We’re only a day away from the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, and unlike years past, the Yankees are actually in a good draft position. Thanks to a group of free agents that left town, the Yankees have three first round round draft picks and a substantial chunk of change to spend on their 26th, 32nd, and 33rd overall picks. All together, the organization has about $8 million to spend in the first 10 rounds of the draft, and fans should be excited to see how the front office reacts tomorrow night.
Keeping up with the MLB Draft can be extremely tedious and time consuming. I’ve been linking to mock drafts and ranking lists over the last couple of weeks, but even that can get confusing. To simplify it all, I’ve aggregated what I consider the five most popular draft prospect rankings onto a single spreadsheet. Baseball Prospectus, Baseball America, Keith Law’s rankings at ESPN, Jonathon Mayo’s rankings at MLB.com, and Scout.com’s MLB Draft Top 111 Rankings. Unfortunately, both BP’s and ESPN’s rankings are for paid subscribers only, so I’ve blacked them out in spreadsheet, but keep in mind that their rankings are included in the overall consensus.
Again, the Yankees own picks 26, 32 and 33. Just for fun, if every team agreed with these rankings and pick the best available player, the Yankees would draft LHP Robert Kaminsky (26th), OF Billy McKinney (32nd), and RHP Ryan Eades (33rd). Oddly enough, these are three players I’ve all seen connected to the Yankees, though Kaminsky and McKinney have drawn the most attention. The Yankees second round pick and third round pick fall at 66th and 103rd overall, which would be LHP Cody Reed and RHP Dace Kime according to the consensus.
Of the higher ranked players that could fall to the Yankees, OF Austin Wilson and LHP Sean Manaea are probably the most likely to fall. Though it’s extremely unlikely he reaches the Yankees, C Reese McGuire recently indicated that he might be a hard sign, and I could see him fall somewhat. Jonathan Gray and Aaron Blair will be interesting guys to watch on draft day as well, since both of them just tested positive for illegal use of Adderall. Gray is unlikely to see much drop off from his 1.8 rank consensus, but Blair could certainly fall to the second round with questions about his make up.