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Below you’ll find a draft tracker for the New York Yankees. Do note that the Yankees forfeited their second- and fifth-round picks to sign Gerrit Cole:


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Major League Baseball commenced its 2020 amateur draft on Wednesday, and will complete the five-round sprint on Thursday. The spread of the novel coronavirus required the draft to be held virtually. The owners’ desire to slash costs, meanwhile, led to the draft being shortened from 40 rounds to five. No. 26 Nevertheless, CBS Sports has and will continue to cover this year’s draft. Previously, we’ve ranked the top 25 position players, the top 25 pitchers, and the top 50 overall prospects in this year’s class. We’ve also covered the most polarizing prospects in the class, and explained why someone from this year’s class might make their professional debut in the Show. C Austin Wells 1
Wells’ standing is tied to a team’s belief that he can catch. As it is, his bat is doing the heavy lifting. A draft-eligible sophomore, he hit .357/.476/.560 with seven home runs and more walks than strikeouts in 71 games with the Wildcats. (He also had a strong showing in the Cape Cod League, batting .308/.389/.526, albeit with a higher K rate.) Wells has a pretty swing from the left side, and he has a chance to further tap into his power. The risk is, as suggested, with his defense. He has a substandard arm, and he doesn’t grade as a good receiver. He could end up at the other end of the defensive spectrum, either at first base or in the outfield; alternatively, he could benefit more than any other draftee from robot umpires. Who knows in this economy. Arizona
With the 28th overall pick in the draft, the New York Yankees selected Arizona catcher Austin Wells. Here’s R.J. Anderson’s pre-draft take on Wells, who was 26th on his big board: 3