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Random Minor League Notes: 2019 Edition
3 years ago  ::  Jul 08, 2019 - 10:51AM #191
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3 years ago  ::  Jul 08, 2019 - 1:01PM #192
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Michael King on the way back, more info here:


3 years ago  ::  Jul 10, 2019 - 8:48PM #193
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My 1st look at Antonio Cabello, OF, Pulaski Yankees

Hey guys, I took a run up to Bristol, TN on Monday to watch the B Pirates take on the Pulaski Yankees in Appy league action.  There were quite a few interesting players in the game.  I thought for this piece I would focus on one of the Yankees most exciting young prospects in OF, Antonio Cabello.

Cabello age 18, listed 5’10” 160 lbs, bats and throws right. He was a high profile signee out of Venezuela in 2017.

Cabello looks compact and strong, with powerful legs and broad shoulders.  He looks like a halfback 5’10” 200 lbs.  Not much left in the way of projection.  He’s close to filled in and jacked.

At the dish, he hits from a closed, upright stance with his feet shoulder-width apart. His hands are above the shoulders.  He’s quiet in the box pre-pitch.  He utilizes a moderate leg kick and creates solid momentum toward the baseball.  Everything looks loose and fluid.  The swing is medium in length with plus bat speed.  He has fast hands, that whip the bat head through the zone and the ball jumps off of his barrel.  I’d put the raw power right now at 60 with perhaps more at peak.  With a current level swing, I would cap the game power in the low 20’s, if he adds lift there could be 30+ bombs annually.

It was one look but the approach was aggressive, he swung at nearly everything and expanded once fishing for spin.  Too soon to know how well he picks up spin.  Again it’s the briefest of looks but he hits the ball where it’s pitched, twice going to his pull side and twice going oppo in my game.  Right now I’m in the 50 camp for future hit tool and OBP around .310.

This is the area, I update more than any other with subsequent looks.

Worth noting, last season he carried a 13% BB rate in the GCL so this might be the perils of a one-game look.

He DH’d in my look so will need to update the defense in a later look.  I didn’t clock him but he’s fast.  I’ve seen reports of plus speed and I could totally see that.  Worth noting he was standing on 1B with less than 2 outs.  And a sinking line drive to CF was hit.  CF was charging hard for it and Cabello is three steps off of the base.  Well, it drops and he gets thrown out at 2B pretty easily. So base running fundamentals are a work in progress, though I don’t know how much of that is taught vs how much of it is instinctual.

I enjoyed my 1st look at Cabello, there’s a lot to like about the profile. He reminds me of Michael Chavis, in some ways, compact and strong, fast bat, the ball explodes off of his barrel.  He’s a much faster runner though.  And of course an OF.  The Yankees could be getting a player that hits 250-260 (.310-.320) with 30 bombs and 20 SB.

I should be getting another look or two at Pulaski this Summer.  Will update the defense and the approach if necessary.

3 years ago  ::  Jul 11, 2019 - 11:54AM #194
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We talked with TJ Sikkema and his coaches in SI. Check out what they are saying about the LHP:

We also caught up with Clint Frazier to talk to him about his defense. Read that here:

3 years ago  ::  Jul 11, 2019 - 12:40PM #195
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Rising Yankees prospect Deivi Garcia on Keith Law's midseason Top 50 list

Hitters 'cut through his fastball like he's throwing 105 with spin'

The Yankees have one prospect listed on Keith Law of ESPN's midseason Top 50 prospects list, and it should come as no surprise that it's Deivi Garcia -- the diminutive strikeout machine who is now just one step away from the majors.

Law writes that Garcia, who is just 5'9", has been featuring a fastball that sits between 90 and 96 MPH but that hitters "cut through his fastball like he's throwing 105 with spin."

While Law is somewhat bearish on the ceiling of Garcia due to his small stature, he still heaps high praise on the 20-year-old.

"There's a ton of deception in his delivery -- from behind the plate, I can't pick the ball up until the last possible second from his hand -- and he pitches in the strike zone with the confidence of a big leaguer," Law writes. "I can't put a huge ceiling on a kid this small, but I like him as much as I can like a pitcher this size and weight.

Garcia, who was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after tossing a scoreless inning in the Futures Game during All-Star week, has a 3.01 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with a ridiculous 114 strikeouts (14.9 per 9) in 68.2 innings this season split with High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. 

He has a career 2.87 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 13.1 K/9 during his four-year minor league career.

