotiation.

  17. SoS June 6th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    In other news. Bush wont ever sign with a SoCal team. USC stripped of its 04 championship. Way to go mr. Kardashian.

    Im safer being a Longhorn fan in SoCal than he is.

  18. PacoDooley June 6th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Best thing he can look forward to in Pittsburgh – no pressure to win games… At least he gets to face the opposing pitcher a few times each game.

  19. Ghostwriter June 6th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    “But Wang, Hughes and Chamberlain have not exactly turned out to be the starters they were slated to be.”

    ==============================

    That’s a little unfair.

    IU think that Wakefield was a Buc, so was Denny Neagle.

  20. BoJo June 6th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Kent Benson’s wife got my attention.

  21. Ghostwriter June 6th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    The Bucs also had Kris Benson.
    http://www.wtae.com/r/28143268/detail.html

  22. Ghostwriter June 6th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Here we go. I found the answer. I love the title f this article:

    http://communityvoices.sites.p.....s-pitching

    I forgot about Loiaza and Arroyo…

  23. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Basically, it just means that Cole will be tossing to Tony Sanchez instead of Gary Sanchez.

  24. Jerkface June 6th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I cannot stand listening to Peter Gammons try to spit out whatever he wants to say, this isn’t the voice for TV or radio. Leave him in print.

  25. Wang IS Taiwan June 6th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I don’t think it’s too unfair. The way Wang was handled after his inital foot injury was ludicrous. They helped bring on that shoulder injury by telling him not to work on his legs as he was training to come back. He was not prepared to start again at that point and overthrew to get his speed up.

    And Joba? What a mess his development was. Yes, a lot is one the player, but someone like that needs better guidance and monitoring.

    Hughes? Well, who knows what happened there? I still have doubts he’ll be back to the 2010 (first half of the season, that is) Hughes.

    And please — Denny Neagle was a disaster for the Yanks! Please don’t mention his name here. It brings back AWFUL memories. He may have been decent at one point in his career, but that has been stamped out in my mind by his short sojourn with the Yanks.

  26. Wang IS Taiwan June 6th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Jerkface,

    Could be that he’s not recovered fully from his stroke?

  27. Ghostwriter June 6th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    And please — Denny Neagle was a disaster for the Yanks! Please don’t mention his name here. It brings back AWFUL memories. He may have been decent at one point in his career, but that has been stamped out in my mind by his short sojourn with the Yanks.
    =====================================
    I only mentioned him, because I was trying to think of Pirates pitchers.

  28. BoJo June 6th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Danny Neagle did a killer impersonation of a locomotive….his best NY moment.

  29. Jerkface June 6th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Could be that he’s not recovered fully from his stroke?

    Pretty sure the stroke is why he now talks like that, but seriously its painful. I am embarrassed for everyone involved in putting him on the air. Its obvious he needs more time to think about his words, you can’t put him on the spot and ask him questions.

  30. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Add Gio to the list of A’s pitchers the Yankees brutalized and ruined. :cry:

  31. Ghostwriter June 6th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Jerkface June 6th, 2011 at 7:48 pm
    ============================

    That’s cold. Have a heart, man…

  32. tyanksfan36 June 6th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 7:38 pm
    Basically, it just means that Cole will be tossing to Tony Sanchez instead of Gary Sanchez.
    ___

    haha, Seriously I hope he spends like a month in high-A so I can go see him. Bradenton is not far from me.

  33. blake June 6th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I’m hoping they can trade picks next year so that Levine can trade all picks for a top 5 1st rounder.

  34. GreenBeret7 June 6th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Banuelos is getting hit hard tonight. 2 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 1 homer allowed.

    Deangelo Mack with a 2 run homer for Trenton and an outfield assist.

    Corbin Joseph has a solo homer. Suttle with a solo homer. Trenton tied at 4-4.

    For Scranton, DJ Mitchell, 3 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts.

  35. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Can we trade Levine for a bottom 5 last rounder?

