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The 2006 Yankees Draft All Over Current Roster

By Mike Silva ~ June 29th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Yankees.

I was talking with baseball writer Joe Delgrippo yesterday about the Yankees. A point he has made on the show in the past was how solid the Yankees 2006 amateur draft was. This was early on when Brian Cashman wrestled control of the team. The organization decided to not only spend on free agents, but have a plan to develop players as part of the process. The impact Damon Oppenheimer has on the organization can’t be understated as this draft is a great example.

The following players are in the big leagues or had a cup of coffee:

Ian Kennedy (helped acquire Curtis Granderson)

Joba Chamberlain

Colin Curtis

David Robertson

Kevin Russo

Mark Melancon

Daniel McCutchen (helped acquire Damaso Marte)

This doesn’t include prospects like Dellin Betances (profiled by Jed yesterday), Zach McAllister, Tim Norton, and George Kontos who we may see at some point in the future.

Building a solid farm system takes time, but the Yankees sped up the process with their fine that season.

Think about where the current roster would be today if not for that draft? Sure, they would be competitive, but whole lot more expensive and likely saddled with cumbersome contracts. These same cost effective players on the roster may be part of the reason they can splurge on a Cliff Lee this offseason.

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