UPDATE: Spoke with Matt’s high school coach today. He absolutely loves the kid. Said that he is a straight-A student who works hard on the field and doesn’t complain about anything ever. He told me that made him the perfect captain as everybody on the team looked up to him and wanted to play up to his standards. A strong lead-by-example type.
He also said that while scouts say shortstop is out of the picture, he thinks he has good enough hands and feet to play first or third base with no problem.
The other thing he told me was that he is a Yankees fan, but that his family takes education very seriously. So he thinks that while he very well may sign, he isn’t getting any type of home town discount or anything like that. His high school is just 20 minutes away from Yankee Stadium, BTW.
ORIGINAL POST: With their 4th pick in the draft, the Yankees took a local kid named Matt Duran out of New Rochelle high school. At 6-1, 205-pounds, he played shortstop in high school, but was taken as a third baseman by the Yankees. He hit .600 with 10 homers, 41 RBI’s, and 31 walks this season.
The Yankees are very familiar with this kid, who is said to possess a good deal of raw power. He played for both Hank’s Yanks and the Yankees Area Code team (with the Yankees 3rd round pick Jordan Cote). New Rochelle high school is just minutes from Yankee Stadium as well.
Not much information available on Duran around the internet, but I’m supposed to interview him later today so I’ll update this post with some info from that interview. Until then, he had committed to Fordham University and here is what they said about him:
Duran, a 6-1 infielder from New Rochelle, New York, is a four-year varsity baseball player at New Rochelle High School. He is a two-time All-League selection, and was named to the All-Section team as a junior, when he also garnered team MVP honors. He was rated by Perfect Game USA as a top national prospect, and was selected Second Team All-Star for Lo-Hud baseball by The Journal News. In addition to playing for New Rochelle, Duran plays for Hank’s Yanks, a team sponsored by Hank Steinbrenner, General Partner of the New York Yankees, and the New York Yankees area code team, for which he hit .300 during the Area Code Games in California, which has grown into one of the highest regarded high school talent tournaments in the country. A nominee for the National Honor Society, he also participated in the Empire State Games this past summer, hitting .450 with nine RBI.
“Matthew is one of the best hitters on the east coast. He’s participated in two invitation only events in the East Coast Pro Showcase and played for the New York Yankees area code team, which played in the Area Codes Games, one of the top, if not the top, high school talent tournaments in the country,” said Restaino. “We are excited about adding his talent to our team.”
Here is some video: