Welcome to the first night of the 2015 MLB Draft, sports fans! As mentioned earlier this morning, the Yankees have 3 picks in tonight's first 2 rounds: the 16th, 30th, and 57th overall. Neglected to mention it this morning, but that 16th pick is the highest the Yanks have picked in the 1st round since 1993, so it's fair to say this night is a little bit bigger deal than usual.
If you're trying to get some last-minute draft prep in, here are the latest mocks from Keith Law, John Sickels, Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo, and Kiley McDaniel. I think any of the guys mentioned in any of these mock drafts would be fine picks.
We're going to let this serve as the update-able live blog to cover the Yankees' picks and any other news that may come up during the draft as well as the open thread for the night. If we're lucky, some of our more draft-knowledgeable IIATMS staff members will join the discussion and offer some insight. If we're not, I'll make a few bad jokes and people can continue to complain about Stephen Drew. Either way it's going to be a hum-diddly-doo of a good time.
Draft starts in about an hour. Yanks' first pick will come not too long after that.
** Update 6:15 PM- D'backs take Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson with the 1st pick. No surprise there. **
** Update 7:42 PM- With the 16th pick in the 1st round, the Yankees take James Kaprielian, right-handed pitcher from UCLA. Mocks had him anywhere from early teens to early 20s. Oppenheimer loves his Cali pitchers. **
** Update 7:46 PM- Not a bad profile on Kaprielian. Good size (6'4"), 4 pitches, locates well down in the zone, considered a high-floor type of prospect. I can dig that pick. **
** Update 9:03 PM- With the 30th pick in the 1st round, the Yankees take Kyle Holder, shortstop from San Diego. I don't know much about him, but I know he ranked 95th on Keith Law's top 100 prospects list and he's more known for his defense than his offense. That doesn't seem like the best use of that pick. **
** Update 10:31 PM- With the 15th pick of the 2nd round and 57th overall, the Yankees take Jeff Degano, left-handed pitcher from Indiana State. He missed 2013 and 2014 due to TJS, but came back to have a nice year this year and features a solid 3-pitch mix. **
I'm tired, so that's all for me tonight. Feel free to keep the debate going tonight and we'll be back with a more detailed recap of the Yankees' first 3 picks tomorrow.