  36. ron June 6th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Hughes & joba at 25 years old each are both an absolute mess considering they both were considered potential future aces.

    They both should of been left as starters & never should of been in the pen unless they were just starting out in the majors & the pen was brief.

    The back & forth was stupid.I think it confused the crap out of both of them & stinted their secondary pitch developement.

  37. SoS June 6th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Cashman should buy Levine a 3 month all inclusive winter trip to Siberia. Maybe then, we can get invited to play this fun game called the MLB draft.

  38. blake June 6th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Maybe Joba should still be a starter….but he’s hardly been a mess this year….he’s been pretty darn good.

  39. GreenBeret7 June 6th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Mitchell after 4 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts, including Magglio Ordonez twice.

  40. Wang IS Taiwan June 6th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    With the Yanks, it’s all about the NOW. As fans, it’s hard to really complain against that, but it’s tough on young, developing players. They get used in any way that will help the team.

  41. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    What’s with all the griping, the 51st pick is awesome! It’s Bernielicious!

    Yankee numerology never fails. A couple nights ago I went to a PR restaurant and my # was 2. Jeter! A great meal, even with diminishing power.

    http://www.posters.ws/images/4.....tofile.jpg

  42. SoS June 6th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Maybe Joba should have purchased that weight set a couple years earlier and not waited until it went on sale.

    How is front office to blame in Hughes injuries when it happened as a starter? He also did not have enough innings racked up to be a full time starter.

  43. SoS June 6th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    NSF,
    As long as your bill wasnt $ 45 we’re o.k.. Still cant believe it hasnt been burned.

    I noticed the other day that Tex was wearing Giambis number. hmmm? Those comparisons arent as far fetched as we originally thought.

  44. Pat M. June 6th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Man, The Diamonbacks are building quite an arsenal of arms……Towers is going to have that club in contention for years to come…..

  45. Ghostwriter June 6th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    SoS June 6th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    NSF,
    As long as your bill wasnt $ 45 we’re o.k.. Still cant believe it hasnt been burned.

    I noticed the other day that Tex was wearing Giambis number. hmmm? Those comparisons arent as far fetched as we originally thought.
    =================================

    On his worst day, Tex isn’t afraid of throwing to second base…

  46. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    It’s Tex’s number, Giambi was just keeping it warm.

    Tex —–> future Hall of Famer

    Giambi —–> future Hall of Thonger

  47. Tom in N.J. June 6th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Was the meal Pasta diving Jeter?

  48. SoS June 6th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Doesnt Towers owe us something? When is he going to ship us Upton for Nunez and Cervelli? Boston has S.D., its only fair that we have AZ to heist.

  49. blake June 6th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Pat M,

    Very true….he’s got them in 1st with the arms he has now…..then took 2 high upside arms in the draft.

  50. SoS June 6th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    On his worst day, Tex isn’t afraid of throwing to second base…

    =======

    lol. You have to admit, it kept you on the edge of your seat.

    Im talking about the avg. being at a quarter.
    Giambi a .300 + hitter before the short porch.
    Tex the same.

  51. ron June 6th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    blakeJune 6th, 2011 at 8:04 pm
    Maybe Joba should still be a starter….but he’s hardly been a mess this year….he’s been pretty darn good.
    ——————————————————————————————————–

    Not considering we thought we had a # 1 starting pitcher when he beat becket 1-0 in fenway,making it look easy.

    He also isn’t even an 8th inning pitcher or a closer.

  52. MTU June 6th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Blake-

    No real surprises there. He specializes in finding pitching.

    Doesn’t hurt to have those picks in a strong draft either.

    We’ll just take JU as compensation.

    ;)

  53. blake June 6th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    MTU,

    yea Towers knows his pitching.

  54. G-C June 6th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    SoS, I’ve thought the same thing recently, so I decided to do a little checking.

