Yankees sign six draft picks on Friday
The Yankees officially announced Friday that that have signed six more of their 2013 draft picks, led by third-round selection Michael O’Neill.
On Thursday morning, Baseball America insider Jim Callis first reported that the Yankees and O’Neill had agreed to a deal, with the signing bonus being the exact slot projection of just over $500,000.
O’Neill, the No. 103 overall pick who turned 21 on June 12, hit .329 with six homers and 19 stolen bases in 40 games for the University of Michigan this spring and now officially follows his uncle Paul as a Yankee.
Also agreeing to terms were the following picks: Georgia Tech outfielder Brandon Thomas (Rd. 8), UNLV RHP Andrew Beresford (Rd. 19), Western Oklahoma State RHP Alex Polanco (Rd. 23), Adelphi University RHP Dillon McNamara (Rd. 27), and third baseman and Hawaii Pacific University third baseman Chaunsey Sumner (Rd. 32).
With their additions, 19 of the Yankees’ 42 picks are now under contract, a haul that includes their top overall choice, former Notre Dame third baseman Eric Jagielo.
The team’s top two picks from the high school ranks, first-round LHP Ian Clarkin (No. 33 overall) and second-round second baseman Gosuke Katoh, are expected to join that group soon; both are now eligible to sign after graduating high school this week, and are expected to ink deals as early as Monday.