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8 years ago  ::  Sep 09, 2014 - 5:02PM #831
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Prospect Stock Watch: August/September 2014

Jaron Long 2014

Coach’s kid. Courtesy of MiLB.com

It’s a bit belated, but I couldn’t let the Minor League seasons end without getting a final monthly stock watch post up.  The second half of the season felt much better than the first, with guys like Aaron Judge and Rob Refsnyder continuing their hot hitting from early and guys like ManBan, Tyler Austin, Greg Bird, and Gary Sanchez stepping up in the second half.  For the final time in 2014, here are the prospects who did the most to help and hurt themselves in the final month plus of the season.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre:

Stock Up- Tyler Webb

Webb capped off a very good year that saw him pitch at 3 different levels by settling into the SWB bullpen after being promoted in mid-August and being one of the first names off Brian Cashman’s lips when discussing possible lefty replacements for the departed Matt Thornton.  Webb’s August performance in Triple-A was uneven, with a few clunkers thrown in to juice his ERA up to 4.85.  But he continued to show big time strikeout stuff (15 K in 13.0 IP) and finished the year with 94 strikeouts in 68.2 total IP.  He’ll come to ST next year with an outside chance of winning a Major League bullpen job.

Stock Down- Zoilo Almonte

When you’re getting designated for assignment on roster expansion day to clear 40-man room for Antoan Richardson, that tells you everything you need to know about what your organization thinks of you.  Even if Zoilo ends up back on the Yankees, his window of opportunity is basically shut.  He didn’t have as good a year with the bat in his repeat Triple-A season this year as he did in 2013, even though he did maintain a decent power output.  He also didn’t do much when he got another Major League call-up, and he hit .207/.262/.288 with 31 K in 122 August plate appearances.  That’s not the way to build confidence when you’re already a fringe guy.

Double-A Trenton:

Stock Up- Jaron Long/Greg Bird

Long might have been the best pitcher in the system not named Severino this year.  An undrafted free agent in 2013, he pitched to a 2.18 ERA with 122 K/22 BB in 144.1 IP spread across 3 levels this season, the last stint coming for the Thunder.  In 6 August starts, that ERA was 2.06 and that included an 8-shutout inning gem on 8/21.  Safe to say Long has bypassed his daddy as the most valuable member of that family in the organization.

Bird got bumped to Trenton on 8/2 and didn’t miss a beat from what he was doing at Tampa before the promotion.  He hit .253/.379/.558 in 116 PA with 8 2B, 7 HR, 11 RBI, and 16 R scored, continuing to show the plus combination of power and patience that he displayed last year.  For the year, Bird finished with a .271/.376/.472 slash line and 14 HR in 102 games.  11 of those 14 came in his final 54 games.

Stock Down- Mason Williams

It’s never good when you show up on a negative prospect report multiple times, but that’s what Williams did here as his star continues to plummet.  In a full season at the Double-A level, Williams was actually worse in 2014 than he was last year.  Batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging were all down, his BB and K rates were about the same, and a season-best .770 OPS in August did little to save his numbers.  Factor in the multiple benchings and continued attitude problems, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Williams tumble off a lot of top prospect lists entirely in 2015.

High-A Tampa:

Stock Up- Mark Payton

One of the earliest to sign and start his pro career from the 2014 draft class, Payton came in with a reputation as a batting average/speed/defense guy who was not expected to be too much of a threat with the bat at the pro level.  All he did in his first year was put up a .943 OPS in Low-A ball and earn himself a quick promotion to Tampa to finish the season, where he hit .286/.396/.495 in 111 PA.  He hit 11 doubles, smacked 2 home runs, scored 14 runs, and stole 3 bases in 26 games at this level, potentially raising his ceiling and prospect stock heading into 2015.

Stock Down- Caleb Smith

A 22-year-old left-hander doing well in Low-A ball is no surprise and that’s what Smith did in the first half of this year.  3.10 ERA, 80 K in 78.1 IP.  Then he got bumped to High-A and didn’t experience the same success.  He was more hittable, he wasn’t striking as many guys out, and he was very inconsistent with his command.  Smith had a 6.45 ERA in 6 August starts, which were bookended by 2 brutal outings that saw him surrender 13 ER in 6.1 innings.  He also tossed back-to-back scoreless outings before his disastrous last start of the season, so the talent is there.  Now it’s a matter of seeing if he can make the adjustments and tighten up his game to compete with better hitters.

