New York Yankees

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 30 Ty Hensley RHP Santa Fe HS, Edmond, Okla. Okla. $1,200,000
The Cardinals made Mike Hensley the 53rd overall selection in the 1988 draft, and his son Ty will beat him by about 30 picks this June. While several of this draft crop's high school righthanders have been injured or regressed this spring, Hensley has done nothing but help his cause. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder has sat at 92-95 mph and touched 96-97 with his fastball all season--and it's not even his best pitch. That would be a 12-to-6 curveball that he spins in the upper 70s. Hensley's command isn't as impressive as his pure stuff, and he still needs to add some life and work down in the zone more often with his fastball. Before his velocity spiked, he showed a promising changeup as a sophomore, but he hasn't needed it this spring. A quality athlete, Hensley played quarterback at Santa Fe High before giving up football before his senior year. He's also a power-hitting switch-hitter who could get the opportunity to play both way in the unlikely event that he follows through on his commitment to the University of Mississippi.
2 89 Austin Aune OF Argyle (Texas) HS Texas $1,000,000
Aune led Argyle HS to the Texas 3-A football championship game, passing for 3,411 yards and 33 touchdowns while rushing for another 538 yards and nine scores. A solid college quarterback prospect with a Texas Christian football scholarship, he also has baseball potential and the intention of playing both sports for the Horned Frogs. If he's signable, he'll fit into the first five rounds of the draft. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounds Aune offers an impressive package of tools, starting with plus raw power and arm strength. He has a balanced lefthanded stroke and solid speed, and scouts praise his makeup as well. He's still raw and hasn't shined at showcase events because he has split his time between two spots and hasn't faced much in the way of baseball competition. A shortstop at Argyle, he may not have the hands to stick in the infield. While he could get a shot at third base or center field, he's likely destined for right field at either TCU or in pro ball.
2 94 Peter O'Brien C Miami Fla. $460,000
O'Brien was little known at Miami's Braddock High, emerging as a sophomore at Bethune-Cookman when he hit 20 home runs, then four more to lead USA Baseball's college national team in the summer of 2010. He slumped a bit in 2011, dropping 80 points in batting average but was still a third-round pick of the Rockies. He didn't sign and transferred to Miami as a senior. O'Brien's spring got off to a tremendous start, first when the NCAA cleared him to play without having to sit out a year, then by hitting .354/.465/.677 with 10 home runs in his first 127 at-bats. He has plenty of strength in his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame and doesn't have to pull the ball to hit it over the fence. He has good balance and the requisite arm strength to catch. At his size, though, O'Brien lacks agility and struggles to block balls in the dirt. Some scouts think he can hit enough to survive as a below-average receiver with inconstant throwing accuracy. A hairline fracture of his left wrist, sustained when he was hit by a pitch April 15, further complicated his draft status. Three weeks later, he had yet to swing a bat, though he hoped to return before the end of the regular season.
3 124 Nathan Mikolas 1B Bradford HS, Kenosha, Wis. Wis. $400,000
The top high school hitting prospect in the Upper Midwest, Mikolas has proven his ability to produce with wood bats by playing in the prestigious East Cobb (Ga.) summer program and performing well at numerous showcases. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has a balanced lefthanded swing and quality bat speed that give him the potential to become a plus hitter with average power. His value is tied up in his bat, as his athleticism, speed, arm and defensive ability are all below-average. He has a chance to play left field but likely will wind up at first base. A Louisville recruit, he's expected to sign if he goes in the first 10 rounds--and he could sneak into the first five.
