New York Yankees

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1s 51 Dante Bichette Jr. OF Orangewood Christian HS, Orlando Fla. $750,000
Bichette's father played 14 seasons in the major leagues, earning four All-Star Game nods, collecting 1,906 hits and 274 home runs and even posting a 30-30 season in 1996. His son is cut from similar cloth. He's a righthanded hitter who has solid athleticism and a track record of performance, going back to helping his Little League team reach Williamsport, Pa. The younger Bichette is a high school infielder, but his profile will wind up being that of a power-hitting left fielder. He lacks fluidity defensively, and his best tool when he's not in the batter's box is his throwing arm. Offense is his calling card, and he's a cage rat who often can be found taking extra rounds of batting practice. Bichette has had a lot of movement in his swing but has toned down a bit this season while still producing big power and plenty of bat speed. He has as much raw power as any prep player in Florida and runs well enough to be a corner outfielder if he can't stay in the infield. He's committed to Georgia.
2 88 Sam Stafford LHP Texas Texas
Lefthander Sam Stafford hasn't been able to nail down a spot in Texas' weekend rotation, though not because he lacks stuff. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder hit 96 mph while winning pitcher-of-the-year honors in the California Collegiate League last summer, but he has to dial his fastball down to 90-91 mph to try to find the strike zone. He has good shape to his curveball and doesn't always locate that pitch where he wants, either. Stafford can be unhittable at times. If he can't improve his command he'll be ticketed for the bullpen as a pro.
3 118 Jordan Cote RHP Winnisquam HS, Northfield, N.H. N.H. $725,000
Righthander Jordan Cote, at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, has a projectable frame that scouts dream about. His fastball sits at 88-90 mph and touches 92, and adding strength and pitching in warmer weather should help bump his velocity, especially because he has great hand speed. His arm action is clean, but his mechanics need to be refined, as he has long levers and is still growing into his body. Inability to repeat his delivery restricts him from throwing a consistent breaking ball. Cote has better feel for his curveball than his slider, though he shows the ability to spin the ball. He hasn't needed to throw his changeup and it's a work in progress. For his size more than his stuff, Cote has drawn comparisons to Chris Carpenter, who grew up about an hour from Cote's high school in New Hampshire. Cote is committed to Coastal Carolina, and though the high school arms from Massachusetts have gotten more attention, one scout said Cote has the highest ceiling of any pitcher in the Northeast. He should get taken between the eighth and 12th rounds, with late-spring buzz that he could be going higher.
4 149 Matt Duran 3B New Rochelle (N.Y.) HS N.Y. $335,000
Duran, who just turned 18 in early May, generates plus raw power from his 6-foot-1, 220-pound build. He has a long swing and can drive the ball to all fields, but he sells out for home runs, and his power is his only plus tool. A third baseman for Hank's Yanks, a team sponsored by Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner that also featured potential top-round pick Williams Jerez, Duran profiles better at first base in the future. He's limited defensively and has a fringe-average arm.
5 179 Greg Bird C Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo. Colo. $1,100,000
Greg Bird first put himself on the scouting radar when he was the catcher for righthander Kevin Gausman, who is now at Louisiana State. Bird has a 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame and mostly played first base this year, and that's where he projects as a pro. There's obvious strength in his lefthanded swing. It can get a little long at times, but he has good bat speed and gets plenty of loft and backspin on the ball. If he could catch, he would be a much more attractive prospect, but as a first baseman scouts aren't quite sold on his bat, so Bird will likely have to go prove himself at Arkansas.
6 209 Jake Cave OF Kecoughtan HS, Hampton, Va. Va. $800,000
Cave was a big reason scouts were excited to cover Virginia this spring, but he and several others had seen their stock fall this spring. A legitimate two-way prospect, Cave has scouts divided on whether he projects better on the mound or in the outfield. As a hitter, he shows bat speed, but he has a loop in his swing that could be a long-term problem. He has a lean frame at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds and figures to move to a corner as he fills out. He also lacks the speed for center field. If he concentrates on hitting, his arm would allow him to stick in right field, though he might not have the power to profile there. On the mound, Cave ranges from 86-93 mph with his fastball, usually sitting around 90-91 and touching 94. His best offspeed pitch is a changeup. He has tinkered with a slider this season, but it needs work and scouts haven't seen it much. While some like his aggressive makeup, others describe it as reckless and immature. He's committed to Louisiana State, where he would contribute on both sides of the ball.
7 239 Bubba Jones 1B Edmonds-Woodway HS, Edmonds, Wash. Wash. $350,000
Jones was the pop-up prep bat in the Northwest. Scouts like his strength and lefthanded swing, but the big question is where he winds up defensively. He spent some time at catcher in high school, but he profiles better at first base, as he's not athletic enough to remain behind the plate as a pro. Jones has a short, swing with strong wrists. He has a little bit of an uppercut bat path, but shows good bat speed, though most of his power is presently to the pull side. If Jones doesn't sign, he's committed to Arizona.
