Yankees use Day 2 to address needs
Bombers select 24 pitchers, 26 position players in Draft
NEW YORK -- Fifty baseball players can now, and forever, tout that they were drafted by one of baseball's most storied frachises.
The Yankees selected 24 pitchers and 26 position players through Friday, finishing the two-day First-Year Player Draft heavily tilted toward experience. Of the 50 players they selected, 40 were college players.
Yankees' senior vice president and director of scouting Damon Oppenheimer said those numbers may be a bit deceiving. Four of the Yankees' first 10 selections were from the high school pool, and Oppenheimer noted how high school picks after the 16th round become difficult to sign.
Austin Romine was the Yankees' second overall pick and the first of three catchers taken by the team. With catcher Jorge Posada advancing in years, Romine could serve as a future option behind the plate. Oppenheimer pointed out, however, that the Yankees don't go into the Draft thinking about the team's current needs.
"We never go into a Draft talking about what the Major League needs are," he said. "It just doesn't work. It takes a while for players to get to the big leagues, so trying to adjust to Major League needs is not the way to go."
"Obviously, if you have a catcher and a shortstop that are sitting in the same spot on your Draft board and you have a 23-year-old shortstop in the big leagues, I think you might make the decision one way, but you're not going to draft for need."
To go along with three catchers, the Yankees selected three third basemen, three second basemen, two first basemen, four shortstops and 11 outfielders.
Oppenheimer said he was surprised that No. 10 pick Carmen Angelini fell so far in the Draft, noting that several teams most likely passed on him because they feared the shortstop wouldn't sign.
Angelini finished his senior year at Barbe (La.) High School with a .433 batting average and 52 RBIs. His primary role was as a leadoff hitter, and he swiped 38 bases in 42 attempts. He struck out just six times in 150 at-bats.
|1. TB||LHP||David Price||Vanderbilt U|
|2. KC||SS||Michael Moustakas||Chatsworth HS (Calif.)|
|3. CHC||3B||Josh Vitters||Cypress HS (Calif.)|
|4. PIT||LHP||Daniel Moskos||Clemson U|
|5. BAL||C||Matthew Wieters||Georgia Tech|
|6. WSH||LHP||Ross Detwiler||Missouri St U|
|7. MIL||LF||Matthew LaPorta||U Florida|
|8. COL||RHP||Casey Weathers||Vanderbilt U|
|9. ARI||RHP||Jarrod Parker||Norwell HS|
|10. SF||LHP||Madison Bumgarner||South Caldwell HS|
"We're really excited about quite a few of our picks, honestly," Oppenheimer said. "We didn't think that Andrew Brackman would get to 30. We didn't think we would be looking at Carmen Angelini in the 10th round. That's a pretty good looking high school shortstop. And these other kids that we got in between there are pretty good. I really don't know if you can call any of them huge surprises, but those are exciting ones there."
Entering the Draft with the lowest pick in franchise history, the Yankees took Brackman with the 30th pick overall in the first round.
The 6-foot-10, 230-pound Brackman posted a 6-4 record with a 3.81 ERA in 13 games (all starts) as a junior at North Carolina State University in 2007 (78 innings, 78 hits, 41 runs, 33 earned runs, 37 walks, 74 strikeouts). He joins fellow Wolfpack alumni Joey Devine (2005), Corey Lee (1996), Greg Briley (1986), Dan Plesac (1983) and Ron Evans (1975) as the only first-round picks taken from N.C. State.
Brackman was excited that the Yankees chose him with their first overall pick.
"A couple of days before the Draft, I definitely heard they were interested," Brackman said. "After I heard they were interested, I said, 'I hope the teams that pick before them don't pick me because I'd like to go to the Yankees instead of all the other teams before.'
"Growing up, I always had Yankees hats, Yankees stuff. Some people aren't fans of the Yankees and ask why. Why not? Why not wear the hat? They're the best team in baseball. How can you root against them?"
Caleb Breakey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.