Low-A Charleston:

Stock Up- Justin Kamplain

If you didn’t know about him before now, don’t feel bad.  Kamplain was the Yankees’ 18th round pick in this year’s draft, not exactly a headline-grabbing selection.  With what he did in his first year of pro ball, he’s someone to keep an eye on next year.  The 21-year-old lefty was working as a short-inning starter for Staten Island when he got bumped up to Charleston in early August.  He pitched to a 2.78 ERA over 22.2 innings in 6 starts for the RiverDogs, giving him a 1.65 ERA in 43.2 IP with 46 K across 2 levels.

Stock Down- Gosuke Katoh

I’m in the camp that thought Katoh was over-assigned to a full-season league this year, so I feel like I’m being a little bit harsh putting him here.  That said, Katoh never showed much sign of improvement over the 5 months.  He looked like he was starting to get the hang of things with a solid June (.732 OPS) and better July (.792), but he finished with a .181/.373/.221 slash line in August and 32 strikeouts in 110 PA.  The BB rate is encouraging at 15.3%.  The K rate is disconcerting at 30.5%.  After 1 season in which he was much better than people anticipated and another in which he was much worse, we still don’t really know what kind of offensive player Katoh is capable of being.

Short Season Leagues: Staten Island & GCL Yanks

Stock Up- Alexander Palma & Orby Tavares (GCL)

Palma had a good start to his first season of American pro ball in June (.763 OPS), a tough July (.571), and then he really turned it on in August.  The 18-year-old hit .389/.398/.567 in 93 August PA with 5 2B, 3 HR, 11 R scored, 23 RBI, and 9 SB, giving him a final season slash line of .305/.318/.451.  He was the second-biggest signing of the Yankees’ 2012 international FA class after Luis Torrens and he’s already flashing some good tools.

An under-heralded signing in 2013, Tavares came stateside and looked pretty good in his American pro debut.  In 13 appearances for the GCL team, Tavares pitched to a 2.68 ERA with 30 K in 40.1 IP.  He has good size at 6’4″/225 and a good 3-pitch mix of fastball-changeup-curve.  At 19 years old, he’s got plenty of time to polish those tools into something.

Stock Down- Jordan Cote & Austin Aune (SS Staten Island)

It’s been tough sledding for these 2, who started to look more like high-risk picks that aren’t going to pan out this year.  Cote started the year in Charleston and was so bad that he got bumped down to SS Staten Island in June.  For the year he pitched to a 6.14 ERA in 73.1 IP on 123 combined hits and walks.  Closing in on age 22 with no solid footing as a starter or a reliever.  That ain’t good.

Aune wasn’t as bad as he was in 2013, and he was really bad in 2013.  He also wasn’t very good, hitting .218/.278/.373 with a 39.6% K rate in 245 PA for Staten Island this year.  Aune has struck out in an astounding 41.2% of his 410 PA over the last 2 seasons.  He was a project as a 19-year-old in 2012 when he was hitting.  At 21, he’s practically a lost cause now.

That’ll wrap it up for the 2014 edition of “Prospect Stock Watch”.  Be on the lookout for the 2014-2015 IIATMS Top 30 Prospects list sometime early next year.

8 years ago  ::  Sep 09, 2014 - 7:18PM #832
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Yankees will add new rookie-ball affiliate in Appalachian League for 2015 season

Just last year the Yankees debuted their second rookie ball-affiliated team and now, presumably starting in 2015, they will be adding a third. The Yankees organization has signed on with Pulaski County to field another rookie-level team in the Appalachian League and will replace the Mariners after they pulled out of their previous agreement.

As a member of the Appalachian League, the "Pulaski Yankees" would serve as an Advanced-Rookie League, like there is a High-A Tampa and Low-A Charleston in the A-ball. The major difference between this level and a regular rookie ball-level is that these teams don't play their games at the team's complex. They would have their own stadium, fans would be allowed in, and concessions would be sold. They'd be playing out in the world, exposed to fan reactions and in-game pressures like they won't see in the GCL. It will be like any other competitive baseball league.

The Appalachian League is also considered to be a mixed league with most teams operating on a rookie ball-level, but some considered to be Short Season-level. The "Pulaski Yankees" would be a half-level up from the GCL and could seemingly act as companion to the Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees. Many college prospects go to Staten Island straight out of the draft, while high school prospects, at least the ones considered to be "advanced," could go to Pulaski. This would leave the GCL affiliates to deal with the influx of talent coming out of the DSL and even the more advanced international signings, with low-draft high school prospects and un-drafted free agents coming in as well.

