After beginning the First-Year Player Draft with a pair of high school selections, the Yankees went the college route for most of Day 2.
New York had 15 picks in Rounds 2-15 on Tuesday thanks to a compensatory selection it received when the club did not sign Texas pitcher Sam Stafford with the 88th overall pick last season. The Yankees used 10 of their picks on college prospects.
The Yanks took Edmond Santa Fe High School right-hander Ty Hensley in the first round on Monday, and Tuesday began with a high school selection as well. Argyle (Texas) outfielder Austin Aune has already said that he will sign, even though he moved into his dorm at Texas Christian University on Sunday to begin his collegiate career as both a quarterback and baseball player for the Horned Frogs.
Aune and Bradford (Wis.) outfielder Nathan Mikolas heard their names called for the first time early on Tuesday, but New York picked four college prospects who were drafted last season and did not sign. The Yankees bolstered their already-strong catching depth with one of them: Miami (Fla.) catcher Peter O'Brien.
O'Brien jumped from the third round last year to the second this year thanks to a strong senior season, and all but one other pick moved up in the Draft as well. Louisiana State right-hander Nicholas Goody jumped 16 rounds, Fresno State reliever Taylor Garrison moved up 20 rounds and Alabama outfielder Taylor Dugas remained an eighth-round pick.
Here's a rundown of all the Yankees' Day 2 selections:
Round 2, Austin Aune, CF, Argyle H.S. (Texas): The athletic Aune played shortstop for most of his life, but the Yankees took him for his ability in center field, where he played during his junior year at Argyle. The 6-foot-2 left-handed hitter drove in 41 runs while hitting eight homers with a .447 average in 28 games as a senior.
Round 2, Peter O'Brien, C, Miami (Fla.): The Rockies took the offensive catcher in the third round last year, when he was at Bethune-Cookman. The 6-foot-5 backstop transferred to Miami for his senior season and hit .340 with 12 doubles, 10 home runs and 40 RBIs in 41 games.
Round 3, Nathan Mikolas, OF, Bradford H.S. (Wis.): Position is the issue for this left-handed hitter from Kenosha, Wis., but at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, the Louisville signee is considered one of the best high school bats in the Draft.
Round 4, Corey Black, RHP, Faulkner: The 5-foot-11 pitcher began his career at San Diego State University but underwent Tommy John surgery and transferred to Faulkner, where he went 11-2 with a 1.53 ERA in 88 innings. He projects as a reliever with a 94- to 96-mph fastball.
Round 5, Robert Refsnyder, 2B, Arizona: The right-handed hitter played outfield at Arizona, but with a lack of the power expected of a corner outfielder at the big league level, he projects as a second baseman. He played the infield in high school and hit .353 with 61 RBIs and 12 stolen bases while starting all 60 games this season.
Round 6, Nicholas Goody, RHP, Louisiana State: The Yankees must like Goody, because they selected him for the second time in as many years. He did not sign out of the State College of Florida after New York took him in the 22nd round last season but transferred to LSU instead. He appeared in 33 games with 11 saves as the Tigers' closer, striking out 45, walking three and posting a 2.51 ERA in 32 1/3 innings.
Round 7, Taylor Garrison, RHP, Fresno State: Garrison also saw his Draft stock improve after he did not sign with the Dodgers as a 27th-round pick last season. The career reliever returned for his senior year and saved 11 games in 28 appearances, throwing 42 1/3 innings, striking out 52 and posting a 2.98 ERA.
Round 8, Taylor Dugas, CF, Alabama: The left-handed hitter did not sign when the Cubs drafted him in the same round last year, but he returned to Alabama to set the school's all-time hits record at 332. He started all 55 games as a senior, hitting .343 with 12 doubles, seven triples, two homers and eight stolen bases.
Round 9, Derek Varnadore, RHP, Auburn: Varnadore was only 4-7 with a 4.93 ERA for Auburn, walking 30 and striking out 63 in 87 2/3 innings, but at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, the right-hander projects with some upside.
Round 10, Matt Snyder, 1B, Ole Miss: The 6-foot-6 slugger has Major League bloodlines. His father, Brian, played 12 years professionally and two in the big leagues, and his brother, Brandon, plays for the Rangers. Snyder hit .363 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs in 36 games as a senior.
Round 11, Caleb Frare, LHP, Custer County H.S. (Mont.): The hard-throwing left-hander signed to play at Utah.
Round 12, Christopher Breen, C, Winter Springs H.S. (Fla.): The 6-foot-3 Breen is another offensive catcher the Yankees want to add to their collection in the Minor Leagues, although he is signed to play at Seminole State College.
Round 13, James Pazos, LHP, San Diego: The D-backs took Pazos in the 40th round out of high school, but he went to college and posted a 2.14 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 63 innings this season as a reliever.
Round 14, Andrew Benak, RHP, Rice: The 6-foot-5 right-hander started 14 games and appeared in two more after spending his first three years mostly out of the bullpen. He posted a 7-2 record with a 2.70 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings.
Round 15, Dayton Dawe, RHP, A.B. Lucas H.S. (Canada): The 6-foot-3 Canadian throws a 93-mph fastball and has received tutelage from former Yankees reliever Paul Quantrill, who is the pitching coach for Dawe's Ontario Terriers squad.