Tuesday, June 9, 2015

2015 MLB Draft (Day 1)

Alright, so yesterday was day one of the 2015 MLB Draft.

After weeks and weeks of wondering who'd be the number one overall draft pick, we got Dansby Swanson from Vanderbilt going to the D-Backs.

Coming into this draft a lot of people saw it as a pretty poor one with weak offerings considering how there wasn't a consensus number 1 pick. That said, it's easy to say there's not enough talent when people have been spoiled with what the drafts in the 2000's offered. Especially the drafts in 2005 and 2006. Also, it's fair to point out that the first few rounds do not make up the entire draft or for that matter the future of the MLB. I'm sure in 10 years from now we'll all be wondering how player A managed to get overlooked until the 15th round or something.

Anyway, yesterday was day one of the draft and covered the only rounds people care about. Personally I consider today to be the really important part of the draft since I'm going to be watching a lot of the guys selected today in person soon, but I digress.

In a lot of ways this year's draft was pretty important for the Yankees since it's probably going to be the last time they get a compensation pick for losing a player to free agency.

Pick Number 16

With their first pick the Yankees picked, James Kaprielian.
One of the hardest last names to type in recent memory, Kaprielian was taken by the New York Yankees 16th overall.

The righty from UCLA projects to be a starter in the big leagues with a very high floor. Armed with a low 90 mph fastball, change up, slider and curveball, if he signs he projects to move through the minors very quickly. Maybe not Lindgren-quick, but Ian Kennedy-quick (four years at most in the minors?).

Kaprielian might see some time as a Staten Island Yankee this year. *fingers crossed!*

Pick Number 30

With their compensation pick the Yankees got Kyle Holder. A University of San Diego shortstop who is said to be a glove-first type shortstop with some upside with the bat.

He's a work in progress and is even more likely to see some playing time this year as a Staten Island Yankee.

Pick Number 57

With their last pick on day one/their second round pick, the Yankees selected yet another college player. This time a lefty who hails from Canada, Jeff Degano.

Armed with a low 90's fastball, a change up and apparently a slurve, Degano will most likely be tried out as a starter until the Yankees deem him to be better suited in the bullpen.


So through the first few rounds the Yankees already have a few potential SI Yankees. Which has me feeling like...

Naturally, whether or not these top picks go on to have a high impact on the system remains to be seen, but overall the Yankees made some solid/safe picks. At least IMO. Keep an eye out for my follow up post on the rest of the Yankees draftees later today.



  1. That 2005 draft was very good for the Pirates! I was glad to see the Pirates took some infielders. That has been a weak part of the system.....especially the middle infielders.

    1. I wouldn't say that their middle infield is weak. Just that all of their once high ceiling infielders turned into outfielders.

  2. I definitely think you've got some SIers in there. I can't imagine Kap (refuse to learn to spell the while name) will be in SI for long, but if he signs quick I'd love to see him go there for a start or two, then maybe hit up an upper level. He should move pretty quickly, like Kennedy did.

    The other two picks are interesting. Would have liked to see them maybe go for a signability guy with one of the two second picks, but whatever. Not surprised to see three college players given all the young positional players from the spending spree last summer.

    1. For the most part people seem to be divided (mainly negative) with Holder since his ceiling is apparently Brendan Ryan. Gotta see what the future has in store for us I guess.