The Failure of the Yankees 1st Round Draft Picks

Slade Heathcott became the latest Yankees first round pick when he was selected 29th overall in the MLB draft.

Let’s hope he doesn’t turn into almost all of the other Yankees first round picks.

Here is the past decade of first rounders the Yankees have selected: (the links are from and the comments are mine)

2009 Slade Heathcott OF  
2008 Gerrit Cole RHP -Chose to go to UCLA instead of sign  
2007 Andrew Brackman RHP -Can’t throw a strike in A ball   
2006 Ian Kennedy RHP  -Just had surgery to fix an anuerysm, but never showed much promise on the major league level  
2005 Carl Henry SS  -Left the minor leagues to go play basketball at Memphis.  He was once quoted as saying “I spent my off-seasons from baseball working on my basketball skills”  
2004 Philip Hughes RHP -Could be the future ace, he is the one guy who isn’t a failure on this list  
2003 Eric Duncan 3B Has a good glove, but is currently hitting .225 at AAA Scranton  
2001 John-Ford Griffin OF Got a couple of stints in the majors with the Blue Jays, now in the Dodgers minor league system  
2000 David Parrish C Son of former Major Leaguer Lance Parrish, David never did anything for the Yanks  
1999 David Walling RHP  Walling got the Knoblauch/Ankiel  syndrome and just couldn’t be an effective pitcher anymore  


As you can see, the only good fist round pick in the past decade has been Phil Hughes, who has shown flashes of what he can become with some solid, high-stirkeout performances.  He still has time, and so does Andrew Brackman, who had arm problems.  If Brackman can throw strikes, the 6-10 pitcher will see the Majors sooner rather than later.

Let’s hope Slade Heathcott doesn’t turn into the the lastest edition to this unenviable list.



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