TORONTO — Don’t start fitting Jack Leiter for pinstripes quite yet.
The Yankees selected Leiter, the 19-year-old son of former Yankee, Met, Blue Jay and Marlin Al Leiter with their 20th-round pick (No. 615 overall) Wednesday in the MLB Draft.
But the younger Leiter, a hard-throwing righthander whom more than a few amateur scouts projected as a first or second-round pick, slid that far because he had informed teams before the draft that he planned to attend Vanderbilt.
There are no indications Leiter plans to change his mind, but the Yankees took a flier just in case he does.
It is hardly an unusual strategy for teams to do so with players who have stated their intent to follow through on their college commitments. The Yankees, for example, chose Andy Pettitte’s son, Josh, out of Deer Park (Texas) High in the 37th round of the 2013 draft. He went to Baylor, where he had committed, and transferred to Rice.
The Yankees selected Jack Leiter’s high school teammate, Anthony Volpe, who has also committed to Vanderbilt, in the first round. The Yankees do expect to sign Volpe.
London calling Judge?
Aaron Judge (left oblique), who reported to the minor league complex in Tampa Monday to continue his rehab, has only progressed to hitting indoors. But Boone, choosing his words carefully when asked the question, didn’t rule the outfielder out from being ready when the Yankees play the Red Sox in London June 29-30.
“Don’t say I said he’s going to be back by London, but is there a way? Yes,” Boone said. “But, again, that’s something that we’ll let the timeline continue to unfold. Bottom line is he’s been doing really good now for a couple of weeks where we feel like the injury’s out of there. But now it’s about, because the injury kind of knocks you from doing things, he’s got to get built up a little bit differently than some guys coming back. As long as he continues to respond and get built up, we feel good about where he’s at.”
Tulo sent home
Boone said the Yankees sent Troy Tulowitzki (left calf strain) home for a few days from his rehab work in Tampa is no longer working out at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa.
“We’ll see on that,” Boone said. “He’s just now quite there yet.”
Betances closing in
Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement), who reported to Tampa Monday, threw a 20-pitch simulated game Wednesday.
“It felt good, nice to face hitters,” he told the Associated Press afterward. “It’s been a while. Nice to be out there again and not feel what I was feeling last time. I think that’s a positive.”