The recent retirement of Jorge Posada after a phenomenal 17-year career has led to many heartfelt tributes and retrospectives, analyzing what he has meant to the Yankees throughout his tenure. Yesterday, John Sickels over at Minor League Ball took a look at Posada’s progression through the minors, and how scouts and prospect evaluators looked at him. It’s a great read that is definitely worth checking out.
Jorge’s minor league trajectory was unusual because he was not considered a top prospect at any point in his minor league career. He was drafted in the 24th round out of high school in Puerto Rico, but ultimately signed as a draft-and-follow (in the pre-signing deadline era) after playing community college. He was drafted as a shortstop and spend the first season of his minor league career playing 2nd base. The next year, the Yankees decided to move him to catcher. The transition was rough, but he showed some promise at the position, and showed solid offensive production.… Click here to read the rest