Name: Kevin Jordan
School level: HS
In the 19th round the Yankees selected former major leaguer Brian Jordan’s son Kevin Jordan out of high school. Jordan is a very gifted athlete, but this is easily going to be one of the more difficult signings out of all the draft picks. He’s a big center fielder and a five-tool athlete that most certainly would have gone higher in the draft had he not gotten sick and lost 15 pounds. So he’s probably going to go to college, he’s already committed to Wake Forest, unless the Yankees give him the money that he expected had he gone in the top few rounds.
This is another great signability guy. If the Yankees manage to sign him it’ll be one of the best picks in the draft. Unfortunately, I doubt they’ll be able to sign him. We’re most definitely going to have to wait until the August 15th deadline on this one.
Here is what Baseball America said about him:
Jordan began the year as a potential Top 200 talent, but he came down with an illness that caused him to lose about 15 pounds and much of his strength. Scouts estimated that Jordan was playing at about 75 percent when he started playing again in late April, but they still came out in droves for a mid-May matchup with Delino DeShields Jr. and Woodward High. At his best last summer, the lefthanded-hitting speedster showed good barrel awareness and above-average raw tools offensively and defensively for center field. Jordan was expected to be a summer follow but also could wind up at Wake Forest, where he’d start from day one.
Here is what MLB.com said about him:
When healthy, Jordan is a very good athlete, with five-tool potential and power to spare. Being healthy hasn’t been easy for him this year as he’s been sick all season with a strep throat that led to an infection. That, obviously, makes him a little more difficult to evaluate, but a team that believes in the tools it’s seen in the past could take a shot.
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