Girardi leaves the Draft to Yankees experts

Girardi leaves the Draft to Yankees experts

ANAHEIM -- Joe Girardi will leave this week's First-Year Player Draft to the experts. When the Yankees make their first selection at No. 51, they'll be leaning on Damon Oppenheimer, the team's vice president of scouting, more than their big league manager.

"I don't do a lot," Girardi said. "I really don't do much at all. I'll talk to Damon Oppenheimer about some things. These guys are seeing them multiple times. For me, to watch a video, I don't think would get the true feeling of what the players are like. They spend a lot of long, hard hours, and they're the experts."

The First-Year Player Draft begins Monday at 7 p.m. ET and will be covered live on MLB Network. The Yankees lost their first-round selection when they signed reliever Rafael Soriano, a Type A free agent who is now on the disabled list with elbow pain. They did receive a supplemental pick -- their No. 51 selection -- when the Marlins signed Javier Vazquez to a one-year deal.

Girardi, a fifth-round pick of his hometown Cubs, said he had other things on his mind when Chicago picked him out of Northwestern in 1986.

"I was actually in finals week," Girardi said. "So there was some anxiety about a couple different things. But I was taken the second day, and I was very excited that I got picked by the team I cheered for as a kid."