4 157 Corey Black RHP Faulkner (Ala.) Ala. $215,000
Black has some surface similarities to 2004 No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush, starting with his 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame. He's slighter than Bush, who like Black first attracted attention at Mission Bay High in San Diego as a two-way player. Black wound up missing much of his junior season with Tommy John surgery and went to San Diego State, getting more time as a pitcher than a hitter. He pitched 121 innings in two seasons and went 4-5, 3.56 with 78 strikeouts and 42 walks in 73 innings as a sophomore, but he was taken off the Aztecs roster in the fall. He wound up showcasing himself at the Arizona Fall Classic and transferred to NAIA Faulkner so he would be eligible to pitch in 2012. Black has a quick arm and can run his fastball up to 94-96 mph at times, and he should sit there in a future bullpen role. Both his slider and changeup have their moments; his changeup developed into a reliable second pitch, with his breaking ball remaining inconsistent. Black's fastball should get him in the first five rounds despite his medical history and size.
5 187 Rob Refsnyder 2B Arizona Ariz. $205,900
Born in South Korea, Refsnyder went to Laguna Hills (Calif.) High, where he was teammates with Royals lefthander John Lamb. Refsnyder bats and throws righthanded and has a 6-foot, 200-pound frame. Scouts like his bat and think he could be an average hitter. He's always hitting--he holds his high school record for the highest career batting average and is a career .341 hitter over his three years with the Wildcats. The problem scouts have is that Refsnyder just doesn't profile as a corner outfielder in pro ball because he has a flat swing that's geared more for doubles than home runs. He's an average runner with an average arm, so scouts who like the bat are interested in getting Refsnyder to move back to second base, a position he played in high school.
6 217 Nick Goody RHP Louisiana State La. $140,000
The Yankees drafted Goody in 2011 out of a Florida junior college and didn't sign him, and he should go much higher than the 22nd round this year. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has consistently pounded the zone with a 90-93 mph fastball and a short, late-breaking slider with good power. Goody fills up the strike zone, as evidenced by a 39-3 strikeout-walk ratio. He's strictly a reliever who could move to the majors quickly.
7 247 Taylor Garrison RHP Fresno State Calif. $10,000
Garrison has frequently been overshadowed by his twin brother Trent, a catcher for the Bulldogs. Taylor was a walk on at Fresno State as a freshman before earning a scholarship. Garrison is just 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, but he has a fluid, efficient delivery with a loose, whippy arm. His fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range and touches 94. Garrison worked as the Bulldogs' closer this year and flashes good secondary stuff. His go-to pitch is an above-average cutter, but he also has a quality changeup and curveball.
8 277 Taylor Dugas OF Alabama Ala. $10,000
Dugas had a storied career at Alabama, becoming the school's all-time hits leader. He was an eighth-round pick of the Cubs last year, and the 5-foot-8, 175-pound former All-American hit .360 in four seasons. He's a contact hitter with little power to speak of and is a 55 runner on the 20-80 scale. He has some similarities to Sam Fuld but doesn't have as much defensive ability.
9 307 Derek Varnadore RHP Auburn Ala. $10,000
Varnadore led Auburn in innings as a senior, after being a 17th-round pick last year. His deceptive arm action precludes him from having consistent command. He pitches off an 89-90 mph fastball with a slider and changeup, none of it consistent.
10 337 Matt Snyder 1B Mississippi Miss. $10,000
Most of the top home run hitters in Division I are older, physical hitters who have the "man strength" needed to drive the ball with the new BBCOR bats. That description applies to the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Snyder. He has big league bloodlines with brother Brandon in the majors with the Rangers and his father Brian pitched in the big leagues. Matt Snyder led the Southeastern Conference with 10 homers in league play this spring, and while some scouts lament his lack of athleticism, he has strength and hitting smarts. He's improved defensively at first but is a 20 runner prone to hitting into double plays.
11 367 Caleb Frare LHP Custer County HS, Miles City, Mont. Mont. $100,000
Frare sits in the mid-80s with his fastball and mixes in a soft curveball. He has a nice build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds but tends to battle his control at times. Frare has an aggressive delivery with an exaggerated stride and the coaching staff at Utah will try to smooth things out to help him throw more strikes.
12 397 Chris Breen C Winter Springs (Fla.) HS Fla.
