The Yankees have signed Anthony Seigler at slot value ($2,815,900), according to George King of the New York Post.
Seigler, a switch-hitting 18-year-old who was the 23rd overall selection in this year’s MLB Draft, will play catcher for the organization, despite his abilities as an ambidextrous pitcher.
“The thing that attracts you to Seigler is that he has the tools to catch, and he’s a switch-hitter, which makes him a unique commodity,” Yankees’ Vice President and Director of Amateur Scouting David Oppenheimer told NJ.com on Monday. “He’s showing power from both sides of the plate, has really great instincts for baseball, a plus-arm and runs well for a catcher. On top of that, he’s proven to be versatile, with his ability to play other positions. Seigler’s got top-of-the-line makeup. We’re very happy about him.”
Seigler led Cartersville High School (GA) to a state championship series this season with a .421 average (107 at-bats), 14 home runs, and 34 RBI. Plus, he went 3-1 with a 1.09 ERA, five saves, and 29 strikeouts in 25.2 innings. Behind the dish, Seigler threw out 12 of 21 base runners.
“I feel like my strength is definitely catching. I feel like I’m a great receiver and I have a pretty good arm, but obviously I’m not going to be satisfied with where I’m at,” Seigler told reporters on Tuesday. “I’m obviously going to keep working on those things. Hitting wise, hopefully getting some more power. That’s what I’d love to do. Going with the Yankees, I feel like I’ll be able to get on a strength program with them and then tap into some more power.
“…Obviously I want to get [to the majors] as quick as I can, but [Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez] is a great player. He’s there for a reason and hopefully I’m able to get up there that way I can pick his brain and get some feedback and learn some stuff from him and hopefully I’ll be able to play with him. I can’t wait for it.”