Day 1 of the 2013 MLB Draft took place last night, and if you didn't get a chance to hang out in our live draft chat here's what you missed: 1st Round, 26th Overall- Eric Jagielo, 3B, Notre Dame
The Yankees were rumored to be in the market for a college bat at this pick and they got a good one in Jagielo. He's a big, 21-year-old, lefty-swinging third baseman who posted an OPS over 1.000 and an OBP above .500 this past season for the Fighting Irish. While there are questions about his ability to play third base at the Major League, he does have tools to get the job done. He's predictably a polished hitter with a good approach and some real power, one of the best all-around college hitters in the draft.
1st Round, 32nd Overall- Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State
This was the Yankee pick that generated the most buzz last night and justifiably so. Judge is a physical monster at 6'7"/250. Dude is legit big enough to play small forward in the NBA, and he was athletic enough to play center field in college. He's got huge pop, as you'd expect from a player his size, but has yet to turn it into consistent in-game power. He, like Jagielo, impressed in the Cape Cod League, and like Jagielo he should move quickly. If he can make the adjustments needed to unlock his full power potential, Judge is a legit 30+ HR guy who can stick in an outfield corner.
1st Round, 33rd Overall- Ian Clarkin, LHP, Madison HS in CA
After getting their fill of college bats, the Yanks used their 2nd compensatory pick to nab Clarkin, an intriguing 18-year-old lefty HS pitcher out of Cali. He's already got a 3-pitch mix that features a low-90s fastball, a curveball that's plus when he commands it, and a developing changeup. Clarkin made waves last night by being shown in a video feature saying he hated the Yankees before being drafted, and he's going to be a tougher sign because of a commitment to San Diego, but he's got plus potential and would be a great addition to a system light on high-end lefty arms.
2nd Round, 66th Overall- Gosuke Katoh, 2B, Rancho Bernardo HS in CA
While generally regarded as a bit of a reach at this spot, Katoh is looked at as a real prospect at second base. He's a defense-first player right now who thrives on his range and good hands, although a weak arm keeps him from being a prospect anywhere but second. His offensive game needs development, typical for a HS hitter, but he does possess plus contact skills and speed. He's committed to UCLA.
It's hard to not be happy with the Yankees' 1st-round haul this season. For the first time in a while it appears they put less emphasis on makeup and drafted 3 legitimate 1st-round talents. Both Jagielo and Judge are likely candidates to sign at team-friendly prices as college players, which could give the Yanks room to be more aggressive in trying to sign Clarkin. Of course you never know how well you did until they start playing, but at first glance last night looks like a win for the Yankees both from a baseball and business standpoint.