This new team will play their home games at historic Calfee Park in Pulaski, Virginia. The stadium was built back in 1935, rests in the middle of a residential neighborhood, and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has previously been affiliated with the Phillies, Cubs, Braves, Rangers, and Blue Jays before the Mariners came into town back in 2008. In preparation for the Yankees taking over, Calfee Park will undergo a series of renovations that will cost $3-3.5 million:

Calfee Park will get a $2 million facelift that will include adding new seating, upgrading parking and concession areas, and replacing clubhouses and the press box. The old shelter above the third-baseline seating, which dates to the park's 1935 construction and is designated as the family section, is to remain. The overall feel of the park should remain small-town and downhome, Hagan said last week.

Another $1 million to $1.5 million is to be spent building an extended stay facility so ballplayers can live in downtown Pulaski during the season. In recent years, Mariners players stayed in a motel in Wytheville.

The Yankees plan to not only make the park better for fans to come in and see them, but they will also make the baseball facilities more fitting for a team of players that will be striking out on their own for the first time in their lives. While they may be away from Yankee home base, they'll still have all the amenities available to them.

This is all certainly exciting for the Yankees organization, but keep in mind that this is far from a done deal. Remember, the Yankees were going to move their High-A Tampa team to Ocala, Florida until they didn't, though starting up a new team seems much different than moving something that already exists. With the Yankees adding so many international players recently, many started to wonder if they could be setting themselves up for a third GCL team. Now it appears those people were at least partially right.

8 years ago  ::  Sep 09, 2014 - 10:42PM #833
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BBDP Yankees top seven second basemen

refsnyderWith the emergence of Robert Refsnyder, the second base crop had a major boost this season, but that was just the beginning. Jose Pirela had a career year and Ty McFarland emerged as a great second baseman at 10th round value. Junior Valera came over from the DSL and performed well, and Bryan Cuevas hit his stride this season. Even the non-drafted free agents the Yankees got this year raked. There’s a ton of potential on the farm right now at second base, in addition to some sure things at the higher levels.

1. Robert Refsnyder – 2B, 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, RHB, 23 – This year Refsnyder broke out in a major way. He had a season that was good enough to put him in a great position to be the starting second baseman for the Yankees next season. He hits to all fields, is extremely athletic, and is becoming an average second baseman with the potential to be even better than that. He is a tireless worker and it would shock me if he wasn’t a plus defender in the coming years. He has an excellent arm and I’ve seen him make some fantastic plays. His power really came around this year, hitting 14 homeruns. This is excellent for a second baseman, and is exactly what the Yankees pictured when they drafted him. I am hoping they give him a legitimate shot to start next year, and I don’t think the Yanks will be disappointed if they do. He hit .318/.387/.497/.884 with 38 doubles, three triples and 14 homeruns this year in Double-A and Triple-A.

2. Gosuke Katoh – 2B, 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, LHB, 19 – Katoh’s stats took a step back this year, but that was in part because he went straight from the GCL to Charleston, as a 19 year old. While he started the season poorly, he finished the season strong. He sees a ton of pitches and that is part of the reason why his average was so low. He walked 71 times this year. As he gets more aggressive the average should come up, and so should the power numbers. He also has considerable speed and stole 20 bases this year. He hit .222/.345/.326/.671 this season. Those numbers are nothing to write home about, but his approach is. He is an all fields hitter, which portends a major increase in the average going forward. His approach to this season was to be like a sponge and soak up all of the knowledge he can about the game, and see as many pitches as possible even if it meant letting some good ones go. This lead to his high strikeout totals which are the major concern with him going forward. Hopefully this approach pays off next season.

3. Ty McFarland – 2B, 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, LHB, 22 – McFarland really impressed in his first season in the minors. A 10th round draft pick, he surprised a lot of people by hitting for power, stroking five homers in 62 games this year. Overall it was a successful season for Ty. He’s a big, strong second baseman whose question marks mainly come on defense. If he can stay sharp on the defensive side and gain a bit of quickness, he can stick at second base and his bat may carry him up through the minors. He hit .278/.345/.430/.775 this year. As a power hitting lefty second baseman, he has a lot going for him that should get him some opportunities going forward. Depending on how he looks in Spring Training next year, he could start in Charleston or High-A. If he starts in High-A, I think we will see Gosuke Katoh repeat Charleston, which is perfectly okay at his young age.

