With the current Yankees in the middle of their season, the executives had an opportunity to look ahead last week, with the picking of new prospects in the 2016 MLB Draft. This years draft brought strong bats and consistency, something that the current Yankees could be looking for. Listed below are the newest Yankees players in rounds 1-5.
School: Chaminade College Prep High School
Info: Blake Rutherford is an excellent hitter out of Southern California. Blake’s smooth swing and tremendous bat speed allow him to hit to all fields making him a nightmare at the plate. With an above average physical stature Blake is well rounded in all aspects of the game. Blake was identified as the best hitter on last summer’s USA 18U Team that won Gold. That was the biggest factor in ranking Blake as a top 10 prospect. Blake is committed to the Bruins of the University of California – Los Angeles to obviously play baseball.
School: University of Louisville
Info: Nick Solak is a standout sophomore at the University of Louisville, where he just wrapped up his season in the Super Regionals. Ranked as the 5th best player out of the State of Kentucky, Solak has proven to be a steady hitter for the Cardinals. Although he missed a month this season with a hand injury, he was able to remain consistent and effective for the Cardinals in his return to the lineup. Although his draft profile has him listed as a second basemen he has played outfield for the majority of his career. Looking at his abilities as a whole, the Yankees will look to utilize him much like current player Rob Refsnyder.
School: Culver City High School
Info: Nolan Martinez is a hard throwing youngster from southern California. With a fastball already in the 87-93 mph range, Nolan should look to add some muscle and see that velocity increase. His tall lean stature makes him the right frame for a starting rotation. Nolan is committed to play for the University of San Diego and already projected to be one of the top pitchers in college baseball. His aggressive attitude will put him in a position of success that the Yankees can benefit from in the years going forward.
School: Gulf Coast State Junior College
Info: Nick Nelson was a bit of the gamble for the Yankees, having already been drafted in 2014 by the San Francisco Giants with no contract. He capped off his season with a promising 99 strikeouts through 90.1 innings that shows signs of consistency. During his junior college tenure he was the best pitcher on the team, but intriguingly enough the best hitter as well. However it is important to note that the Yankees drafted him as a pitcher, not as a position player. Nick is already in contractual terms with Yankees despite being committed to play for the University of Florida.
School: University of South Carolina
State: South Carolina
Info: Dom Thompson-Williams is a consistent outfielder from the University of South Carolina. Dom Started all 64 games for the Gamecocks this season and finished second on the team in batting. The former Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year has already signed a deal with the Yankees and is set to forego his senior season to start his professional career. Dom was a big factor in the Gamecocks success these past two seasons, and the Yankees expect nothing less from him.