By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
February 28, 2010
The Yankees have a curious history with college left-handers in their recent drafts. They like to draft them, but not to pay for them. Here’s a look at Aaron Meade, a left-hander from Missouri State, who did not sign with the Yankees in the 28th round of the 2009 draft.
Meade reminds me of Jarrod Washburn. He will pitch at 89-91 in the major leagues and his slider will be his primary breaking ball. He’ll save a change-up for right-handers. He will need to become better conditioned and less stiff through his delivery. He won’t be exceptional, but he could become a very decent major league starter. Guys like this get jobs every year.
Meade was probably better off going back into college baseball for a few reasons. One, he’s got a better chance of coming out higher if he has even a solid season. Two, this guy had organizational written all over him for the Yankees. This is a club that wants power arms pure and simple. You don’t see the Yankees running to the NY Post to brag about the 89-91 LHP they have coming up, do you?
Players should know the Yankees before they sign with them. In Yankee tradition dating back to the George Weiss era, the Yankees oversell the promise of the pinstripes to get the organizational player signed cheap. Meade, like Tyler Lyons, now has the chance to show that the old playbook from Play Ball with the Yankees, isn’t the best fit for working class pitchers who want to be in the majors by the time they are 25.