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Random Minor League Notes: 2014 Edition
6 years ago  ::  Jan 21, 2014 - 9:56AM #191
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Yankees Prospect Profile: Rafael De Paula






Background:


Rafael De Paula signed with the New York Yankees in 2010. The six-foot-two, 212 pound right-handed pitcher hails from La Victoria, Dominican Republic. Following the signing, MLB conducted a 16-month investigation into De Paula's age before finally approving the contract. De Paula made his debut at the age of 21 in the Dominican Summer League in 2012, where he posted a 1.46 ERA, .254 BABIP, 0.86 WHIP and 12.49 K/9 over 61.2 IP.


De Paula is a fastball-heavy pitcher. One scout described it as "an advanced pitch, sinking well, and inducing hitters to pound the ball into the ground." Nathaniel Stoltz over at Fangraphs watched De Paula last season and found his fastball to be inconsistent due to the fact that it sat between 91-94 mph during the first few innings, then dropped to 88-92 during the fourth and fifth inning. The other main pitches that De Paula throws are a slider said to have "ferocious" tilt and an average changeup.


2013 Results:


Low-A Charleston: 2.94 ERA, 2.03 FIP, .305 BABIP, 1.03 WHIP, 13.43 K/9, 3.22 BB/9, 64.1 IP


High-A Tampa: 6.06 ERA, 4.63 FIP, .345 BABIP, 1.71 WHIP, 9.18 K/9, 5.51 BB/9, 49.0 IP


De Paula began the 2013 season with the Charleston RiverDogs, where he got off to a dominant start with opponents only batting .187 against him. He was promoted to Tampa in early June, where he struggled quite a bit. His strikeout rate dropped, his walks increased, and his ERA more than doubled. In July he represented the Yankees at the 2013 Futures Game. He pitched a scoreless inning, though he gave up a single and hit a batter.


2014 Outlook:


De Paula is set to start the season pitching in High-A Tampa, where he will look to bounce back from late season struggles. Stoltz has speculated that the cause for De Paula's second-half struggles could be due to his inexperience pitching in a challenging league (thanks in part to the long delay in getting his contract finalized). Stoltz also noted that the increase in innings pitched between 2012 and 2013 could have caused him to fade during the second half of the season; In 2012 De Paula pitched just 61.2 innings, compared to 113.1 innings in 2013.


It remains to be seen whether De Paula can pitch at a consistent level. Despite the fact that he will turn 23 this season, it is still early in his development program. Steamer's 2014 projections for De Paula are not particularly kind as they predict a 5.03 ERA, 4.81 FIP, 6.43 K/9, and a 1.53 WHIP. Hopefully more experience and increased stamina will help De Paula return to early-2013 form. If this is the case, another dominant start to the season could see him promoted to Trenton (Double-A).


6 years ago  ::  Jan 21, 2014 - 8:05PM #192
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Prospect Park: Shane Greene


Shane Greene


Name: Shane Greene
Age: 25
Position: RHP
Draft: 15th round of the 2009 draft out of Daytona Beach Community College
Size: 6-foot-3, 200-pounds
Fastball: 92-95 mph
Other Pitches: Slider, Change
BBDP Rank: 33
Twitter: ShaneG96


Shane Greene has always been the guy with great stuff but has never able to put it together into a successful season. Always… until last year. Most felt that he would eventually be a reliever or fizzle out as his stats early in his career left a lot to be desired. 2013 was a revelation for Greene though and he’s now back on the prospect map and knocking on the door to the majors.


Shane started his career where most Yankees rookies do, in the GCL. There he pitched 23.0 innings and had a 5.87 ERA wth 20 K. The following year he split time between Staten Island and Charleston. Overall he threw 68.2 innings and had a 4.59 ERA with 29 BB and 66 K. He showed the ability to get the strikeout but lacked control. It was basically how his career would play out until 2013.


In 2011 he spent the entire season in Charleston. There he was able to build up his innings count to 138.0. He still struggled with a 4.37 ERA and 68 walks while striking out 128. 2012 would be his worst as a pro. In High-A he struggled and only threw 112.0 innings while walking 63 and pitching to a 5.22 ERA. His walk rate was a career high 5.1 per nine innings. At this poing his career appeared to be on a downturn, and he was already 23. He would need a break out season in 2013 to have a prayer at the major leagues.


