Name: Rob Segedin
School level: SO
The Yankees third round pick in the draft, Robert Segedin, is a third baseman/corner outfield type who might have the highest ceiling in the Yankees entire draft. He’s a draft eligible sophomore out of Tulane so he has quite a bit of leverage when signing a deal.
Here is what MLB.com had to say about him:
Segedin injured his lower back in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2008, and continued back problems and a shoulder injury led Tulane to shut him down after five games last spring. He was healthy again by the summer, when he helped Bourne win its first-ever Cape championship, and has wielded one of the most potent bats in college baseball this year, hitting .434/.516/.788. Segedin has plenty of strength in his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame, and he makes consistent, hard contact. His righthanded stroke is geared more toward line drives than loft, but he does show the ability to lift mistakes out of the park. He’s not nimble on the bases or at third base, but he manages to get the job done defensively. He has plenty of arm at the hot corner, and his fastball topped out at 94 mph when the Green Wave used him as a reliever two years ago. Because of his back, he has pitched sparingly since. There aren’t many quality bats like Segedin’s in this draft, but his leverage as a draft-eligible sophomore at an academically strong program could drive up his price and down his draft position.
And a bit from the Bergin Record:
Segedin, a redshirt sophomore and a third baseman at Tulane, is the all-time high school hits leader in New Jersey with 181. The 21-year-old led Tulane in almost every offensive category, while ranking among the national top 30 in six offensive categories.
“I grew up a die-hard Yankee fan, so I’ve been dreaming of playing for the Yankees since I was a kid,” Segedin said via telephone from his sister’s house in Parkland, Fla. “When I got the call from their area scout in New Orleans, the first thing he said was, ‘How does it feel to be a Yankee?’
“For me, it’s truly a dream come true.”
This sounds like a real good pick by the Yankees…As long as they can sign him. The fact that he’s a big Yankees fan can’t hurt.