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Random Minor League Notes: 2020 Edition
2 weeks ago  ::  Jun 27, 2020 - 9:28AM #261
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Yankees Prospect Profile: Get to Know Luis Gil

New York Yankees top pitching prospect Luis Gil has a nasty curve.

The New York Yankees’ stock of minor-league arms consists of, outside of Clarke Schmidt, some truly electric lower-level options, all of whom could be front-line starters in the coming years.

And perhaps the biggest steal of the bunch over the past few seasons is Luis Gil, the current No. 5 Yankees prospect, per MLB Pipeline.

Still just 22 years old, the lanky 6-3 Gil will bring his easy cheese and nasty breaker to High-A Tampa whenever minor-league baseball resumes. As of now, he looks like a good one.

Gil’s touched 101, but sits in the high-90s with his fastball, working through the typical growing pains that will determine whether or not he’ll be a future mid-rotation starter or a monstrous bullpen arm who can air it out for an inning or two.

As is the case for most things in modern history, the Yankees can thank the Minnesota Twins for Gil, too. New York acquired Gil in early 2018 in exchange for…40-man roster casualty Jake Cave, who you may remember as the guy who struggled mightily to hit Luis Severino in Game 3 of the 2019 ALDS.

The stuff has always been there for Gil, but he surprisingly hadn’t started a campaign on a full-season roster before 2019, when he emerged at Single-A Charleston. There, he went 4-5 with a 2.39 ERA, striking out 112 in 83.0 high-level innings pitched before scuffling after a promotion to High-A. His 2019 walk rate of 4.2 per nine innings could be improved upon, sure, but it still serves as his career-best mark.

We’d call Gil an untouchable right now, forming the Yankees’ top-tier prospect trio with Schmidt and Deivi Garcia. Possessing the highest upside of any of the low-minors arms that have only recently established themselves stateside, it’s a serious shame that Gil will probably not play a 2020 season in any capacity — he’s far too inexperienced to make an expanded 30-man MLB roster of any kind.

Hopefully, the work he’s able to get done still pushes his developmental needle forward. We’d rather have him than Jake Cave, regardless.

1 week ago  ::  Jul 02, 2020 - 9:49AM #262
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An Overview Of The Top Prospects In the System

Every offseason I put together a spreadsheet of Yankees top prospects from several different publications. Please see the chart at the end of this post. I collected a total of 23 publications since the end of the 2019 season. In total, over 130 prospects made at least one list.

Before graduating several high profile prospects like Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, and Gleyber Torres, the Yankees farm system was ranked among the top three to four in the league. Since then they dropped towards the bottom third, but this could be quickly changing. Strong drafts and astute international scouting have the Yankees rebounding going into this season and once again may place them in the top 6-8 teams.

The Yankees’ depth ranges vastly in regard to players’ ages and their positions.

The aggregate top 25 of the lists includes 11 right-handed pitchers, 6 outfielders, 3 shortstops, 3 second basemen, 1 catcher, and 1 left-handed pitcher.

In regard to the age of the prospects, seven are teenagers and another nine are either 20 or 21 year-old

Last fall, the Yankees added several of these top 25 players to their 40-man roster. They will be part of the 60-man practice squad. There is a good chance that several of these young men will make their Major League debuts this season and each could have a great impact on the pennant race.

The nine players have a combined one Major League appearance, made by Michael King late last season. Clarke Schmidt is not currently on the 40-man roster, but he was a leading option to make the team had spring training not been shut down in March.

The rest of the players include right-handed pitchers Albert Abreu, Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Miguel Yajure, Nick Nelson, and Luis Medina along with outfielder Estevan Florial.

The 2020 season will begin with an expanded active roster of 30 players. Florial could be an option to make the team as the extra inning base runner. The pitchers are candidates to rotate in as needed.

The Minor League season has just been cancelled so the remainder of the prospects will be relegated to playing Independent League ball or training at the facility in Tampa. Hopefully they will be able to play later in the fall so they don’t lose an entire year of development.

With camp reopening and the season mere weeks away, baseball is coming back and I am very excited about the upcoming chase for a 28th World Series Championship!

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