Yankees Sign First Round Pick Ian Clarkin And Second Round Pick Gosuke Katoh


We already knew that 1st round pick Ian Clarkin had agreed to a deal with the Yankees, but after passing his physical, the left-handed pitcher is officially signed. Likewise, middle infielder Gosuke Katoh has passed a physical and signed with the Yankees for his slot value of $845,700.

Clarkin, a left-handed pitcher out of Madison High School in San Diego, sports a low 90's fastball and a plus curveball. Though he's more polished than most top high school pitching prospects, Clarkin stands at 6'2" and only 190 lbs. He can certainly add a little bit of weight to his frame, and thus could add some velocity down the line. He has the ability to move fast through the Yankees' system, but from what we've seen of Gil Patterson's philosophy, Clarkin will likely be babied in his early years.

2nd round pick Gosuke Katoh is another player high school player out of San Diego. Katoh was known as a defense-first second baseman prior to the draft, but the Yankees seem to think he has a chance at short stop, a position that might better fit his light bat. While he's not necessarily a bad hitter, he's not expected to produce much power.Some, including myself, believed Katoh was a reach pick to save some money for signings like  Clarkin, but with the middle infielder signing for slot, the Yankees obviously went out of their way to prevent him from going to college.

The Yankees still have to sign 1st round pick Aaron Judge, 7th round pick Nick Rumbelow, and 9th round pick Connor Kendrick. According to the draft pool at RAB, the team currently has an additional $225,900 saved up from below slot signings, and they could add nearly $400,000 to that if they're willing to pay taxes on a 5% overage. It's unlikely that Connor Kendrick gets more than his allotted slot bonus, and he'll more than likely save the team additional money. If the team can sign Judge and Rambelow to their allotted amounts, they'll have plenty of money to spend for their reach picks in the later rounds. Though each of these guys remain unlikely on their own, big money might force one or two of guys like Jordan Floyd, Cody Thomas, Nestor Cortes, or Cal Quantrill to sign.