Looking back on the Yankees’ 2012 draft class: Part 2

Round 7 (247): Taylor Garrison
DOB: May 24, 1990
Position: Pitcher
B/T: R/R
Ht: 5’11
Wt: 180
School: Fresno State (CA)

Another collegiate closer, Garrison is on the small side but throws a nice low-90s fastball that has touched 94 mph.   He has an above average cutter and a decent changeup and curve.  Garrison actually was a walk-on to Fresno State’s team his freshman year but eventually was awarded a scholarship.  He had a great junior year at Fresno State, going 2-2 with a 1.32 ERA in eighteen relief appearances.  He had three saves and 42 Ks during that time.  The Dodgers drafted him in the 27th round of last year’s draft but he returned to school for his senior year.

Round 8 (277): Taylor Dugas
DOB: December 15, 1989
Position: OF
B/T: L/L
Ht: 5’8
Wt: 170
School: Alabama

Dugas is Alabama’s all-time hits, singles, doubles and triples leader, hitting an impressive .360 over four season.  He also had a .466 on-base percentage over that time period.  Dugas was drafted by the Cubs in the eighth round last season, but turned down $300,000 and returned to the Crimson Tide.  This year, he was drafted 28 spots later than 2011, but once he found out the Yankees were interested he was hoping not to get  taken before the team he grew up cheering for.  Apparently, Ron Guidy is a good family friend and Dugas’ favorite player is Derek Jeter.  While Dugas clearly knows how to hit, he is unlikely to develop much power and needs to work on his defense.

Round 9 (307): Derek Varnadore
DOB: July 10, 1990

B/T: R/R
Ht: 6’3
Wt: 215
School: Auburn

Varnadore was not ranked in Baseball America’s top 500 and there is not a lot of information out there about the pitcher.  He was drafted by the Marlins in the 17th round of last year’s draft, and despite a drop in his numbers, the Yankees must have seen something they like about the kid.  Varnadore’s fastball sits in the low-90s, though he claims it hit 96 a couple times this past year.  Consistency appears to be a major problem for him, which scouts attribute to his deceptive arm action.

Round 10 (337): Matt Snyder
DOB: June 17, 1990
Position: 1B
B/T: L/R
Ht: 6’5
Wt: 200
School: Ole Miss

Snyder is a big left-handed power hitter who would probably enjoy the short porch at Yankee Stadium.  Major League Baseball is no stranger to Snyder, whose brother Brandon plays for the Rangers and father Brian pitched.  Snyder is not the most athletic, but he is a smart hitter who has worked to improve his defense at first.  He was drafted by the Nationals in the 44th round last year.  This year, Baseball America had him ranked #230 in their Top 500.

Other Picks:
Round 11: Caleb Frare, LHP, Custer County HS (Montana)
Round 12: Christopher Breen, C, Winter Springs HS (Florida)
Round 13: James Pazos, LHP, San Diego
Round 14: Andrew Benak, RHP, Rice
Round 15: Dayton Dawe, RHP, Lucas SS, Ontario
Round 16: Stefan Lopez, RHP, Southeastern Louisiana
Round 17: Tim Flight, LHP, Southern New Hampshire University
Round 18: Brady Lail, RHP, Bingham HS (Utah)
Round 19: Dietrich Enns, LHP, Central Michigan
Round 20: Mike Reynolds, SS, Texas A&M
Round 21: Jimmy Reed, LHP, Maryland
Round 22: Brett Marks, RHP, Wallace State CC
Round 23: Vincent Jackson, OF, Luella HS (Georgia)
Round 24: Jose Mesa, Jr., RHP, Flanagan HS (Florida)
Round 25: Ty Moore, OF, Mater Dei HS (California)
Round 26: Charlie Haslup, RHP, Maryland
Round 27: Danny Oh, OF, California
Round 28: D.J. Stewart, OF, Bolles School (Florida)
Round 29: Jose Diaz, LHP, Advantage Learning Institute (Puerto Rico)
Round 30: Raph Rhymes, OF, LSU
Round 31: Kevin Johnson, RHP, Illinois
Round 32: Garret Cannizaro, SS, Tulane
Round 33: Saxon Butler, 1B/C, Samford
Round 34: Eric Erickson, LHP, Miami
Round 35: Kyle Farmer, SS, Georgia
Round 36: Dalton Smith, C, University City HS (California)
Round 37: Charles Basford, RHP, Samford
Round 38: David Thompson, OF, Westminster Christian (Florida)
Round 39: Bo Decker, OF, East Ridge HS (Florida)
Round 40: Sherman LaCrus, OF/C, Western Oklahoma State JC

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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