The Yankees are off today so they can fully focus on the draft, which takes place tonight. The Yankees select 30th in the first round. We slipped behind the ESPN Insider Pay Wall to find out who Keith Law projects the Yankees to pick. Law says:
Duane Underwood, RHP, Pope H.S. (Marietta, Ga.)
Last year's No. 1 pick, third baseman Dante Bichette Jr. is struggling at Single-A Charleston, hitting just .246 with one homer and 18 RBIs in 48 games. The 2010 first round choice, Cito Culver, a shortstop, is hitting. .227 with no homers, 19 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 47 games. Slade Heathcott, the Yankees' No. 1 pick in 2009, has been out all year because of shoulder surgery.
So, in other words, the first round pick may or may not turn out great and they could pick someone in the 13th round who will have the GM dreaming in a couple of years.
UP NOW: Rob Parker on Phil Hughes.
ON DECK: Wally Matthews will be driving the blog ship through the day and night on this off day/draft day. At 10:30 a.m., there will be another edition of Katie Sharp's YankeeMetrics.
IN THE HOLE: The Yankees have a big week with three against the first place Rays and three against the red hot Mets over the weekend. Against Tampa, the pitching matchups are: Andy Pettitte (2-2, 3.49) vs. James Shields (6-3, 3.95) on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Ivan Nova (6-2, 5.60) vs. Alex Cobb (2-1, 3.71); CC Sabathia (7-2, 3.68) vs. David Price (7-3, 2.44).
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Who is your favorite Yankee draft choice of all-time?