    I’m tempted to call Tex’s last season an outlier and focus just on this season, for now. As of this point, he has a BABIP of .236. As a reference point, his BABIP in 2009 (when he hit .292) was .302, and his BABIP even last year was .268.

    If he can bounce back to .275-ish levels, which isn’t asking all that much considering his strikeout rate (18.8%) is right in line with his strikeout rate from 2009 (18.7%), he should be able to be at least a .280 hitter again.

  55. SoS June 6th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    We’ll just take JU as compensation.

    =========

    +1. Sounds about right.

    I have to admit. It kills me to see our missing third wheel of Gen Trey doing so well for the D-Backs. How do you guys think he would do in the A.L.?

  56. MTU June 6th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    S.o.S.-

    No matter how he actually did he’d always think he did well.

    Seriously. Pretty well. 10-15 game winner.

    :)

  57. SoS June 6th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    G-C,
    Look how well he did in Earth, Northern America, U.S., California, SoCal, Anaheim, somewhere in the vicinity of los angeles. Maybe we should move the fence in right field back 50 feet? It might cure the pull happy decease.

  58. SoS June 6th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    MTU,
    He was my favorite Trey. I like rooting for underdogs except for wins and loses.

  59. RS June 6th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    The problem with Tex’s BABIP is I can’t recall him getting robbed of any hits. He puts balls in play, but the vast majority of them seem to be pop ups. Those fly balls aren’t dropping for hits anytime soon…the thing you hope for is that he starts getting on top of those pitches more but that’s something he has to correct himself.

  60. MTU June 6th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    SoS-

    JMO but things might have been different if he didn’t need that operation.

    He wasn’t a power pitcher by any means but he was polished.

    My current favorite is “El prodigio” A.K.A. Manny Banuelos.

    :)

  61. SoS June 6th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Have a good night fellas. Have to do study up on paul revere. Seems as though i missed the sequel.

  62. Pat M. June 6th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Ian is going to be a 15-17 game winner and he’s going to make alot dough…..

  63. blake June 6th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    If Bell is still available at #51….do you draft him?

  64. MTU June 6th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Blake-

    They’re saying he won’t sign.

  65. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    If Bell is still available at #51….do you draft him?

    —–

    If they were able to sign him that could go a long way toward making up for losing their first round pick.

  66. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    A’s select Sonny Gray. With some hard work, he can look forward to being shelled by the Yanks by 2014.

  67. blake June 6th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    LGY,

    would they be able to though? He’s a top 10 talent by most accounts….could be another Cole situation though. At #51 I think you take that chance if you think there is any chance whatsoever you can convince him to sign.

  68. BD (Boston Dave) June 6th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    who is Boston gonna take??? drumroll…

  69. blake June 6th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Barnes

  70. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Calls says Barnes

  71. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Blake

    I have no idea. If they pick him they have to think they have a good chance to sign him.

  72. blake June 6th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Still hoping Norris falls to #51….

  73. BD (Boston Dave) June 6th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    BA had Barnes going 7th overall.

    I dont know much about him.

  74. Jerkface June 6th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    The problem with Tex’s BABIP is I can’t recall him getting robbed of any hits. He puts balls in play, but the vast majority of them seem to be pop ups. Those fly balls aren’t dropping for hits anytime soon…the thing you hope for is that he starts getting on top of those pitches more but that’s something he has to correct himself.

    Memory is a funny thing, he hits about 15% infield fly pop ups. He is a flyball hitter, so those come with the territory, but he should also be hitting line drives. They can’t shift on him right handed and he is going to get some by the shift left handed. That and some drives to the gap and down the line will help bring his average back up.

  75. Captain Clutch June 6th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Any second now Gammons will say the Sox pick is amazing and a future hall of famer

  76. blake June 6th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Sounds like the new aluminums has changed college ball a bit……

  77. BD (Boston Dave) June 6th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    “Any second now Gammons will say the Sox pick is amazing and a future hall of famer”

    ————-

    true – but the way Gammons talks about most prospects you’d think their success rate was pretty close to 100%

    and yes, Sox prospects are a solid 100% successful.