13 427 James Pazos LHP San Diego Calif. $100,000
Pazos has been a key member of San Diego's bullpen since transferring from Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) JC after his freshman year, and he was 5-1, 1.53 with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 59 innings this spring. He missed time in the middle of this season serving a suspension for a violation of team rules. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Pazos is physical and aggressive, attacking the zone with an 89-92 mph fastball that bumps 93. His slider has improved significantly in the past year and has a chance to be a second average pitch. He is developing a changeup. Pazos has a resilient arm and has shown the ability to bounce back strong, helping him profile well as a bullpen lefthander.
14 457 Andrew Benak RHP Rice Texas $100,000
15 487 Dayton Dawe RHP Lucas SS, London, Ont. Ontario $100,000
Dawe has an average build for a pitcher at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He's a good athlete which allows him to repeat his clean, easy delivery. He has a quick and smooth arm action, which allows scouts to project on his 88-91 mph fastball. He throws both a two-seam fastball with some sink and a four-seamer with nice run and he's able to command the pitches to both sides of the plate. Dawe holds his velocity well into the later innings and mixes in a mid-70s curveball. He also has feel for a changeup. Dawe is committed to Maine but is expected to sign.
16 517 Stefan Lopez RHP Southeastern Louisiana La. $100,000
The nation's saves leader with 19 in 2012, Lopez attacks hitters with a lively fastball. He sits 91-92 mph and touches 93-94 with the pitch, which he throws 90 percent of the time. Lopez has some deception in his delivery and showed his toughness in 2011, finishing the season with a torn ACL in his knee. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has thrown a slider and changeup in the past; his change was the better pitch coming out of high school while the slider is better now. He throws his secondary stuff so infrequently, he's lost the feel for both.
17 547 Tim Flight LHP Southern New Hampshire N.H.
18 577 Brady Lail RHP Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah Utah $225,000
Lail, an Arizona recruit, has a thin build at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds. He'll flash above-average velocity but usually settles into the 85-88 mph range. The hand speed is there though, as Lail shows an above-average curveball and mixes in an occasional changeup. He has some effort in his delivery and the ball looks like it jumps out of his hand.
19 607 Dietrich Enns LHP Central Michigan Mich.
20 637 Mikey Reynolds SS Texas A&M Texas
21 667 Jimmy Reed LHP Maryland Md.
22 697 Brett Marks RHP Wallace State (Ala.) CC Ala.
23 727 Vincent Jackson OF Luella HS, McDonough, Ga. Ga.
Jackson has earned comparisons to Domonic Brown, the Phillies prospect who is also out of metro Atlanta. Like Brown, Jackson is a raw, lean, tall, lefthanded-hitting outfielder, standing at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds. Jackson isn't as raw as Brown was coming out of high school, in part because he has focused on baseball, yet he remains far from his ceiling. He might make a quicker impact for Tennessee on the mound because he throws a lot of strikes, but his 84-88 mph fastball doesn't excite scouts as much as his raw power and hitting ability. Scouts that like Jackson are projecting on the bat based on his hand-eye coordination. His swing is long, like his arms and body, yet he makes hard contact and could develop impressive power with improved hitting mechanics. Just an average athlete, Jackson has average speed and arm strength. Most scouts see him as a corner outfielder down the line, and may choose to take a run at him after three seasons at Tennessee.
24 757 Jose Mesa Jr. RHP Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla. Fla. $100,000
Physical righty Jose Mesa Jr. is already 6-foot-4, 225 pounds and lacks body control but does have some power in his average fastball, which features some cut and run.
25 787 Ty Moore OF Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. Calif.
