Tuesday, June 8, 2010

And the Yankees 2nd and 3rd Round Picks Are...

SS/OF Angelo Gumbs of Torrance (California) High School and 3B Robert Segedin out of Tulane University. Gumbs was taken 89th in the second round and Segedin was the 112th pick in the third round.

Baseball America
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As for Segedin, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder hit 434/.516/.788 for Tulane in the regular season. He has good strength and hits the ball well, making "consistent, hard contact." According to BA, "there aren't many quality bats like Segedin's in this draft." On the defensive side he does the job, but isn't especially fast. He has a great arm and hit 94 mph on the gun when he used to pitch, but back problems basically put an end to his pitching days.

I'll post another update tonight with the rest of the day's Yankees picks.

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