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Yanks to honor Teixeira before regular-season finale

The Yankees will honor Mark Teixeira in a ceremony prior to their 3:05 p.m. game Sunday, Oct. 2, against the Orioles. Teixeira, 36, will retire as a player at the end of the 2016 season.

He joined the Yankees as a free agent Jan. 6, 2009 when he signed an eight-year contract. In that time, Teixeira has batted .248 with 530 runs, 183 doubles, five triples, 203 home runs, 615 RBI, 472 walks, a .343 on-base percentage and .820 OPS in 948 regular-season games and 3,494 at-bats. The Yankees’ record during Tex’s tenure is 542-406 (.572).

With the Yankees, he earned three Gold Gloves (2009-10, ’12) and a Silver Slugger (2009), and was named to two American League All-Star teams (2009, ’15). As part of the Yankees’ World Series-winning team in 2009, Teixeira finished second in American League Most Valuable Player Award voting. He led the AL with 122 RBI (including a league-leading 31 go-ahead RBI) and tied for the league lead with 39 home runs. He also hit an 11th-inning “walk-off” home run to win Game 2 of the AL Division Series against the Twins.

In franchise history, Teixeira is tied with Roger Maris for 15th place in home runs, trailing only Lou Gehrig (493), Don Mattingly (222) and Jason Giambi (209) among players whose primary position was first base. Along with Maris, Babe Ruth and Alex Rodriguez, Tex was one of four Yankees all-time to hit at least 30 home runs in each of his first three seasons with the club.

Originally drafted by Texas as the fifth overall pick of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Teixeira has played 14 seasons in the majors with the Rangers (2003-07), Braves (2007-08), Angels (2008) and Yankees (2009-present) and batted .268 with 1,096 runs, 406 doubles, 18 triples, 406 home runs, 1,291 RBI, 914 walks, a .360 on-base percentage and an .869 OPS in 1,852 games and 6,908 at-bats. He is a three-time All-Star (also 2005), five-time Gold Glove winner (also 2005-06) and three-time Silver Slugger winner (also 2004-05).

Only four switch-hitters in baseball history have more home runs than Teixeira (Mickey Mantle-536, Eddie Murray-504, Chipper Jones-468 and former teammate Carlos Beltran-419) and only four players have more home runs since his debut in 2003 (Albert Pujols-519, David Ortiz-479, Miguel Cabrera-441, Adam Dunn-417).

A Maryland native who now lives on Greenwich, Conn., Teixeira has been actively involved in charitable endeavors throughout his career, including participation on the Board of Directors of Harlem RBI, supporting a scholarship fund at his alma mater, Georgia Tech, and creating a scholarship at his high school, Mt. St. Joseph, in the name of his friend Nick Liberatore, who passed away in a car accident while the two were in school together.

Gamel traded, Young obtained in minor league deals

One day after being named the International League Player of the Year, outfielder Ben Gamel was traded by the Yankees to Seattle for right-handed pitchers Juan De Paula and Jio Orozco. They also acquired outfielder Eric Young Jr. from Milwaukee for cash considerations and assigned him to Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

De Paula, 18, was 1-2 with a 3.07 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 41 innings over 11 games, including seven starts, for the Rookie-level Arizona League Mariners this year. Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent July 2, 2014, the 6-foot-3, 165-pounder is in his second minor league season after pitching in the Dominican Summer League in 2015. Overall, the Santo Domingo native has a 6-6 minor league record with a 2.58 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 118 2/3 innings in 25 games (21 starts).

Orozco, 19, was 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings in 12 games, including five starts, for the Arizona League Mariners. Originally drafted in the 14th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, the 6-foot-1-inch, 210-pound native of Tucson, Ariz., has played both his minor league seasons with the AZL Mariners and has an overall record of 5-3 with a 3.73 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 70 innings in 20 games (eight starts).

