After taking right hander Clarke Schmidt in the first round of the MLB draft, the Yankees used its second round selection on another righty. This time, the organization drafted Matt Sauer, a high school arm out of California.
Sauer is committed to the University of Arizona, so an overslot bonus could be necessary to lure him away from college. The 54th pick is allotted $1.236M. Assuming that Schmidt's rehab from Tommy John surgery results in him receiving a below slot bonus (16th pick: $3.459M), some of those savings on Schmidt could be transferred to Sauer.
Baseball America and MLB.com both ranked Sauer the 28th best prospect in the draft. Fangraphs had Sauer two ticks lower, at 30. Keith Law diverged from the consensus and pegged Sauer at 67. Below are a couple of scouting reports not behind paywalls:
Sauer makes a lot of sense after the Schmidt selection, which certainly could have been perceived as a head scratcher given his health. Based on Sauer's rankings by a few publications, it sounds like the Yankees could walk away with another first round talent provided they meet his bonus demands.