Yankees sign 26 of 39 draft picks before deadline

17th-round pick Garrett Cave is the highest-selected player not to sign
07/19/2014 11:38 PM ET
By The Associated Press

Second-round pick Jacob Lindgren was one of 26 Yankees' draft picks to sign with the team before Friday's deadline.(AP)
The New York Yankees announced Saturday that they were able to sign 26 of their 39 draft picks from this past June's MLB Draft, including all of their top 15 selections.

The team also announced an official total of nine post-draft free-agent signings, including four right-handed pitchers, one lefty, two catchers, one infielder, and one outfielder.

Friday, July 18 at 5 p.m. ET was the deadline for teams to sign 2014 draftees, and here are some notes from the Yankees' draft breakdown:

-The highest selection not to sign was the Yankees' 17th-round pick, RHP Garrett Cave from South Sumter HS in Florida. Cave, who turned 18 on July 18, will instead honor his commitment to Florida international University, spurning the opportunity to become the second player surnamed Cave (after outfielder Jake, who was recently promoted to Double-A) in the Yankees' system.

-Cave was one of just seven Yankees draftees from the high school or prep ranks, and six of those seven chose not to sign; the only one who did was their third-round choice, Salisbury (CT) School RHP Austin DeCarr, who debuted in the GCL in late-June.

-Only three of the 13 who went unsigned were position players, and all three were high schoolers: Valhalla (CA) HS catcher Christopher Hudgens (Rd. 35), Carl Albert (OK) HS first baseman Cameron Warren (Rd. 39), and A.C. Flora (SC) HS shortstop Madison Stokes (Rd. 40).

-Seven collegians were among the unsigned, all pitchers, with University of Oregon LHP Porter Clayton (Rd. 21) the highest-selected among that group and also the only southpaw.

-The 13 who were unsigned also included one "big" name: Iona College RHP Mariano Rivera Jr. (Rd. 29).

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