Yanks wrap up Draft heavy in college arms
Quarterback, local high school hero go on event's last day
NEW YORK -- By the third day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, the pickings become pretty slim. So slim, in fact, that the Yankees selected a player who is already committed to another sport altogether.
New York picked Pat White, a former quarterback at West Virgina, in the 49th round on Thursday, with the 1,455th overall pick. White was chosen in the second round of this year's NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins and almost certainly will not sign a baseball contract.
White was one notable pick on a day of mostly unknowns rounding out this year's Draft. On Thursday, the Yankees made 20 selections -- 12 position players and eight pitchers. New York had taken Slade Heathcott, an outfielder from Texas, on Tuesday in the first round with the 29th pick, bucking its trend of taking pitchers early in the Draft.
The Yankees were sure to bolster their farm system with arms, though, taking pitchers in the third, fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth rounds, including Seton Hall's Sean Black, who was a second-round pick in 2006.
Besides Heathcott and the Yankees' next pick, John Murphy, the Yankees stuck mostly with college players, not taking another high schooler until pick No. 375.
Another notable selection Thursday was pitcher Mariel Checo, a senior at Norman Thomas High School in New York. Earlier this week, Checo, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound righty, had 14 strikeouts and led his team to a win in the PSAL 'A' title game at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees -- Top five selections
|29||CF||Zachary Heathcott||Texas HS|
|76||C||John Murphy||The Pendleton School|
|135||RHP||Adam Warren||UNC Chapel Hill|
|165||RHP||Caleb Cotham||Vanderbilt U|
|195||3B||Robert Lyerly||UNC Charlotte|
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Afterward, he said he always dreamed of playing at Yankee Stadium. Now the property of the Yankees, Checo may one day get that chance.
Jared Diamond is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.