Gamel, 24, made his major-league debut with the Yankees this year and had 1-for-8 (.125) with a walk in six games. His IL MVP season at SWB featured his hitting .308 was named the International League MVP this season after hitting .308 (149-for-483) with 80 runs, 26 doubles, five triples, six home runs, 51 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 116 games and 483 at-bats. In 660 games over seven minor league seasons, Gamel is a .288 hitter with 349 runs, 160 doubles, 32 triples, 26 homers, 311 RBI and 94 stolen bases in 2,617 at-bats. He was originally selected by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Young, 31, played in 116 games this year with Triple-A Colorado Springs and batted .263 with 48 runs, nine doubles, two triples, three home runs, 30 RBI, 30 walks, 23 steals and a .338 on-base percentage in 289 at-bats. Originally selected in the 30th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, the switch-hitting outfielder has played in seven major-league seasons and hit .247 with 237 runs, 58 doubles, 20 triples, eight home runs, 88 RBI and 144 stolen bases in 557 games and 1,505 at-bats combined with the Rockies (2009-13), Mets (2013-15) and Braves (2015). In 2013, Young led the National League in stolen bases with 46.

Yankees obtain 3 more prospects for Beltran

On the day of the first Subway Series game in 2016, the best position player of those who spent time with both the Yankees and the Mets was on his way out of New York again. Carlos Beltran, the Yankees’ most productive hitter this season, followed the path of relief pitchers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller and was traded for three prospects.

Beltran was a major trade chip for the Yankees, particularly to American League clubs that could use him at designated hitter as well as in the outfield. The Rangers have been in need of added punch at the plate since Prince Fielder was lost for the remainder of the season due to a neck injury that required surgery.

Beltran will certainly provide that for Texas. At the age of 39 and despite nagging leg issues, Beltran hit .304 in 359 at-bats for the Yankees and led the team in hits (109), home runs (22) and runs batted in (64) and was tied for the club lead in doubles (21). He was an All-Star for the ninth time in his career and the first time as an American Leaguer.

Earlier this season, he reached 20 homers for the 12th time in his career (1999, 2001-04, ’06-08, ’11-13 and ’16), tied with former teammate Mark Teixeira for the fourth-most 20-homer seasons all time among switch-hitters. Eddie Murray had 16 such seasons, and Mickey Mantle and Chipper Jones 14 apiece. Beltran also became the second switch-hitter in major league history with a 20-homer season at age 39-or-older, joining Murray (21 homers at 39 in 1995 and 22HR at 40 in ’96).

Beltran was a five-time National League All-Star during his seven-plus seasons with the Mets. Only Darryl Strawberry rivals him as a major position player on both New York teams. The best pitcher who was on both clubs was David Cone, with Dwight Gooden a close second.

Of the four players the Yankees received in return for Beltran, the most promising is pitcher Dillon Tate, a righthander who was the Rangers’ selection in the first round (and the fourth overall pick) in the 2015 First Year Player Draft. The Yankees also got two other right-handed pitchers, Erik Swanson and Nick Green.

Tate, 22, was 3-3 with a 5.12 ERA (65.0IP, 37ER) in 17 games (16 starts) and 65 innings with Class A Hickory this year. He made his professional debut in 2015, posting a 1.00 ERA over six starts and nine innings with Hickory and short-season Class A Spokane. Entering the 2015 draft, Tate was tabbed by Baseball America as the top pitcher and third-best prospect overall. Following the 2015 season, the Claremont, Calif., native was ranked by the publication as baseball’s 69th-best prospect.

During his collegiate career at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Tate was named a 2015 Louisville Slugger All-America and UCSB’s first-ever Golden Spikes Award semifinalist after going 8-5 with a 2.26 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 14 starts and 103 1/3 innings as a junior. In 2014, he earned a spot on USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team, recording three saves while posting a 0.79 ERA in 11 appearances. The highest selection ever out of UCSB, Tate is a product of Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., where he played in tournaments across the United States and Japan as a teenager.

