Yankees 2012 2st round draft pick: Austin Aune 1

Update: Aune has already signed with the Yankees.

“They called earlier this morning, made me an offer, and it was one that was right for our family and I thought was at the right time,” Aune told Ben Baby of the Denton Record-Chronicle. “We accepted it.”

With their first second-round pick (89th overall) in the MLB 2012 first-year player draft, the Yankees selected a 6-foot-2, 185-pound, lefty swinging outfielder and shortstop out of Argyle High School (Tx.), Austin Aune.

Aune, 18, is considered a five-tool player and a natural infielder, but was drafted as an outfielder. Scouts said he had good hands and arm strength for short, but said he possesses enough speed and arm strength that he could potentially play center field. He is committed to Texas Christine University to play both football (quarterback) and baseball.

During his junior season, he hit .489 with 37 RBI’s and 14 stolen bases. He went 7-2 with a 2.57 ERA on the mound. His senior year he hit .447 with 41 RBI’s and eight homers.

This pick was compensation for the Yankees not signing Sam Stafford, their 2nd round pick from last year. If Aune doesn’t sign with them this summer, they will not be awarded another compensation pick.

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