Here is yet another college senior taken by the Yankees. Snyder is about to turn 22 and was drafted by the Nationals with the 44th pick in the 2011 draft. Both his brother (Brandon Snyder) and father (Brian Snyder) have played in the majors.
Typically a first baseman, Snyder dealt with left shoulder injuries in 2010 and 2011 that forced him to play a lot of DH. He’s a huge power hitter with a left handed stroke that hopefully he can one day use to take advantage of the short porch in Yankee Stadium. He’s not very athletic which limits him in the field and on the bases.
In 63 games this season, Snyder hit .332/.398/.555 with 12 homers and 17 doubles. During his junior year he showed more patience at the plate with slightly less power, hitting .301/.425/.534 with nine homers and 14 doubles in 55 games.