By the Numbers: The Yankees' 2012 Draft Class, Year 1
One year ago Tuesday, RHP Ty Hensley was the Yankees’ first-round pick in the 2012 Draft, becoming the first of 41 players to be selected by the Yankees organization over the three-day process. Of that group, 28 signed with the Yankees, with all but two seeing action at some point last summer.
With their first full year in the pros coming to an end sometime this week, we take a look back to see how the Class of 2012 is performing so far in the latest edition of By The Numbers.
1: Hensley was the No. 30 overall pick in the Draft and signed one day before the deadline, going on to post a 1-2 record and 3.00 ERA in five appearances in the Gulf Coast League last summer. He will likely miss all of 2013, however, after having surgery to repair an impingement in his right hip back in April.
2: The Yankees had a pair of second round picks, taking Texas prep outfielder/shortstop Austin Aune at No. 89 and University of Miami catcher Peter O’Brien at No. 93. Aune, who switched to shortstop full-time in 2012, posted a .273-1-20 line in 39 games for the GCL Yankees last summer, and has yet to play organized ball in 2013; O’Brien, meanwhile, posted a .212-10-34 line between the GCL and Staten Island last year and moved up to Class-A Charleston for 2013, hitting .316 with seven homers and 34 RBI through June 3.
3: Of the 41 selected, three were baseball legacies; 10th-rounder Matt Snyder is one of three baseball-playing sons of ex- pitcher Brian Snyder; 24th-rounder Jose Mesa is the son of the famed closer of the same name; and 32nd-rounder Garrett Cannizaro, who was not signed, is the brother of ex-Yankees prospect and current scout Andy Cannizaro.
6: Within one year, six of the Yankees’ 2012 draftees have reached as high as Class-A Advanced Tampa: first basemen Snyder and Saxon Butler, second baseman Rob Refsnyder, and pitchers Nick Goody, Corey Black, and Taylor Garrison.
7: If one were to hand out a “Cy Young Award” of sorts for the first year in the system, the winner would likely be Garrison, who spent 2012 in Staten Island and has split 2013 so far between Charleston and Tampa. As of June 4, Garrison has pitched to a 1.74 ERA with 15 saves and 53 strikeouts in 51.2 innings pitched over 40 appearances.
8: Likewise, the MVP so far might be Refsnyder, the eighth-rounder who was drafted in the midst of a run to the College World Series title at Arizona. Since being named CWS MVP and joining the Yankees, Refsnyder has taken 371 at-bats between Charleston and Tampa, hitting .280 with six homers, 49 RBI, 26 stolen bases and a .798 OPS while playing both right field and second base.
13: Of the players that didn’t sign and returned to school, the two who maybe made the “best” decisions are pitcher James Reed and outfielder Demetrius Stewart. So far, Reed, the 21st-round pick and highest pitcher not to sign, is 6-4 with a 2.33 ERA in 13 starts (88.2 innings) for the University of Maryland, while Stewart has hit .348 with four homers, 51 RBI, and a .986 OPS at Florida State.
33: The late-round gem of the bunch for the Yankees so far is Butler, a 33rd-round pick out of Samford University who posted a .273-13-45 line in 61 games between Staten Island and Charleston last season. He began 2013 in Charleston and hit .286 in nine games before being promoted to Tampa, where he had a .227-1-11 line in 26 games before going on the DL in late May.
32708/32719: Those are the ZIP Codes of Winter Springs, Florida, a town that saw a pretty good battery get drafted out of its high school in 2012. Catcher Christopher Breen, the Yankees’ 12th-round pick, hit .274 in the GCL last summer, and his ex-battery mate, Pirates third-round pick Jon Sandfort, pitched 15 innings over eight appearances for the Bucs’ GCL Championship squad.
2013: Although it’s highly unlikely that any Yankees 2012 draftee will get to say this, at least four players selected last June league-wide can say they made it to “The Show” in their first full season. As of June 3, four pitchers – Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman, St. Louis’ Michael Wacha, and Los Angelenos Paco Rodriguez (Dodgers) and Michael Roth (Angels) had already made their MLB debuts, reaching the Bigs within their first full calendar year of pro ball.