New York Yankees

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 32 Cito Culver SS Irondequoit HS, Rochester, N.Y. N.Y. $954,000
Hidden away in upstate New York—hardly a baseball hotbed—Culver sticks out like a sore thumb. He is the rare Northeast prep product with a legitimate chance to play shortstop in the major leagues. Culver's best tool is his arm, which rates as a 65 on the 20-80 scouting scale. Some scouts report seeing him up to 94 mph off the mound, but he has no interest in pitching. The game comes easily to Culver, whose actions, instincts and range are all plus at times, though he has a long way to go to become a consistent defender, and some believe he profiles as a utility player down the road. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Culver is a solid-average runner and a switch-hitter with a loose, whippy swing from both sides of the plate. He projects to have below-average power and is mostly a slap hitter, but he does generate good bat speed and could be an average hitter as he gets stronger. Culver is an excellent athlete who plays basketball in the winter, and he could take off once he focuses on baseball. He could be drafted in the fourth- to sixth-round range, but he is considered a difficult sign away from his Maryland commitment.
2 82 Angelo Gumbs OF Torrance (Calif.) HS Calif. $750,000
Gumbs wears No. 21 in tribute to his idol, Roberto Clemente, and plays with the same energy and abandon, slashing at the ball, diving into bags, cutting loose with powerful throws and making spectacular plays in the field. Gumbs also hails from a school with a strong baseball legacy, and its major league alumni include the father-son tandem of Fred and Jason Kendall. Gumbs has spent most of his high school career at shortstop, but the 6-foot, 200-pounder's future is in the outfield. His tools are impressive but not overwhelming. His 60-yard dash times were in the 6.75-6.85-second range in showcases last summer, and he zips down the line in about 4.15 seconds from the right side of the plate. His windmill delivery produces strong throws, and he has often made breathtaking catches on the scout ball and showcase circuit. At bat, Gumbs has improved immensely over the past year, working under the tutelage of professional coaches at MLB's Urban Youth Academy in Compton, and he has terrific bat speed. He got off to a blazing start this spring, only to be slowed in late April by a sore right elbow and flu symptoms, which reduced him to DH duty. He has struggled with offspeed stuff and breaking pitches, and battles a tendency to pull off the ball. Gumbs has the ability to be an electrifying outfielder with five average to plus tools. He's just 17, and the club that drafts him will need to be patient as he develops, but Gumbs could provide an enormous payoff.
3 112 Rob Segedin 3B Tulane La. $377,500
Segedin injured his lower back in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2008, and continued back problems and a shoulder injury led Tulane to shut him down after five games last spring. He was healthy again by the summer, when he helped Bourne win its first-ever Cape championship, and has wielded one of the most potent bats in college baseball this year, hitting .434/.516/.788. Segedin has plenty of strength in his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame, and he makes consistent, hard contact. His righthanded stroke is geared more toward line drives than loft, but he does show the ability to lift mistakes out of the park. He's not nimble on the bases or at third base, but he manages to get the job done defensively. He has plenty of arm at the hot corner, and his fastball topped out at 94 mph when the Green Wave used him as a reliever two years ago. Because of his back, he has pitched sparingly since. There aren't many quality bats like Segedin's in this draft, but his leverage as a draft-eligible sophomore at an academically strong program could drive up his price and down his draft position.
4 145 Mason Williams OF West Orange HS, Winter Garden, Fla. Fla. $1,450,000
Williams pitches and plays center field and led West Orange High to its deepest playoff run in school history. While he competes hard on the mound, his slight 6-foot-1, 160-pound frame and sidearm delivery don't get scouts excited. His hitting ability, speed and overall athletic ability do. His build evokes Doug Glanville comparisons, and Williams has some strength and a surprising feel for hitting for a high school outfielder. He's shown polish to his approach and makes consistent, hard contact with a fundamentally sound swing. His speed stands out as well, and scouts have seen him consistently above-average and occasionally even better. He has excellent range in center field as well and has above-average potential defensively with solid arm strength. Power is his only true below-average tool. Williams has the athletic ability and the skill to go out in the first three rounds, and his commitment to South Carolina wasn't seen as a hindrance to his signability.
