Feeling a draft

June, 6, 2013
6/06/13
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The Yankees select 26th, 32nd and 33rd in the first round of the MLB draft, which starts tonight. General manager Brian Cashman said he chooses the best player available at each pick and never for need.

At the top of the draft, there is a little more certainty, but no guarantees. But where the Yankees are picking, nobody knows if the guy will be the next Mike Trout or John-Ford Griffin.

Just take a look at the Yankees' No. 1 picks since 2000. I have listed them by position, school and pick in the first round. The players in blue made the majors; the ones in black haven't yet or have retired:

2000: David Parrish, C, University of Michigan, No. 28
2001: John-Ford Griffin, OF, Florida State University, No. 23
2001: Bronson Sardinha, SS, Kamehameha HS (Honolulu), No. 34
2001: Jon Skaggs, P, Rice University, 42
2002: No Pick
2003: Eric Duncan, 3B, Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.), No. 27
2004: Phil Hughes, P, Foothill HS (Santa Ana, Calif.), No. 23
2004: Jonathan Poterson, C, Chandler HS (Chandler, Ariz.), No. 37
2004: Jeff Marquez, P, Sacramento City College (Sacramento, Calif.), No. 41
2005: CJ Henry, SS, Putnam City HS (Oklahoma City), No. 17
2006: Ian Kennedy, P, USC, No. 21
2006: Joba Chamberlain, P, University of Nebraska, No. 41
2007: Andrew Brackman, P, North Carolina State University, No. 30
2008: *** Gerrit Cole, P, Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.), No. 28
2008: Jeremy Bleich, P, Stanford University, No. 44
2009: Slade Heathcott, OF, Texas High School (Texarkana, Texas), No. 29
2010: Cito Culver, SS, West Irondequoit High School (Irondequoit, N.Y.), No. 32
2011: Dante Bichette, Jr., 3B, Orangewood Christian High School (Maitland, Fla.), No. 51
2012: Ty Hensley, P, Santa Fe High School (Edmond, Okla.), No. 30

*** did not sign
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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