Friday, July 1, 2011

Yankees Draft Picks Sam Stafford and Justin James

As per Kirk Bohls of The Statesman:
Texas pitchers Cole Green and Sam Stafford have both reached terms on contracts with the major-league baseball teams that drafted them earlier this month, two sources told me.

Green, a senior right-hander, signed for about a $100,000 bonus with the Cincinnati Reds, who took him in the ninth round. Stafford, a junior left-hander with one year of eligibility left, signed with the New York Yankees, who picked him in the second round as the 88th pick of the draft.

One Longhorn source said Stafford signed for slot money and agreed to a $400,000 bonus.
Stafford features a mid-90s four-seamer and a big-bending curve, which work hand-in-hand with his inability to locate either within the strikezone. There's a great deal of upside here ... and an equally large amount of risk.

As per Kevin Levine-Flandrup:
The super intriguing 13th round #mlbdraft pick Justin James has signed with the #Yankees after taking his physical in Tampa today.
James is an ultra-toolsy prospect with plus speed and plus power potential. He's also incredibly raw, having given up baseball in his senior year of high school to focus on basketball. His father Dion played in the Majors for parts of eleven years, including four seasons with the Yankees (where he batted .302/.368/.410, good for a 111 OPS+).

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