5 175 Tommy Kahnle RHP Lynn (Fla.) Fla. $150,000
Lynn's poor season didn't drag down Kahnle's draft stock. The stocky 6-foot, 225-pound righty has the same 93-94 mph fastball velocity (touching 95 at times after reaching 97 last summer) that he showed last year en route to the national title and in the Cape Cod League. Kahnle was pressed into a starting role this season and just doesn't have the quality offspeed stuff to go through a lineup more than once or twice at this stage. His changeup is his second-best pitch, and his breaking ball was sharper last summer than this spring. He can show periods of control but lacks command and profiles as a bullpen arm. Short college righthanders who go 2-7, 5.06 with 71 strikeouts and 47 walks in 75 innings at the D-II level usually don't fly off the board, but Kahnle's track record in the Cape should still get him picked in the first 10 rounds.
6 205 Gabe Encinas RHP St. Paul HS, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Calif. $300,000
Between showcase events last summer and fall and the spring season, Encinas boosted his stock significantly by improving his conditioning and mechanics. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he now looks the part of the classic lanky and projectable high school righthander. His stuff didn't significantly improve, but he can maintain it deep into starts now. Encinas delivers a fastball that sits comfortably in the 90-92 mph range, and he shows a nice feel for mixing in a crisp curveball and changeup, which is probably the best changeup among Southern California prepsters. With smooth mechanics and an advanced feel for pitching, Encinas does an excellent job of mixing pitches, speeds and locations, and altering pitch sequences from at-bat at-bat. The large flock of scouts who started following Encinas this spring--particularly in games against top prospects Angelo Gumbs and Austin Wilson--did not seem to faze him. He profiles as a mid-rotation starter, and a future bump in velocity could even improve that outlook. He's committed to Loyola Marymount.
7 235 Jake Anderson OF Woodlawn HS, Baton Rouge La. $150,000
Anderson has the best combination of athleticism and signability among Louisiana's high school position players. He still needs to add strength to his 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame, but scouts like his loose lefthanded swing. He's committed to Meridian (Miss.) JC.
8 265 Kyle Roller 1B East Carolina N.C. $45,000
Pirates slugger Roller, primarily a DH for the bulk of his career, has a mature body that lacks athleticism. He can hit, though, batting .342 with 10 homers in the Cape Cod League last summer and drawing 61 walks this spring for the Pirates, with 12 more homers. At the least, Roller will be a solid organizational solider in the minors.
9 295 Taylor Morton RHP Bartlett (Tenn.) HS Tenn. $450,000
Righthander Morton, a Tennessee signee, pushed Ray as the state's top prep prospect, pitching at 92-93 mph during an up-and-down spring. He attracted plenty of scouting attention last summer, touching 94-95 mph at times, but reports of similar velocity this spring were scarce, and his velocity was all over the board. Morton has good size at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, and he has shown aptitude with his changeup, including striking out Bryce Harper last summer during USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars with three straight changes. His curve needs more power, which could come with experience. Morton has been a catcher as a prep as well but profiles best as a pitcher.
10 325 Ben Gamel OF Bishop Kenny HS, Jacksonville Fla. $500,000
Neptune Beach's Ben Gamel is the younger brother of Brewers big leaguer Mat and has similar hitting tools as his brother. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Gamel isn't toolsy, as he's just an average runner with a fringy arm and modest home run power with wood bats. But he has a compact, fluid stroke from the left side, one of the purest swings in the state, and could challenge the .400 mark at Florida State's Dick Howser Stadium, which is built for lefthanded hitters. Scouts laud Gamel's grinder makeup, and it's conceivable that his bat and makeup could push him into the first five rounds.
11 355 Zach Varce RHP Portland Ore.
