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Random Minor League Notes: 2021 Edition
1 week ago  ::  Nov 24, 2020 - 9:09AM #21
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1 week ago  ::  Nov 24, 2020 - 12:46PM #22
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Here's the state of the Yankees' farm system


by: Jim Callis MLB: Yankees


The Yankees may have won just a single World Series championship in the last two decades, leaving them one more year without a title from matching the most fallow period in franchise history, but they remain a perennial contender. They made their fourth consecutive playoff appearance in 2020 and reached the postseason for the 22nd time in the last 26 years.


Though New York is synonymous with financial might -- its unadjusted Opening Day payroll of $250 million was the highest in the game -- it also has produced homegrown talent to help fuel its recent success. Aaron Judge, Gary Sánchez and Gleyber Torres each has earned multiple All-Star berths since graduating to the big leagues in the second half of the decade. The Yankees haven't had as much success with pitchers, but that may be about to change.


Their top two pitching prospects made their big league debuts this summer, with Deivi García enjoying more initial success than fellow right-hander Clarke Schmidt. They also introduced another righty, Miguel Yajure, who has the best control in the system. Three righties with power stuff (Luis Gil, Alexander Vizcaino, Luis Medina) are on course to arrive in 2022.


While arms are undoubtedly the strength of New York's system, its most exciting prospect is outfielder Jasson Dominguez. Signed for $5.1 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2019, he has the potential for well above-average tools across the board. While he has yet to make his pro debut, it's possible that he could open 2021 in Class A.


FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS


2020 Midseason: 19 | Preseason: 22
2019 Midseason: NR | Preseason: NR
2018 Midseason: 10 | Preseason: 6
2017 Midseason: 5 | Preseason: 2
2016 Midseason: 2 | Preseason: NR
2015 Midseason: 10 | Preseason: NR


Only the top 10 systems were ranked from 2015 to 2019 preseason; the top 15 systems were ranked 2019 midseason.


TOP FIVE PROSPECTS


1. Jasson Dominguez, OF (No. 48 on Top 100)
2. Clarke Schmidt, RHP (No. 83)
3. Deivi García, RHP (No. 87)
4. Oswald Peraza, SS
5. Luis Gil, RHP


Complete Top 30 list »


NOTABLE ADDITIONS


Draft: Austin Wells, C, 1st round (No. 6); Trevor Hauver, 2B/OF, 3rd round (No. 26); Beck Way, RHP, 4th round (No. 29). Complete Draft list »


Trade: Addison Russ, RHP.


Wells was one of the best all-around offensive talents in the college crop and will have even more value if he can stick behind the plate. New York sacrificed two of its five picks to sign free agent Gerrit Cole, but it likes Hauver's offensive potential and Way's fastball/changeup combo.


2021 IMPACT PROSPECT


Deivi García, RHP (No. 3): Known for having some of the best breaking stuff in the Minors, he shut out the Mets for six innings in his first big league game and posted a 4.98 ERA with a 33/6 K/BB ratio in six starts.


2022 TOP PROSPECT


Jasson Dominguez, OF (No. 1): Few international prospects have ever received more hype -- and few have been compared athletically to Bo Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Mike Trout.


BEST TOOLS


Hit: Josh Smith
Power: Jasson Dominguez
Run: Isaiah Pasteur
Arm: Antonio Gomez
Field: Oswald Peraza
Best athlete: Jasson Dominguez


Fastball: Luis Gil
Curveball: Clarke Schmidt
Slider: Deivi García
Changeup: Alexander Vizcaino
Control: Miguel Yajure


HOW THE TOP 30 WAS BUILT


Draft: 14
International: 14
Trade: 2


The Yankees' 14 international signings rank second behind only the Mets' 16, highlighted by three of their four best prospects in Dominguez, Garcia and shortstop Oswald Peraza.


TOP 30 BY POSITION


C: 4
1B: 0
2B: 2
SS: 4
3B: 0
OF: 7
LHP: 1
RHP: 12


Only the Brewers (six) exceed the Yankees' total of four catchers, who offer a diverse array of talents: offensive-minded Wells, athletic Anthony Siegler, cannon-armed Antonio Gomez and slugging Josh Breaux.

6 days ago  ::  Nov 26, 2020 - 12:23PM #23
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5 days ago  ::  Nov 27, 2020 - 9:18AM #24
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3 Yankees prospects we’re most excited to see in 2021


by: Adam Weinrib Fansided: Yanks Go Yard


The New York Yankees have plenty of top prospects whose names we’ve heard, but have been completely mysterious to us. Hopefully, that changes in 2021!


