How the New York Yankees Were Built

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How the New York Yankees Were Built

Here is a look at the current roster of the New York Yankees, examining how each player was acquired and where they were drafted/signed from.

Joba Chamberlain, RHP: Drafted by the Yankees in the supplemental first round in 2006, from the University of Nebraska.

Cody Eppley, RHP:
Drafted by the Rangers in the 43rd round in 2008, from Virginia Commonwealth University. Claimed on waivers by the Yankees in 2012.

Phil Hughes, RHP: Drafted by the Yankees in the first round in 2004, from high school in Santa Ana, California.

Hiroki Kuroda, LHP:
Signed by the Dodgers from Japan in 2007. Signed by the Yankees as a free agent in 2012.

Boone Logan, LHP: Drafted by the White Sox in the 20th round in 2002, from Temple College. Acquired by the Yankees in a trade with the Braves in 2009.

Derek Lowe, RHP:
Drafted by the Mariners in the eighth round in 1991, from high school in Dearborn, Michigan. Signed by the Yankees as a free agent in 2012.

Andy Pettitte, LHP:
Drafted by the Yankees in the 22nd round in 1990 from high school in Deer Park, Texas. Attended San Jacinto Junior College and signed in the spring of 1991. Although he pitched for the Astros for three years before re-signing, I'm crediting him to the farm system.

David Phelps, RHP:
Drafted by the Yankees in the 14th round in 2008 from the University of Notre Dame.

Clay Rapada, LHP:
Signed by the Cubs as an undrafted free agent in 2002 from Virginia State University. Signed by the Yankees as a free agent in 2012.

David Robertson, RHP:
Drafted by the Yankees in the 17th round in 2006, from the University of Alabama.

CC Sabathia, LHP:
Drafted by the Indians in the first round in 1998, from high school in Vallejo, California. Signed as a free agent by the Yankees in 2008.

Rafael Soriano, RHP
: Signed by the Mariners as a free agent from the Dominican Republic in 1996. Signed as a free agent by the Yankees in 2011.

PITCHING SUMMARY: 12 Pitchers
5 Signed as major or minor league free agents by the Yankees
1 Acquired via trade
1 Acquired via waivers
5 Developed by Yankees Farm System

1 From Dominican Republic
1 From Japan
3 From North American High Schools (2 from California, 1 from Michigan)
1 From Junior College
6 From Four-Year Colleges


Russell Martin, C:
Drafted by the Dodgers in the 17th round in 2002 from Chipola Junior College. Signed by the Yankees as a free agent in 2010.

Chris Stewart, C:
Drafted by the White Sox in the 12th round in 2001, from Riverside Community College. Acquired from the Giants in trade in 2012.

Robinson Cano, 2B:
Signed by the Yankees as a free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2001.

Eric Chavez, INF:
Drafted by the Athletics in the first round in 1996, from high school in San Diego, California. Signed by the Yankees as a free agent in 2011.

Derek Jeter, SS:
Drafted by the Yankees in the first round in 1992, from high school in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Jayson Nix, INF:
Drafted by the Rockies in the supplemental first round in 2001, from high school in Midland, Texas. Signed as a free agent by the Yankees in 2011.

Alex Rodriguez, 3B:
Drafted by the Mariners in the first round in 1993, from high school in Miami, Florida. Acquired in trade with Rangers in 2004.

Mark Teixeira, 1B:
Drafted by the Rangers in the first round in 2001, from Georgia Tech. Signed as a free agent by the Yankees in 2009.

Brett Gardner, OF:
Drafted by the Yankees in the third round in 2005, from the College of Charleston.

Curtis Granderson, OF:
Drafted by the Tigers in the third round in 2002, from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Acquired by Yankees in trade with Tigers in 2009.

Raul Ibanez, OF:
Drafted by the Mariners in the 36th round in 1992, from Miami-Dade Junior College. Signed as a free agent in 2012.

Ichiro Suzuki, OF:
Signed out of Japan by the Mariners in 2000. Acquired by the Yankees in trade in 2012.

Nick Swisher, OF:
Drafted in the first round by the Athletics in 2002, from The Ohio State University. Acquired by the Yankees in trade with the White Sox in 2008.

HITTING SUMMARY: 13 players

5 Signed as major or minor league free agents
5 Acquired by Trade
3 Products of Yankees Farm System

1 From Dominican Republic
1 From Japan
4 From North American high schools (California, Florida, Michigan, Texas)
3 From Junior Colleges
4 From Four-Year Colleges

Of the 25 players on the Yankees post-season roster, two are from the Dominican Republic, two are from Japan, seven came from North American high schools, four from junior colleges, and 10 from four-year colleges.

Ten were signed as major or minor league free agents, six were acquired in trades, one was acquired via waivers, and eight were developed by the Yankees farm system.

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