Righthander Varce carved up the Northwoods League last summer, going 3-5, 1.93 with a league-leading 105 strikeouts and just 20 walks over 75 innings. The success carried over early in the spring with Portland, but by the end of the year he was gassed. He pitched at 90-92 mph, touching 93, at his best, but later in the year he had starts when he didn't touch 90. He's 6 feet and 190 pounds, so scouts believe his future is as a middle reliever. At his best his slider can be an above-average pitch, but not when it's down to 74 mph as it was later in the year. Scouts hope putting him in the bullpen will help him get the most out of his arm.
12 385 Daniel Burawa RHP St. John's N.Y. $300,000
After posting a 3.13 ERA in seven appearances at Suffolk County (N.Y.) CC as a freshman in 2008, Burawa transferred to St. John's after the following fall, so he had to sit out 2009. He has been a revelation as a draft-eligible sophomore this spring, going 1-0, 1.02 with eight saves, 27 strikeouts and eight walks through 18 innings over 23 appearances. Burawa has a loose, wiry frame at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, but he has a long, funky arm action that one scout likened to an Iron Mike pitching machine tipped on its side. He pumps fastballs in the 93-95 mph range with good armside run, and he flashes an average 75-78 mph slurve with some tilt and bite, though more often the pitch breaks too early and he struggles to command it. His changeup is in its early stages of development. Burawa's limited track record causes scouts to be cautious, but his fresh arm is also an asset—one scout called his arm "a very loose cannon." He figures to be drafted somewhere between the second and fourth rounds.
13 415 Tyler Austin C Heritage HS, Conyers, Ga. Ga. $130,000
A longtime fixture on the travel-ball circuit, Kennesaw State recruit Austin was expected to be signable and could go out as high as the fourth round. He compares favorably to Miles Head, the Georgia prep slugger whom the Red Sox signed last year for $335,000. Austin's a similar hitter and is more athletic, with more defensive ability than Head. Austin is rough defensively behind the plate, negating his arm strength, and might be better served by a move to third base or perhaps a corner outfield spot. He has excellent raw pull power and runs well enough for a move to the outfield, though he figures to slow down as he matures and fills out.
14 445 Travis Dean RHP Newton (Mass.) South HS Mass.
15 475 Chase Whitley RHP Troy Ala.
Whitley, a two-way player and solid hitter, was attracting more late interest thanks in part to a five-inning, nine-strikeout outing against struggling New Orleans that showed he could go through a lineup more than once. Whitley is physical at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, and has solid-average velocity at 88-92 mph. His changeup is a plus pitch, but his curve is fringy at best and usually below-average. He had performed (7-3, 3.68, 7 SV).
16 505 Evan Rutckyj LHP St. Joseph's HS, St. Thomas, Ont. Ontario $500,000
At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Rutckyj (pronounced ROOT-ski) is a big-bodied lefthander with a chiseled frame, thanks to his time spent as a youth hockey player and his current offseason workout of choice, boxing. He's relatively new to pitching, so he looked a bit raw on the showcase circuit last summer. He has worked hard with a private pitching coach and during his time with the Canadian junior national team to smooth out his mechanics and develop his secondary pitches. His delivery is looser now than it was in the summer, and he's getting better extension. His arm action is pretty clean, but he needs to keep working to repeat his delivery and throw strikes more consistently. His fastball sits in the 87-91 mph range, touching 92, and his slider is 80-81. The slider shows occasional fringe-average break and there's enough rotation to work with, but it's still a work in progress. As his background may suggest, Rutckyj has a real tough-guy mentality on the mound. He is a project and the team that drafts him will need to be patient with his development.
17 535 Preston Claiborne RHP Tulane La.
18 565 Kevin Jacob RHP Georgia Tech Ga.
Jacob started the year high on most clubs' follow lists after he was the top prospect in the Alaska League last summer, while other clubs don't like him at all due to his extreme mechanics. Jacob points his lead arm straight up into the sky and nearly reaches the ground with his throwing hand as he tilts back, giving him tremendous leverage toward home plate. He had made just 10 appearances this spring due to a weightlifting injury to his throwing shoulder that kept him out for two months. He has touched 98 mph in the past, and was sitting 94-97 when he returned in mid-May. He also throws a hard slider in the mid- to upper 80s that has some depth when he backs off it a bit. He also flashes a split-finger fastball to lefthanded hitters. Jacob's injury, odd mechanics and track record, as well as being advised by Boras Corp., make it tough to read where he'll go in the draft.
