Just a few quick things going on today and tonight…
• Alex Rodriguez has issued a statement about the latest Biogenesis reports: “Myself and others are being mentioned in a media report before the process is even concluded. I would hope this thing would follow the guidelines of our Basic Agreement. I will monitor the situation and comment when appropriate. As I have said previously, I am working out every day to get back on the field and help the Yankees win a championship. I am down here doing my job and working hard and will continue to do so until I’m back playing.”
• The first two rounds of the amateur draft are tonight. I’ve said it before, and it’s worth mentioning again: I don’t get too worked up about the draft. I don’t follow amateur baseball at all — I’ll watch some College World Series games, but that’s it — and I generally don’t start putting a ton of stock into prospects until they reach Double-A. If you’re into the draft, there are plenty of top prospect lists and mock drafts out there to give you a better idea of who’s who, but I imagine it will still be a few years before we truly know much about the Yankees top picks.
• Speaking of those top picks, the Yankees will make four selections tonight. They have their own first-rounder, plus compensation picks for the losses of Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano through free agency. “We’re looking for everything,” scouting director Damon Oppenheimer told MLB.com. “Really, honestly, we’re looking to take the three best guys that we can get. It doesn’t matter if it’s high school, college, position player or pitcher. You just don’t know who’s going to get there. Even though we’ve got three picks, it’s 26, 32 and 33. There’s just so many things that can happen above us that doesn’t really give us a chance to know what will get down to where we’re at.”
• This is the Yankees first West Coast trip of the year, so things are going to be a little later than usual tonight. Joel Sherman notes that, in these big outfields of Seattle and Oakland, we might not see as much of Lyle Overbay during this trip.
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