Swanson, 22, was 6-4 with one save and a 3.43 ERA (81.1IP, 31ER) in 19 games (15 starts) and 81 1/3 innings with Hickory in 2016 and was a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star. The Terrace Park, Ohio, native was originally selected by the Rangers in the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Over three minor league seasons, he has combined to go 8-6 with two saves and a 3.52 ERA in 44 games (15 starts) and 120 innings.

Green, 21, was 2-2 with a 4.98 ERA in seven starts totaling 34 1/3 innings with Spokane in 2016. Originally selected by Texas in the seventh round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, Green has posted a 6-8 record and 5.15 ERA in 31 career appearances (21 starts) and 108 1/3 innings over three minor league seasons. The Fountain, Colo., native was previously drafted by the Yankees in the 35th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign.

In another transaction designed towards the future, the Yanks traded pitcher Ivan Nova to the Pirates for two players to be named. The Yankees added relief pitcher Tyler Clippard, who they acquired from the Diamondbacks Sunday, to the 25-man roster and recalled pitcher Nick Goody and outfielder Ben Gamel from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi did not say who would replace Nova in the rotation. The candidates are Luis Severino and Chad Green. The manager was also unclear how he would replace Beltran.

“We lost the most important hitter in our lineup,” Girardi said. “This is a chance for young players to step up. I believe we can still win with the players in that room.”

Yanks, back at .500, deal Miller to Tribe

No Runs DMC is down to D.

Dellin Betances has become the Yankees’ closer this week with the trade of Andrew Miller to the Indians Sunday following a deal earlier last week of Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs. Emblematic of the kind of weekend it was for the Yankees in St. Petersburg, Fla., Betances never got into a game.

There was no chance for a closer because the Yankees did not have a lead heading into the ninth inning. Heck, the Yankees had a lead for only one half-inning in the series as they were swept by the last-place Rays. The Yanks were flying high after the first two games of the trip in Houston when they reached a season-best four games over .500, but four straight losses pushed them back to par at 52-52.

Whether the Yankees would be buyers or sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline, which is 4 p.m. Monday, was answered Sunday with the trade of Miller. The Chapman trade was a bit different because it involved a player who can be a free agent at the end of the season and who dismissed any talk of a contract extension. Miller, on the other hand, was signed through the 2018 season and had returned to the closer role he handled so well last year before moving aside for Chapman 11 weeks ago.

Just as was the case with Chapman, the haul general manager Brian Cashman received were four prospects, including one who is among the most highly touted young players on the rise, Clint Frazier, an outfielder rated 21st in Baseball America’s midseason rankings of top prospects.

The Yankees also received three pitchers, lefthander Justus Sheffield and righthanders Ben Heller and J. P. Feyereisen. While they are not necessarily running up a white flag on 2016, the Yankees are clearly looking much farther ahead than the current season.

It was nevertheless a sad day. Miller joined the Yankees as a free agent signing Dec. 5, 2014 enthusiastically and enjoyed his time in New York. The 6-foot-7 lefthander was a popular figure in their clubhouse.

“I loved my time here,” he told reporters Sunday. “It’s a first-class organization where I signed up to play. For me now, I get a chance to go to a team that is in the thick of it and has big plans for this year.”

Unlike the Chapman trade which included the return of pitcher Adam Warren to the Yankees, the players in the Miller trade do not present immediate help to the major-league roster.

Frazier, 21, was drafted in the first round by the Indians and was the fifth overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft from Loganville, Ga., High School after being named the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.

In 94 combined minor league games in 2016 at Double-A Akron (89) and Triple-A Columbus (5), Frazier batted .273 (99-for-362) with 58 runs, 25 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 48 RBI, 13 stolen bases, a .350 on-base percentage and an .811 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentages). He was named to the Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star Game and appeared in the 2016 Futures Game in San Diego where he had a single and a double and scored a run in three at-bats. He was promoted to Triple A July 25.

Right-handed all the way, Frazier played for Class A Lynchburg in 2015 and was named a Carolina League Postseason All-Star for hitting .285 with 88 runs, 36 doubles, three triples, 16 homers, 72 RBI, 68 walks, 15 steals, a .377 on-base percentage and an .842 OPS in 501 at-bats. He led the CL in hits, doubles and total bases (233), while ranking second in runs and third in RBI. He was also named both the Carolina League Player of the Month and Indians Minor League Player of the Month in July.