We’re ready for minor-league baseball to return more than…nearly anything else that’s been absent since 2019. This one-year hiatus has felt like a permanent fracture, considering how many franchises have already been displaced, with more to follow.


3. Josh Smith, 3B


Can Josh Smith make the Yankees bench by 2022?


Josh Smith, the mighty mite 5-10, 172-pound infielder would probably not make any Yankees fan’s final three right now. What can I say? I’m different.


When Smith was taken out of LSU in the second round in 2019, he certainly didn’t anticipate taking a year and a half off without injury, and he’ll turn 24 midway through the ’21 season. That would indicate it’s time for the Yankees to get a move on with his development, and since he’s only ever appeared at short-season Staten Island (which no longer exists), I’m interested to see where the team fast-tracks him. Can his bat help by…midway through next season? That was probably his timeline on draft day.


Smith’s professional ledger is short at this point (not his own fault!) but he did nothing but hit after signing in the summer of 2019, batting .324 with three homers in 111 at-bats.


The Yankees need as much versatility as they can get, and Smith profiles as someone who can hop around the infield and put bat to ball, must like his fellow LSU Tiger DJ LeMahieu. Hopefully, we get an extension for DJ soon, and Smith rushes through the minors so they can be united.


Surely, Smith isn’t at the top of most prospectors’ lists, but who cares? Give me a big-league ready bat instead of a projection.


2. Austin Wells


How ready is Austin Wells? Can the Yankees count on him?


Austin Wells, the 2020 first-round pick out of of Arizona, was clearly a statement selection. 


After all, the Yankees’ first-rounder in 2018 had also been a catcher — Anthony Seigler, out of high school. His 2019 season was brutal, and then his follow-up was wiped off the map. Somehow, well over two years after Seigler’s selection, we know almost nothing about him.


No matter how you feel about Gary Sanchez, his long-term future in the Bronx seems to be questionable at best, already over at worst, and Wells was pitched as the closer-to-MLB-ready solution to the Seigler failure. I can’t wait to see him work.


Wells, a gruff alternative to the current catching crop, has an excellent hit tool and moderate power, though some suspect he won’t ultimately stick behind the plate. Obviously, the Yankees would vastly prefer he do so, Sanchez conundrum aside. Even an average hitter stands out when he’s playing solid defense behind the plate, rather than languishing somewhere else on the diamond. Remember Joe Mauer?


The Yankees selected Wells as catcher of the future material, but he entered a league on hiatus, and hasn’t been able to show anything off yet, except his wit in post-draft interviews. He’ll be able to prove a lot in a short amount of time in 2021.


1. Jasson Dominguez


It’s important for the Yankees to — I mean…duh. Come on.


Based on the grainy video footage we’ve received, Jasson Dominguez appears to be one of the most physically advanced 17-year-olds we’ve ever seen, although both of us were equally good at flipping tires at that age.iFrame Removed


If 2020 had gone according to plan, he probably would’ve debuted stateside with Pulaski, then quickly bypassed Staten Island and its taped-up walls and headed to Charleston. But what about now? Those low levels have been eliminated; does he go directly to low-A Tampa? High-A Hudson Valley? The Yanks can’t keep him a secret forever.


The mythology of Dominguez definitely towers over the actual ballplayer at this point, no matter how good he is. I’m ready for the unboxing, no matter what the results — we’re past the point of worrying about his ascendance and being too careful, at this point.


Something tells me he starts the season in full-season ball in Tampa, then jets up one more level, but no higher. He’ll need to spend at least one full season at both Double-A and Triple-A before his big-league call-up, and it would be fairly unreasonable to expect him before the age of 20 (19 at the absolute earliest), especially since this year of inaction did hold him back, no matter how huge he looks.


I’d be lying if I placed any other player in the top spot, though. Dominguez has my full attention.

5 days ago  ::  Nov 27, 2020 - 11:49AM #25
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Nobody knows how valuable Jasson Dominguez really is


by: Joshua Diemert SB Nation: Pinstripe Alley


A player with more tools than a Snap-on, but too far from the majors for useful projection


One of my default heuristics is to not care about a prospect until he hits Double-A. Other people are much better at that kind of coverage than I am — Hi, Dan Kelly — and the error bars on any kind of projection for that player are just too wide. The jump to Double-A is generally considered the hardest in baseball; if a player can continue to impress at that level, I start paying attention.


Of course every now and then, a prospect comes along who challenges my mental status quo, and Jasson Dominguez has begun to do that. You all know Dominguez’s story, and you’re likely even more hyped for him than I am. I mean, have you seen this dude?


