First off, I wasn't able to be here for the original selection this morning, so I'd like to thank John for accepting Cookie's nomination of me for the Yankees' GM. I was the Brewers' GM last year and had a good time with it and thought we did a pretty good job with our selections.
As usual, the Yankees managed to slit their own throats again this year with their picks, so I'll be focusing on some toolsy high ceiling, high risk sleeper types.
My draft philosophy focuses on prep players; I believe the earlier you get a kid into a pro atmosphere (and away from college coaches who only care about their booster bonuses), the better you can manage his development process.
The history of the draft bears this out, the best players most every year were prep selections, I have always believed the thought process of "prep positions and college pitchers" was a shortsighted easy way out.
The Yankees have three picks in the first four rounds at 56, 92, and 122. I just this week started my normal draft prep and haven't got that far down yet, but by the Monday of draft week will have a good idea of names at each spot.
I welcome the opinions of everyone, even those who are GM's of other teams trying to sucker me into taking someone just so they can get their guy.
If, through our discussion, there is an overwhelming vote for a player I will honor the wishes of the majority, but for the most part I will follow what real General Managers do; I'll completely ignore people smarter than me and screw up the pick myself.