Over his four minor league seasons, Frazier is a .278 hitter with 248 runs, 90 doubles, 16 triples, 47 home runs, 198 RBI, 43 stolen bases my a .360 on-base percentage and an .812 OPS in 391 games and 1,509 at-bats.

Sheffield, 20, was 7-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 19 starts totaling 95 1/3 innings for Class A Lynchburg and was named to this year’s Carolina League Mid-Season All-Star Team. In midseason rankings, he was tabbed by Baseball America as the 69th-best prospect in baseball and the fifth-best prospect in the Indians organization. Prior to the season, Baseball America rated him with the “Best Slider” in the organization.

Born and raised in Tullahoma, Tenn., Sheffield was originally selected by Cleveland in the first round (31st overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Like Frazier, he was also named the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Last year with Class A Lake County, Sheffield was 9-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 26 starts covering 127 2/3 innings. His strikeouts ranked second in the Midwest League and he was named to the ML Mid-Season All-Star team. Over three minor league seasons, Sheffield has a 19-10 record with a 3.55 ERA and 260 strikeouts in 49 starts and 243 2/3 innings.

Heller, 24, was 3-2 with 12 saves in 13 chances and a 1.73 ERA in 43 relief appearances this season combined at Triple-A Columbus (28 games) and Double-A Akron (15). He held batters to a combined .159 batting average with a 0.84 WHIP. Heller began the season ranked by Baseball America as having the “Best Fastball” in the Indians organization.

The Wisconsin native was drafted by Cleveland in the 22nd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). In 150 games (including one start) over four minor league seasons, Heller has a 9-8 record with 31 saves and a 2.77 ERA in 172 1/3 innings. He has held opponents to a .193 batting average and struck out 226.

Feyereisen, 23, was 4-3 with a 2.23 ERA, five saves and 56 strikeouts in 33 relief appearances and 40 1/3 innings for Double-A Akron this season and was named to the 2016 Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star team. Another Wisconsin native, Feyereisen was was originally drafted in the 16th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. At the time, he was the top Division III prospect as rated by Baseball America. Over three minor league seasons, Feyereisen has an 8-4 record with 21 saves in 23 chances and a 1.80 ERA in 105 innings. He has totaled 136 strikeouts and held opponents to a .184 batting average.

The Indians will be Miller’s sixth club in his 11 major league seasons but on none was he more effective than with the Yankees. Originally drafted by the Tigers as a starter, he went to the Marlins in the Miguel Cabrera trade and then on to the Red Sox who converted him to a reliever and the Orioles before signing a four-year, $36-million deal with the Yankees.

Miller, 31, was 6-1 with nine saves and a 1.39 ERA in 44 outings and 45 1/3 innings with the Yankees this year and was named to the American League All-Star team. Among major league relievers this season, Miller is second in strikeouts (77), strikeouts per batter faced (.448K/1BF) and fourth in K/9.0IP ratio (15.29). In 2015, he won the Mariano Rivera Award as the AL’s top reliever after going 3-2 with 36 saves (in 38 chances) and a 2.04 ERA in 60 relief appearances totaling 61 2/3 innings. He posted an AL-best 14.59 K/9.0IP ratio, the second-best mark among MLB relievers, and ranked third among relievers in strikeouts.

He will be sorely missed.

The Yankees completed one other trade Sunday in re-acquiring relief pitcher Tyler Clippard from the Diamondbacks for pitcher Vicente Campos. Clippard, 31, was 2-3 with one save and a 4.30 ERA (37.2IP, 34H, 18ER, 15BB, 46K) in 40 relief appearances and 37 2/3 innings with Arizona this year. In 2015, he pitched for the Athletics and the Mets and combined for a 5-4 record with 19 saves and a 2.92 ERA in 69 games and 71 innings.