He did just that. He was started in High-A again for some seasoning and threw 75.0 innings there with a 3.6 ERA and 69 K. Most iportantly, he decreased his walk rate to 1.2 per nine. When he got promoted to Trenton he only got better. There he threw 79.1 innings and had a 3.18 ERA and 68 K. Overall he threw 154.1 innings and had 137 K with a 3.38 ERA in his true breakout season. He’ll likely start 2014 in Triple-A, where he’s just an injury away from being promoted to the majors.


The Stuff:


With a four-seam fastball that sits from 92-95 and has reached as high as 98 and a sinker that sits 92-93, he sets up his secondary pitches well. His calling card has always been the slider, which is his strikeout pitch. He also has a changeup though that has become a major weapon for him.


Prior to this year his control was the main thing holding him back. Now that he has corrected that problem, there’s not much stopping him from being an impact player. Provided that he can continue to display that kind of control, it won’t be long before he gets his chance in the Bronx. He’ll go into 2014 as one of the most underrated pitchers on this farm and one who could quickly become one of the best turnaround stories of the decade.


Ceiling/Floor:


His ceiling as of right now is a 3rd starter in the major leagues. He is getting very close to reaching that ceiling. The floor at this point is a major league reliever, possibly late innings. He has a comparatively high likelihood of reaching that major league ceiling given his close proximity to the majors. Given his age though there is not much likelihood of increasing his ceiling. At this point he is what he is.


2014 outlook:


He’ll most likely start the year in Triple-A, where he’s only a major league injury away from getting his shot. He came out of nowhere last year and he may come out of nowhere in the majors in 2014. He’ll most likely spend the year in Triple-A though and have a shot to make the team out of spring training in 2015.

6 years ago  ::  Jan 22, 2014 - 9:54AM #193
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Yankees Prospect Profile: Ramon Flores


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Although the young Venezuelan is overshadowed by other outfielders who have developed with him like Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin, Flores should not be forgotten at the start of 2014.


Background:


Flores will be 22 by the end of Spring Training, and the Yankees have received decent value out of him from an initial $775,000 investment. Signed on July 4, 2008 out of Barinas, Venezuela, the slender outfielder has been playing with the organization since 2009. After previously making stops just about everywhere around the low minor league levels of the Yankees' system, the lefty was promoted to Double-A Trenton in 2013. At the start of the season, Flores was ranked by MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo as the Yankees' 11th-best prospect and Minor League Ball's John Sickels as the Yankees' 15th-best prospect with a C+ rating. Sickels noted that he might be a "tweener," but that he "consistently plays above his head and does a little bit of everything."


Indeed, in 2012, Flores his .302/.370/.420 with 29 doubles and a 126 wRC+ in 131 games with High-A Tampa before earning a brief bump up at the end of the season to Trenton for the Thunder's playoff games. He showed very nice plate discipline, though his small stature (5'10", 150 pounds) indicated that he might struggle to become anything more than a fourth outfielder in the future, especially since he didn't have much power or defensive ability.


2013 Results:


Trenton (AA): 136 G, 620 PA, .260/.353/.363, 25 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 7 SB, 6 CS, 98 K, .334 wOBA, 104 wRC+


In his first full season above A-ball, the results on Flores were... meh. By July 23, Flores was hitting .241/.336/.329 with 54 walks and 77 strikeouts. Mayo bumped him back a few spots to #16 on the Yankees' top 20 prospects. Sickels was also disappointed in Flores, remarking that Flores fit in with the underwhelming Trenton outfield. For what it's worth though, Flores did pick up his performance toward the end of the season as he finally seemed to adjust to Double-A pitching.

6 years ago  ::  Jan 23, 2014 - 4:10PM #194
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Prospect Profile: Jose Ramirez


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Changeup! (Presswire)


6 years ago  ::  Jan 23, 2014 - 4:34PM #195
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Yankees Prospect Profile: Shane Greene


www.pinstripealley.com/yankees-prospects...






