While some first round draft picks made Hall-of-Fame contributions to the organization–Derek Jeter and Thurman Munson for example–there have also been draft picks that didn’t exactly pan out for the organization. Here are a few notable first round picks that didn’t excel to the Yankees standards.
Current team: Minnesota Twins
With Yankees: Phil Hughes had an impressive 2009 season with the Yankees and an even more impressive 2010 season, ultimately earning a spot on the American League All-Star team. However, Hughes’ star began to fade following the 2011 season, with Hughes going 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in his final season in New York.
Since Then: Hughes signed a five-year contract with the Minnesota Twins following the 2013 season, going 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA in his first year with the team. His numbers took a slight dip in 2015, going 4-5 with a 4.96 ERA in 11 games.
Current team: Detroit Tigers
With Yankees: Joba Chamberlain had a turbulent tenure with the Yankees, stemming from his off the field antics to his sub-par work in the bullpen. Chamberlain had an ERA of almost five before the Yankees let Chamberlain go following the 2013 season.
Since Then: Chamberlain signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers in 2015 where he went 2-5 with a 3.57 ERA. He later re-signed to the Tigers and is having a good 2015 season, going 0-1 with a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings.
Current team: San Diego Padres
With Yankees: Along with Chamberlain, the Yankees drafted Ian Kennedy with the hopes of having a big, dependable arm on their roster. Unfortunately, the only thing that was ‘big’ was his ERA. Kennedy had a 8.17 ERA in 2008 and only pitched in one game during the 2009 season after he underwent surgery for an aneurysm under his armpit.
Since Then: Kennedy was part of the three-team trade that sent Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, Daniel Schlereth and Max Scherzer to the Detroit Tigers and Curtis Granderson to the Yankees. Kennedy ultimately went to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kennedy had a turbulent tenure with the Diamondbacks before he was dealt to the San Diego Padres during the 2013 season. Kennedy is currently 3-5 with a 6.60 ERA in 45 innings this season.
Current Team: Retired
With Yankees: Andrew Brackman along with Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos were labeled at one point ‘The Killer B’s’, and were expected to be the future of the organization. However Brackman never panned out, pitching to a 6.00 ERA with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in 2011. Brackman was later released by the Yankees and ultimately signed a minor league contract with both the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox
Since Then: Brackman’s pitching career didn’t pan out with the Reds and the White Sox either, and he ultimately retired in 2013 to reportedly play basketball overseas. The Yankees also later disbanded ‘The Killer B’s’ with Betances being the only successful member of the three after the Yankees traded Banuelos to the Braves for David Carpenter.