By The Numbers: The Yankees' 2012 Draft
Pitcher Ty Hensley from Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., was the Yankees’ top pick on Monday night, with the No. 30 overall selection joining former Minor League pitcher and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (2002) as players the Yankees have taken from Santa Fe HS with their top pick.
As for the other 40, well, chances are you haven’t heard of many (if any) of them yet, but as we go By The Numbers on the Yankees’ 2012 Draft, these 10 facts may help you get acquainted with some of the newest members of the organization.
21: The Yankees are one of the more pitching-rich Minor League systems in all of baseball. The 2012 Draft added to that, as the Bombers used 21 of their 41 selections on moundsmen. Ty Hensley was the first, and the last was RHP Charles Basford, a senior from Samford University that the team took No. 1,147 overall in the 37th round.
2: Another one of those 21 pitchers was lefty Eric Erickson, the University of Miami product the Yankees chose in the 34th round. But that wasn’t the first time the Yankees had drafted Erickson; it was actually the second, as the team had also tabbed him as their 43rd-round choice out of Sarasota (FL) HS back in 2006.
1,176: The selection gap between the Yankees’ 2012 draftee from Miami’s Westminster Christian HS and the franchise’s current star from that same school. The 2012 pick, David Thompson, is a right-handed hitting outfielder the Yankees selected at No. 1,177 overall in the 39th round...and of course, the star is Alex Rodriguez, who the Mariners took No. 1 overall out of Westminster Christian in 1993.
321: That is the Major League save total of Jose Mesa, who played for 19 years in the Majors. In the 24th round of the 2012 Draft, the Yankees selected his son Jose Jr., who is also a pitcher, out of Charles Flanagan HS in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
7: Of the 41 draftees chosen by the Yankees, seven of them came from the state of Florida. In addition to Erickson, Thompson, and Mesa, the Bombers also chose University of Miami catcher Peter O’Brien (Rd. 2), catcher Christopher Breen from Winter Springs HS (Rd. 12), outfielder Demetrius Stewart from The Bolles School in Jacksonville (Rd. 28), and outfielder Bo Decker from East Ridge HS in Clermont (Rd. 39).
27: This year, a college education was a good thing for Yankees draftees, as 27 of the 41 men selected were chosen out of the collegiate ranks, with the highest pick out of college, O’Brien, taken with the team’s third selection (No. 94 overall).
2007: Despite that previous fact, Hensley’s selection means that the Yankees have now taken a high school player with their top overall pick five years in a row, with the last collegian being RHP Andrew Brackman in 2007. Dante Bichette, Jr. (2011), Cito Culver (2010), and Slade Heathcott (2009) are all still in the organization, while Gerrit Cole (2008) chose to attend college instead and was later drafted No. 1 overall by the Pirates in 2011.
5: It was a very alliterative draft for the Yankees, as five of the players selected by the Yankees have the same first and last initial: the aforementioned Erickson, OF Austin Aune (Rd. 2), IF Rob Refsnyder (Rd. 5), P Dayton Dawe (Rd. 15), and, fittingly, OF Raphael Rhymes (Rd. 30).
20: The Yankees have in their employ the all-time MLB leader in saves in one Mariano Rivera. In Round 16 of the Draft, the Yankees selected the man who leads the NCAA in that category in 2012: righty Stefan Lopez, whose 20 saves for Southeastern Louisiana University are tops in Division I this year.
3: And finally, what would this draft recap be without a nod to the shortstop? Twenty years after they took Derek Jeter with their top pick, the Yankees selected three shortstops in the 2012 Draft: Mikey Reynolds from Texas A&M University (Rd. 20), Kyle Farmer from the University of Georgia (Rd. 35), and Tulane University’s Garrett Cannizaro (Rd. 32), whose brother Andy was a seventh-round pick in 2001 and made his Major League debut with the Yankees in 2006.
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