Background:


Shane Greene, a right-hander from Clermont, Florida, has been in the Yankees' farm system since 2009 when the team drafted him in the 15th round out of Daytona Beach Community College. Greene, 25, features a four-seam fastball that sits mostly between 92-94 mph, but he can get it up to as high as 97 mph. He also possesses a two-seam fastball, which helped him record a 47% ground-ball rate last year, that sits more in the low-90's. As for breaking and off-speed stuff, Greene uses a slider as his main out-pitch and also has a change up that is improving.


2013 Results:


Combined between High-A and Double-A: 27 games (26 starts), 154.1 IP, 3.38 ERA, 3.04 FIP, .725 opp. OPS


It took a while for Greene to get going, as the righty pitched to a 4.80 ERA and 3.82 FIP (4.4 BB/9) in his first 78 games (64 starts) and 341.2 innings through his first four years in the Yankees' organization. He always seemed to have the stuff to succeed at a high level, but his results never quite matched up. However, Greene's 2013 was, by far, his best year in the system.


Greene split his 2013 between two levels, starting with High-A Tampa, where he pitched to a 3.60 ERA and 2.57 FIP (1.2 BB/9) through 13 starts and 75 innings pitched. He was then promoted to Double-A Trenton in mid-June, where he continued to pitch well, posting a 3.18 ERA and 3.49 FIP (2.3 BB/9) through 14 games (13 starts) and 79.1 innings pitched. He finished 2013 by making two postseason starts for the eventual Eastern League Champion Trenton Thunder, allowing just two runs across two starts and 11 innings pitched. It wasn't just the results, in terms of ERA, that finally made Greene an interesting prospect; it was his lack of walks (1.7 BB/9), and newly-found ability to attack the strike zone, that puts him on the prospect map.


2014 Outlook


Although he pitched well in Double-A, Greene will most likely start 2014 back in Trenton. However, if he picks up where he left off last summer, he will get a promotion to Triple-A Scranton before too long. Greene was added to the 40-man roster by New York, so there's obviously a chance he can sneak onto the big league team, even if it's just as a seldom-used September call-up. There's also a chance Greene may end up as a reliever when it's all said and done, but if he continues to impress like he did in 2013, the Yankees may end up with a useful (back-end) starter in the not-too-distant future.



6 years ago  ::  Jan 24, 2014 - 10:04AM #196
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Yankees Prospect Profile: Slade Heathcott


www.pinstripealley.com/yankees-prospects...







Background:


Zachary Slade Heathcott, also known as "Heath Slaycott" by some, was born in Texarkana, Arkansas on September 28, 1990. Heathcott had a pretty tough childhood--an estranged biological father and a new father (through adoption) who divorced his mother and was later convicted of forgery--yet he was still able to overcome all of that to play baseball. After his mother's divorce, Slade attempted to remain in the same high school, Texas High, and had nowhere to live but his own car. He was also a great linebacker on his high school football team, but committed to baseball, as he was an All-American and planned to attend Louisiana State University on a baseball scholarship. Heathcott was selected as the 29th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, and after Louisiana State retracted his scholarship he signed with the New York Yankees, who offered him a $2.2 million signing bonus.


Heathcott was drafted with the potential of being a future left-handed hitting outfielder with power, a player perfectly catered to Yankee Stadium and was projected to not only hit 30 home runs a season, but also steal 30 bases. Unfortunately, that potential has been derailed by two major shoulder injuries in 2010 and 2011; both required season-ending surgeries. The surgeries sapped much of his throwing ability, but his raw power to the gaps remained. In 2012 in High-A Tampa, Heathcott had a slash line of .307/.378/.470 (142 wRC+) with five home runs, 16 doubles, and 17 stolen bases in 243 plate appearances.


2013 Results:


Double-A Trenton: 103 games, .261/.327/.411 (104 wRC+), 8 home runs, 22 doubles, 15 stolen bases


After Heathcott's breakthrough year in 2012, he was promoted to Double-A Trenton to start the 2013 season. Unfortunately, the performance that propelled him to that point ceased. Heathcott's 2013 ISO of .150 shows that his power took a hit from his multitude of injuries. His speed was not what it was in 2012 either; after stealing 17 bases in 21 attempts in only 60 games in 2012, Heathcott stole 15 bases in 23 attempts despite playing in 43 more games during the 2013 season.