8 269 Phil Wetherell RHP Western Kentucky Ky. $122,500
With a fastball that ranges from 90-95 mph and a splitter that's a legitimate swing-and-miss pitch, Phil Wetherell has the weapons to be an effective reliever in pro ball. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound righthander gets hit more than he should because he pitches up in the zone with his fastball and lacks an effective breaking ball. He has little effort in his delivery, but scouts worry about his one-piece arm action. He spent the first year of his college career at Kaskaskia (Ill.) CC and pitched just 29 innings as a sophomore, so he hasn't gotten a lot of exposure.
9 299 Zach Arneson RHP Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho $20,000
In Idaho, Lewis-Clark State is prominent, as always. Righthander Zach Arneson transferred in from Cal State Bakersfield after the Giants made him a 21st-round pick last year. His brother Jamie played in the Reds system for three seasons. Arneson, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior, spent most of the season in the bullpen and sat in the 92-94 mph range, topping out at 96. He'll remain in the bullpen as a pro, as his arm action is a little stiff and his secondary stuff--a mid-80s cutter that he commands well--is fringy.
10 329 Jon Gray RHP Eastern Oklahoma State JC Okla.
Righthander Jonathan Gray was Oklahoma's top-rated high school prospect in 2010, when the Royals drafted him in the 13th round. Originally committed to Oklahoma, he switched to Eastern Oklahoma State JC so he would be eligible for this year's draft. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder is all about arm strength, as he has a 91-94 mph fastball and a hard slider. He's more strong than athletic and needs to iron out his delivery in order to improve his secondary pitches and control.
11 359 Mark Montgomery RHP Longwood Va.
12 389 Cody Grice OF Grand Valley State (Mich.) Mich.
13 419 Justin James OF Sacramento CC Calif.
The son of 11-year major leaguer Dion James, Sacramento CC outfielder Justin James is making a name for himself on the diamond. At Kennedy High in Sacramento, James was mainly known for his talent on the basketball court, once scoring 27 points in the fourth quarter of a game to help his team overcome a 20-point deficit. He didn't play baseball his senior year of high school and came to Sac City as a forward for the basketball team. A change of heart led him back to the baseball field, where he is clearly raw but shows five-tool potential. James is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds and is still an above-average runner. Like his father, he hits from the left side of the plate, and he shows raw power in batting practice, even to the opposite field. Because of his frame, speed and raw power potential, James will stand out in predraft workouts and could go as high as the third round.
14 449 Rookie Davis RHP Dixon HS, Holly Ridge, N.C. N.C. $550,000
Rookie Davis is an ox, standing at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, and as a first baseman he offers huge raw power. Most teams prefer him as a righthander, though, with an 89-92 mph fastball that can sit 90-91. His curveball has some shape to it and can be an average pitch at times. Davis enjoys hitting, but righthanded-hitting first baseman have to be exceptional. If he doesn't sign, Davis could play both ways at East Carolina.
15 479 Tyler Molinaro OF Pitt (N.C.) CC N.C.
The best junior-college prospect in the state is either shortstop Zach Houchins or first baseman Tyler Molinaro. Molinaro has a tall, thin frame and offers power from the left side, with the leverage in his swing.
16 509 Branden Pinder RHP Long Beach State Calif.
Righthander Branden Pinder (3-5, 5.37) had a rough spring, but at his best he gets good sink on an 88-91 mph fastball that bumps 92. He adds and subtracts from a three-quarters breaking ball that ranges from the mid-70s to the low 80s, and his changeup is decent, but he sometimes struggles to stay on top of his stuff. He has a low three-quarters slot and a crossfire, rotational delivery, and he profiles as a middle reliever.
17 539 Mathew Troupe RHP Chaminade Prep HS, Chatsworth, Calif. Calif.
At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, righthander Mathew Troupe lacks projection but has good feel for a solid three-pitch mix: an 87-91 mph fastball, a tight curveball and a changeup. He has effort and head violence in his delivery, and he struggles to command to his arm side.
18 569 Hayden Sharp RHP Morris (Okla.) HS Okla. $200,000
Sharp created a stir when he reportedly threw in the mid-90s and touched 98 mph in an Oklahoma state 3-A playoff game in mid-May. Morris HS lost that contest 1-0 to Sperry HS, ending its season and any chance for scouts to see Sharp in any further game action. He's very raw on the mound and more thrower than pitcher, but he's also extremely athletic and very projectable at 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds. He has a scholarship to play quarterback at Central Oklahoma, a NCAA Division II program, but is believed to be very interested in turning pro.
