Now that the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft is officially over, it's time to take a look at some of the New York Yankees' most impressionable moves throughout the draft.
The Yankees' first pick of the draft actually took place in the second round due to the off-season signings of Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, and Brain McCann. With the 55th pick the Yanks chose LHP Jacob Lindgren out of Mississippi State. The starter turned relieve had an impressive 2014 season and was considered one of the nation's best. He had a notable 0.81 ERA and a strikeout to walk ratio of 100-25 in 55 1/3 innings of work. Lindgren is an elite pitcher and definitely a talent that looks to work his way through the Yankees' Farm System quite quickly.
The Yanks continued to add to their stock of leftys as they drafted LHP Jordan Montgomery in the 4th Round. Montgomery was (8-5) in 16 starts with South Carolina in 2014 with an ERA 3.42 and 95 strikeouts in 100 innings pitched.
In the sixth round, the Yankees took Lindgren's teammate RHP Jonathan Holder who had a record setting season of 21 saves in 2013. Like Lindgren, Holder also looks to move up the system quite quickly which may be the force behind the Yankees' theory of taking college players.
Among the other notable draft picks, the Yankees chose the son of Future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, who holds the same name. With the 872nd pick, the Yanks took the Iona College Sophmore who started 12 games; completing 5. HE throws a solid fastball that breaks 90mph and his stature allows him to be versatile. There are mixed feelings as to whether the younger Rivera will sign because he does have a commitment to play in the New England Collegiate Baseball League with the Laconia Muskrats this summer.
With the majority of the New York Yankees draft picks being used on pitching prospects, are they trying to make a statement as to the type of depth they are trying to create within the system?