2014 Outlook:


All signs point to Heathcott beginning the 2014 season in Double-A Trenton, barring some extreme variance in his Spring Training performance. According to most projections, he is not at all ready for MLB appearances. ZiPS projects Heathcott as a 77 OPS+ and 0.6 fWAR player in 418 PA, and Oliver projects him at 85 wRC+ and 1.4 fWAR in 600 PA. Obviously he won't get that many appearances, given the glut of outfielders on the major league team, but it's certainly a good rule of thumb as to where he is in his development.


If Heathcott can return to doing well the things that his early scouting reports highlighted, then it wouldn't be out of the question for him to end the season with Triple-A or even as depth on the big league club. He's had some serious setbacks and many have lost faith in him as a potential starting outfielder in the future, but given his background, he's had bigger obstacles to overcome in the past.


6 years ago  ::  Jan 24, 2014 - 1:43PM #197
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Yankees Land Two Prospects On MLB.com’s Top 100


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It wasn’t a great year for the Yankees’ farm system, but they still managed to land two players on MLB.com’s top 100 prospects.


Gary Sanchez finds himself at 47th overall after placing 27th in 2013. Sanchez hit just .253/.324/.412 while splitting time between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. Both ballparks are notoriously pitcher friendly, and despite that, Sanchez combined for 15 home runs at the age of 20. The catcher also showed some improvements with his plate blocking skills, and scouts have been blown away by his arm. Sanchez still has a lot to prove, and hopefully he can find some more success in Trenton in 2014.


Mason Williams, who ranked 37th overall in 2013, placed 75th overall in 2014. Williams hit just .245/.304/.337 between both High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2013. The outfielder’s struggles were exacerbated by off the field issues, which included an arrest for a DUI in April. Williams’ value comes from his raw tools. His defense is highly touted, where he combines speed and great routes in center field.


Overall, I’m a bit surprised by MLB.com’s optimism with Yankee prospects. I didn’t expect to see Williams on any top 100 lists this year. If you’re interested in non-Yankee prospects, Twins’ outfield Byron Buxton topped the list for the second straight year, followed by Red Sox’ shortstop Xander Bogaerts, and Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras. Somehow, Kris Bryant found his way to the 9th overall spot after just 146 professional plate appearances, and Mark Appel at 17th overall after just 10 starts. I remain a big fan of both players, but I would rather have a handful of lower-ranked prospects with actual professional track records.

6 years ago  ::  Jan 25, 2014 - 10:55AM #198
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Let’s Talk About Some More Prospects


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Rafael De Paula Futures Game


The Masahiro Tanaka signing storm has calmed down a bit, things are getting back to normal in Yankeeland, and we’re exactly 3 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting.  Obviously that means it’s time to talk about prospects again.  The Yankee Minor League complex in Tampa is open and there are already a handful of top guys down there getting ready for the season, plus I’m releasing my yearly top 30 prospects list next week.  Timing couldn’t be better.  Last time I rattled guys off the top of my head who I had already labeled.  This time it wasn’t so easy.  Probably the most mental energy I’m going to exert today.


Prospect I Want to See Bumped to A Full-Season League- Gosuke Katoh


Katoh didn’t come with any of the hype that the 3 Yankee 1st rounders in last year’s draft did, and there were some who thought he was a big reach as a 2nd round pick.  All he did to silence the critics was hit .310/.402/.522 (.434 wOBA) in 215 GCL plate appearances and showcase the plus defensive skills that already had scouts pegging him as a long-term second baseman.  Rookie League numbers can be deceiving though, and that’s why I want to see what Katoh can do against a better level of competition.  I also want to see how his body and his power hold up over a longer game schedule, but with him only being 19 years old it sounds like the Yankees are going to take it slow and send him to SS Staten Island to start the year.


Prospect Who’s Probably The Next Dellin Betances- Rafael De Paula


It was a tale of 2 seasons for De Paula in his first full-season experience in 2013.  He thrashed Low-A hitters to the tune of a 37.5% K rate in 64.1 IP, then struggled mightily with his command in High-A ball (30 BB in 49.0 IP) and got hit around pretty good (6.06 ERA).  Opinions on De Paula vary widely from scout to scout and fan to fan, mainly because this past season was our first real look at the guy.  The stuff is definitely there and he showed he can get guys to swing and miss at his fastball and slider when he’s locating them.  But as a 22-year-old who’s missed a lot of development time, his mechanics are sloppy and he doesn’t repeat his delivery well.  Those are the 2 things that  Betances never overcame on his way to being converted to a reliever, and while De Paula is not the physical freak that Betances is I could see the same problems hindering him as he gets to the higher levels.