19 599 Ben Paullus RHP Memphis Tenn.
Memphis' next pick likely will be righthander Ben Paullus, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound closer. He had just four saves for a 30-27 team but showcased a power breaking ball that at its best rivals that of Sonny Gray. He throws it with power, at times touching the low 80s with 12-to-6 break. His fastball sits at 90-92 mph and touches better. He generates two plus pitches with a violent, slinging delivery and doesn't repeat his arm slot well. He's athletic enough to make adjustments and throws just enough strikes. He limited hitters to a .170 average and should sneak into the same eighth-12th-round range as Martinez.
20 629 Daniel Camarena LHP Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego Calif. $335,000
Camarena has performed as well as any prep player in Southern California this spring. If you throw out his lone loss of the season (when he walked four in three innings), Camarena issued just two walks in 49 innings this spring while striking out 76, illustrating his superb feel for pitching and ability to carve up the strike zone. Camarena's fastball ranged from 85-88 mph last year, and he sat at 87-88 in the MLB Urban Invitational in February. But he worked hard to add strength and his velocity jumped a tick this spring, ranging from 87-91. Though his arm action is clean, his 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame lacks projection. He makes up for it with his polish and command. Camarena has excellent feel for his changeup, which some scouts rate as an average pitch, but he rarely needed to use it at the high school level. His curveball has good depth and projects as a solid-average pitch, as he already flashes a big league breaking ball sometimes. Most scouts see Camarena's future on the mound, but he could be a standout two-way player if he honors his commitment to San Diego, and he has pro talent as a hitter as well. Camarena has a smooth, balanced lefthanded swing with some looseness to it and a gap-to-gap approach. He's an adequate runner who would fit at a corner defensively.
21 659 Zach Wilson 1B Arizona State Ariz. $100,000
First baseman Zach Wilson has power but is unexceptional as a righthanded corner bat with an all-or-nothing approach.
22 689 Nick Goody RHP State JC of Florida Fla.
Nick Goody, a solid righty at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds with a 88-92 mph fastball and solid slider.
23 719 Corey Maines RHP Illinois State Ill.
The state's best college pitching prospect is righthander Corey Maines, Illinois State's career wins leader with 24. Six feet and 200 pounds, he relies heavily on a big, sweeping slider that he throws from a low three-quarters arm slot. His sinker usually operates at 88-89 mph and tops out at 91. He spent his first two years as a two-way player, getting regular at-bats as an outfielder.
24 749 Matt Tracy LHP Mississippi Miss.
25 779 Adam Smith RHP Texas A&M Texas $157,500
Smith looks the part of a big league third baseman with his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame, raw righthanded power and arm strength. But he just hasn't hit consistently, batting .267 during his first two years and slumping to .209 this spring after missing the start of the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. If he doesn't figure out how to make more consistent contact, he eventually could wind up on the mound in pro ball.
26 809 Jordan Foley RHP The Colony (Texas) HS Texas
27 839 Chaz Hebert LHP Breaux Bridge (La.) HS La. $148,000
Hebert, signed to Louisiana-Lafayette, has a pro body at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds and improved his velocity this spring, bumping his fastball up to 92 mph. His slow curveball is well below-average, lacking velocity and at times resembling an eephus pitch. A bit more breaking ball would make Hebert the best draft out of this group.
28 869 Josean Lazaro RHP North Broward Prep, Coconut Creek, Fla. Fla.
29 899 Scot Hoffman RHP Desert Ridge HS, Mesa, Ariz. Ariz.
30 929 John Brebbia RHP Elon N.C.
Righthander John Brebbia doesn't have the same velocity, sitting in the high 80s and touching 92 mph, with a poor arm action. He was Elon's most effective pitcher this season, though, going 7-1, 1.76 in 27 appearances covering 41 innings. He struck out 35 while walking only eight and allowing 24 hits.
31 959 Aaron Bummer LHP Sunrise Mountain HS, Peoria, Ariz. Ariz.
32 989 Garrett Nuss RHP Mount Dora HS, Sorrento, Fla. Fla.
33 1019 Spencer O'Neil OF Southridge HS, Kennewick, Wash. Wash.
34 1049 Skylar Janisse RHP St. Thomas of Villanova SS, LaSalle, Ont. Ontario
Skylar Janisse is a 6-foot-5, 206-pound righthander who played in the Under Armour All-American game last summer. His fastball is in the mid- to high 80s right now, but his arm works well and he's a great competitor on the mound. Janisse shows good feel for a changeup and his breaking ball is inconsistent. If Janisse doesn't sign, he is committed to Oakland.
35 1079 Chris McCue RHP Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte N.C.
