Yankees 2013 2nd round draft pick: Gosuke Katoh

Gosuke Katoh

2nd Round, 66th Overall: Gosuke Katoh, 2B, Rancho Bernardo HS (CA), 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, Pick Value: $845,700, BA Pre-Draft Ranking: 186

John Sickels’ report: Katoh is the rare high school second baseman who is regarded as a legitimate prospect. He is a solid defender with sure hands and good range. His arm is below average, but it is good enough for second base. Offensively, Katoh has modeled his swing after Ichiro Suzuki. He makes a lot of contact with his compact stroke and takes advantage of his plus speed. Katoh isn’t known for his power, but showed some pop this spring. Katoh has a good feel for the game and his instincts allow his tools to play up. He is committed to UCLA.

MLB.com’s report: Katoh is the rare high school second baseman who is regarded as a legitimate prospect. He is a solid defender with sure hands and good range. His arm is below average, but it is good enough for second base. Offensively, Katoh has modeled his swing after Ichiro Suzuki. He makes a lot of contact with his compact stroke and takes advantage of his plus speed. Katoh isn’t known for his power, but showed some pop this spring. Katoh has a good feel for the game and his instincts allow his tools to play up. He is committed to UCLA.

MY TAKE: This is the first pick that a lot Yankees fans had trouble with on Day 1 of the draft. Depending on who you read he’s Ichiro Suzuki of the infield or the next Cito Culver waiting to happen. It’s certainly a bit of a reach considering where he was ranked pre-draft. Hopefully he agrees to sign way under slot to get some extra room for the first rounders.

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4 Responses to Yankees 2013 2nd round draft pick: Gosuke Katoh

  1. gcorcoran says:

    apparently they stole him out from under a team who has had a lot of recent draft success (most likely Oakland). Also, the Yankees scouts felt he actually has some decent power, and his arm and defensive tools are good enough to play SS.

  2. If he can play shortstop that changes things big time. From everything I've read it doesn't sound like there is a great chance of that happening, but a lot of these reports tend to be inaccurate from time to time. Maybe it's not as bad as it seems.

    • gcorcoran says:

      I know the Yankees scouted him extensively, while BA and mlb.com probably saw him once each. On the other hand it's tough to say because it does seem that the whole scouting community had similar things to say about him. On the other hand there are times when the scouting community is all going off the same scouting report obtained by one person one time.

  3. SanDiegan says:

    I've seen this kid play and he's worth all the hype. He's a natural at the game with an incredible work ethic. He'll get the job done if given the chance.