Yankees Draft Report Card
BEST PURE HITTER: Switch-hitting catcher Anthony Seigler (1) showed the ability as an amateur to make plenty of contact from both sides of the plate while handling both velocity and offspeed stuff with equal aplomb. He also showed excellent plate discipline in a truncated first pro season, with more walks (14) than strikeouts (12) over 24 games.
BEST POWER: Although he didn’t hit a home run in his pro debut, catcher Josh Breaux (2) displayed plus-plus raw power as an amateur while at McLennan (Texas) JC. The Yankees believe he’ll start to show that thump next year.
FASTEST RUNNER: Troy OF Brandon Lockridge (5) produced sub-4.0 second times to first from the right side, which would make him an 80-grade runner on the 20-to-80 scouting scale. Lockridge stole 25 bases in 28 tries at Troy in 2018. He stole only three bases in five attempts in his pro debut.
BEST DEFENDER: Seigler’s ability to receive quality, high-velocity arms and throw out runners with a double-plus throwing arm stands out.
BEST ATHLETE: Isaiah Pasteur (13) out of George Washington showed speed that was neck-and-neck with Lockridge, as well other attributes that the Yankees’ performance science team looks for in their players.
BEST FASTBALL: North Florida RHP Frank German (4) was up to 98 mph with his fastball as a pro after sitting 92-94 during a dominating junior season. German posted a 1.58 ERA for North Florida with the 11th best strikeout-to-walk ratio in Division I. He carried that success into pro ball, where he 1-3, 2.08 with 12.2 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9 in 30 innings. Florence-Darlington (S.C.) Tech RHP Tanner Myatt (11) has touched 99.
BEST SECONDARY: North Carolina RHP Rodney Hutchison (6) made his slider harder and tighter before turning pro, and the results were evident with 31 strikeouts in 32 innings with short-season Staten Island.
BEST PRO DEBUT: Although his time on the field was lessened by nagging hamstring injuries and a concussion, making it to Rookie-level Pulaski and handling high-velocity arms like Albert Abreu in the instructional league was impressive for Seigler. He hit .269/.379/.342 between the two stops. German was impressive in his pair of stops as well.
Canaan Smith Is A Disciplined Hitter
The 2017 fourth-rounder makes hard contact, uses the whole field and sees the ball well at low Class A Charleston.
MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND: In addition to being a switch-hitter, Seigler also pitched with both arms as a high schooler. He sat in the high 80s from both sides and touched as high as 92 from the right side.
CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: German or Hutchison fit here, with Hutchison’s path likely quicker as a reliever with a major college pedigree.
BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Myatt’s fastball-slider combination and improving control made him a nice snag in the 11th round.
THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: The Yankees signed every player they drafted in the top 30 rounds, so they didn’t miss on much. C Patrick Winkel (31) is an intriguing catcher defensively who will play for Connecticut. RHP Landon Marceaux (37) was one of the most polished pitchers in the high school class. He’ll pitch for Louisiana State.