Originally Posted by mzh
The difference here is that the Yankees have been drafting in the last 5 picks consistently since the early Nineties. The difference between a number 10 pick and a number 27 pick is usually exponential. Regardless of end result, its the difference between a Chris Sale or Gordon Beckham and an Andrew Brackman.
I do not agree with this. The White Sox drafted no earlier than 12th from 1991 to 2007 until getting a shot at Beckham in 2008. A clear majority of their pick in that timeframe were in the 15-25 range. I've heard many scouts jokingly say that the difference between the 15th pick and 32nd pick is how much they'll sign for.
For the record the White Sox from 1991- 2007 picked:
25th, 24th, 17th, 26th, 25th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 15th, 12th, 16th, 18th, 15th, 18th, 15th, 29th and 25th.
For the math wizards out there, that's an average of 19th position.