Prospect Who’s Down to His Last Shot- Cito Culver


Some might say he’s already used that shot up and he’s off the board as a legitimate prospect.  I think there was just enough in the finish of Culver’s 2013 campaign to keep him on the map.  He ditched the switch hitting approach in his return to Low-A Charleston and that returned some minor dividends (.309 wOBA in 466 PA compared to .293 in 550 in 2012), but it was what he did when he was promoted to Tampa that really stood out.  .355/.394/.484 (.403 wOBA), 6 XBH, and 13 R scored in 16 games, finally some real signs of offensive life after almost 4 years in the system.  He’s still a long way away and his ceiling is probably a utility bench player at best, so I’m not too excited.  A strong year at the plate, however, and maybe that ceiling starts looking like a more realistic goal.


Prospect I Think Will Surprise Some People This Year- Manny Banuelos


I’ll just come right out and call this a hunch.  I don’t know why I think it’s going to happen, I just have a feeling that Banuelos is going to have a good year and remind everybody why he was the top prospect in the system not too long ago.  Maybe I’m just holding onto the memories of his dominant lower level years, maybe I think the elbow problems were the cause of his loss of command and he’ll get that back now that he’s healthy, I don’t know.  What I do know is I have faith in ManBan this year and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he was tabbed to make a mid-to-late season MLB spot start.


Prospect I Want The Team to Take the Training Wheels Off Of- Jose Campos


His elbow injuries are behind him.  He was handled with extra care all of last season, resulting in only 87.0 IP in 26 appearances.  Those 87.0 IP represent his career high right now and he’s going to turn 22 this summer.  Time to let the kid pitch for real again and see what he’s really got.  The tools are still there, but we’re never going to get a good idea of what they can amount to if he’s pitching 4-inning starts in Charleston all the time.


Prospect I Think Needs a Breakout This Year More Than People Realize- Gary Sanchez


It may seem strange to suggest that the player almost universally regarded as the top prospect in the Yankee system and the only one to make the major top 100 prospects in baseball lists needs to have a breakout season, but check Sanchez’s numbers from the last few years.  .279/.330/.436 after being bumped to  Tampa in 2012, .254/.313/.420 with 13 HR in 399 PA in his return trip there this past season, and .250/.364/.380 in Trenton after another midseason promotion.  Since leaving Low-A ball, Sanchez has been good but not great.  His power has decreased noticeably from what it was in the lower levels, and while his natural hitting tools and improved defense continue to draw positive reviews from scouts, the on-field production hasn’t totally matched up.  It’d be nice to see him come out and rake this year, hit for more power, and really make one of the Romine-Murphy Triple-A tandem expendable.

6 years ago  ::  Jan 27, 2014 - 10:56PM #199
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Yankees Prospect Profile: Eric Jagielo


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Background:


With their top pick in the 2013 MLB Draft (the 26th overall), the Yankees selected the lefthanded hitting third baseman Eric Jagielo (pronounced "juh-guy-lo") out of Notre Dame, the same alma mater as current Yankee pitcher David Phelps. It actually wasn't Jagielo's first time at the draft rodeo; with one of the last picks in the 2010 draft, the Cubs drafted him in the 50th round when he had just graduated from Downers Grove North High School in Illinois. Jagielo unsurprisingly turned them down and went on to star for the Fighting Irish, with whom he hit .321/.420/.532 with 47 doubles and 27 homers over his three years.


Jagielo also spent time in the collegiate summer Cape Cod League during the summer of 2012. He was named team MVP of the Harwich Mariners for batting .291 with 13 homers, earning all-Cape Cod League honors. (The photo used for this article came from his time in Harwich; photographer Mary K. Albis was kind enough to let me use it since SB Nation does not currently have any Jagielo photos in its Photo Editor. I highly recommend her Flickr albums for more!)


