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Yankees select ambidextrous Anthony Seigler with 23rd overall pick in MLB Draft

The New York Yankees had an interesting first round pick in Monday’s MLB Draft, taking Anthony Seigler 23rd overall. Seigler is a unique athlete, as he is ambidextrous and can both hit from both sides of the plate and pitch with both hands. His dominant side is righty (more power both with his arm and bat) but he has a lefty craftiness on the mound and has good contact from the left side.

Seigler may be a bit of a sideshow because of his uniqueness but he is a legitimate ballplayer. He is ranked in the Top 40 for both the MLB Top 200 List and Baseball America’s Top 500 List. He is the first true ambidextrous player since Pat Venditte, who was also drafted by the Yankees.

While Venditte and Seigler may have similarities when it comes to their approach to a game, there’s really only one reason why he’s such an interesting pick for the Yankees; he’s a catcher. If you didn’t already know, the Yankees have one of the best catchers in baseball in Gary Sanchez behind the plate.

It’s not that the Yankees are done with Sanchez, but they may want a plan for the long run in case Sanchez sustains a serious injury or falls out of favor with the Bronx Bombers. Having a stud catching prospect can’t hurt either because if Seigler comes as advertised he can be used as a good trade chip in a few years.

Personally, I don’t believe the Yankees are looking that far ahead as Seigler is years away from even developing as a prospect. He’s fresh out of high school and needs to hone his skills before he can even think about joining the minor league system. It’s more of an interesting caveat that he happens to be a catcher. Deep it Brian Cashman’s mind it could have a deeper meaning. Cashman could have a succession plan if Sanchez’s bat and glove continue to let the Yankees down or he demands far too much money. However the Yankees aren’t the Marlins and have never been afraid to spend money. I wouldn’t worry about it right now, but check back in five years.

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