Yankees latest 2021 MLB Draft picks: Rounds 11-20

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2021 MLB Draft treated image - Yankees version
2021 MLB Draft treated image - Yankees version

The Yankees continue to round out their new prospect list in Day 3 of the 2021 MLB Draft with Rounds 11-20 already underway. Let's take a look at who they selected...

12th Round (No. 363 overall): Dartmouth C Ben Rice

Age: 20
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight
: 205 pounds

After playing just seven games during the 2020 campaign before it was canceled, Rice played in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, hitting .350/.467/.683 with 11 homes and 27 RBI over 43 games.

In 2021, he's been playing in the Cape Cod League going 9-for-30 with three doubles and nine RBI thus far.

11th Round (No. 333 overall): Ohio State RHP Jack Neely

Age: 21
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight
: 225 pounds

A San Antonio, Texas native, Neely didn't have the best year for the Buckeyes in 2020, owning a 6.10 ERA over 12 games (nine starts) and 41.1 innings of work. He allowed 35 hits and 28 earned runs with 62 strikeouts and 24 walks.

10th Round (No. 303 overall): Maryland SS Benjamin Cowles

Age: 21
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 180 pounds

Cowles was a First Team All-Big Ten selection, and was a Baseball America Third Team nod. He hit .287 in 48 starts this past year while blasting 18 home runs and driving in 51 RBI. Twenty four of his 50 hits went for extra bases.

Ninth Round (No. 273 overall): USC RHP Chandler Champlain

Age: 21
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 220 pounds

Champlain was off to a hot start in 2020, allowing just one run in his first 7.1 innings. But the season was shortened, and he struggled this past year, pitching to a 5.06 ERA. Opponents hit .285 off him this past season.

Eighth Round (No. 243 overall): Southeastern Louisiana RHP Will Warren

Age: 22
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 175 pounds

Warren was a First Team selection in the All-Southland conference this past season after he pitched to a 2.57 ERA and struck out 95 batters in 91 innings. He allowed three earned runs or less in all but two starts this year.

Seventh Round (No. 213 overall): Oregon LHP Robert Ahlstrom

Age: 22
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 176 pounds

Ahlstrom does not have overpowering stuff - his fastball sits in the high-80s. But he had a 2.50 ERA with 92 strikeouts and 16 walks with a good three-pitch repertoire. He had three double-digit strikeout performances this past season.

Sixth Round (No. 183 overall): Auburn RHP Richard Fitts

Age: 21
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 215 pounds

Ranked the 149th-best prospect on MLB.com, the Yankees hope they got a steal with the righty. Hit fastball sits in the mid-90s and has touched 97. He could have been a first-rounder, had he not been riddled with injuries and struggled this past season in his limited outings.

Fifth Round (No. 153 overall): Oklahoma 1B Tyler Hardman

Age: 22
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 204 pounds

Hardman was an All-Big 12 First Team selection this past season after he hit .397 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI. He also smashed 19 doubles on the year, and only made six errors with the Sooners in 2021.

Fourth Round (No. 122 overall): Louisville 2B Cooper Bowman

Age: 21
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 210 pounds

Bowman was a All-ACC Second Team selection this past year, as he hit .293 and stole 20 bases. He also belted eight home runs and scored 42 runs.

Third Round (No. 92 overall): Hamilton HS (Ariz.) LHP Brock Selvidge

Age: 18
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 205 pounds

The Yankees took a gamble with their third pick, as the young lefty is committed to LSU. But they see value from the high schooler who sits in the low 90s and has topped out at 96 with his fastball.

Hamilton High School is no stranger to MLB talent - that's Cody Bellinger's alma mater. Selvidge was the No. 131 prospect, according to MLB.com.

Selvidge has a good slider that could use improvement, and is working on his changeup, but his fastball, per MLB.com, has good tail on his arm-side and could have some sinking action.

Second Round (No. 55 overall): Stanford RHP Brendan Beck

Age: 22
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 205 pounds

The Yankees went with the 2021 Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year with their second pick. The 22-year-old made the All-Pac First Team this past season, as he pitched to a 3.15 ERA (38 earned runs/108.2 innings) and struck out 143 batters while walking just 26.

The 99th-ranked prospect by MLB.com, his fastball sits in the low 90s and topped 93. He has a four-pitch repertoire and can throw them all for strikes, and batters hit just .200 off of him this past season. He is the younger brother of Tristan Beck, a San Francisco Giants prospect who went in the fourth round to the Atlanta Braves in 2018.

First Round (No. 20 overall): Eastern Illinois SS Trey Sweeney

Age: 21
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight:
200 pounds

The Yankees feel Sweeney is a versatile player who has both raw power and contact-first hitting that goes along with a prototypical shortstop build. In the field, Yanks VP of Domestic Amateur Scouting, Damon Oppenheimer said "he has a good clock, doesn't play rushed and has good field awareness."

In 2019, the Yanks also went shortstop with their first pick in Delbarton Prep's Anthony Volpe.

Sweeney said this after getting picked: "I feel like I bring a lot of diversity. I'm a versatile player and reliable on both sides of the ball. I'm a hard worker and love the game of baseball, so I'm ready to play."