Back during the amateur draft, I posted the first 16 picks in my shadow draft for the Yankees, which can be found here. It was the first time doing so, and I definitely took more risks than the real life Yankees did. Now that we know who has signed, I wanted to review below the results of my shadow draft.
Pick 51 - Daniel Norris, lhp, Science Hill HS, Johnson City, Tenn.
Picked by Toronto in the second round, signed for $2 million.
Pick 88 - Derek Fisher, of, Cedar Crest HS, Lebanon, Pa.
Picked by Rangers in round six, did not sign.
Pick 118 - Josh Osich, lhp, Oregon State
Picked by Giants in round six, signed for $450,000.
Pick 149 - Dillon Maples, rhp, Pinecrest HS, Southern Pines, N.C.
Picked by the Cubs in 14th round, signed for $2.5 million.
Pick 179 - Greg Bird, c, Grandview HS, CO
Same as Yankees pick, signed for $1.1 million.
Pick 209 - Jake Cave, lhp/of, Kecoughtan HS, Hampton, Va.
Same as Yankees pick, signed for $825,000.
Pick 239 - Kyle Winkler, rhp, Texas Christian
Picked in 10th round by Diamondbacks, signed for $240,000.
Pick 269 - Nick Burdi, rhp, Downers Grove (Ill.) South HS
Picked by Twins in 24th round, did not sign.
Pick 299 - Joshua Tobias, 2B, Southeast Guilford HS, Greensboro, NC
Picked by Nats in round 31, did not sign.
Pick 329 - Jason Coats, of, Texas Christian
Picked by Orioles in round 12, did not sign.
Pick 359 - Billy Flamion, of, Central Catholic HS, Modesto, Calif.
Picked by Astros in 25th round, did not sign.
Pick 389 - Julius Gaines, SS, Luella HS, Locust Grove, GA
Picked by Red Sox in 32nd round, did not sign.
Pick 419 - Burch Smith, rhp, Oklahoma
Picked by Padres in 14th round, signed for $250,000.
Same as Yankees pick, signed for $550,000.
Pick 479 - Preston Tucker, of/1b, Florida
Picked by Rockies in the 16th round, did not sign.
Pick 509 - Blake Forslund, rhp, Liberty University
Picked by Red Sox in 17th round, did not sign.
Overall, I would have signed 8 of my top 16 picks, for a total of $6,815,000. High risk drafting means fewer people signed, although it looks like the Yankees only signed 22 people this year, without a lot of risky drafting. What did happen is that my mock draft signings are heavy on pitching, as none of the tough sign position picks – Fisher, Tobias, Coats, Flamion, Gaines, Tucker – actually signed.
The trade off is this:
Norris, Osich, Maples, Winkler, and Smith
Bichette, Cote, Duran, Jones, Wetherell, Arneson, Montgomery, Grice, James, Pinder
So the question is: Would you rather have the five from my shadow draft or the ten from the Yankees draft?