  78. blake June 6th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Beede said he was going to college too.

  79. blake June 6th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Was hoping Micheal would fall also….(tarheel)

  80. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    It’s regular prospects who are 100% successful; for the Sox it’s 115%.

  81. joeman June 6th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    those who like hockey you have to check it out tonight….

  82. Pat M. June 6th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    ESPN is going crazy with adjectives on how great the Barnes pick was….He’s a good pick with great upside but their raves are beyond belief

  83. blake June 6th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Barnes is the Casey Kelly replacement……have they raved about his pitchability yet?

  84. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Jed Hoyer wishes he still had A-Gone so he could trade him for Barnes. :mad:

  85. BJK June 6th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Barnes is (was) a Yankee fan. Brutal.

  86. blake June 6th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Is Barnes available to pitch now for the Red Sox?

  87. GreenBeret7 June 6th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Trenton has 7 hits, 7 runs. 5 home runs.

  88. Captain Clutch June 6th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Is Barnes in the hall of fame yet?

  89. Tom in N.J. June 6th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    “Trenton has 7 hits, 7 runs. 5 home runs”

    Great news, now the kids will learn that too many homers are bad.

  90. Joe from Long Island June 6th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I understand that the MLB crew’s job is to talk up baseball. And, all these kids are bright and hopeful, and it’s a great moment for them. But, realistically…….

    The only thing I’m taking away is that everyone is hungry for pitching.

    John Hart is saying that over the course of the draft, 1500 kids will be drafted. Add into that, the IFA market. And, come the rookie leagues, they will all start at the same place, with the same blank slate.

  91. blake June 6th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    What are they teaching these kids at Trenton….they should be learning how to hit ground balls to 2nd to move runners…..not homers

  92. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Swihart just threw out Brett Gardner. :mad:

  93. 108 stitches June 6th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Captain ClutchJune 6th, 2011 at 9:18 pm
    Is Barnes in the hall of fame yet?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Fear not. ‘Ol Yellowtooth will have him as a 1st ballot Hall of Famer before he reaches free agency.

  94. blake June 6th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Well the Sox have their catcher of the future now.

  95. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    #betterthanmontero

  96. blake June 6th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Swihart just jumped ahead of Montero of the prospect list

  97. RS June 6th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Red Sox fans not to pleased that Barnes listed Joba as his favorite pitcher, lol

    I wonder if there’s even a slim chance the Yankees pick Josh Bell if he’s available. It would be a huge risk because of the whole Gerrit Cole disaster, but since they only have this one pick to lock up, they could probably offer a bigger signing bonus than any other team

  98. BD (Boston Dave) June 6th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    MLB.com says, of Swihart, “think a slightly better version of Colby Rasmus”

    we’ll see

  99. tyanksfan36 June 6th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    GB

    not to be outdone… The Tampa Yankees have 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 home runs. All their runs came on home runs.( a solo shot by Kelvin Castro and a 2 run HR by Zoilo Almonte)

  100. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    The author of Treasure Island now a Red?

  101. jacksquat June 6th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Rays have 6 picks before the Yanks, Red Sox 4…

  102. Tom in N.J. June 6th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Peanut butter Snickers: Awesome

  103. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Sabean wanted an enforcer. Hanson brother. None left on the board.

  104. ac1 June 6th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    would a team like the yanks of sox call up Josh Bell to try to convince him to sign instead of going to school?

  105. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Yankees up

  106. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Oh my bad that’s the Rays

  107. blake June 6th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    This next pick was the Yankees

  108. blake June 6th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    if the Rays pick Daniel Norris I’m going to be pissed

  109. Captain Clutch June 6th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I wonder how many of these high draft picks the Rays will actually sign. I doubt they can afford all of these guys.

