2012 Draft Report Cards: New York Yankees
See also: Draft Report Card Index
To let everyone get a taste of what our Draft Report Card breakdowns include, we're making one team per division free starting with the Yankees.
Best Pure Hitter:
Assuming Hensley's shoulder is fine, he and Aune give the Yankees a pair of athletic prep prospects. Black and Goody could be the first major league contributors, with the chance to move quickly as relievers.
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OF Robert Refsnyder
(5) hit .364 to earn Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2012 College World Series. He's short to the ball with a consistent, strong swing. Best Power Hitter:
C Peter O'Brien
(2) has solid bat speed and tremendous leverage and strength at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. He's not a pretty defender but fits the Yankees' hit-first catcher mold. Fastest Runner:
SS Austin Aune
(2) adds plus speed to an athletic overall frame. He covers 60 yards in 6.5-6.6 seconds. Best Defensive Player:
OF Taylor Dugas
(8) earns Sam Fuld
comparisons for his modest size, all-out style and defensive instincts in center field. He's a solid runner with good range and a playable arm.
After transferring from San Diego State to Faulkner (Ala.), RHP Corey Black
(4) showcased a big arm despite being 5-foot-11, 170 pounds. He worked at 94-96 mph in the spring and hit 100 mph in pro ball. RHP Ty Hensley
(1) sits at 92-95 mph and touches 97. New York reduced his bonus from $1.6 million to $1.2 million after a physical revealed shoulder concerns, though he hasn't had any health issues. Best Secondary Pitch:Hensley
had one of the draft's best curveballs, an upper-70s breaker that he locates well. RHP Brady Lail
(18) spins an above-average curve as well.
ODDS AND ENDS
Best Pro Debut:
RHP Nick Goody
(6) posted a 1.12 ERA, seven saves and a 52-9 K-BB ratio in 32 innings while getting to high Class A. Dugas led the short-season New York-Penn League in walks (51) and on-base percentage (.465). 1B Saxon Butler
(33) tied for the NY-P lead with 10 homers, then hit three more after a promotion to low Class A. Best Athlete: Aune
had a football scholarship to play quarterback at Texas Christian. With speed, strength and a plus arm, he'll stay at shortstop until he plays his way off. Hensley is an impressive athlete for a pitcher. Most Intriguing Background:
1B Matt Snyder's
(10) father Brian and brother Brandon played in the majors, and the Angels drafted his twin Mike in the 23rd round. RHP Jose Mesa Jr.
(24) is the son of the former all-star closer. Hensley's father Mike was a third-round pick out of high school in 1985 and a second-rounder in 1988 out of Oklahoma. Closest To The Majors:
As a short college righthander, Goody could follow the David Robertson
playbook. He has natural deception and gets swings and misses with his 90-91 mph fastball and short, sharp slider. Black also could move quickly, especially if he moves to the bullpen. Best Late-Round Pick:Lail
needs to add strength but has a chance for three average to plus pitches. Athletic RHP Dayton Dawe
(15) has a clean delivery and a chance for a four-pitch mix. The One Who Got Away:
The Yankees loved OF Ty Moore's
(25) bat but couldn't pry him away from UCLA.