The Yankees took lefthanded-hitting high school outfielder Blake Rutherford from Los Angeles with the 18th overall pick Thursday night in the Major League Baseball draft.
Rutherford, 19, hit .577 with 13 doubles and four home runs this season for West Hills Chaminade High School. He played two summers for USA Baseball’s under 18 team and won a world championship last year in Osaka, Japan.
Rutherford, who is 6-2 and 190 pounds, has a commitment to attend UCLA if he does not sign with the Yankees.
The Yankees haven’t had a first-round pick make an impact for them in the majors since Phil Hughes, who was picked 23rd in 2004.
Righthander James Kaprielian, their impressive first-round pick from last year, is on the mend from an elbow injury.
With the first overall pick, the Phillies selected 18-year-old outfielder Mickey Moniak from La Costa Canyon (Calif.) High School.
The Reds took college third baseman Nick Senzel (Tennessee) with the second pick and the Braves picked high school righthander Ian Anderson from Shenendehowa, New York, third.
Rounding out the top five were the Rockies, who took Kansas high school righthander Riley Pint, and the Brewers, who picked college outfielder Corey Ray of Louisville.