2015 MLB Draft Results: New York Yankees Rounds 8-10 Selections


The New York Yankees finished up Day 2 of the 2015 MLB Draft by making their final three selections in Rounds 8-10. With these three picks, the Yankees went for a high school third baseman in the eighth round and then went with a college first baseman and college pitcher with their final two picks of the day. While New York did not draft Mariano Rivera’s son with one of their picks, they still made some interesting selections.

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In Round 8, the Yankees selected Donny Sands, a right-handed third baseman out of Salpointe Catholic High School in Arizona. Sands played in 33 games this season and hit .450 with two home runs and 36 RBI’s, according to MaxPreps.com. He had a .479 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .669. This was the second Yankees high school selection of the day. They began the day by drafting right-handed pitcher Drew Finley out of Rancho Bernardo High School in California in the third round.

In the following round, the Yankees went to the other side of the diamond and drafted Ryan Krill, the first baseman at Michigan State University. After hitting three home runs as a junior, the lefty hit .351 with 13 home runs, drove in 57 runs, and had a .439 on-base percentage in his senior season. He was second in the Big Ten in home runs and RBI’s and he was fifth in on-base percentage. Krill was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 40th Round of the 2011 Draft.

With their final selection of the day, the Yankees drafted another pitcher. They selected left-hander James Reeves from The Citadel University. This season, Reeves went 8-4 with a 3.69 ERA in 15 starts. His best game of the season was on April 2 against Mercer, who were the SoCon regular season champions. In that start, he threw a complete game, gave up only five hits, struck out 14 batters, and walked none. In his 15 starts this season, he gave up four or more runs in a start three times. Reeves’ total of 115 strikeouts was the most in the SoCon conference. His career WHIP in his four seasons with the Bulldogs was 1.26.

Last season, Reeves had to take a medical redshirt due to an elbow injury in the middle of the season. That being said, he was part of a Citadel staff that led the conference this season with a 4.46 ERA.

The 2015 MLB Draft will conclude tomorrow afternoon with Rounds 11-40. You can watch the remainder of the draft on MLB.com.

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