19 595 Kevin Jordan OF Northside HS, Columbus, Ga. Ga.
Jordan began the year as a potential Top 200 talent, but he came down with an illness that caused him to lose about 15 pounds and much of his strength. Scouts estimated that Jordan was playing at about 75 percent when he started playing again in late April, but they still came out in droves for a mid-May matchup with Delino DeShields Jr. and Woodward High. At his best last summer, the lefthanded-hitting speedster showed good barrel awareness and above-average raw tools offensively and defensively for center field. Jordan was expected to be a summer follow but also could wind up at Wake Forest, where he'd start from day one.
20 625 Mike Ferraro OF San Diego Calif.
Six-foot-2, 200-pound Ferraro is a lefty-hitting outfielder with an ideal frame, excellent speed and a strong arm. His bat (.342/.409/.467) came to life this year after nagging physical problems the past three seasons, including his time at Orange Coast JC.
21 655 Dustin Hobbs RHP Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
22 685 Trevor Johnson LHP JC of the Desert (Calif.) Calif.
23 715 Shane Brown C Central Florida Fla.
Versatile UCF senior Brown also should go out in the 15th-20th round as a future utility player. He caught in high school, is serviceable at second base and the outfield, and handles the bat.
24 745 Conor Mullee RHP Saint Peter's (N.J.) N.J.
Mullee started all of the Peacocks' 205 games in the infield and posted his best offensive season as a senior this spring, hitting .325 with eight homers and 16 stolen bases in 16 tries. But scouts are interested him as a pitcher, though he has made just seven career appearances (all this year), posting a 10.50 ERA. The 6-foot-3, 183-pounder flashed 93-94 mph heat in a tryout camp last year, and scouts who saw him this spring say he worked at 90-91 late in the season, though he threw harder in previous outings. He'll get drafted as a senior sign with arm strength, but he'll be a project, because he lacks feel for pitching, control and command. He'll need to improve his slurvy slider, too.
25 775 Casey Stevenson 2B UC Irvine Calif.
26 805 R.J. Hively RHP Santa Ana (Calif.) JC Calif.
Santa Ana JC has produced many fine players, among them Braves pitching star Kris Medlen. Rigthander Hively, a tall and rangy righthander, may follow in that tradition. He smoothly delivers a 88-89 mph fastball from a frame that promises more velocity in the future.
27 835 Martin Viramontes RHP Loyola Marymount Calif.
Loyola Marymount rigthander Martin Viramontes is an imposing physical specimen whose results have yet to equal his ability. His power fastball sits at 92-94 mph and often peaks at 95-96, and he adds a curveball and changeup with splitter action. Both of those offerings have potential, but Viramontes throws only about 20 percent of his curves for a strikes. He has never performed at a consistent level, with his career interrupted by an elbow injury in 2009 that forced him to take a medical redshirt after pitching six innings. Viramontes went 4-7, 7.53 this season and gave up 39 extra-base hits (including eight home runs) in 72 innings. Most of his struggles can be traced to mechanical issues. He can't find a consistent arm slot, affecting both the command and velocity of his pitches. He's advised by Boras Corp. and could be a tough sign. Viramontes could easily evolve into a closer, particularly if he solves his command issues.
28 865 Josh Dezse RHP Olentangy Liberty HS, Powell, Ohio Ohio
29 895 Stewart Ijames OF Louisville Ky.
Louisville outfielder Ijames missed the 2009 season with rotator-cuff problems. He returned to lead the Coastal Plain League with 12 homers last summer, and has 14 more this spring. Of all the Cardinals' hitters, Ijames has the swing best suited for wood bats, and he still has untapped lefty power in his 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame. He has a decent arm, but his below-average speed relegates him to left field. He's a redshirt sophomore, so his extra leverage could make him more difficult to sign.
