Yankees to announce Jose Mesa Jr signing soon

When the Yankees signed their 1st round pick Ty Hensley last night they officially signed all of their top 10 round draft picks and surprisingly had $400K left over after they did it. That money can now be spend on draft picks after the 10th round and on a related note, the Yankees are expected to announce the signing of their 24th overall draft pick, Jose Mesa Jr, according to his Twitter account.

Mesa Jr. was not expected to sign from the start. Before the draft even began he announced that if he was not picked up in the top 10 rounds there was no chance that he would sign. Draft picks after the 10th round are limited to $100K draft bonus unless there is money over from the pool teams are assigned for their top 10 picks. There was and now Mesa may be the first of a couple of pleasant surprises.

Without knowing how much his bonus is yet, we won’t know how much the Yankees¬†benefited¬†from signing Hensley under budget. He can technically sign for up to $500K, but if it was less than that then he might not be the last signing announcement that we hear before now and the end of the deadline at 5:00 p.m.

Mesa is the 18-year-old, 6-foot-4, 215-pound son of former Major Leaguer Jose Mesa. He can hit 95 mph with his fastball and is said to already have a slider and changeup. You can read more about him here.

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10 Responses to Yankees to announce Jose Mesa Jr signing soon

  1. Greg Corcoran says:

    Wow, I think the Yankees had an amazing draft this season. Hensley, Mesa, Frare, Dayton Dawe, and Brady Lail is a hell of a haul. It definitely rivals if not beats last year's haul of Cote, Rookie Davis, Daniel Camarena, Hayden Sharp, Joey Maher, and Chaz Hebert. It will be fun to see how these kids do once they get started.

    • jose says:

      I have seen Mesa Jr. pitch here in South Florida tough high school division and he dominated. I sere him up in the big league in less than four years. Yankees got him at
      a real flea market price..

  2. Greg Corcoran says:

    To clarify I was just talking about the starting pitching haul above. I do believe we got better hitters in last year's draft.

  3. yankeepankee says:

    Yanks got some great talent in this draft.
    Take that, Mike Lupica who writes and says on his radio show that Yanks are old with no top talent in the minors like his Mets have. What a fool.
    I can't stand Mike Lupica.
    He's best buddies with Fred and Jeff Wilpon and a Boston College grad, main reasons he's been trashing the Yankees for the last 20 years.
    But we have a chance to get back at him with immediate gratification.
    He has a radio show on ESPN (1050 am and 98.7 FM) every weekday from noon to 1 p.m. EST. You can also listen online at http://espn.go.com/espnradio/newyork/play.
    And of course, he continues to bash the Yankees – always mentioning payroll, killing A-Rod, saying the Mets are the best New York team etc..blah. blah.
    Let's all call him at 1-800-919-ESPN (3776) as much as possible and get on his Yankee-hating!
    He's been flustered by some angry Yank fan calls. We can get him good! Let's do it!

    • Greg says:

      Whoa dude you really hate Mike Lupica. That has to be the fifth time you've mentioned him in these comments.

      • walter says:

        Lupica is worth attacking. He reallly is a Yankee-hater and closet Red Sox fan (spent his early career in Boston). That's fine but he uses his platform as a journalist to spread venomus anti-Yankee garbage. It amazes me that he's kept a job as a sports columnist in NYC for so long — brings virtually nothing to the table.

  4. Greg Corcoran says:

    Forgot to mention Jose Diaz. He's more of a project, lefty that sits in the mid to high 80's

  5. walter says:

    Greg– Don't know anything about Frare, Dawe and Lail. What makes these guys such good picks? And why were they still available after so many rounds– where would they have gone if there had not been signability issues?

  6. Greg Corcoran says:

    Dawe was a signability case plus he is Canadian, so some teams didn't know about him. He ended up changing his mind, similarly to Mesa. Frare is young high school lefty who already throws in the 90's, always a commodity. Lail is a righty high schooler also already in the 90's. These two were more a case of scouting than signability. The Yanks knew they could sign them, and so they drafted them relatively early.

    Not sure where they would have gone, because you never know what teams' priorities are, but I would imagine a few of these guys would have went in first 10 rounds if it wasn't for the new draft rules, which resulted in college seniors being drafted earlier in the draft.