6/8/2013 9:05 P.M. ET
College lefty Smith goes to Yanks in 14th round
By Josh Vitale and Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
With their fourth pick on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft, the Yankees selected their third consecutive pitcher.
Their 14th-round pick was Sam Houston State hurler Caleb Smith, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound left-hander. Smith entered the year as Sam Houston State's Friday night starter, but struggled under the weight of the expectations, posting a 7-5 record and a 3.44 ERA in 16 starts.
He fared better after being moved to the back of the rotation and improved as the season went on, but questions about his command and breaking ball linger.
Smith throws his fastball in the low 90s and mixes it well with a solid changeup. He overuses his changeup, however, because he lacks a feel for his slider. Smith has a stiff delivery, which hampers his command. Ultimately, he may be better suited for the Yankees' bullpen.
Yanks take high schooler Coleman to start Day 3
The Yankees selected a center fielder in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft and grabbed two more on Day 2. To start Day 3 on Saturday, they turned their attentions slightly to the right.
The Yankees used their 11th-round selection on right fielder Kendall Coleman, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound Rowlett, Texas, native who played high school ball for Rockwall High School.
The left-handed-hitting prospect batted .313 for his high school team during his junior season in 2012 before breaking out for his club team, the Texas Blackhawks, the following summer, batting a robust .367 with three home runs, 30 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.
Coleman has a below-average arm and speed, but he's a big lefty who makes loud contact when he connects with the ball. He projects as a corner outfielder who can hit for power. He is committed to play for Iowa next season.
SDSU hurler Walby's fastball good enough for Yanks
Philip Walby is only a one-pitch pitcher at this point in his young career. But that one pitch was good enough to convince the Yankees to pick him in the 12th round of the First-Year Player Draft.
The San Diego State right-hander is a strong, durable, power-type pitcher with an aggressive approach. He airs it out with his deceptive delivery and arm slot to make his fastball -- which typically sits between 89-93 mph -- seem a lot faster. The heater is live, and it tails with some late sink.
His other pitches aren't as developed, though. He has an offspeed pitch, but it's somewhere between a curve and a slider and an infrequent changeup. The development of his secondary stuff will most certainly be necessary for him to make it to the next level.
Walby finished his junior season with the Aztecs 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 94 1/3 innings.
Yanks see upside with Coshow in 13th round
Cale Coshow might be a project for the Yankees, but the 13th-round pick could eventually turn out to be a tremendous value pick.
The Oklahoma Christian product has a plus fastball that he can run up to 96 mph and also throws a curveball and a changeup, both of which could be average or better in the future.
He does have weight problems, however, and lacks command of his pitches. Coshow was a top recruit coming out of high school and still has considerable upside, but the Yankees will likely have to smooth out his command issues for him to be successful.
Coshow started his college career at Oklahoma, but transferred to Oklahoma Christian after being used sparingly with the Sooners. He became the staff ace at Oklahoma Christian and compiled a 3-5 record and a 4.56 ERA this season.
College outfielder Barnes drafted by Yankees
When the Yankees hosted Jordan Barnes for a pre-Draft workout in May, Barnes said he felt "like a Yankee for a day." Now, he actually is one.
New York selected the Northwest Mississippi Community College outfielder with its 15th-round pick in the First-year Player Draft, making him the fifth outfielder the Yanks have picked.
Barnes batted .324 last season, hitting one home run, driving in 24 runs and stealing 22 bases in 48 games.
Pettitte's son drafted by Yanks, but likely off to Baylor
SEATTLE -- Josh Pettitte had a seat on the couch in the visiting clubhouse at Safeco Field on Saturday, having just watched his father exit in line for a career milestone, when the afternoon suddenly became a memorable one for the family's next generation as well.
With the Yankees working to nail down Andy Pettitte's 250th victory out on the field, the younger Pettitte's cell phone buzzed with news from Tampa, Fla., where director of amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer was calling to report the Yankees had just selected him in the 37th round of the First-Year Player Draft.
"It's a great honor and blessing getting the call from the team that you've grown up watching and all the big leaguers play for," said the 18-year-old Pettitte. "It's just a true honor and blessing to get the call from the New York Yankees to say they drafted me."
Pettitte, a right-handed pitcher, had a standout season for Deer Park (Texas) High School that included two no-hitters, but both father and son said that their plans are to have Josh begin attending classes at Baylor University in the fall.
"I was actually shaving and I came walking out here and he was on the phone," Andy Pettitte said. "He told me he had just spoke with Damon. I just gave him a big hug and a kiss and told him I love him and I'm proud of him. I said, 'Let's see what happens three years from now.' Dad wants him to go to school."
Josh Pettitte was selected 1,124th overall in the Draft, and said that he hopes to be selected higher in three years. He said the fact that it was the Yankees who came calling will not change his plans to attend college.
"I don't think so," Josh Pettitte said. "Me and my dad and our family, we had a talk before the Draft started. I wasn't going to sign for that kind of money, but I'm extremely just blessed and honored to be drafted by the Yankees."
Andy Pettitte said that he was pleased with the season put forth by his son, who had an 11-0 record with a 0.65 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 79 innings during his senior season, reportedly adding nearly seven mph to his fastball.
"He was in a good situation," Andy Pettitte said. "He got an opportunity to have a lot of different teams look at him, and the money wasn't going to be there as far as what I thought he would need to pass up on Baylor. Obviously, we'll talk about stuff, I'm sure, but Dad's hoping that Baylor is what he'll want to do and see where things are three years from now."
As Josh chatted with a group of reporters on the clubhouse carpet, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera laughed and tried to distract the young hurler from his interview, while Joba Chamberlain grabbed his cell phone and recorded the moment for posterity.
"I just told [Andy] he'd better hang on for another five or six years because he has to pitch with his son," Rivera said. "That's good. I wish him the best. I'll be praying for him. It's not an easy career, but at the same time, if he wants to do it, I think that he has the right guy on his side."
Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.