30 925 Zach Nuding RHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas $265,000
Righthander Zach Nuding has a low-90s fastball that tops out at 96, but he also has a 6-foot-4, 265-pound frame and has trouble staying on top of his slider. It may take third-round money to sign him away from a Texas Tech commitment.
31 955 Mike Gipson RHP Florida Atlantic Fla.
Florida Atlantic was competing for a regional bid despite an injury that deprived it of closer Glen Troyanowski, who is out until July after labrum surgery. Despite his loss, the team could have a single-digit pick in righthander Mike Gipson, the Owls' Friday starter who competes with a fringe-average curveball and average fastball. He commands both pitches well and had his moments in the Cape Cod League last summer, striking out 50 in 39 innings. His changeup needs to develop and his curve needs to be tighter for his pitchability profile to play at higher levels.
32 985 Kramer Sneed LHP Barton (N.C.) N.C.
33 1015 Michael Hachadorian RHP San Diego Mesa JC Calif.
34 1045 Keenan Kish RHP Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pa. Pa.
Kish, the younger brother of Florida Southern outfielder Colin Kish, benefited from playing alongside Germantown star Sean Coyle, which gave scouts plenty of opportunity to see him. Loose and projectable at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, Kish sat in the 88-91 mph range and touched 92 this spring, and he did a better job holding his velocity deep into games as the spring progressed. He has an easy arm action that leads scouts to believe he can throw harder as he fills out, though at times his textbook delivery can be almost too mechanical. He does a good job pitching off his fastball and has an excellent feel for pitching with his two-pitch repertoire, which also includes an average curveball with three-quarters tilt that projects as a potential plus pitch. He shows feel for a changeup but seldom needed to throw it against overmatched Northeast high school competition. Kish has the talent to be drafted in the top five to seven rounds, but his signability is clouded by a commitment to Florida, where he could be a quality two-way player (he also plays third base).
35 1075 Will Oliver RHP Palomar (Calif.) JC Calif.
36 1105 Nick McCoy C San Diego Calif.
37 1135 Cameron Hobson LHP Dayton Ohio
38 1165 James Ramsay OF Brandon (Fla.) HS Fla.
Outfielder James Ramsay is a South Florida signee and a solid athlete who's more of a college factor than a pro draftee.
39 1195 Jaycob Brugman OF Desert Vista HS, Phoenix Ariz.
40 1225 Mike Gerber OF Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill. Ill.
41 1255 Tym Pearson OF Columbia Basin (Wash.) JC Wash.
Outfielder Tym Pearson was a 35th-round pick by the Rockies last year out of an Oregon high school, where he was a two-sport standout. He gave up football to focus on baseball this year, but he didn't show much against better competition with a wood bat, so he'll likely return to school.
42 1285 Mike O'Neill OF Olentangy Liberty HS, Powell, Ohio Ohio
43 1315 Kyle Hunter LHP Kansas State Kan.
44 1345 Dave Middendorf LHP Northern Kentucky Ky.
45 1375 Tyler Johnson OF Penn State Pa.
46 1405 Nathan Forer RHP Southern Illinois Ill.
47 1435 Freddy Lewis LHP Tennessee Wesleyan Tenn.
48 1465 Alex Brown RHP Amphitheater HS, Tucson Ariz.
49 1495 Will Arthur OF Abbotsford (B.C.) SS British Columbia
50 1525 Matt Rice C Western Kentucky Ky.
Rice doesn't do anything pretty, but he gets the job done at the plate and as a catcher. His biggest complicating factor is that he's a candidate to become Western Kentucky's first-ever Rhodes scholar. Rice has a spread-out righty stance and an uphill swing that may not work well with wood bats, but he hits line drives, has gap power and set a school record with a 31-game hitting streak in 2009. His long release detracts from his arm strength, though he threw out 30 percent of basestealers this year. His receiving skills are just decent, but at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds he's more athletic than most catchers. The Rhodes Scholarship is probably the most prestigious in the world, granting college graduates the opportunity to study at Oxford University in England. It could drive Rice down in the draft, however.