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New York Yankees Sign First Round Pick LHP Ian Clarkin and Second Round Pick INF Gosuke Kotuh

June 20th, 2013 at 1:03 PM
By Karen Vankat

The New York Yankees have signed their second of three first-round picks, No. 33 overall, LHP Ian Clarkin

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Clarkin made some news at the draft when he expressed his disdain for the most storied franchise in sports history. Later he said he was joking and with Clarkin signing for $1,650,100 that will put aside any talk of not wanting to be a Yankee. Ian successfully completed his physical this past Monday and is officially a Bomber.

Ian is a 6-foot-2 left-hander out of James Madison High in San Diego and was originally committed to San Diego State University. Yankees head of scouting Damon Oppenheimer said as reported by Jon Heyman of, "Ian Clarkin has the combination of things we were looking for, he's a left-handed pitcher with plus velocity and a plus curve ball. On top of that he is a tireless worker and we think we got something special with him."

Also signing was second round pick, No. 66 overall, Gosuki Kotuh for $845,700 which makes him the highest chosen Japanese born player ever. The second baseman out of Rancho Bernardo High School in California is above average defensively and with his speed a stolen base threat. A natural right-handed hitter Kotuh taught himself to hit left-handed to imitate fellow Japanese countryman Ichiro Suzuki. Kotuh progressed so much left-handed with power that he abandoned hitting from the right side all together.

To date the Yankees have signed 14 out of 17 players from rounds 1-15 and 24 of 42 total selections from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. 

Now that LSU has officially been eliminated from the College World Series the Yankees will turn their attention to LSU's RHP Nick Rumbelow. New York drafted the reliever in the seventh round and hope his power curve ball and above average fastball will be coming out of the pen of one of their Minor League bullpens soon. 

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