The MLB Draft will only be five rounds this year, but the Yankees will still look to make an impact. Which five players could be their first-round targets?
As the altered 2020 MLB Draft approaches, the Yankees are two picks down, as their second and fifth-round selections have been taken away as a result of them signing prized free agent Gerrit Cole this winter. With the club still in possession of their first-round selection, let’s take a look at some prospects the Yankees could have their sights on at choice 28.
1. RHP – JT Ginn, Mississippi State
The 28th overall slot in the draft is certainly a valuable selection, but the Yankees are certainly known to take a bit of a risk with their often late first-round draft picks. See Clarke Schmidt, for example. Ginn, a right-hander out of Mississippi State was a projected top 10 pick just a few months ago according to Mason McRae of prospects365.com, but injury and durability concerns will certainly allow him to slip.
In 2018, the Los Angeles Dodgers selected Ginn with the 30th pick but were unable to come to an agreement on the finances. With the MLB draft only being 5 rounds, the Yankees have the opportunity to sign any prospects who weren’t drafted for a max of $20,000. This could bridge the team to be willing to follow a Schmidt-like approach and take a flyer on the 20-year-old, giving him time to rehab, develop, and blossom into the talent scouts have already seen while he’s been healthy.