The New York Yankees said Wednesday they have signed second baseman Gosuke Kato, out of Rancho Bernardo High School, the team's second-round pick (66th overall) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
The 18-year-old Kato was a 2013 Rawlings Second-Team All-American. A left-handed batter, he hit .355 (39-for-110) with 10 doubles, 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 33 games, according to the Yankees' website.
Prior to the draft, Kato had committed to playing college ball at UCLA. Last week, when New York was in Anaheim to play the Los Angeles Angels, Kato practiced with the Yankees and one of his early baseball role models, Ichiro Suzuki.
"We were excited to get this guy (Kato) in the second round," Damon Oppenheimer, Yankees vice president of Amateur Scouting, said in a press release.
"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."