Originally selected by the Yankees in the ninth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Clippard was 3-1 with a 6.33 ERA in six starts as a rookie with the Yankees in 2007. Following the season, he was traded to the Nationals for pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo. A two-time National League All-Star (he was the winning pitcher of the 2011 game at Chase Field in Phoenix), Clippard has a 44-32 career record with 54 saves and a 2.97 ERA in 529 games, all but eight in relief. He is the only pitcher to appear in at least 69 major league games in each of the past six seasons.

Campos, 24, combined for a 9-3 record with a 3.20 ERA (121.0IP, 103H, 43ER, 38BB, 105K, 4HR) in 20 starts and 121 innings at Class A Tampa (10 starts, Double-A Trenton (9) and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (1) in 2016. He came to the Yankees with Michael Pineda in the Jan. 23, 2012 trade from the Mariners for catcher Jesus Montero and pitcher Hector Noesi. In 104 career minor league games (including 87 starts), Campos is 33-23 with a 3.67 ERA.

Pineda’s record fell to 5-10 Sunday as he gave up five earned runs, six hits and an uncharacteristic four walks (one intentional) with eight strikeouts in six innings. After Carlos Beltran’s two-run homer off lefthander Blake Snell (nine strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings) got the Yankees to 3-2 in the sixth, Pineda gave up two runs in the bottom of that inning on a two-out single to the 9-hole hitter, catcher Luke Maile, a .206 hitter.

‘Behind the Seams’ explores draft from Yankees’ view

The link below is for another episode from Yankees Productions’ Telly Award-winning series Behind the Seams. With cooperation from general manager Brian Cashman, assistant general manager Billy Eppler, domestic amateur scouting chief Damon Oppenheimer and the Yankees’ entire baseball operations department, Yankees Productions was granted access to the Draft Day “War Room” and captured the inner workings of the 2015 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft from the team’s perspective.

Behind the Seams: The Draft

Yankees sign No. 1 draft choice & others

The Yankees agreed to terms with Notre Dame third baseman Eric Jagielo, the club’s first of three first-round picks and the 26th selection overall in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. The Yanks also signed shortstop Tyler Wade (fourth round), right-handed pitcher David Palladino (fifth), shortstop John Murphy (sixth), right-handed pitcher Philip Walby (12th), right-handed pitcher Cale Coshow (13th), left-handed pitcher Caleb Smith (14th), center fielder Jordan Barnes (15th), second baseman Derek Toadvine (22nd), right-handed pitcher Sam Agnew-Wieland (24th), catcher Trent Garrison (28th), shortstop Kevin Cornelius (31st) and second baseman Hector Crespo (34th).

A memorable day for Pettitte & son

When you watch Andy Pettitte pitch as effectively as he did Saturday, you wonder why he ever walked away from the game two years ago. Well, we all know the reasons for that, in large part for family considerations and weariness in dealing with health issues that come with age. Andy’s decision to make a comeback after sitting out all of 2011 was rewarded with a major milestone in the Yankees’ 3-1 victory over the Mariners, career No. 250 for the lefthander.

It’s a round number of winning decisions that only 46 other major-league pitchers have reached. It took Pettitte three starts, but he could not have asked for a better example of his ability than the game he fashioned Saturday, exactly one week short of his 41st birthday. He pitched one out into the eighth inning with an efficient 85 pitches, gave up one run and three hits with no walks and six strikeouts to get his ERA below 4.00 at 3.82.

The run was even tainted. After giving up two singles with none out in the fourth, Pettitte got Kendrys Morales to hit a grounder to shortstop that had double play written all over it until Jayson Nix bobbled the ball and in his haste was late tagging the bag at second before throwing to first to get a hobbling Morales, who eventually left the game with a hamstring injury. Losing the out at second put Mike Morse in a position to get the run in on a sacrifice fly to center.

