I find the MLB draft far more interesting than either the two-round NBA draft or the NFL draft, and although I was was excited that Gerrit Cole fell to the Yankees at 28, I was pleasantly surprised with the Yankees’ twelfth round pick (380th overall).
The Yankees took Luke Grienke, a right-handed pitcher from Auburn. Luke is the brother of Kansas City Royals ace Zach Grienke. On a cruise in 2005, I met Luke on the ship’s basketball court as he vacationed with his parents. We hung out for the few days we were at sea and he was a really nice kid. I hope he really does well and eventually reaches the majors in some capacity. Hopefully as a successful pitcher with the Yankees.
Another pick I was interested in was Pat Venditte, a pitcher from Creighton University. The interesting thing about Venditte is that he’s ambidextrous. He pitches both left-handed and right-handed depending on the batter. As a kid that used to pound brick walls with tennis balls from both hands long ago, I can attest to exactly how hard and amazing that is at the same time. Imagine having a reliever that could neutralize any pinch-hitting move. He was drafted in the 20th round (620th overall) so he obviously doesn’t have as much projection as a major leaguer, but the whole “left/right” thing is pretty cool.