In his last year at Notre Dame, Jagielo went out with a bang, finishing three hits shy of .400 thanks to a stellar .388/.500/.633 triple slash with 19 doubles and nine homers. He led the league in on-base percentage and slugging percentage, making him an obvious choice for 2013 Big East Player of the Year. His head coach, Mik Aoki, called him "one of the most talent hitters" he'd ever been around, and "a person of great character and integrity." Many expected Jagielo to be taken in the first round of the draft, and the Yankees delivered, making Jagielo just the the third Notre Dame position player to be taken in the first round.


2013 Results:


Staten Island (SS-A): 51 G, 218 PA, .266/.376/.451, 14 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 0 SB, 0 CS, 54 K, .390 wOBA, 153 wRC+


Jagielo's Yankee career got off to an inauspicious start when, in typical 2013 Yankees fashion, he tweaked his hamstring and slightly delaying his first games in A-ball until the start of July. The Yankees assigned him to short-season Staten Island, where he had a pretty solid professional debut. The 24.8% strikeout percentage was a little concerning, but it's not unusual for players to be somewhat hack-happy shortly after getting drafted; Marlon Byrd had a 25% strikeout rate during his first season in the same New York-Penn League. He had a strong walk rate anyway at 11.9%, so it's not as though he didn't have any plate discipline.



Lefthanded pitching proved to be no problem for Jagielo, who destroyed them for a .381/.500/.643 triple slash in 52 plate appearances. He oddly had a reverse platoon split going on though, as his line against righties fell to .232/.339/.397. It's likely small sample size weirdness, but it's certainly something to keep an eye on as develops. In the field, he only made three errors in 98 chances, perhaps temporarily quieting some concerns about his long-term future at the position. Baseball America ranked him the sixth-best player in the New York-Penn League at the conclusion of the 2013 season.


2014 Outlook:


The Yankees' vice president of player operations, Mark Newman, hinted that the Yankees could be aggressive with Jagielo and send him to High-A Tampa to start the 2014 season. Since scouts have already called Jagielo's bat "polished" from his time at Notre Dame, that would make a lot of sense since Jagielo's college pedigree makes him a little bit more advanced of a prospect than the minor leaguers drafted straight out of high school. Jagielo turns 22 in May and if he hits as well as he did at Staten Island, then he has the potential to zoom through the minor league system.


The Yankees definitely need a third baseman and a legitimate young hitting prospect on their team soon, and they have high hopes for Jagielo. There are still obviously parts of his game that need work though. Even the most developed college bats usually need at least a full year in the minors to hone their craft; the Reds' third baseman Todd Frazier was a college prospect as well and while he was drafted in 2007, he did make his big league debut until May 2011. That doesn't mean that it would definitely take Jagielo until 2017 to reach the majors, but it does mean that counting on him for 2015 would be a little too hopeful unless he really kills the ball in 2014.


Jagielo's bat is quite promising though. His best-case scenario for 2014 is perhaps ending the season with the Trenton Thunder after a strong stint in High-A Tampa, but it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to a full season of baseball and playing in parks that aren't known for being kind to hitters. Even if he begins in Charleston as opposed to Tampa, "the Joe" does not like hitters, and neither does Arm & Hammer Park if he reaches Trenton. Steinbrennerface Field plays relatively neutral, but it is definitely anti-dingers. Although Jagielo will have his work cut out for him, the early returns on him are quite nice. With another fine campaign, it would not be surprising at all to see him start cracking top 100 prospect lists. Hopefully, here's to the rise of the Yankees' first legitimate infield prospect in years.


6 years ago  ::  Jan 27, 2014 - 10:57PM #200
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Sanchez makes Baseball Prospectus’ top 101 prospects list

By Jason Parks at Baseball Prospectus published his list of the top 101 prospects in baseball today, a list that doesn’t require a subscription and is free for all. Twins OF Byron Buxton sits in the top spot and is followed by Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts and Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras. Those will be the top three guys on pretty much every list you see this spring.

C Gary Sanchez was the only Yankees farmhand to make the list and he ranked 85th. That’s down from 47th last year. OF Mason Williams, who ranked 51st last year, fell off the list following a disappointing season. This is probably the lowest you’ll see Sanchez on a top 100 list this year and that’s fine. Parks doesn’t like him as much as some others and it’s not like he’s some flawless prospect who clearly deserves a better ranking.

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