By the Numbers: The Yankees Draft Class of 2013
With the Short-Season Class-A and Rookie Leagues all set to begin over the next 10 days and the deadline for signing draft picks being July 12 at 5 p.m. ET, everyone will get a professional look at those who do become the future of their organizations very soon.
The Yankees had three first-round picks, giving them a total of 42 selections this year, and we turn the spotlight over to those three-and-a-half dozen new potential Baby Bombers in the latest edition of By the Numbers.
2001: The last time the Yankees had three-first round picks was 2001, when they selected Florida State OF John-Ford Griffin (No. 23), Kamehameha (HI) HS IF Bronson Sardinha (No. 34), and Rice RHP Jon Skaggs (No. 42). That 2001 first-round also saw Joe Mauer taken No. 1 overall, David Wright taken at No. 38, and current Yankees Mark Teixeira (No. 5) and Jayson Nix (No. 45) chosen by Texas and Colorado respectively.
5: With the Yankees’ selection of Notre Dame third baseman Eric Jagielo at No. 26, the team broke a string of five straight years that the team had used its first overall selection on a high schooler; prior to Jagielo, then-North Carolina State RHP Andrew Brackman, who was the No. 30 selection in 2007, was the last collegian to be the Yankees’ first choice.
15/27: Of their 42 picks, only 15 of them did come from the prep ranks, with 27 being selected out of a college or university.
2: The Yankees did take two players who came from the immediate footprint of Yankee Stadium: sixth-rounder John Murphy and 20th-rounder Dillon McNamara. Murphy, a shortstop, is from Seymour, Conn., and attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., and McNamara is a Staten Island native who was chosen out of Long Island’s Adelphi University.
6: The deadline to sign players isn’t until July 12, but just days after the draft, it appeared that five were already in the fold or about to join it; according to River Avenue Blues and Baseball America, both Murphy and Jagielo had signed or agreed to terms, with fourth-rounder Tyler Wade, 13th-rounder Cale Coshow, 15th-rounder Jordan Barnes, and 22nd-rounder Derek Toadvine close to doing so as of Wednesday morning.
2: On the flip side, there are at least two that appear as if they will not sign; 30th-rounder Cody Thomas, who is committed to play both football and baseball at Oklahoma, has been reported to be set to honor that commitment, while 37th-rounder Josh Pettitte has said he will go with his family’s wishes and honor his commitment to Baylor.
4: Speaking of Josh Pettitte, he is one of four players drafted by the Yankees in 2013 who have a Yankee relative; Andy’s son joins third-rounder Michael O’Neill , who is the nephew of Paul O’Neill, 26th-rounder Cal Quantrill, who is Paul Quantrill’s son, and 28th-rounder Trent Garrison, the twin brother of Taylor Garrison, the Yankees’ seventh-round pick in 2012 who is currently at Class-A Advanced Tampa.
3: The SEC is known as a college football powerhouse, but for the second straight year, the Yankees selected three SEC players in the Top 10 rounds of the draft; following the 2012 triad of LSU RHP Nick Goody (Rd. 6), Alabama OF Taylor Dugas (Rd. 8), and Auburn RHP Derek Varnadore (Rd. 9), the Yankees took LSU RHP Nick Rumbelow (Rd. 7), Auburn LHP Conner Kendrick (Rd. 9), and South Carolina LHP Tyler Webb (Rd. 10) in 2013.
11: The youngest player selected by the Yankees was their 11th-round pick, Rockwall (TX) HS outfielder Kendall Coleman, whose date of birth is 5/22/95 – making him 18 years and 17 days old on the day he was selected.
19: On the flip side, the elder statesman of the draftees is 19th-round choice Andrew Beresford. A right-handed pitcher out of UNLV, Beresford was born on 2/26/90, making him 23 years, three months, and 13 days old at the time of his drafting. Fun fact: even if he debuted tomorrow, Beresford still wouldn’t be the youngest Yankee of 2013, as he is roughly three weeks older than RHP Brett Marshall.