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Yanks happy with draft

Dante Bichette, Jr. during an at-bat at the

Dante Bichette, Jr. during an at-bat at the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field. (Aug. 14, 2010) Credit: Damen Jackson/Icon SMI

The Yankees concluded the draft Wednesday, taking 34 pitchers (27 righties and seven lefties), eight outfielders, seven infielders and one catcher. They did not pick until No. 51, having surrendered their first-round pick as compensation to Tampa for signing Rafael Soriano.

“We’ve concentrated on building up on middle of the diamond guys and power arms,” vice president of amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer said. “This year the draft offered a lot of bat and power potential. It worked out well this year.”

The Yankees’ first pick was third baseman Dante Bichette Jr., whom Oppenheimer said the organization sees, as of now, a third baseman as of now, or perhaps in the future a corner outfielder.

“Depends on what our needs are,” Oppenheimer said.

Bichette, the some of a major leaguer, is seen as a middle-of-the-order bat. “We feel he has the potential to be a good third baseman,” Oppenheimer said. “His work ethic and desire set him apart from everyone else.”

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