Yankees 2012 30th round draft pick: Raph Rhymes

With their 30th round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player draft, the Yankees selected Raphael Rhymes, a 6-foot, 190-pound outfielder out of LSU.

This 22-year-old, SEC Player of the Year, led the nation in hitting with a  .452/.510/.557 line to go with four home runs. He initially didn’t make the LSU team as a freshman, he went to another school, got better, and transferred back there. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 40th round last year and not only went back to college, but gave up his scholarship so the team could get better.

Not that it matters much to the Yankees because Rhymes has already said that he won’t sign and is going back to college.

“I don’t think I’m ready to leave LSU yet,” Rhymes told the Times Picayune. “I’m planning on coming back. “I didn’t know what I was going to do. I was just waiting to see what happened. I love LSU. I knew it would be a tough decision but I’m ready to come back.”

He’s a big player and scouts wonder if he’s going to be able to stick in left field. Perhaps a move to second base could be in order. Very selective at the plate with power.

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