Grading the Yankees' last 6 first round draft picks

The MLB Draft is coming up fast. Hopefully it goes better than some of the Yankees' recent drafts have gone.

Jun 22, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe (11) throws out Seattle
Jun 22, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe (11) throws out Seattle / Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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Yankees 2018 First Round Draft Pick: Anthony Seigler

Pick: 23rd overall
School: Cartersville High School (GA)
Position: Catcher

First, we go back to the 2018 draft where the Yankees were picking at No. 23 overall. The Yankees decided to go to the high school ranks and selected catcher Anthony Seigler. Seigler was actually a fascinating amateur prospect because not only was he a switch-hitting catcher, but he was also a switch pitcher who could have been a pro on the mound. However, the Yankees liked his catching and bat better, so that is where he has played ever since.

Unfortunately, Seigler's time in the minor leagues has not gone all that well. He performed reasonably well in rookie ball during his draft year, but he has not hit well in the subsequent four seasons since then. While part of the problem was COVID scrubbing the 2020 minor league season which hurt his development, another problem has been injuries, as he has missed big chunks of time over several seasons including 2023.

Seigler has made it to Double-A at the very least, but this pick has been pretty disappointing. At this point, Seigler is not ranked among the Yankees' top 30 prospects and the only thing about his offensive game that stands out in a good way is his ability to draw walks. With Austin Wells establishing himself in the Yankees' farm system (more on him in a bit), Seigler is more likely to get traded than play catcher for New York in the big leagues.

Grade: C-