A look at some of the trends from the Yankees 2015 draft class. The first-year player draft began on June 8 and concluded June 10.
The Yankees took just seven high school players (17 percent) and three junior college athletes (seven percent) in their 41 overall selections. Of the 31 four-year college players, 14 were seniors, 13 were juniors, two were fifth-year seniors and two were sophomores. Second baseman Mike Garzillo, pictured, was selected out of Lehigh in the 38th round (1,143rd overall).
PITCHING, PITCHING AND MORE PITCHING
Of the 24 pitchers the Yankees drafted, 20 were righthanders, with 19 of them coming from college. The Yankees picked seven straight pitchers from rounds 30 to 36. Righthanded Chance Adams, pictured, was selected from Dallas Baptist in the fifth round (153rd overall).
Though the overall draft haul heavily favored pitching, the Yankees' first 10 picks could almost field a complete team: first base, second base, third base, shortstop, centerfield, rightfield, three righthanded pitchers and a lefthanded pitcher. Centerfielder Jeff Hendrix, pictured, was selected in the fourth round (123rd overall) out of Oregon State.
The Yankees' system is currently flush with lefthanded pitching prospects at the major and minor league levels, but excellent righthanded pitching, particularly relief pitching, is not abundant. The selection of so many advanced righthanders could address this deficiency, with perhaps first-rounder James Kaprielian (UCLA), pictured, blazing a quick path to the majors just like lefthander Jacob Lindgren from last year's draft class.
Eight of the 24 pitchers picked by the Yankees are listed as 6-4 or taller. Garrett Mundell, a righthander from Fresno State taken in the 23rd round, is the tallest pitching selection at 6-6. Righthanded pitcher Christian Morris, pictured, is 6-4. He was selected in the 33rd round (993rd overall) out of Indiana.
The Yankees didn't focus on any particular position when it came to high school athletes. The Yankees drafted two third basemen, a first basemen, shortstop, centerfielder, lefthanded pitcher and righthanded pitcher. Three of those picks came within the first 12 rounds. Three of the Yankees' final seven picks also were high school players. The other high school player was picked in the 27th round, Idaho first baseman Michael Hicks. Righthanded pitcher Drew Finley, pictured, was selected in the third round (92nd overall) out of Rancho Bernardo High School.
Eight draft picks came from schools in California. The second-most represented state was Florida with four selections, followed by Texas with three. One of the California kids was righthanded pitcher Mark Seyler, pictured. He was selected in the 19th round (573rd overall) from San Diego State.
The Yankees drafted 10 infielders, five outfielders and two catchers. Isiah Gilliam, pictured, was selected in the 20th round (603rd overall) as a first baseman from Chipola College in Florida.