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Top 5 NYY Draft Picks

With the NFL draft going on this past weekend it got me thinking about just how different the drafts are between the NFL and the MLB. In the NFL, for the most part, a first-round pick should be a starter on your team the next season. Yes, there are busts in every draft, but for the most part, I would say a decent amount of the guy's drafted turn into good NFL players. However, in the MLB this is not the case, the first round of the MLB draft is a total crapshoot. I would say anything outside the top 5 picks are essentially wild cards. For the Yankees, their draft history has been a mixed bag. Accompanied with winning comes lowers first-round picks which are unlikely to pan out. Here in this list, however, are the top 5 Yankee draft picks of all-time. Keep in mind this list is not just based off of production, but also value. A player with a decent career drafted in the 22nd round will outweigh a good player drafted in the first round. 1.) Jorge Posada -Posada was drafted in the 24th round out of Calhoun Community College in 1990. What a steal... the Yankees landed their franchise catcher who was a contributor to five World Series for them in the 24th round. It is hard to say if this is good scouting or even better luck but this was a no-brainer in terms of his career and how late of a pick Jorge was. 2.) Andy Pettitte -Andy was drafted in the 22nd round out of high school in 1990. What a draft for the Yankees that year, they got themselves a battery that would appear in hundreds of games together along with 5 championships. In 1990 they selected Carl Everett as their first-round pick, he was later taken in the 1992 expansion draft to Florida Marlins. All in all, a stellar draft for the Yanks. 3.) Don Mattingly - Donnie Baseball was taken in the 19th round out of High School in 1979. Mattingly went on to spend his entire career with the Yankees somehow managing to never win a World Series with the club. The only thing holding Mattingly away from being a Hall of Famer was his problematic back which cut his career and power numbers short. Another franchise player selected by the Yankee in the late rounds of the draft. 4.) Ron Guidry - Louisiana Lightning was taken in the third round of the 1971 draft. Guidry went on to pitch for the Yankees for 13 years pitching to the tune of a 3.29 ERA and racking up 1778 strikeouts along the way. Guidry was a CY Young award winner in 1978 and helped propel the Yankees to World Series titles in 1977 and 1978. 5.) Derek Jeter -Hard to leave the Captain off this list. Like I said before fist round picks do not always turn into starters in the MLB, so even though Jeter was taken 6th overall he still makes the list. There is not much to say about Derek that hasn't already been said. Jeter was a 14-time All-Star, winning 5 Gold Gloves, 5 Silver Sluggers, not to mention he was a 5-time World Series Champion for the Yanks. It is safe to say it was a good pick. Disagree with the list? Let me know by dropping a comment below. If you do not want to comment here check out our Instagram page @theyankeesvoice and drop a comment there. We put out daily Yankee videos and we notify you guys when new blogs come out. Thanks for reading! -The Commish

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