With their third round pick (124th overall) in the MLB 2012 first-year player draft, the Yankees took a left handed hitting, 6-foot-0, 200 pound, outfielder out of Bradford High School (Wi.), Nathan Mikolas.
Mikolas is another projectable type considered one of the best high school batters in the Midwest. He is said to have good bat speed, quick hands, and good swing mechanics and is expected to be a plus hitter with average-to-above-average power potential. He is considered an average defender at best without much speed so his value is in his bat and his patience at the plate. If he doesn’t turn into a power hitter it will be interesting to see where the Yankees find a spot for him in the field.
As of this weekend, Mikolas was hitting .515 with 11 doubles, two triples, six homers, and 23 RBI’s. Shouldn’t be a huge surprise that the Yankees took this kid as former Cubs GM and current special assignement scout for the Yankees, Jim Hendry, was recently on hand to watch him play.
He is currently committed to play baseball at Louisville and turned down offers to play at Vanderbilt and Texas Christian as well.
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