  110. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Yankees Rays select Mahtook

  111. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Enigmatic rumor from the Yankees’ draft room. Said to be seeking ‘mas flores’.

  112. tyanksfan36 June 6th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Nick

    The Yankees “war room” is at their minor league complex. I should drive down there and peek in the windows to see who they have on their board.

  113. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Rays cheaped out on that pick. Thats the thing….even though they have 10 early picks they won’t be able to pick the best talent available because they can’t pay them all. Still should get a bunch of good players though.

  114. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Rays go cheap with their own pick

  115. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Anyone the Rays don’t sign will just roll over to next year so its not terrible if they can’t sign everyone

  116. Captain Clutch June 6th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Where is the Yanks #1? Oh right he’s on the DL.

  117. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    “Anyone the Rays don’t sign will just roll over to next year so its not terrible if they can’t sign everyone”

    true….but my point was that they will take some players that aren’t as good that they can sign.

  118. Rob_NY June 6th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    jacksquatJune 6th, 2011 at 9:44 pm
    Rays have 6 picks before the Yanks, Red Sox 4…

    ============================

    Rafael Soriano reinforoces the Yankees 2011 bullpen….. and the Red Sox signed crawford. Soriano relates to Igawa in at least one sense.

  119. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Texas is getting ready to pick the Cliff Lee pick.

  120. Against All Odds June 6th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    # ron June 6th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Hughes & joba at 25 years old each are both an absolute mess considering they both were considered potential future aces.

    They both should of been left as starters & never should of been in the pen unless they were just starting out in the majors & the pen was brief.

    The back & forth was stupid.I think it confused the crap out of both of them & stinted their secondary pitch developement.

    ————————————————

    yea the bullpen stints were short sighted win now moves

  121. Jackson June 6th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    UCLA and UCONN w/ 2 first rounders…I think Boston was lickin their chops Barnes was still there…surprising given most thought Barnes would go ahead of Springer…but what do I know.

  122. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Felix Lopez has aready told the Yanks’ pick to take it easy for a few weeks. :mad:

  123. Joe from Long Island June 6th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Breaking news – aol gossip site reporting that Alex and Cameron Diaz are back together….

    Well, I can get a good night’s rest, knowing that Alex will be ready for the Red Sox…..

  124. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    draft goes a lot faster now….1 minute between picks. Yanks will be up soon.

  125. jacksquat June 6th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Josh Bell sent letters to teams warning them to not draft him as they would be wasting their pick. I don’t think he’s a good pick for the Yanks, if he makes it that far.

  126. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Torre is up

  127. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Only one minute between picks now

  128. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Blake beat me to it :)

  129. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    1 minute between picks is barely enough time to get a fresh cup of Bigelow green tea.

  130. BD (Boston Dave) June 6th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    “Josh Bell sent letters to teams warning them to not draft him as they would be wasting their pick.”

    ———-

    and also reportedly wants $6M to sign

    but you never know if it’s somewhat smoke and mirrors from Boras.

    tough call – but that’s the kind of risk you take at 51 if he actually fell there.

    if he was going to sign and didnt ask for a ton of $$, he’d have been drafted early.

  131. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Torre just called Scott Proctor’s name by reflex

  132. Tom in N.J. June 6th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I kinda want them to draft Bell.

  133. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I want them to draft Bell if he’ll sign.

  134. GreenBeret7 June 6th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Tom in N.J. June 6th, 2011 at 9:18 pm
    “Trenton has 7 hits, 7 runs. 5 home runs”

    Great news, now the kids will learn that too many homers are bad.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    The game is tied at 7-7 in the 10th. The bad part was that Banuelos got rock, the bullpen coughed up a late game 2 run lead and the infield defense failed again. Pirela is absolutely brutal at shortstop and at the plate.

  135. Tom in N.J. June 6th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Therein lies the rub, Blake.

  136. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Wow, Torre has really changed.

  137. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Owens is a Lester clone!

  138. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Tom,

    yup….I want Norris is he’s there. Upside lefty.

