The New York Yankees used the 2012 MLB Draft to re-stock their farm system and build for the future, but there are some picks the Bombers made that could help them out sooner rather than later.
First Round, 30th Overall: Ty Hensley, RHP, Santa Fe HS (Okla.)
Here’s a look at Hensley’s scouting report, per Dave Perkins of SI.com:
Tall and projectable, Hensley fires a glove-popping low 90’s fastball which peaks at 94 mph. He gets excellent two plane movement on his overhand curveball, but struggles to command that pitch. Hensley’s arm works well, but he will need to achieve fuller extension and correct a habit of pulling his front side open too quickly in his delivery to the plate.
We keep hearing about comparisons to Josh Beckett, but to be quite honest I hate hearing that kind of talk in baseball. Out of all the professional sports baseball is the hardest to forecast out in terms of prospect success, let alone what “type of player” they will go on to become.
I like the kids upside. Throw him in the mix with Phelps, Nova, Pineda (assuming he recovers completely), Buanelos, Betances (if he ever gets a command of the strike zone), Warren, D.J. Mitchell, Jorge Campos et al and the Yankees have a truck load of high end arms in their system all the way from A to the major league club.
Second Round, 94th Overall: Peter O’Brien, C, University of Miami
The Yankees have a lot of options at catcher. A friggin’ ton to be exact.
Even after they traded Jesus Montero they have Russell Martin & Chris Stewart (whom I love defensively btw) & Austin Romine, Fracnisco Cervelli, Gary Sanchez to name but a few scattered throughout their farm system.
New York’s current catcher, Russell Martin, has done a decent job with the pitching staff, but when you combine that with his nightmare year at the plate, he doesn’t look so desirable anymore.
That being said, they made a smart choice taking O’Brien as a potential solution behind the plate.
Here is O’Brien’s scouting report from MLB.com’s staff:
This is a bit of a do-over for O’Brien, who entered the 2011 season as a strong catching prospect at Bethune-Cookman, but he decided not to sign after being drafted in the third round by the Rockies, instead transferring to Miami for his senior season.
He’s been more consistent with the Hurricanes, showing the kind of offensive ability most thought they’d see when 2011 began.
He drives the ball to all fields and has above-average to plus raw power. He’s not a bad runner for the position.
His arm has always been a plus and he’s shown some improvement behind the plate as well with decent hands and agility for someone his size.
College catchers, especially with this kind of offensive potential, often do well on Draft day and it seems that O’Brien’s decision to spend one more year in college may work to his advantage.
Fourth Round, 157th Overall: Corey Black, RHP, Faulkner Univ., Montgomery (Ala.)
Another draft pick, another arm to add a high end arm to the Yanks’ pitching depth.
Black was the Bombers’ fourth-round pick. Here’s the right-hander’s scouting report from MLB.com’s staff:
Black has a good fastball that has good movement and can get into the upper 90s. Black also has relatively good secondary stuff and dominated the NAIA. A lot is still unknown about the righty from a small school in Alabama, but he could end up being a steal in the Draft.
With a fastball topping out in the high 90’s & already showing some decent signs on his secondary stuff we could be seeing this young man in the bullpen fairly soon.
Fifth Round, 187th Overall: Robert Refsnyder, 2B, University of Arizona
Here’s the word on the Yanks’ fifth round pick from Andy Lopez, a coach with Refsnyder’s college team the Arizona Wildcats, per Anthony Gimino of TusconCitizen.com.
Refsnyder, the Cats’ cleanup hitter, is batting .353 with team highs of six home runs and 61 RBIs.
“Just the aptitude to hit,” Lopez said on what scouts like about Refsnyder. “He has good bat speed; he’s just a good hitter.”
And a pro team will find some place to play him if not the outfield.
“They are thinking of making him a second baseman, which he can do,” Lopez said. “He played 10 games as a freshman at second. He has worked out at second for some scouts in the past couple of weeks.”
Obviously I don’t see this young man supplanting Robinson Cano at 2B any time soon, but it definitely sounds like he slide nicely into a corner OF/IF spot down the road.
Sixth Round, 217th Overall: Nick Goody, RHP, Louisiana State University
Gary Laney of ESPN.com helps break down the type of pitcher Goody is:
He struck out the side in the 10th inning in Sunday’s 6-5, 10-inning win over Oregon State for his 11th save of the season, setting up the Beavers hitters with hard fastballs, then finishing them off with nasty sliders on all three third strikes.
In the same report, LSU coach Paul Mainieri described the velocity with which Goody throws.
“Goody looked like he was throwing 100 mph to that first batter (Ryan Barnes),” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said.
Goody’s got the kind of velocity that can’t be taught and has swing-and-miss stuff. It also doesn’t hurt that he pitched for a college baseball program with the prestige of LSU.
He has “reliever” written all over him and could easily become a major player in the Yanks’ bullpen real soon.
Yankees Sign Former Braves Arm Manolo Reyes For $600,000
Manolo Reyes has a 99-mph fastball and a $600,000 contract with the Yankees, though the Dominican righthander still has a few hurdles to clear before that deal is complete.
The Yankees recently agreed to sign the 22-year-old Reyes, but his contract is still contingent upon him passing MLB’s investigation into his age and identity, along with his ability to secure a visa from the U.S. Consulate. Given Reyes’ history, the approval process may take some time to sort out.
Reyes originally signed with the Braves on May 19, 2009 when he was 19.
Reyes’ fastball has since climbed to the mid-90s and has touched 99 mph, along with a hard breaking ball and a hard splitter, though his control remains erratic.
If Reyes can get cleared through MLB and acquire a visa, the Yankees will have added an intriguing power arm to their system without his bonus counting against their 2012-2013 international signing bonus pool, since the new rules on international spending don’t begin until July 2.
Here Is A Video Of The Yankees First Round Pick, Ty Hensley, In Action: