The biggest positive of the 2021 MLB Draft was that Vanderbilt star pitcher Jack Leiter did not go to the Boston Red Sox. Whew.
However, the Sox did select shortstop Marcelo Mayer, which ended up burning the New York Yankees in some capacity. Why? Because he was considered the No. 1 overall prospect in the entire draft who fell to No. 4.
On top of that? He was a lifelong Yankees fan who is now “the biggest Red Sox fan of all time.”
On top of that? The Yankees made a questionable first-round selection when they drafted shortstop Trey Sweeney out of Eastern Illinois at No. 20 overall. What was the issue here?
Well, Sweeney was No. 55 on MLB’s draft prospect rankings and No. 89 on draft extraordinaire Keith Law’s list. OK, you don’t buy into the rankings? Fair enough. But Sweeney just broke out in 2021. And he might not even be a shortstop! Some say he’ll likely end up as a corner outfielder.
Even worse? He … hates the Yankees?!
First-round draft pick Trey Sweeney liked a tweet blasting the Yankees in 2019.
Ah, yes, whenever you can overshoot for a draft prospect when you had your highest selection in four years, you simply select a potential position-less slugger who isn’t a fan of your franchise. Epic.
We won’t know for years if this is a bad pick by the Yankees, and truth be told, it was cool watching Sweeney express excitement on draft night. The kid is amped! We love it. But we simply do not love the Yankees’ process. Their drafting isn’t great, and it just feels like their head is eternally in the sand.
And what timing here too. They draft Sweeney and this tweet is uncovered just hours after New York blew a five-run lead to the Astros in the ninth inning when they were three outs away from completing the sweep and heading into the All-Star break with tremendous morale and a much more respectable 47-42 record.
Instead, a six-run Astros’ ninth led to an embarrassing walk-off, the Yankees’ first-round selection raised more eyebrows than it garnered praise, and then his Twitter likes revealed his disdain for the Yankees. The literal definition of adding insult to injury.