Dominguez is just 17, approximately 5’10” and 190 lbs. (allegedly), and the Yankees’ number one prospect. Oh, and he’s never played baseball in the United States. It’s tough to get a handle on just what this kid is, or is going to be — folks in the Yankees’ system shower him with praise and professional evaluators obviously love the guy. He’s not even a legal adult and could be set at linebacker for one of the lower-ranked SEC schools.


Yet Dominguez is still a long, long way from the majors. MLB.com has him as the team’s top prospect, but not coming to the majors until 2024. He lost what would likely have been his first full season of ball in the States due to COVID-19. If there’s a real minor league season, Dominguez would likely spend the bulk of 2021 with the Gulf Coast League and Class-A Tampa. Expecting him to even reach Double-A before 2022 is pretty aggressive.


All of this is to say that we just don’t know a lot about Dominguez outside of his raw tools, which are considerable. Maybe once he plays against professional baseball players, he continues to shine, but maybe he doesn’t. Losing the 2020 minor league season just delays the amount of information we have on what he’ll become.


I’m writing about this largely because, as we should have seen coming, the Tampa Bay Rays are rumored to be shopping Blake Snell, one of the best pitchers in baseball under control for three more seasons. The kind of piece you would need to give up for a pitcher like Snell, is a prospect like Dominguez.


I am not saying that the Yankees should trade Jasson Dominguez for Blake Snell. I am saying that we should collectively remember the discount rate applied to wins in 2025 vs. wins in 2021. It’s entirely possible that Dominguez never makes the majors at all, or maybe he ends up as a player like Gary Sánchez — loaded with potential but forever struggling to put everything together. Either way, his hypothetical 2025 wins need to be balanced against whatever the expected wins a potential trade would net immediately.


In fact, I’m not sure I would trade Dominguez for anyone in baseball just yet because the information isn’t available. Hitting home runs at the Yankees’ facility in the Dominican Republic is one thing; hitting them against college-coached, MLB-drafted arms is another. We just don’t know anything about what this kid will turn into.


However, this also means being honest about what he is now: a teenager playing in another country against competition below his caliber. Jasson Dominguez is dripping with talent and potential, but we’re a long way from seeing that potential converted into real wins. Maybe he’s Juan Soto 2.0, maybe he’s Kevin Maitán, logging a .636 OPS since coming to the MiLB system. We have to wait and see, and while hype is fun, it always has to be discounted.

4 hours ago  ::  Dec 02, 2020 - 3:48PM #26
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Yankees top prospects 2021: Deivi Garcia, Jasson Dominguez lead New York's top five - CBSSports.com



The arrival of the offseason means that it's time to rank stuff. Already this winter, we've sized up the 60 best free agents, both on an overall and positional basis. There's no law that prevents us from ranking minor-league players in addition to their big-league counterparts. As such, we're going to spend the winter evaluating every team's farm system. 


The lack of a minor-league season makes that more of a challenge this year. It doesn't help that some teams opted against sharing video and data from their alternate-site camps with the rest of the league. As such, we've opted against overthinking this. Our rankings will essentially be the same as they were last winter with a few changes. First, we'll exclude anyone who graduated by exhausting their rookie eligibility; second, we'll replace them with draftees or other worthy prospects; and third, and lastly, we'll present the information in a new format.


In every article in this series, you'll find a team's top five prospects as well as five others we felt like including, either because of their promise or some other reason. For those top five prospects, you'll find a quick summation of their pros (their saving grace, if one will) and their cons (their fault line), as well as beefier report and our attempt to peg their "likeliest outcome."


These rankings were compiled by talking to industry folks -- scouts, analysts, and other evaluators -- and include a touch of our own evaluative biases. Remember, that this is more of an art than a science, and that the write-ups matter more than the rankings themselves.


Now, let's get on to the top five prospects in the New York Yankees system.


1. Deivi Garcia, RHP


Age (as of 4/1/2021): 21


Height/Weight: 5-foot-9, 163 pounds


Acquired: International amateur free-agent signing (Dominican Republic)


Highest levelMLB


Saving grace: Stuff


Fault line: Size


Scouting report: Garcia made his big-league debut in 2020, compiling a 4.98 ERA and a 5.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio across six regular season starts. He later became the youngest Yankees pitcher to start a postseason contest since Whitey Ford. That's a nice little beginning to a career, huh? Garcia has the stuff and the athleticism to start -- his curveball is likely to be subject to many GIFs -- but his size is going to be held against him until he's able to string together high-quality outings. Garcia is capable of delivering just that, and for the time being the Yankees seem committed to giving him the opportunity.  