Scouts love Moore's on-field and off-field makeup as well as his penchant for performing on the big stage, like when he starred this spring at the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C. He has an unorthodox setup and swing, with a circular bat waggle and a double toe-tap, but he still manages to get the barrel on the ball consistently. He has a chance to hit for average if he can simplify his mechanics and timing. His best tool is his raw power, which rates as average to plus. The rest of his tools are lacking. He is close to a 20 runner with poor defensive skills and throwing ability from the outfield, though he does have some raw arm strength and reaches 88 mph off the mound. Moore has a chance to become a bat-only big leaguer in the Allen Craig mold, but scouts think he will be difficult to sign away from a UCLA commitment.
26 817 Charlie Haslup RHP Maryland Md.
Haslup has good size at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, and he can sit in the low 90s with his fastball. He has a decent slider, though it's not a plus pitch by any means. He'll need to work on his command. In 44 innings he struck out 44 and walked 20 while allowing 44 hits.
27 847 Danny Oh OF California Calif.
28 877 D.J. Stewart OF Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla. Fla.
Another part of Florida State's intriguing recruiting class, 6-foot, 215-pound D.J. Stewart has power potential as a lefthanded hitter with a strong but long swing. A successful football running back, Stewart played mostly outfield in high school but drew more scouting interest when he caught for teammate (and fellow FSU signee) Hayden Hurst, showing he could handle velocity. He'd be an interesting conversion project if he can be pried away from Florida State.
29 907 Jose Diaz LHP Advantage Learning Institute, Ponce, P.R. P.R.
Diaz has an athletic, projectable, 6-foot-2, 180-pound build. His fastball sits in the 86-88 mph range and he touches 91. He throws a slider anywhere from 72-78 mph, and has a tendency to drop his arm slot on the pitch.
30 937 Raph Rhymes OF Louisiana State La.
Rhymes has hit his way up draft boards and to the Southeastern Conference's player of the year award. Originally cut from LSU's program, he transferred to LSU-Eunice JC, helping the team win the Division II NJCAA championship. He transferred back to LSU after that one season and has done nothing but hit since arriving, though he did have a detour for Tommy John surgery in the middle. He also gave up his scholarship this year so the Tigers could recruit other players. The 6-foot, 180-pound righthanded hitter has a poor profile if he's just a left fielder, though some scouts would like to try him back at second base, where he's dabbled in the past. He's short to the ball, selective and strong enough to drive the ball consistently, resulting in a national-best .469 average. His .458 mark in SEC play was more than 100 points better than his closest pursuer.
31 967 Kevin Johnson RHP Illinois Ill.
32 997 Garrett Cannizaro SS Tulane La.
33 1027 Saxon Butler 1B/C Samford Ala.
Butler hits three-hole for Samford and has worked out as a catcher for scouts. He has hit the last two years and added 14 homers this spring.
34 1057 Eric Erickson LHP Miami Fla.
35 1087 Kyle Farmer SS Georgia Ga.
Farmer had a solid career at Georgia, setting a school record for fielding percentage by a shortstop. He's a capable, surehanded infielder with solid athleticism who profiles best as a utility infielder. The 6-foot, 195-pounder had a solid junior season but hit just .211 with wood in the Cape, and likely lacks the power to be an everyday third baseman. He's more of a gap hitter who needs to be a bit more selective after drawing just eight walks as a junior. He's a below-average runner who can play shortstop as a reserve but likely is not an everyday option as a pro. Some scouts would like to try him behind the plate.
36 1117 Dalton Smith C University City HS, San Diego Calif. $100,000
37 1147 Charles Basford RHP Samford Ala.
38 1177 David Thompson OF Westminster Christian School, Miami Fla.
Westminster Christian third baseman David Thompson entered the spring as the state's career home run leader with 44 (two more than Prince Fielder had), and he was the Miami-Dade prep athlete of the year. A three-star quarterback recruit in football, he's committed to play both sports for the Hurricanes if he doesn't sign. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder is a modest runner with average arm strength, and his home run power is his calling card. He's not a premium athlete on the diamond and lacks a true defensive home.
39 1207 Bo Decker OF East Ridge HS, Clermont, Fla. Fla.
40 1237 Sherman Lacrus OF/C Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.