Name: Stewart Ijames
School level: SO
The Yankees went back to college with their 29th round pick when they drafted Stewart Ijames out of Louisville. Here is another signability case in that he’s a lefty hitter who hasn’t completely tapped his potential and is a redshirt sophomore. So he might be hard to sign because he has two more years of college eligibility left. He’s also been through one draft already, drafted by the Brewers in the 46th round of the 2007 draft, and failed to sign.
Here is what Baseball America had to say about him:
Louisville outfielder Ijames missed the 2009 season with rotator-cuff problems. He returned to lead the Coastal Plain League with 12 homers last summer, and has 14 more this spring. Of all the Cardinals’ hitters, Ijames has the swing best suited for wood bats, and he still has untapped lefty power in his 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame. He has a decent arm, but his below-average speed relegates him to left field. He’s a redshirt sophomore, so his extra leverage could make him more difficult to sign.
MLB.com said this about him:
Ijames, a 2008 Freshman All-America, was a 46th-round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007 but did not sign.
MLB.com also had this:
A 46th-round selection by Milwaukee in 2007, the left-hand-hitting Ijames hit .324 with 14 homers and 63 RBIs for a Cardinals squad that won 50 games out of the Big East this season.
From a University of Louisville website:
As a freshman, Ijames batted .351 with eight homers and 39 RBIs. He also recorded 11 doubles, two triples and 98 total bases. His .583 slugging percentage and a .401 on-base percentage speaks loudly about his value to the team.
He was named third team All-Big East and was picked as a freshman All-American by Ping Baseball.