Yankees Draft Record Card
We analyze New York's 2009 draft class
BEST PURE HITTER:
|Heathcott is the most exciting position player the Yankees have drafted in years, at least since C.J. Henry and Austin Jackson in 2005. A generous budget bought plenty of insurance if he doesn't pan out, and Mitchell could wind up as the class' best pitcher.
The Yankees drafted C J.R. Murphy (2) for his quick bat and feel for hitting, which helped him hit .627 as a high school senior. He has enough bat and athletic ability to move to another position, but the Yankees are confident he'll remain behind the plate. >> BEST POWER HITTER:
OF Slade Heathcott (1) has all five tools, and premium bat speed gives him plus raw power. OF Neil Medchill (11) has more present power, leading the short-season New York-Penn League with 14 homers. >> FASTEST RUNNER:
Heathcott has well-above-average speed and has been timed at 4.0 seconds home to first from the left side. >> BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
Heathcott had a shoulder injury in the spring but still has a plus arm and the speed to play center field.
RHP Adam Warren (4) added velocity as a college senior, hitting 94 mph for North Carolina, then touched 96 for Staten Island. His ability to throw quality strikes with his fastball gives him the edge over RHP Graham Stoneburner (14), who has touched 97 and throws more consistently in the mid-90s. >> BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
RHP Bryan Mitchell (16), who signed for $800,000, has a power curveball that scrapes the low 80s. He throws his 88-92 fastball downhill and could have two plus pitches soon.
ODDS AND ENDS
BEST PRO DEBUT:
Warren helped Staten Island to the NYP championship, with two dominant playoff starts after a 4-2, 1.43 regular season. LHP Gavin Brooks (9) shined in a relief role, going 5-1, 0.62 with 48 strikeouts in 43 innings. Medchill led the league in homers and slugging (.551), while OF DeAngelo Mack (13) ranked second in extra-base hits in his .306/.372/.513 campaign. >> BEST ATHLETE:
Heathcott's injuries and makeup questions kept him on the board long enough for him to get to the Yankees at No. 29 overall. His hitting and athletic ability certainly could have dictated a higher draft slot. >> MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
OF Justin Milo (37) signed and played this summer, then returned to Vermont to continue his collegiate hockey career. He scored 12 goals and had 14 assists for the Catamounts last winter. His 5-foot-8, 175-pound frame works better in hockey than baseball. >> CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
RHP Caleb Cotham (5) could be a power sinker/slider guy if he's healthy after knee surgery. He touched 87 mph with his slider at his best and has low 90s velocity on his sinker. >> BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
Mitchell has projection and pretty good now stuff. >> THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
New York reached its budget and couldn't sign LHP Tyler Lyons (10), who should be a fine senior sign after returning to Oklahoma State.