  139. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    The asking price is scaring people off of Norris….if he makes it to the Yankees they have to take him.

  140. Tom in N.J. June 6th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Speaking of Leftys with upside, anyone know how that giant Canadian pitcher they drafted last year is doing?

  141. jacksquat June 6th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    If Bell doesn’t go at 40 to the Red Sox, who else before 51 could pay him enough?

  142. GreenBeret7 June 6th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    brandon Martin looks like a potential serial killer

  143. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I missed something, no Torre? Guest stars for each pick?

    Bud lied????

  144. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I hope the draft gets to the point where more players go to it.

  145. GreenBeret7 June 6th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Larry greene is eyeing hazel’s rack.

  146. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I thought that guy was going to hug Hazel.

  147. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Sox get extra time for an interview….

  148. BD (Boston Dave) June 6th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    “If Bell doesn’t go at 40 to the Red Sox, who else before 51 could pay him enough?”

    ————-

    he’ll be there at 51…. just a question of whether or not they take him – or Norris… or someone else.

  149. tyanksfan36 June 6th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    GB

    The TY got all 3 runs tonight on homers. They finally have a .500 record and got their first series sweep tonight in Lakeland. Sean Black pitched a good game. Hopefully he starts turning things around. The TY are starting to play good baseball.

  150. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Wrist problem

  151. Against All Odds June 6th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    # Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I thought that guy was going to hug Hazel.

    —————————————-

    That wouldn’t have been a bad idea

  152. jacksquat June 6th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Even gay guys probably eye Hazel’s rack.

  153. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Bell was 15th on the board and Norris was 16th. Bell has said basically that he’s going to college….Norris has committed to Clemson but I haven’t heard anything about him not signing…he just wants close to a 4 million bonus.

  154. GreenBeret7 June 6th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    TY, I saw that Tampa score. Black pitched well. Claiborne scares me every time he comes into the game.

  155. BD (Boston Dave) June 6th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    blake,

    sounds like Norris is the pick if he’s there.

    heck, Bell could fall to 88 if Texas doesn’t take him with #83.

  156. GreenBeret7 June 6th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Mayo looks like Pedroia with a Yukilis head

  157. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Like I said, I’ve seen Norris live and he’s pretty darn good. More polished than Bumgardner was in high school….big potential.

  158. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Hey, it’s Frank Viola!

    Who will announce the Yanks’ pick?

    Marte? Kei? Young Master Philip?

  159. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    It’s possible that Bell would fall to the Yankees next pick…..nobody seems to think he’ll sign. The Yanks could wait and then throw a big number at him later if it looks like he will.

  160. BD (Boston Dave) June 6th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    blake,

    so you think it’s simply the $4M that’s scaring teams from him at this point?

  161. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Duh, Soriano should do it and laugh. :evil:

  162. GreenBeret7 June 6th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Yanks can pay these guys enough to buy a college degree.

  163. tyanksfan36 June 6th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    GB

    Claiborne scares me too. He seems to have gotten over the home run thing but just something about him coming into a close game… I start getting nervous. I was hoping they would send him down to Charleston.

  164. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Who will announce the Yanks’ pick? Marte? Kei? Young Master Philip?

    ——-

    Soriano

  165. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    BD,

    I’m assuming…..

  166. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Cornering the market on Kellys?

  167. Pat M. June 6th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Blake….I was over at the MLB Draft site and I see Yanks N More posting your posts here…..Plagerism

  168. BD (Boston Dave) June 6th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    get ready to celebrate blake.

  169. DocTodd June 6th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Matsui will announce the Yankees pick….in perfect English!

  170. Captain Clutch June 6th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Who will announce the Yanks’ pick?
    ——–

    Felix the gardner…no it’s Mazzilli

  171. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Pat M,

    what? unreal

  172. RSM June 6th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    OMG!
    Gaylord Perry is an old man.

  173. ron June 6th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    The rays will not be cheap when it comes to spending in the draft.

