NEW YORK -- Three of the Yankees' top six picks received the phone calls of their dreams Monday and Tuesday through the first two rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, learning they would have the chance to don pinstripes in their professional careers.
One day after Dante Bichette Jr. saw his hope come to fruition by being taken 51st overall by the Bombers, Jordan Cote and Matthew Duran learned their fates would be the same Tuesday.
Cote, a Yankees fan from Red Sox territory in Sanbornton, N.H., was taken 118th overall in the third round. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-handed pitcher from Winnisquam Regional High School was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year and will make another step in what has already been a wild week when he takes the mound Friday for fourth-seeded Winnisquam in the Division III semifinals against top-seeded Somersworth. The Coastal Carolina recruit enters with a 6-1 record and 0.77 ERA, with 82 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings. He has publicly said money will play a big factor in deciding whether or not to go to school.
Duran, a Fordham early-signee from New Rochelle High School, was taken with the 149th overall selection and has played for Hank's Yanks, which is sponsored by Yankees general partner Hank Steinbrenner. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound infielder hit .580 this season, scoring 36 runs and striking out just once. He added 10 home runs and 41 RBIs.
The Yankees added University of Texas southpaw Sam Stafford and Grandview (Colo.) High School catcher Gregory Bird in the first five rounds, taking them 88th and 179th overall, respectively.
Stafford was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 40th round of the 2008 Draft before starring in Austin, Texas, for three seasons. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder started and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings Monday for the Longhorns in their 5-0 win over Kent State to advance to next week's NCAA Baseball Austin Super Regional.
Live coverage of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft resumes at noon ET Wednesday on MLB.com, where fans will receive exclusive coverage of Day 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player. You can also keep up to date at Draft Central and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
Bird, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound switch-hitter, was Colorado's Gatorade Player of the Year this year, hitting .553 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs. He is currently with Team Vegas of the California Collegiate League. An Arkansas commit, Bird is being advised by Brody Schofield of Legacy Sports and is undecided on his future.
Four of the Yankees' first five selections were high school prospects.
Round 2, 88th overall, LHP Sam Stafford: The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Monday to help Texas beat Kent State and advance to the Austin Super Regional. The Boston Red Sox drafted him in the 40th round of the 2008 Draft.Round 3, 118th overall, RHP Jordan Cote: New Hampshire's Gatorade Player of the Year, the Winnisquam Regional pitcher has struck out 82 in 45 1/3 innings. He carries a 6-1 record and an 0.77 ERA into Friday's Division III semifinal against Somersworth. He has publicly said money is a big factor in deciding his future. Round 4, 149th overall, 3B Matthew Duran: A Fordham early-signee from New Rochelle High School, the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder hit .580 this season and has played for Hank's Yanks. Round 5, 179th overall, C Gregory Bird: The 6-foot-3, 205-pound switch-hitter was named Colorado's Gatorade Player of the Year after hitting .553 with 12 homers and 38 RBIs for Grandview. An Arkansas commit, he is being advised by Brody Schofield of Legacy Sports and is undecided on his future. Round 6, 209th overall, CF Jake Cave: From Kecoughtan (Va.) High School, the 6-foot, 180-pounder batted .594 and was named Eastern Region co-Player of the Year. He also pitched, going 6-3 with a 1.65 ERA. Round 7, 239th overall, 1B Austin Jones: The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder hit .568 for Edmonds Woodway (Wash.) High School, earning first-team, Western Conference 4A South Division honors. Round 8, 269th overall, RHP Philip Wetherell: At Western Kentucky this season, the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder saw mostly relief work, but he did make four