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Yankees have signed 15 of top 24 draft picks

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have signed 15 of their top 24 picks from this year’s draft. The deadline to sign players is next Monday, August 15.

The team’s top pick, Dante Bichette Jr., drove in another run last night and leads the Gulf Coast League with 34 RBI in 34 games. He’s hitting .341/.460/.535 and was named Gulf Coast League Player of the Month for July. Another early standout is 11th-round pick Mark Montgomery — that’s him on the right — who’s already advanced to Low-A Charleston and has 30 strikeouts and five walks in 16.1 innings.

Just a few more quick highlights from the early results of this class: Outfielder Justin James (a 6-foot-5 13th rounder) is hitting .385 with a .500 OBP through his first 11 pro games;  Right-hander Philip Wetherll (also 6-5, 8th rounder) has a 1.10 ERA and 21 strikeouts through 15 relief appearances for Staten Island; Lefty Matthew Tracy (born in Missouri, taken in the 24th round) has allowed one run in 22 relief outings, but coughed up five runs in his only start for Staten Island.

The team has officially announced these signings from the draft:

3B Dante Bichette Jr. (Supplemental first round)
RHP Jordan Cote (3rd round)
INF Matt Duran (4th)
1B Austin Jones (7th)
RHP Philip Wetherell (8th)
RHP Zachary Arneson (9th)
RHP Mark Montgomery (11th)
OF Cody Grice (12th)
OF Justin James (13th)
RHP Branden Pinder (16th)
RHP Hayden Sharp (18th)
RHP Robert Paullus (19th)
INF Zach Wilson (21st)
RHP Corey Maines (23rd)
LHP Matthew Tracy (24th)




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