The Yankees are scouring the trade market for a starting pitcher with high-end stuff, and it might have been tempting for them to turn to Garcia later this season to give the rotation a shot in the arm. However, with him likely to reach his innings limit by early September, it will be surprising if he's called upon to start in the bigs in 2019.

However, the Yanks might want to consider calling Garcia up later this season and using him in the bullpen. It would be a way to potentially shorten games even more while getting Garcia's feet wet in advance of a potential role in the rotation in 2020. 

3 years ago  ::  Jul 13, 2019 - 9:25AM #196
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Yoendrys Gomez is a prospect on the rise for the Yankees

The 19-year-old Venezuelan right-hander is dominating the Appalachian League this season.

According to MLB Pipeline, 21 of the Yankees top 30 prospects are right-handed pitchers. Among those 21 right-handers, Yoendrys Gomez, a 6-foot-3 19-year-old Venezuelan starter, ranks 18th. Gomez is listed as the Yankees number-26 overall prospect, but don’t expect Gomez to keep that ranking for long. In a system stacked with right-handed arms, Gomez is finding ways to stand out and make a name for himself in the Appalachian League this season.

In 2016, the Yankees were able to sign Gomez for only $50,000, as a lanky pitcher with a high-80’s fastball who was primarily viewed as a long-term project. However, it didn’t take long for Gomez to prove he was more than just a long-shot arm with a few projectable traits. In 2018 at age-18, he went 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 47.2 innings across the Dominican Summer League and Gulf Coast League. He’s following up those results with another standout campaign in 2019. Gomez is 3-1 with a 0.86 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over his first four starts for Pulaski this season. Those are hardly the results of a long-term project looking to find his way.

Baseball America’s Josh Norris wrote the following about Gomez after watching him pitch in the Gulf Coast League last year:

He sat between 92-95 mph in the first inning of the game, then settled in to the 91-94 mph range for the next four innings. The pitch featured natural sink and cut life, and he threw it for strikes to both sides of the plate.

He complimented the fastball mainly with an mid-to-high-70s curveball that showed deep 11-to-5 break... the curveball’s break was a little loopy at times, but Gomez clearly has feel to spin the pitch. He also threw a mid-80s changeup with moderate fading action that he was willing to use against both righties and lefties.

Gomez is already learning to use his natural sinking action to induce groundballs, as evidenced by his career-high 45.3% groundball rate so far in 2019. He does have room to improve on a 3.4 BB/9 rate, but it’s not as if he has a complete lack of command at this point in his young career. Gomez also isn’t a strikeout pitcher at the level of fellow prospects like Deivi Garcia (14.3 K/9) or Luis Gil (12.0 K/9), but he owns a solid 8.6 K/9 so far this season, showing an ability to miss bats in addition to inducing grounders.

Gomez’s frame, delivery, and pitch mix are a bit reminiscent of a young Jacob deGrom. Before you call out unfair comparisons, remember deGrom was the Mets’ number-19 overall prospectbefore making his debut in 2014. Gomez will likely never reach DeGrom’s level of success, but that’s the type of pitcher Gomez could seek to emulate as he moves up the prospect ladder.

Gomez has one of the highest ceilings in the Yankees farm system with his impressive three-pitch mix and plenty of room to add strength to his frame, but what’s even more impressive is his consistency as a teenager. Gomez hasn’t surrendered more than three runs in any one outing (13 starts) over the past two seasons, and he’s thrown at least five innings in each of his four starts this season, never surpassing 85 pitches.

If Gomez continues to impress for the rest of the 2019 season, it’s easy to envision him swapping places with number 14 overall prospect Luis Medina, who has triple-digit velocity but continues to struggle mightily with command. He’ll need to show some durability over a full minor league season in 2020 before he’s taken too seriously as a future rotation piece, but Gomez is certainly trending in the right direction. In a farm system ripe with right-handed arms, the young Venezuelan hurler is hard to ignore.

3 years ago  ::  Jul 14, 2019 - 3:35PM #197
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Our scouting report on Garrett Whitlock is up on the site. We have one of Yoendrys Gomez coming out later this week and hopefully a few more after that. I am currently interviewing someone to write scouting reports for the site so hopefully will get much more consistent with them moving forward.


3 years ago  ::  Jul 15, 2019 - 1:37PM #198
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Yankees Top Prospect Watch: Albert Abreu lights out, Estevan Florial hot and cold

Deivi Garcia still waiting on Triple-A debut

Estevan Florial, OF, High-A Tampa (No. 1, MLB No. 47) -- ETA 2021

Florial had a 4-for-4 night on July 10 that included two runs scored and an RBI. But he collected only two more hits the rest of the week, as he went 6-for-26 (.231). Overall, Florial is hitting .29/.282/.359 this season with the Tarpons.

