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Recent college picks have served Yanks well

June 9, 2017

NEW YORK -- After importing promising talent like Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield in trades last July, the Yankees proudly boast one of the game's top farm systems. They hope to add to that collection of potential future stars when they scour the high school and collegiate ranks

NEW YORK -- After importing promising talent like Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield in trades last July, the Yankees proudly boast one of the game's top farm systems. They hope to add to that collection of potential future stars when they scour the high school and collegiate ranks for the upcoming MLB Draft.
The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m on the Monday. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 75 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, starting at 1 p.m. ET. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on June 14, beginning at noon ET.
:: 2017 MLB Draft coverage ::
Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLBPipeline.com analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.
• Yankees' Top 30 Prospects
Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the Yankees, whose first selection is the 16th overall pick:
In about 50 words
Is there another Aaron Judge? The Yankees' scouts will try to find one, though the slugging outfielder may prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime find. Judge impressed the Yanks in a BP showcase at Fenway Park and was selected 32nd overall in 2013 in what has proven to be a great gamble.
The scoop
This will be Damon Oppenheimer's 13th season directing the Yankees' efforts in the Draft, and his third with the title of vice president of domestic amateur scouting. Last year, the Yankees jumped on prep outfielder Blake Rutherford at No. 18 after he dropped due to signability concerns, having committed to UCLA. Maybe they can find similar value this year at No. 16.

First-round buzz
MLB.com's Jim Callis recently wrote of a rumored connection between the Yanks and first baseman Nick Pratto from Huntington Beach, Calif., one of the Draft's best high school bats. Callis said that Missouri State third baseman Jake Burger and UCLA right-hander Griffin Canning are also potential Yankees targets. MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo recently connected the Yankees to outfielder Austin Beck from North Davidson High School in Lexington, N.C., believing that Beck's stock could dip because of a knee injury.

Money matters
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club's selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool. The signing bonuses for a team's selections in the first 10 rounds, plus any bonus greater than $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total.
Any team going up to five percent over its allotted pool will be taxed at a 75-percent rate on the overage. A team that overspends by 5-10 percent gets a 75-percent tax plus the loss of a first-round pick. A team that goes 10-15 percent over its pool amount will be hit with a 100-percent penalty on the overage and the loss of a first- and second-round pick. Any overage of 15 percent or more gets a 100-percent tax plus the loss of first-round picks in the next two Drafts.
This year, the Yankees have a pool of $6,912,800 to spend in the first 10 rounds, including $3,458,600 to spend on their first selection.
Shopping list
The Yankees' farm system was ranked No. 2 overall by MLB.com coming into this season, which is a credit to the talent acquired prior to the Trade Deadline last summer. How to strengthen it further? High-end pitching is always desirable, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Yankees attempt to add catching depth now that Gary Sanchez has graduated to the big leagues.

Trend watch
In the last four years, the top of the Yankees' Drafts have skewed heavily toward the collegiate ranks. Of their first five picks in 2013, '14, '15 and '16, 14 of 20 possible selections were college players. Three of them are already making an impact in the Majors -- Judge, Jordan Montgomery and Jonathan Holder.

Rising fast
Chance Adams was a fifth-round selection of the Yankees in the 2015 Draft out of Dallas Baptist University, and the right-hander is banging on the big league door, having advanced to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees believe that Adams, a converted reliever, may now be their best pitching prospect. He's rated as the Yanks' No. 7 prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Cinderella story
Dustin Fowler was an 18th-round selection in 2013 out of West Laurens High School in Athens, Ga., receiving $278,000 from the Yankees to pass up a college commitment. The speedy left-handed-hitting outfielder is now rated as the Yanks' No. 8 prospect by MLB Pipeline and could make his Major League debut as soon as this season.
In the show
Ten members of the current 40-man roster were originally Yankees Draft selections: Christopher Austin (2010, 13th round), Dellin Betances (2006, 8th round), Tyler Clippard (2003, 9th round), Brett Gardner (2005, 3rd round), Holder (2014, 6th round), Judge (2013, 1st round), Bryan Mitchell (2009, 16th round), Montgomery (2014, 4th round), Rob Refsnyder (2012, 5th round), Austin Romine (2007, 2nd round) and Mason Williams (2010, 4th round).

The Yankees' recent top picks

2016: Blake Rutherford, OF (Class A Charleston)

2015: James Kaprielian, RHP (Injured)

2014: Jacob Lindgren, LHP (Injured, Braves)

2013: Eric Jagielo, 3B (Double-A Pensacola, Reds)

2012: Ty Hensley, RHP (Injured, Rays)

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.