    They are at the top when it comes to spending on draft picks along with the rs,pirates,etc…

    Their motto is spending 11 million on drafting players is cheaper than one free agent.

  174. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Who the **** is Cito Culver!!!???

  175. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Well the Yanks have a couple of good choices. Bell is the best player probably but I would hate to pick him and him go to school……pick Norris, we need lefties!

  176. Captain Clutch June 6th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Hurry someone wake up Cashman!!!

  177. ac1 June 6th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Matsui will announce the Yankees pick….in perfect English!
    ___

    And present a portrait of the player they pick too?

  178. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Tension City!

  179. LGY June 6th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Oh wait that was last year

  180. Jerkface June 6th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Pat M, feed us the link!

  181. ac1 June 6th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Norris or Bell?

  182. ac1 June 6th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Bichette? 3B?

  183. Captain Clutch June 6th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    the next arod?

  184. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    What? didn’t he retire.

  185. GreenBeret7 June 6th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    bichette’s a bit of a surprise, huh?

  186. BD (Boston Dave) June 6th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    thoughts on Dante?

  187. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West June 6th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Dante Bichette, Jr

  188. Nick in SF June 6th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Congrats, Dante Girardi, welcome to the Yankee family!

  189. Jackson June 6th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Great pick

  190. BoJo June 6th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I love this pick…getting kids of pro players is a plus

  191. DocTodd June 6th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Nice highlight…a dunker?

  192. Jerkface June 6th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    If the Yankees go for a signability guy it will be in a later round after they get guys they know they can sign. They are probably on the phone saying, ‘Well would you sign for X? X+1? X+2?”

  193. Against All Odds June 6th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    # blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    What? didn’t he retire.

    ——————————————

    Yea he did but they’re trying to catch lightning in a bottle :)

  194. yankeefeminista June 6th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    10:49
    Frankie Piliere: Bichette’s a real good player. A little unorthodox at the plate. Lots of power, this kid can really hit.

  195. blake June 6th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Can’t believe they didn’t take Norris there…..unless he’s told teams he’s going to college which I haven’t heard.

  196. DocTodd June 6th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    The brain trust probably thought they were getting Dante Sr.

  197. Captain Clutch June 6th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    TylerKepner Yanks draft Dante Bichette. Joe Girardi named his son after Dante Sr.

  198. BD (Boston Dave) June 6th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    from bleacher report:

    “You might think Dante Bichette Jr. is a wee bit too arrogant when he openly discusses how he’s pretty sure he could hit .700 against opposing pitchers. But as soon as you take into account how much work he puts in (up to five or six hours a day in the cages) and how good he is now (.597 with nine homers and 37 RBI in 102 plate appearances), it’s clear that Bichette Jr. is going to a a first-day pick.

    The son of former All-Star Dante Bichette, and a one-time star of the Little League World Series, Bichette Jr. has grown up to be quite a power hitter in his own right. He is easily one of the best prospects in the draft when it comes to raw power. The kid hits moonshots.

    But in addition to his ridiculous power, he’s also a very good hitter. He is incredibly patient for a high schooler, and shows a great eye, a very smooth swing, and an impressive hitting ability.

    Bichette is committed to the University of Georgia, but I would have to say that there’s probably a 10 percent chance of him actually setting foot on campus, now with the cash that will be floated in front of him and his proud papa.”

  199. Against All Odds June 6th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    # DocTodd June 6th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    The brain trust probably thought they were getting Dante Sr.

    ————————————————–

    Cashman: ummmmmmmmmmm we feel he can be a productive player for us as he has been for other teams over the yrs. It’s a process

  200. yankeefeminista June 6th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    10:51
    Frankie Piliere: Yankee fans are acting ridiculous. Dante Bichette Jr. is a really good player with big offensive upside.

  201. DocTodd June 6th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    They’ll probably take Shawn Dunston next round….:).

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