The 2021 draft included a number of storylines leading up to the event. Gone are the 20 rounds of selections that filled the draft for a number of years. It was also believed that there was a huge pool of talent from players after the pandemic led baseball to host only a five-round draft in 2020, causing many players to return to college for another season. The Yankees He signed 18 of their 20 picks, and while some finished the minor league season in 2021, the first significant amount of playing time came for Yankees members this year. Let’s take a look at how the 2021 batch has performed so far this year.
In the first round, the Yankees chose Tree Sweeney of Eastern Illinois University. Sweeney made a quick comeback in his professional debut, playing a few games in the Florida Compound League and then jumping to Low-A Tampa. In 2022, the season began with High-A Hudson Valley and was promoted in early September to Double-A Somerset.
The raw numbers might not jump off the page, but Sweeney has only had one bad month, struggling through May with a 0.503 OPS. He posted between .773 and .857 OPS per month for the remainder of the season. He’s shown an ability to hit the base, posting .375 OBP in 80 games since June 1. He also stole 25 bases in 26 attempts in that period. He still ranks among the Yankees’ top 10 prospects and has surprised some scouts as a better stopping point than they expected before enlisting.
Will Warren was the oldest featured player in the 2021 draft class. Late in the run up before the draw, it looks like the Yankees have hit gold with their eighth-round pick. Warren made his first professional game of the season at the High-A level and was promoted by mid-season to Double-A. With an excess slider that makes all of his other shows more effective, Warren is considered the Yankees’ 8th best prospect by MLB.com.
Richard Fitts drafted a few rounds before Warren of Auburn University. Fitts had long been known for his potential during college but didn’t put them all together in the game’s pre-draft move. That remained the story for him early in the year, but he really excelled along the stretch, posting 0.46 ERAs over his last six that spanned 39. He is credited with having an above-average fast ball, latch and control. This is a combination that could make him move quickly over the next year on his way to the major championships. Jar of the week was awarded with honors in both Florida League and South Atlantic League this season. He was recently ranked by MLB.com as a Yankees 30The tenth The best possibility.
Another player to finish the season alongside Sweeney and Warren in the A-level double is Tyler Hardman. Recruited after playing first base in college, the Yankees thought he could handle third place, and earned solid ratings about his hot corner defense up to this point. Hardman also leads the American minor league system in home races with 22 times per year. He has posted .890 OPS during his last 75 games at High-A. He’ll have to control his attacking rate going forward, but overall Hardman’s results have been very positive in his first season, and he’ll have a chance of staying in the Arizona Fall League.
The Yankees’ 10th and 12th round picks also made a strong first impression while playing in Low-A Tampa. Ben Cowles hit .289/ .388/ .480 for the Tarpons in 70 games, before receiving an August promotion to High-A. He did not find the same offensive success at the higher level but showed defensive versatility and the ability to use a powerful racket. Catcher Ben Rice has split time behind the plate with popular prospect Antonio Gomez for most of the season, but he’s been making a strong impact with his racket. He hit .283/ .394/ .493 over the last 44 games and was one of the Tarpons’ best offensive players in the second half as they came within a short distance of the field.
The Yankees drafted and signed two setup arms in 2021, both of which were impressive during the 2022 season. Sean Hermann was their pick in Round 14 and is now a top prospect in 24th place. He did very well for the Yankees Florida Complex League, before earning a promotion From four games to Low-A Tampa. He returned to the Composite League to help the team win the League Championship.
Hermann was competing alongside team selection in the third round of 2021, Brock Selvidge. The left-handed threw 42.2 runs, hit 53 hitters and posted a 2.95 ERA. It’s been a solid season for Selvidge, and put him on track to play in Low-A when he was 20 next season.
The other 2021 Draft class players have the potential to make their mark with the organization. Brendan Beck has yet to make his professional debut after needing a draft after Tommy John’s surgery. Jack Neely, Zach Messinger and Bailey Dees have shown great potential at times this season but will have to find more consistency as they move to higher levels.
The Yankees used several players from the 2021 draft in the deals. Robert Ahlstrom was replaced during spring training with Rangers as part of a Jose Trevino deal. Fourth-round pick Cooper Bowman was among the franchise leaders in stolen bases last season when the Yankees sent him to Oakland in the Frankie Montas trade. After a strong start to his career, Chandler Champlain was traded to the Royal Family in an Andrew Benintende deal.
She entered the draft class for the 2021 Yankees in the final weeks of their first full professional season. Three players reached the Double-A level and several other players did well along the way. While the success of the draft category will not be fully known until much later, this group is a positive start for the Yankees and may contribute directly as soon as next year.