That knotted the score at 1, but Nix made a full recovery and put the Yankees back in front an inning later with a two-out single off lefthander Joe Saunders. Nix added an insurance run for the Yankees with one out in the seventh by following a double by Brett Gardner by greeting reliever Danny Farquhar with a single to center. Nix has 13 hits in his past 38 at-bats (.342) to raise his season average to .255. He also stole a base and is 7-for-7 in steals.

The Yankees broke out for 10 hits, which was good to see. Gardner had two doubles and a single. He has hit safely in 14 of his past 16 games and is batting .328 in 58 at-bats during that stretch. Gardner has scored at least one run in 16 of past 23 starts. Vernon Wells, who is battling a 6-for-57 (.105) slump, showed signs of getting back on track with two singles.

Appropriately, Mariano Rivera notched the save, his 22nd of the season and – speaking of round numbers – the 630th of his career. This was the 71st time that Rivera saved a victory for Pettitte, the most of any pitching combination since the save rule went into effect in 1969.

And the news just got better for Pettitte after the game when he learned that his son, Josh, had been taken by the Yankees in the 37th round of the First Year Player Draft. The younger Pettitte is a right-handed pitcher from Deer Park High School in Texas. While out of the majors, Andy was able to follow Josh’s career. He was teased by Mo in the clubhouse who told him he would have to stick around for about five more years so he and his son can pitch together.

When Pettitte pitches the way he did Saturday, that does not seem like much of a joke.

Yankees excited about early-round draft picks

Over the previous five years, the Yankees made their first selection in the First Year Player Draft a high school player. They took a college man with their first pick this year, third baseman Eric Jagielo from Notre Dame, with the 26th pick overall. Later in the first round, the Yankees chose outfielder Aaron Judge and left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin with the 32nd and 33rd overall picks, respectively.

The Yankees’ three first-round picks matched their most all time (also in 1978: shortstop Rex Hudler No. 18, outfielder Matt Winters No. 24 and right-handed pitcher Brian Ryder No. 26) and were the most for any team in this year’s draft. The 32nd and 33rd picks were the result of losing Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano to free agency the past off-season.

Jagielo, 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, was named the 2013 Big East Player of the Year after batting .388 with 47 runs, 19 doubles, nine home runs and 53RBI in 56 games and 196 at-bats for the Irish. He led the league in slugging percentage (.633) and on-base percentage (.500) and ranked second in batting average, tied for second in homers and tied for fourth in total bases (124). He was recently named one of 30 semifinalists for the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.

The left-handed batter from Downers Grove, Ill., was rated by Baseball America as the 16th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft (fourth corner infielder). The publication also rated him as the No. 1 prospect from the Big East for the 2013 MLB draft.

Jagielo played with Harwich in the 2012 Cape Cod League, batting .291 in 158 at-bats and ranking second in the league with 13 home runs. He was drafted by the Cubs in the 50th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Downers Grove North High School but chose to attend Notre Dame.

“We think we had a great first day,” Yankees vice president of amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer said. “I’m excited and the staff is excited. We feel really good about what happened for us today. Eric Jagielo is a physical, left-handed hitter with plus power. He performed well in Cape Cod, and shows a good combination of plate discipline and power.”

The selection of Jageilo marks the first college player taken by the Yankees in the first round since 2007 when they selected right-handed pitcher Andrew Brackman of North Carolina State with the 30th overall pick.

Judge, 6-7 and 255 pounds, hit .369 with 45 runs, 15 doubles, 12 home runs, 36RBI and 12 stolen bases in 206 at-bats for the Fresno State Bulldogs this season and led the team in each category. He was ranked by Baseball America as the 30th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft.

A native of Linden, Calif., Judge becomes the second outfielder selected by the Yankees in the first round in the past 12 years since 2002 (also Slade Heathcott in 2009). He was a three-time first-team all-WAC-conference selection, as well as Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America in 2011.

Clarkin, from James Madison High School in San Diego, Calif., was ranked by Baseball America as the 17th-best prospect in the 2013 draft – and second-best left-handed pitcher. He went 9-2 with a 0.95 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 14 games (12 starts) this past season.

