New York Yankees Editorial: Brian Cashman Can’t Miss with 2015 Draft Picks


This coming Monday, the New York Yankees will pick 16th overall in the MLB draft, their highest pick in over 22 years. With this new youth movement and the organization placing a big emphasis on their farm system, it’s very important that the Yankees DO NOT miss with this draft selection. They need to bring in a player who can contribute to the future of the New York Yankees.

22 years ago the Yankees held the 13th overall pick in the 1993 draft, and with it they selected Matt Drews, a 6’8″ right-hander from Sarasota High School. Drew pitched in the Yankees organization from 1994 – July 31, 1996, and never managed to make it past Triple-A, which at the time was the Columbus Clippers. He was later packaged in a trade with Ruben Sierra that brought Cecil Fieidler over to New York from the Detroit Tigers. To put it as bluntly as possible, the Yankees top draft pick was a bust.

After going 23-23 with a 3.11 ERA over 62 minor league appearances for the Yankees, the only reason Yankee fans wouldn’t consider Drews a bust is because Cecil Fielder contributed mightily to the Yankees 1996 World Series win.

The Yankees also own the 30th overall pick in the draft thanks for Mr. David Robertson and his decision to skip town for the Chicago White Sox.

After the Drews bust in 1993, the highest the Yankees picked was 17th overall in the 2005 draft, in which they selected C.J. Henry, a high school shortstop out of Oklahoma City. The best thing Henry did for the Yankees was fetch Bobby Abreu from the Philadelphia Phillies in a trade back in 2006.

The Yankees cannot repeat the same faith with their 2015 draft pick selections. They need players for the future, not trade chips.

Be on the lookout for our official Yanks Go Yard Draft Pick special coming out later this week. We will also be covering the entire 2015 draft from start to finish.

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