Albert Abreu, RHP, Double-A Trenton (No. 3) -- ETA 2020

Abreu was money in his most recent start for the Thunder, tossing six scoreless innings where he allowed two hits and three walks. He also had six strikeouts on the night. The performance brought Abreu's ERA down to 3.82 on the season.

Deivi Garcia, RHP, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (No. 4) -- ETA 2020

Garcia got bumped up to Triple-A following his Futures Game performance during All-Star weekend, but he has yet to make his debut for the RailRiders. All eyes will be watching when he does, though, as solid starts could see him making the leap to the Bigs toward the end of the season.

Anthony Seigler, C, Low-A Charleston (No. 6) -- ETA 2022

Seigler didn't have the greatest of weeks, grabbing just one hit in 15 at-bats. He also struck out five times over that span. Seigler's average dipped under the Mendoza Line at .195 over 25 games with the RiverDogs.

Everson Pereira, OF, Class A Short Season Staten Island (No. 7) -- ETA 2022

Pereira's last appearance for Staten Island was on July 8, and he hasn't played since. He wasn't having the best of seasons thus far, with a .171 average over 18 games.

Trevor Stephan, RHP, Double-A Trenton (No. 8) -- ETA 2020

Stephan had a rough outing after not allowing a run back on July 7. He allowed four runs on four hits, one walk and two hit-by-pitches over three innings on July 12. Stephan now owns a 6.27 ERA with the Thunder.

Antonio Cabello, OF, Rookie Advanced Pulaski (No. 9) -- ETA 2022

Cabello went 3-for-20 this past week with just three singles. The young outfielder owns a .207/.281/.356 slash line over 21 games thus far.

Roansy Contreras, RHP, Low-A Charleston (No. 10) -- ETA 2022

Contreras had a no-decision in his most recent outing, allowing three runs on seven hits (one homer) while striking out three and walking two over six innings. The righty owns a 4.48 ERA/4.12 FIP over 16 games this season.

Nick Nelson, RHP, Double-A Trenton (No. 11) -- ETA 2020

Nelson's last outing came on July 7, where he tossed three scoreless innings with three strikeouts mixed in. He has enjoyed success with the Thunder this season, owning a 3.47 ERA and 3.83 FIP over 36.1 innings.

Luis Medina, RHP, Low-A Charleston (No. 14) -- ETA 2022

Medina was stellar in his last outing, allowing no runs on two hits over six innings. He also had a season-high 10 strikeouts to set the tone for the RiverDogs. That's a big help to his ERA that is now 7.59 on the season.

Anthony Volpe, SS, Rookie Level Pulaski
TJ Sikkema, LHP, Short Season Staten Island
Josh Smith, 2B, No Assignment

These are the Yankees' top three draft picks from this year's Amateur Draft. Volpe, who was selected 30th overall, has struggled in his first pro games. He owns a .137 average over 14 games. 

Sikkema has allowed only one hit over six innings thus far for Staten Island.

3 years ago  ::  Jul 16, 2019 - 12:04AM #199
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Some quotes from Deivi Garcia's coaches and teammates in Scranton.


3 years ago  ::  Jul 20, 2019 - 9:19AM #200
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Kevin Alcantara is listed at 6'6" and FanGraphs has him as the Yankees #6 prospect. Some of their blurb:

We ranked Alcantara fourth among the 2018 international amateurs because he has some of the group's more advanced in-game feel to hit, he has a really good chance of not only staying in center field but might also be great there, and he has the best physical projection in the entire class. The more recently a source has seen Alcantara, the nuttier the reports get. Now that he has access to pro-quality athletic facilities, he's already put on some good weight and has been hitting for more power during batting practice in the Dominican Republic. At one point he hit several BP homers, not just over the outfield fence, but over the fence that encloses the complex itself. Built like Lewis Brinson and Cody Bellinger were at the same age, Alcantara has a better feel for contact than either of them did as teens. Hitters this size often struggle with strikeouts due to lever length and while Alcantara hasn't faced much pro-quality velocity to stress test this aspect of his offense, there are no early indications that strikeouts are going to be an issue for him. It may take physical maturation and little else to enable a breakout, and the comps industry personnel are placing on Alcantara (Devon White, Dexter Fowler, and Alex Rios to name a few) are very strong.

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