The draft is actually a three-day event, with the first and supplemental rounds taking place tonight — you can watch it on MLB Network or mlb.com — followed by rounds 2 through 15 on Tuesday and rounds 16 through 40 on Wednesday. It’s a huge deal, one that can significantly shape the future of an organization.
I know next to nothing about it.
That’s the most honest way I can put it. Even though I thoroughly enjoy minor league baseball and remain fascinated by player development, I don’t pay a bit of attention to high school or college baseball, and I generally don’t begin to truly focus on prospects until they reach Double-A. I’ll keep an eye on guys like Mason Williams and Tyler Austin (and several others), but those young, raw players always get so much hype — with such a long way to go — that I prefer to start forming an opinion after they’ve advanced a little bit. That’s just the way I pay attention to the minor league system. Many of you prefer to dig as deep as possible.
If you’re interested, you can go to the usual spots to get some ideas about where the Yankees might go with tonight’s pick. If you have subscriptions, Baseball America and ESPN.com have mock drafts, the guys over at River Ave. Blues have looked at several draft candidates, and MLB.com has a ton of draft coverage including this story about the Yankees hunt for impact players at the end of the first round.
If you prefer to simply read about a draft pick that’s gone exceptionally well, read Joel Sherman’s piece on the Jeter draft.
The beat writers have been told that the Yankees are not likely to pick until sometime around 10 p.m., so it might take a while. When they make their selection, the Yankees will release a statement and there will probably be a conference call with the top pick tomorrow afternoon. In other words, stay tuned. The selection itself is simply the first of many, many steps to the big leagues.
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