A three-time All-CIF Baseball Player of the Year selection, Clarkin also pitched for Team USA in Baseball World Championships in Korea as a part of the gold medal-winning team. He was a 2013 Rawlings First-Team All-American and named to the California All-Region First Team. He becomes the first left-handed pitcher selected by the Yankees in the first round since Eric Milton in 1996.

Oppenheimer added, “Aaron Judge is a big man, and obviously a great-bodied athlete who has a high upside. He can run, he has a good work ethic, he can throw and has the potential to be a five-tool guy with some size and strength. Ian Clarkin has a combination of the things we were looking for. He is a left-handed pitcher with plus velocity and has a plus curveball. On top of that, he’s a tireless worker. We think we got something special with him.”

The Yankees selected second baseman Gosuke Katoh of Rancho Bernardo High School with the team’s second-round pick (66th overall). He was a 2013 Rawlings Second-Team All-America. A left-handed batter, Katoh hit .355 with 10 doubles, 11 home runs and 31RBI in 33 games and 110 at-bats.

“We were excited to get this guy in the second round,” said Oppenheimer. “On our scale, he’s an excellent runner with great hand-eye coordination who can hit with some surprising power. He’s a really good defender, and someone that excites us.”

Yankees sign first-round draft pick

The Yankees have agreed to terms with pitcher Ty Hensley, their first-round selection and 30th pick overall in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Hensley, 18, who recently graduated from Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., had a 10-0 record with a 1.52 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings over 11 games as a senior in 2012. He was named the 2012 Gatorade Oklahoma “Baseball Player of the Year.”

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound righthander was ranked by Baseball America as the 11th-best pitcher and 23rd overall player in this year’s draft. He entered as the publication’s second-best player from Oklahoma and became just the seventh Oklahoma pitcher to be selected in the first round out of high school.

The Yankees have had their share of success signing Oklahomans, most notably such pre-draft stars as Mickey Mantle and Bobby Murcer.

“I’m excited to join such a prestigious organization with so much history and tradition,” Hensley said. “I’m lucky to have this opportunity. I’m looking forward to getting my professional career going and getting to the big leagues as quickly as possible.”

Mike Hensley, Ty’s father, was a right-handed pitcher who was drafted out of the University of Oklahoma by the Cardinals in the second round of the 1988 First-Year Player Draft.

Yanks’ top draft pick signed, ready to start career

The Yankees got their man in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Dante Bichette Jr. came to contract terms with the Yankees Saturday and reported to Class A Tampa, which will open its Gulf Coast League season Monday.

“We were excited to be able to draft Dante and are even more excited to get him signed,” said Damon Oppenheimer, the Yankees’ Vice President of Amateur Scouting. “Coming to an agreement this quickly will allow Dante to get a full season under his belt in 2011, and gets him ahead of the curve in many ways.”

Bichette, the Yankees’ first choice and the 51st pick overall in Compensation Round A, is a 6-foot-1, 215-pound third baseman who had a monster senior year at Orangewood Christian High School in Maitland, Fla., which lost in the finals of the Florida Class 2-A state tournament.

He batted .640 with 58 runs, 14 doubles, 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 30 games and 86 at-bats. Bichette was named the All-Central Florida Baseball Player of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel each of the past two seasons. Following his junior year, Bichette was selected an Under Armour All-America and named his team’s most valuable player.

He is the son of former major league outfielder Dante Bichette, who played in 1,704 games in 14 years with the Angels, Brewers, Rockies, Reds and Red Sox and hit .299 with 274 home runs. The senior Bichette, a teammate in Colorado of Yankees manager Joe Girardi, was a four-time All-Star who was second to Reds shortstop Barry Larkin in the National League Most Valuable Player Award voting in 1995 when he led the NL in hits, homers, RBI, total bases and slugging.

The junior Bichette, a right-handed batter, was ranked by Baseball America as the 15th-best overall player out of the state of Florida in this year’s draft. In 2005, Bichette participated in the Little League World Series with his Maitland, Fla. team.