Looking at the Yankees’ 2012 Draft class

Round 2 (89): Austin Aune
DOB: September 6, 1993
Position: OF
B/T: L/R
Ht: 6’0
Wt: 185
School: Argyle HS (TX)

Aune has been touted as a potential five-tool player.  He has some serious power potential and while he’s shown some strong defense in the infield, it appears that Aune is destined for center field.  He is still quite raw, but his speed, arm and bat may make him a fun prospect to watch over the next few years.  Aune had committed to play QB for the Texas Christian University football team, in addition to continuing to play baseball.  In fact, he had already arrived at the school for football workouts and summer classes.  Since getting the Yankees’ call, however, Aune has packed his bags and will be getting ready for his first taste of professional ball shortly.

Round 2 (94): Peter O’Brien
July 15, 1990
Position: C
B/T: R/R
Ht: 6’4
Wt: 225
School: Miami (FL)

Drafted in the third round by the Rockies in 2011, O’Brien transferred to Miami for his senior season.  He led the Hurricanes with a .340 average, 40 RBIs, 12 doubles, 10 home runs, and 31 runs scored.  A big catcher with some great raw power, the Yankees have added to their young catching depth with this pick.  O’Brien’s exciting bat is complimented by a strong arm behind the plate.  He has decent speed for his size and has made some good improvements at catcher, showing some good hands and agility.  He is recovering from a hairline fracture in his wrist, which he sustained on April 15th, after getting hit with a pitch.

Round 3 (124): Nathan Mikolas
DOB: December 30, 1993
Position: OF
B/T: L/L
Ht: 6’0
Wt: 200
School: Bradford HS (WI)

While you do not see a lot of players coming out of Wisconsin, Mikolas has done his part to get experience against strong competition and with wooden bats, playing with the East Cobb (Georgia) summer program.  Mikolas has a nice left-handed bat but leaves a lot to be desired in the field.  He has no real speed and is not particularly athletic, which leads scouts to believe he is more likely to end up at first than in the outfield.  Mikolas is committed to Louisville, but should sign.

Round 4 (157): Corey Black
DOB: August 4, 1991
Position: RHP
B/T: R/R
Ht: 5’11
Wt: 175
School: Faulkner University (AL)

Baseball America actually had Black ranked #157 prior to the draft, which is right where the Yankees drafted him.  He’s a strong pitcher, who hits the mid-90s with his fastball.  He has a quick arm and his slider and changeup both show potential.  Black did undergo Tommy John surgery in his junior year of high school, before going to San Diego state.  He later transferred to Faulkner, an NAIA school.  Black looks like he could be a strong bullpen pitcher, but he needs to continue to work on his secondary pitches.

Round 5 (187): Robert Refsnyder
DOB: March 26, 1991
Position: 2B
B/T: R/R
Ht: 6’0
Wt: 195
School: Arizona

Refsnyder is another strong bat whose position is a bit up in the air.  Scouts believe he will hit for average, he has hit .341 during his three years at Arizona.  He is not much of a power hitter, however, with a propensity for doubles and not homeruns.  Refsnyder may not project into a corner outfielder due to this lack of power, so there is some thought he will play second, a position he played in high school.  

About Tamar Chalker

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

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