Draft Review: New York Yankees by Marc Hulet April 30, 2009 2008 Draft Slot: 28th overall Top Pick: Gerrit Cole, RHP, California high school Best Pick: Brett Marshall, RHP, Texas high school (sixth round) Keep an Eye On: Corban Joseph, 2B, Tennessee high school (fourth round) Notes: There is really no way to sugar coat the fact that the Yankees organization had a terrible draft in 2008, which was not helped by the fact that it failed to sign its first pick, as Gerrit Cole opted for college, as well as its second-round pick Scott Bittle, who had injury concerns. Brett Marshall was given an above-slot deal ($800,000) to forgo college after sliding in the draft due to signability concerns. 2007 Draft Slot: 30th overall Top Pick: Andrew Brackman, RHP, North Carolina State U. Best Pick: Austin Romine, C, California high school (second round) Worst Pick: Adam Olbrychowski, RHP, Pepperdine University (fifth round) Notes: Andrew Brackman was a huge draft talent with a huge question mark as pretty much everyone knew he needed Tommy John surgery, which he underwent before the ink was dry on his first pro contract. Now 23, Brackman is back pitching but in low A-ball. Austin Romine has performed better than expected with the bat so far in his pro career, which will help soften the blow when Jesus Montero has to be moved out from behind the dish. 2006 Draft Slot: 21st overall Top Pick: Ian Kennedy, RHP, University of Southern California Best Pick: Joba Chamberlain, RHP, University of Nebraska (supplemental 1st round) Worst Pick: Colin Curtis, OF, Arizona State University (fourth round) Notes: In terms of pitching, this is one of the best drafts in recent memory for any team. The club found Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, Zach McAllister, George Kontos, Dellin Betances, Mark Melancon, Daniel McCutchen (traded to PIT), and David Robertson. * * * 2009 Draft Slot: 29th overall Draft Preference (2006-08): Best available talent MLB Club Need: Relievers, Outfielder, Catcher Organizational Need: Infielders, Outfielders, Left-handed pitchers Organizational Strength: Right-handed pitchers, catchers Notes: The organization will no doubt play its cards close to the chest with the rival Boston Red Sox picking at No. 28. Money should again be no object, and the organization might want to make up for a poor 2008 draft.