Posted June 5, 2012 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Home Run Derby Captains picked! Yankees and Mets draft picks!

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The State Farm HR Derby captains were selected: NL LA Dodgers Matt Kemp and AL NY Yankees Robinson Cano! The Yankees selected HS pitcher Ty Hensley for the 30th pick, and the Mets selected HS SS Gavin Cecchini for their 12th pick in the #MLB Draft, last night!

NY Yankees Robinson Cano and LA Dodgers Matt Kemp were selected as captains for this years State Farm HR Derby! #Cano is the defending (HR Derby) champion, and #Kemp is the defending NL HR leader! Last year (in Phoenix), the AL took it the NL 76-19, and #Cano finished with a ridiculous 32 HR’s! #Kemp has already indicated that he will pick teammate Andre Ethier and Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton for two of the three (picks) for the NL team; while #Cano picked up teammate Curtis Granderson so far for the AL team! 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 9th at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City at 8 p.m. ET ESPN during MLB All-Star Weekend!

Yankees Pick:

“His fastball reaches 95 mph and averages between 92 and 93 mph, his curveball is above average, and his change-up is average”, according to a scout. – nypost

“We’re excited to get a guy with such a high ceiling. He has the ideal body for a high school pitcher, as well as power stuff, and has the ability to be a  high-end starter,’’ Yankees amateur scouting head Damon Oppenheimer said of the hurler out of Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla. “He’s demonstrated a quality makeup and has shown himself to be a hard worker, which makes him a quality pick for us.” – nypost

The NY Yankees selected Oklahoma HS pitcher Ty Hensley for the 30th pick in the #MLB Draft, last night! Hensley is 6-foot-4, 220 lbs; he was a perfect 10-0 last season w/ 1.52 ERA in 11 games (w/ Oklahoma)! In 55 innings, he allowed 23 hits, fanned 111 and walked just 28. He was named the 2012 Gatorade Oklahoma “Baseball Player of the Year.’’ Baseball America ranked him the #23 pick in the nation, so the Yankees definitely picked well!

Mets Picks:

“It was unbelievable,” Cecchini said last night on a conference call. “You don’t  get to see too many no-hitters, and I was there to witness it for the first time in Mets history. “The place was rocking, and it was really an awesome scene.” – nypost

“[He was] somebody that we had targeted all year,” said Tommy Tanuous, Mets’ director of amateur scouting. “An offensive shortstop, but doesn’t give much away defensively. We feel like he’s going to bat in the top of the order. “He’s a tremendous makeup kid. …This is a kid who is a mix of tools, but also baseball instincts.” – nypost

The Mets picked HS SS Gavin Cecchini for the 12th pick in the #MLB Draft, last night! The Mets had Cecchini on the radar for a while! Cecchini already worked out with the Mets on Friday, and even got to witness the Amazin’ first no-hitter in Mets history (thrown by Johan Santana); check out the quote above! Cecchini played SS for his dad, Glenn, at Barbe high school out of Lakes Charles, LA! Cecchini hit .413 with seven homers, 32 RBIs and 31 stolen bases to help Barbe win Lousiana’s 5A state championship. Plawecki hit .359 with seven homers and 47 RBIs for Purdue while finishing with 26 walks and eight strikeouts in 223 at-bats.

“We think [Plawecki is] a special receiver defensively, and obviously he has a terrific eye at the plate,” DePodesta said. “There’s no real secret about our offensive plan here. We have a system that we believe in. We believe in it at  the major league level, all through the minor league level and into the scouting  ranks, as well. – nypost

The Mets also picked up Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki for the 35th pick in the #MLB Draft, last night! The Mets acquired Plawecki as one of two selections, as part of the Jose Reyes trade to the Miami Marlins last season!

“We do target those players regardless, and needless to say we were thrilled to come up with a shortstop in the first round and a catcher in the comp round,” said Paul DePodesta, vice president of player development and scouting.

“We think that both Gavin and Kevin fit extremely well into our system and will flourish under our system and we’ll get the most out of them offensively. …We think these are guys who really control the strike zone and have a chance to do damage,” DePodesta added. nypost