The Yanks are in for a bit of a draft bonanza this year - though not as franchise altering as the Knicks draft will be - but because they kept their picks, they will be in position to kick ass like we expect the New York Football Giants to do in their draft. However; decisions they have made in the past could force their hands and they'd lose value.
To wit, under the new draft rules teams are always choosing between college players and preps. For the years leading up to the draft the Yanks were taking more and more preps as a percentage of the whole. Last year, they went mostly collegian because they gave away their top three picks, and thus had very low pool money. And guess what? They still had a good draft that added talent to the system and looks like it will provide major league help in the near and long terms.
This year they will have one of the biggest draft pools, and thus could go back to their preppy preference, unless the success of their college guys like Refsnyder, Judge and Lindgren, encourages them to go heavy on the college side yet again.
There might be more, to it, though. And this is SPECULATION. After the 13 season there was big but specious issue that the farm didn't have players ready to help the big league team, when they needed. The upshot was that the Yanks had a big talk with the scouts, and Hal said words to the effect that the scouts will be looking at other kinds of players.
At the time, that chilled me. It was quite clear that the Yanks for the past several years had been taking hitters with patience and pop, and pitchers with swing and miss stuff. So I wondered what he could be talking about -- also I was disgusted that he was hanging the underfunded scouts out to dry. It's the amatateur spending policies of the Yanks under Hal and NOT the scouts who have created the current mess.
Anyway, looking back at what happened thereafter, it's possible that they just told the scouts to pick more college players because they get ready faster. I think that was most likely the message because a) that's what they've done, and b) Even Hal must understand that OBP and swing and miss are good things.
So, even with the increased pool, the Yanks could still lean heavily toward collegians if that was the `13 edict.
Btw, I think they can have a good draft either way. Afterall, Lou Gehrig went to college. Of course, Mickey didn't. But, because the scouts are good at finding patience and pop, as well as swing and miss, they'll have a strong draft.
The one issue that could arise if they go heavily collegian again is that they could end up with a three tiered farm with a hug group of 21 and older, a relatively small group of 18-20 year olds that are almost exclusively foreign, and another big group of 16 anf 17 year old IFA's. That's another reason why Moncada was important to the conga line - he's 19 going on 20 and would throw a huge talent in that window for us. Anyway, the talent distribution per age will get a big screwed up if the Yanks go too heavily collegian again.
Stuff to think about, as it's our next good opportunity to grab amateur talent.