starts, going 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA overall. Round 9, 299th overall, RHP Zachary Arneson: A 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Lewis-Clark State University, Arneson went 2-1 with a 2.82 ERA his senior year, working mostly as a reliever. The Giants took him in the 21st round last year. Round 10, 329th overall, RHP Jonathan Gray: The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder from Eastern Oklahoma State Junior College went 7-2 with a 2.55 ERA his freshman year. Round 11, 359th overall, RHP Mark Montgomery: In his junior season at Longwood University, the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder went 1-0 with an 0.89 ERA, recording 10 saves. Round 12, 389th overall, CF Cody Grice: Some of his junior-year numbers at Grand Valley State were actually down from the previous two years, hitting .381 with four homers. The 6-foot, 220-pounder did drive in a career-best 59 runs and scored 59 times as well, stealing 23 bases. Round 13, 419th overall, LF Justin James: The son of former Yankee Dion, Justin hit .309 with 20 RBIs and 19 steals for Sacramento City College as a sophomore this season. He stands 6-foot-5, 230-pounds. Round 14, 449th overall, RHP William Davis: A 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Dixon (N.C.) High School, Davis went 25-4 with a 1.67 ERA over four years. Round 15, 479th overall, RF Tyler Molinaro: Perfect Game USA says this 6-foot-1, 192-pounder from Pitt Community College has the best power bat among North Carolina junior college players. Round 16, 509th overall, RHP Branden Pinder: The No. 3 starter at Long Beach State this season, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder went 3-5 with a 5.29 ERA in 18 appearances (11 starts). Round 17, 539th overall, RHP Mathew Troupe: The Arizona commit was considered a prospect at catcher before showing his stuff on the hill this season at Chaminade Preparatory (Calif.) High School. He stands at 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds. Round 18, 569th overall, RHP Hayden Sharp: The Central Oklahoma signee was an all-state selection at Morris (Okla.) High School, going 6-1 with a 0.91 ERA. Round 19, 599th overall, RHP Robert Paullus: He goes by the name Ben and went 5-4 with a 2.89 ERA and team-best four saves at Memphis this season. Round 20, 629th overall, LHP Daniel Camarena: The Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) High School committed to San Diego. He has played twice for Team USA and last August was selected for the Aflac All-America game at PETCO Park. Round 21, 659th overall, 3B Zach Wilson: The Arizona State junior has hit .270 this season, helping the Sun Devils reach Friday's Super Regional against Texas in Austin. Round 22, 689th overall, RHP Nick Goody: From State College of Florida, Goody is an LSU commit whom Baseball America ranked last summer as the No. 4 prospect in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. Round 23, 719th overall, RHP Corey Maines: He finished his Illinois State career as the school's winningest pitcher, going 24-17 overall and 9-4 this season, during which he had a 2.87 ERA. Round 24, 749th overall, LHP Matthew Tracy: Tracy started 10 games for Ole Miss his senior season, going 3-3 with a 5.23 ERA. Round 25, 779th overall, RHP Adam Smith: He hit .238 with five homers and 24 RBIs in his junior season at Texas A&M, where he has been used at first, second, short and the outfield. Round 26, 809th overall, RHP Jordan Foley: The Colony (Texas) High School standout committed to Central Michigan after his junior season, when he earned all-district honors after striking out 70 in 68 innings and posting a 0.84 ERA. Round 27, 839th overall, LHP Chaz Hebert: From Breaux Bridge (La.) High School, Hebert stands 6-foot and 200 pounds, reportedly reaching 88 mph on the radar gun. Round 28, 869th overall, RHP Josean Lazaro: He had a 2.52 ERA and hit .381 with 24 RBIs and 24 runs his senior season at North Broward (Fla.) Prep, where he was ranked as the state's 42nd best player, according to Maxpreps.com. Round 29, 899th overall, RHP Scott Hoffman: Maxpreps.com's fifth-ranked player in the state of Arizona, Hoffman led Desert Ridge High School to the Class 5A Division I title as a junior, going 12-0. He committed to Arizona State following that campaign. Round 30, 929th overall, RHP John Brebbia: Brebbia was named was named the 2011 Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year.
Matt Fortuna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.