With the Yankees adding some pitching with three of their first four picks in the 2015 MLB Draft, the Yankees went with some bats in rounds six and seven. You can have all the pitching you want, but you need some bats to knock in the runs so the pitchers can get the wins.
In the sixth round, the Yankees took infielder Brandon Wagner out of Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas. Wagner is from Hopewell New Jersey which is about an hour and a half from Yankee Stadium.
Wagner put up some eye popping numbers at Howard, with a .435/.571/.891 22 homers and 80 RBI in 58 games. He walked 46 times while striking out 43. He’s listed as a second baseman on MLB.com, however, he may be more of a first or third baseman.
In the seventh, the Yankees added an outfield bat in Florida Southern Outfielder Jhalan Jackson. The 6’4″ 220 lb junior put up some pretty impressive numbers of his own with a .417/.476/.857 20 homers and 72 RBI in 45 games.
Jackson was recently named a finalist for the Tino Martinez award, which is given to the best player in D-II baseball.
Jackson started off at Hillsborough Community College, before transferring to Tennessee Wesleyan. While at Hillsborough he was an all-conference player in the two seasons he was there.
Through round seven, the Yankees have only selected one high school player. This could be a new strategy for them as they try to get players who may be a little quicker to develop than some high school kids.
Good luck to Wagner and Jackson in their Yankee careers!
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