4. Jose Pirela – 2B, 5-foot-11, 210-pounds, RHB, 24 – He is a minor league free agent after this season, and I really hope the Yankees keep him around in case Refsnyder is a bust at the major league level. He hit .305/.351/.441/.792 this season with 10 homers, 11 triples, and 21 doubles. He can flat out hit and has done so at every level of the minors. He even stole 15 bases this year. At this point he will be 25 to start next season. If the Yankees don’t give him a chance soon then someone else will. He has earned it.

5. Angelo Gumbs – 2B, 6-foot-0, 175-pounds, RHB, 21 – The Yankees have always had high expectations for Gumbs, but the performance has never quite been there. He has all the talent in the world, and the quick wrists you look for in a guy that will eventually hit for power. Hitting .233 in High-A, however, will not get you anywhere. He has great speed and power potential, and for that reason he will continue to get opportunities with the Yankees. If he somehow manages to put it all together, he would be far and away the best second base prospect in the system. At this point I am beyond skeptical that this day will ever come. Still, the Yankees will probably start him at Double-A next season in a sink or swim kind of role. He has some solid second basemen coming up beyond him in Katoh and McFarland, so it could soon be now or never for him.

6. Junior Valera – 2B, 6-foot-0, 180-pounds, SH, 21 – Valera took so long to get to the US because he was learning to switch hit. Now 21, he will have to move quickly despite the fact that he’s a switch hitter. The good news is he hit the ground running when he landed on US soil this year. In the GCL he hit .316/.409/.449/.857 with 14 SB, three triples, six doubles, and two homeruns in 38 games. Those numbers are great, but he was 1.4 years older than the average player in the GCL. He will have to perform against players his own age to be taken seriously. He could get a shot to play in Charleston, but Katoh and McFarland could block his way there. They could certainly split at bats by getting time at DH though. I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case next year.

7. Bryan Cuevas – 2B, 5-foot-10, 179-pounds, RHB, 20 – This smallish middle infielder was the man of opportunity this season. Several injuries allowed him to get significant time at shortstop this season, and he really showed what he can do in the field and with the bat. He has a great deal of versatility to play any infield position and we know the Yankees like that. On top of that, he tore the cover off the ball in the batter’s box this year. He had a .356/.405/.564/.969 line. Long term I see him at second base due to his size, but with his versatility he could end up anywhere. He had nine doubles, eight triples, and two homeruns in 40 games this year. I don’t know much more about him yet, but he should get a chance in Staten Island next season at the very least. He has a patient approach at the plate.

Honorable Mention: Cesar Diaz (21 year old who hit .319/.423/.422/.844 in the DSL and GCL this year, his first since signing), Welfrin Mateo (19 to start next season, hit .293/.393/.419/.812 with 12 SB and four homers in the DSL this year), Billy Fleming (21 year old non-drafted FA out of West Virginia hit .330/.411/.415/.826 in the GCL and SI this year), and Tyler Palmer (21 year old non-drafted FA, once a 4th round pick (2011), hit .262/.354/.443/.797 with three homers in the GCL).

8 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2014 - 10:48AM #834
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New York Yankees 2014 All-Prospect Team

Catcher Gary Sanchez

C: Gary Sanchez, AA

The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports 

The 21-year-old Santo Domingo product came into the 2014 season heralded as the organization's top prospect (via Baseball America and MLB.com). He likely won't hang on to the top spot for 2015 after breakout performances like that of pitcher Luis Severino, but the 6'3", 235-pounder put together a solid year—still the best among Yankees minor league catchers.

In his fifth year of pro ball, Sanchez hit .270/.338/.406 (108 wRC+, perFanGraphs) for the Trenton Thunder (AA) with 13 home runs, 19 doubles and a team-leading 65 RBI in 110 games. Equally known for his power as he is for his arm behind the plate, Sanchez threw out nearly 64 percent of baserunners (37 of 58), though he had continued problems with both passed balls (10) and errors (17).

"He still needs to work on his receiving and blocking balls," says MLB.com, who dropped him one spot (to No. 2) in its Yankees prospect rankings following the season. "Sanchez's strong throwing arm remains an asset behind the plate. His bat would make him a valuable Major Leaguer, even if he had to change positions, but he has star potential as a catcher."

Many might have expected a bigger year for the future of Yankees catching, though Sanchez is still young, and his numbers didn't stray much from his averages. In fact, he showed improvement over 2013 in some offensive categories (.253 last year), and he only struck out four more times (91) this season.

It's tough to call 2014 a disappointment, though it certainly wasn't inspiring. The Journal News' Chad Jennings wrote that Sanchez's "numbers were basically [stagnant] in his return to Trenton. He's still just 21 years old...but the year was underwhelming for such a touted hitter. Right-handers held him to a .255/.320/.332 slash line." 