Chris McCue doesn't fit the mold of projectable righthander, but he still has intriguing stuff. He's just 6-foot-1, 165 pounds, so scouts wonder if his stuff will hold up over the course of a season. He sits 90-92 mph with his fastball and works in a changeup with straight sink and a sharp curveball. He's another North Carolina commitment.
36 1109 Ryan Thompson RHP Franklin Pierce (N.H.) N.H.
The first Franklin Pierce Raven off the board should be redshirt sophomore righthander Ryan Thompson, who played at UConn for two years before transferring to Franklin Pierce last fall. Thompson, who is originally from Canada and learned how to play baseball in the Bahamas, hadn't pitched much before this season, but he went 11-1, 1.23 with 114 strikeouts in 95 innings through 13 starts in the wood-bat Northeast-10 Conference. Thompson's fastball sits at 88-92 mph with occasional sink, though scouts want to see him work off it more often, and he throws an average slider and a developing changeup. He holds velocity deep into games, which should give him a chance to start at the next level, but he profiles better as a sinker/slider reliever. Thompson could get taken in the top eight rounds, but he's more likely to go somewhere between rounds 10 and 15.
37 1139 Ryan Harris RHP Jupiter (Fla.) HS Fla.
Righthander Ryan Harris is part of another strong Florida recruiting class and had a dominant spring, but scouts slotted him behind area rivals Michael Kelly and Kyle Smith. Harris' fastball can reach 90-91 mph, and he has good athleticism. At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, he doesn't have a current plus pitch.
38 1169 Joey Maher RHP Bedford (N.H) HS N.H. $300,000
Righthander Joey Maher has a similar frame but isn't quite as physical as Jordan Cote. Maher, 6-foot-5 and 185 pounds, offers an interesting projection package too, though his velocity hasn't taken a jump in the last few years. His fastball ranges from the mid- to upper 80s with good sink, and he reminds one talent evaluator of Derek Lowe. Maher's secondary stuff is developing. He figures to be a late-round selection and summer follow before a team decides whether to buy him out of his Northeastern commitment.
39 1199 Taylor Guilbeau LHP Zachary (La.) HS La.
40 1229 Tyler Hanover SS Louisiana State La.
41 1259 Jeremy Rathjen OF Rice Texas
One of the reasons pitchers have refused to challenge Rice star Anthony Rendon this spring is that the Owls lost their cleanup hitter, Jeremy Rathjen, when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in mid-March. He projected as a top-five-rounds pick before he got hurt, and the injury should make him all but unsignable. Rice was able to redshirt him, so he'll still have negotiating leverage as a fourth-year junior in 2012. An athletic 6-foot-6, 205-pounder, Rathjen had gotten stronger and was making more consistent contact before he went down. He still has room to fill out more and develop more power. A plus runner, he plays a fine center field and has a decent arm.
42 1289 Kevin Cornelius SS Weatherford (Texas) HS Texas
43 1319 Tyler Farrell RHP Galesburg (Ill.) HS Ill.
Righthander Tyler Farrell has the best fastball/curveball combination among Illinois prep pitchers. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder sits at 88-91 mph and touches 93, and he throws his curveball with good depth. His over-the-top arm slot and drop-and-drive delivery don't offer much deception. He originally committed to Evansville before switching to Western Illinois.
44 1349 Adam Ravenelle RHP Lincoln-Sudbury HS, Sudbury, Mass. Mass.
Ravenelle might have the highest ceiling of any Massachusetts pitcher not named Beede or Connaughton. Ravenelle has a 6-foot-4, 185-pound build and throws in the low 90s, but he has struggled with consistency. He throws from a three-quarters slot and has funkiness with his arm action, and he needs to repeat his delivery better by staying closed longer and more in line with the plate. Ravenelle has shown a fringe-average breaking ball and decent changeup in the past. A Vanderbilt recruit, Ravenelle likely will end up at school, though someone should take a flier on him as a summer follow.
45 1379 Cass Ingvardsen RHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
46 1409 Conner Mach 3B Missouri Mo.
47 1439 Ethan Springston OF Seton Catholic HS, Chandler, Ariz. Ariz.
48 1469 Wes Benjamin LHP St. Charles (Ill.) East HS Ill.
49 1499 Tyler Mapes RHP Navarro (Texas) JC Texas
With a roster that includes 13 players with NCAA Division I commitments for 2012, Navarro reached the Junior College World Series for the first time in 53 years. The Bulldogs' best prospect is righthander Tyler Mapes, who pitched at Navy in 2010. A 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, he throws an 89-93 mph fastball, a good changeup and a slurvy breaking ball. He has committed to Tulane for 2012.
50 1528 Cody Stewart OF Great Oak HS, Temecula, Calif. Calif.