June 8, 2004
Jon Poterson has always been a New York Yankees fan. Now, the recent Chandler High School graduate is about to become a Yankee.
Poterson was chosen by the Yankees on Monday as a supplemental pick between the first and second rounds on the first day of Major League Baseball’s June draft. New York received the extra pick for losing Type A free agent pitcher Andy Pettitte during the offseason.
"It is a dream come true," said Poterson, the 37th pick overall in the draft. "I grew up a Yankees fan. I was born in New York and would go to Yankee Stadium."
Poterson, who was drafted as a catcher but also plays the outfield, hit .431 and 13 home runs and 32 RBIs this past season. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound switch hitter was 6-for-12 at the plate in regional and state tournament games.
While Baseball America had Poterson rated as only the 78th-best prospect in the country, he said he wasn't surprised he went so high in the draft.
"After my workout at Yankee Stadium last month, they didn't say anything but we had a good feeling," Poterson said. "They brought all of their guys to see me (play here), their scouts, their cross-checkers, their assistant general manager."
Poterson has signed with Chandler-Gilbert Community College, but he expects no problem in working out a deal with the Yankees. He has retained agent Terry Bross of Gaylord Sports Management.
Although Poterson is fired up about being drafted, he views it merely as a step toward his ultimate goal.
"It feels pretty good, but at the same time my family is more excited," Poterson said. "It's not the end. It's the beginning. Now is the real work. I am at the bottom of the food chain. It's time to work until I am a regular at Yankee Stadium."
The next area high schooler drafted was Louis Marson of Scottsdale's Coronado High. A catcher, Marson went in the fourth round (122nd overall) to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Marson was surprised he went so high.
"For sure. I had no idea," Marson said. "I was pretty excited about it."
Though Marson has signed with the University of Arizona, he said he plans to sign with the Phillies.
Drafted in the 15th round (432nd overall) by the San Diego Padres was Gilbert High left-handed pitcher Brandon Thomson.
Eighteen rounds were completed Monday. The draft concludes today.