Honorable Mentions: John Ryan Murphy (.246, six HR, nine 2B, 28 RBI); Austin Romine (.242, six HR, 17 2B, 33 RBI); Francisco Arcia (.276, 11 2B, 25 RBI).

8 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2014 - 10:49AM #835
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Firstbase Kyle Roller

1B: Kyle Roller, AA/AAA
Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press 

Kyle Roller, the Yankees' eighth-round pick in 2010, flew under the radar heading into the season. In fairness, the 26-year-old batted just .266 for High-A Tampa in 2012 and .253 for Double-A Trenton a season ago. But across Double- and Triple-A in 2014, Roller hit .300/.391/.550 with 26 homers (second in organization), 30 doubles and 74 RBI.

He earned his first promotion to Triple-A this season after 21 games in Trenton saw him hit .385 with nine homers, six double and 23 RBI. He then played 104 games for Scranton where he hit .283 (143 wRC+and led the team in slugging (.497) and OPS (.875) while adding 17 more homers, 24 doubles and 51 RBI. 

The main knocks on Roller are his swing-and-miss potential and limited defense; he struck out at least 110 times in each full season—totaling an ugly 143 (28 percent K rate) in Trenton last season and 146 across both levels in 2014 (28.6 percent in AAA). The good news: He led the Thunder with 49 walks.

Roller, the former East Carolina Pirate, split time between first and designated hitter and committed just four errors (.993 fielding percentage) in 68 games in the field.


Honorable Mentions: Greg Bird (.271, 14 HR, 30 2B, 43 RBI); Mike Ford (.292, 13 HR, 19 2B, 56 RBI).

8 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2014 - 10:51AM #836
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2nd Base Rob Refsnyder

The 6'1", 205-pound second baseman put together a breakout year in 2014, splitting 137 games between Trenton (60 G, 159 wRC+) and Scranton (77 G, 137 wRC+). It might've seemed difficult to improve upon his 2013 campaign that saw him hit .293 with 32 doubles and 23 stolen bases across Low-A and High-A.

But the former Arizona Wildcat slashed a .318/.387/.497 this season. Despite facing increasingly tougher pitching, Refsnyder, a 2012 fifth-rounder, posted career highs in average, homers (14), doubles (38), triples (six), RBI (63) and OPS (.884).

The 23-year-old likely failed to receive a call-up due to his defense, a result of making the transition from the outfield—where he played in college—to the infield (12 errors in 2014). Regardless, he's a recently popular name for Yankees fans (see: video above), and he's poised to be the future second baseman in the Bronx, given the lack of depth or reliability since Robinson Cano's departure.

He entered the season without a mention on any top prospect rankings, but he leaves it as MLB.com's No. 6 man.

The Journal News' Jennings says, "[H]e could make a case for a big league job as soon as spring training."


Honorable Mentions: Jose Pirela (Utility: .305, 10 HR, 21 2B, 11 3B, 60 RBI, 15 SB).

8 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2014 - 10:54AM #837
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3rd Base  Miguel Andujar

The 6-foot 19-year-old native of San Cristobal played his first full season in 2014 and did it with ease and production. After signing as an international free agent in the summer of 2011, Andujar caught many scouts' eyes in his first two seasons of Yankees rookie ball, claiming Baseball America's No. 18 prospect spot following 2013.

Baseball America writes (subscription required): "[H]e jumped straight to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and struggled to adjust in 2012. The Yankees kept Andujar in the same league in 2013, and he broke out." The Yankees were not only impressed by his 2013 performance—he raked; .323/.368/.496 (152 wRC+)—but also comfortable enough to allow him in 2014 to bypass short-season Staten Island and begin the year with Low-A Charleston.

The decision proved correct since Andujar handled his own in the full-season South Atlantic League, slashing .267/.318/.397 with double-digit homers (10), 25 doubles, four triples, 70 RBI and above-average 15.7 K rate (83 in 127 games). While his final average is unexciting, Andujar showed vast improvement in the second half, batting .310 and .330 in the final two months.

Adds Baseball America: "His manager in the GCL [rookie ball], Mario Garza, said that if Andujar concentrated on base hits and sacrificed power, he could hit .400. And while that might be hyperbolic, it highlights Andujar's chops at the plate."

The only tool Andujar lacks—remember, he's not even 20—is his speed, though he has plus raw power, above-average bat speed and a smooth, sound swing that profiles to hit for average as he progresses.Baseball America believes that, with his good arm and range, he's a future third baseman; though, he'll need much more refinement on his defense and footwork that have seen high error totals.  