Likeliest outcome: No. 2 starter or end-game reliever


2. Jasson Dominguez, OF


Age (as of 4/1/2021): 18


Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 190 pounds


Acquired: International amateur free-agent signing (Dominican Republic)


Highest level: Complex ball


Saving grace: Immense upside


Fault line: Inexperience


Scouting report: The Yankees handed Dominguez, nicknamed "The Martian" because of his uncommon physical gifts, more than $5 million to sign with them in July 2019. He hasn't yet made his official professional debut, but he has inspired several small social media frenzies whenever a video or photograph is posted of his physique. There's almost no way Dominguez is going to live up to the hype, but he deserves the chance to develop into a good player.


Likeliest outcome: Irresistible, insatiable hype machine


3. Clarke Schmidt, RHP


Age (as of 4/1/2021): 25


Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 200 pounds


Acquired: No. 16 pick in the 2017 draft (University of South Carolina)


Highest level: MLB


Saving grace: Polish


Fault line: Injury woes


Scouting report: Schmidt, as with Garcia, also made his MLB debut in 2020, albeit to less fanfare and worse results. He appeared three times (twice in relief), posting a 7.11 ERA and walking or hitting seven of the 33 batters he faced. Woof. Schmidt is better than that small sample suggested. He's always thrown strikes and he has an above-average fastball-breaking ball combination (though his changeup lags). There's a chance Schmidt ends up in the bullpen for other reasons -- he's thrown more than 100 innings once, and that was his sophomore year in college. Schmidt should see a lot more big-league action in 2021.


Likeliest outcome: No. 4 starter or setup man


4. Luis Gil, RHP


Age (as of 4/1/2021): 22 


Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 185 pounds


Acquired: Part of the Jake Cave trade (Twins)


Highest level: High-A


Saving grace: Arm talent


Fault line: Command


Scouting report: Gil has ample arm strength and he can impart good spin on his pitches. He just can't consistently locate, either over the plate or within the zone. He walked 4.4 batters per nine innings in 2019 and that ranked as the second-lowest rate of his career. Gil remains on the youngish side, but the odds are in favor of him ending up pitching in big spots out of the bullpen rather than as a No. 2 or 3 starter.


Likeliest outcome: High-leverage reliever


5. Austin Wells, C/OF


Age (as of 4/1/2021): 21


Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 220 pounds


Acquired: No. 28 pick in the 2020 draft (Arizona)


Highest level: NCAA


Saving grace: Offensive upside


Fault line: Catcher defense


Scouting report: Wells was one of the more polarizing figures in the early portions of the draft. The expectation is that he's going to hit, and potentially hit a lot. He has a pretty left-handed swing to go along with above-average power and on-base potential. Wells' profile isn't as cut-and-dry defensively. Behind the plate, he has a below-average arm and substandard framing abilities. Wells could benefit from robot umpires, but he might have to move to another position -- possibly left field, first base, or even DH provided his bat allows for it.


Likeliest outcome: Bat-first something or another


Five others to know


Volpe was the Yankees' first-round pick in 2019 based on his likelihood to be an above-average defender at shortstop for the long haul. The question is whether he'll hit enough to start. He's on the smaller side and it's hard to project him to grow into even average power. As a result, Volpe's ultimate role might be in a bench capacity.

  • Trevor Hauver, Hitter

New York did not have a second-round pick after signing Gerrit Cole. They did have a third-round selection, and they used it on Hauver, another bat-first collegiate player from the state of Arizona. (Hauver was a Sun Devil.) He has a good eye, some feel for contact, and some raw strength. He primarily played outfield during his time in college, but he's not going to be much of a defender no matter where he ends up on the diamond.


Yajure had made just two Double-A appearances coming into the year. Under normal circumstances, he likely would've considered his year to be a success if he had finished up in Triple-A. Instead, he made three big-league appearances and tossed seven innings. There's enough stuff and control here -- not to mention time, given he'll turn 23 in May -- to envision him becoming a back-end starter.


Yet another Yankees prospect who debuted in 2020, Florial has seen his shine diminish because of injuries and general fatigue. The story is the same as it has been: he's a fast runner; he has a strong arm; and he has above-average power potential. He's just unlikely to live up to his star-level ceiling because of his lost development and his swing-and-miss tendencies.


The Yankees have been trying to get more from Abreu's right arm since acquiring him from the Astros in the Brian McCann trade. He has a firm fastball and a pair of promising secondaries. He just doesn't seem to have the health, command, or consistency to make it work as a starter. If things click just a little, he could become an impact reliever.

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