Honorable Mentions: Eric Jagielo (.256, 18 HR, 14 2B, 58 RBI); Dante Bichette Jr. (.264, 10 HR, 30 2B, 68 RBI); Zelous Wheeler (.296, nine HR, 25 2B, 40 RBI).

8 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2014 - 10:55AM #838
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SS Tyler Wade

The 19-year-old high school product out of Murrieta, California, comprised the other half of the left side of the infield for Charleston, where he led the team in hits (138). The Yankees drafted the 6'1", 180-pound defensive specialist in the fourth round in 2013, though he showed off a surprising bat in his first year of rookie ball, batting .309 with 12 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 46 games.  

Baseball America references his frame, saying, "Wade is a live-bodied athlete with above-average speed," and of his offense, notes, "He has a handsy swing and a line-drive approach, and he could become an average hitter down the road. He needs to get stronger, and he projects for below-average power."

In 129 games this year, he hit .272/.350/.349 (100 wRC+) with 24 doubles (second only to Andujar), six triples (tied for first), 51 RBI (third) and a homer. He also used that speed to swipe 22 bags—tied for second on the team. 

Though he struck out 118 times (20.5 K rate), his 57 walks were also good for second on the RiverDogs.


Honorable Mentions: Ali Castillo (.254, 2 HR, 18 2B, 3 3B, 42 RBI, 17 SB).

8 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2014 - 10:56AM #839
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LF Taylor Dugas

Taylor Dugas, a 5'9" product of the University of Alabama, gets the start in left for the All-Prospect team after putting up his best offensive year to date. Taken in the eighth round in 2012, Dugas has confidently climbed the rungs of the Yankees farm, earning his first promotion to Triple-A for the second half of 2014. 

He finished 2014 at .299/.399/.390 with 15 doubles, seven triples and 40 RBI, and he was second and first, respectively, in OBP for Trenton and Scranton.

In four seasons with the Crimson Tide, he hit .360 and became the school's all-time hits leader, per Baseball America, who called his collegiate years "a storied career" and compared him to Sam Fuld for his style of play and contact despite his lack of power. In his first full season of pro ball last year, the former SEC outfielder hit .250 for Low-A Charleston but then .321 for High-A Tampa. 

Following his first year of short-season ball in 2012, Baseball America credited Dugas with the best strike-zone discipline in the Yankees system (51 BB in 59 G). Indeed, this year, it was in Dugas' strikeout and walk numbers where he really sparkled (59 K, 47 BB). His strikeout and walk rates actually improved when he faced the best pitching the minors have to offer, posting a stellar 14.6 percent K rate and well-above-average 11.7 percent BB rate in Scranton.

Dugas, who bats left and throws left, hit .294/.403/.424 (136 wRC+) in 54 games with Trenton this season to go along with 10 doubles, five triples and 23 RBI. In his 57 games at Triple-A Scranton, he improved his average to .305 (116 wRC+) and added five doubles, two triples and 17 RBI to close out the year.

8 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2014 - 10:57AM #840
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CF Jake Cave

Twenty-one-year-old Jake Cave gets the nod for center field on the Yankees 2014 All-Prospect team. After hitting .282 (117 wRC+) with 37 doubles and 18 stolen bases in his first full season in 2013 (after whichBaseball America named him the No. 22 Yankees prospect), the 6'0", 180-pounder from Hampton, Virginia, didn't need to improve his production as much as prove his consistency.   

In 132 games across High-A (90 G, 116 wRC+) and Double-A (42 G, 121 wRC+) this season, he slashed .294/.351/.414 with a career-high seven homers, 28 doubles, nine triples, 42 RBI and 12 stolen bags. Cave led the Tampa Yankees with 117 hits before finishing his year with a promotion to Trenton.

In Tampa he was outstanding at .304/.354/.395, and he only increased his stock against higher-level pitching in Trenton, finishing at .273/.344/.455. After his promotion, in fewer than half the games of his time in Tampa, Cave hit more homers and triples and just six fewer RBI.

In Cave's 2011 draft report, Baseball America said: "[He] was a big reason scouts were excited to cover Virginia this spring," and called him "A legitimate two-way prospect." He played 109 of his 2014 games in center and committed just three errors for a .988 fielding percentage. 

Despite lacking a spot on Yankees prospect rankings coming in to 2014, MLB.com now places Cave at No. 7 in its Top 20.

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