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Random Minor League Notes: 2019 Edition
3 years ago  ::  Sep 19, 2019 - 10:38AM #231
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A look at the top prospects from the Yankees’ short-season affiliates

The Yankees system takes another step forward with numerous outstanding performances from young prospects at their Pulaski and Staten Island affiliates.

The Rookie Advanced Pulaski Yankees, and the Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees fit the profile of the Yankees’ talented but young farm system. Both teams put together winning records, and had rosters full of high upside prospects. Here is a look at the players of note from Pulaski and Staten Island.

Pulaski Yankees

Pulaski finished the regular season 42-26, and their .618 winning percentage was the best of any Yankees minor league affiliate. This team was paced by a pitching staff that finished second in the Appalachian league in ERA (3.75), WHIP (1.20), and strikeouts (592). The offense led the league in home runs and always seemed to have one or two players on a hot streak to provide a big hit, and knock in a run. Leading the league in home runs was impressive considering that they lost Anthony Garcia, who had lead the Gulf Coast League in homers in 2018 only six games into the season. The strong performance on the field helped Pulaski set a single-season attendance record not just for the organization, but for the Appalachian League.

Jhonatan Munoz: 20-years-old, RHP

Munoz finished 2nd in the league with 68 strikeouts on the season. He recorded a 10.8 K/9 rate, while only surrendering 2.86 BB/9. Munoz pitched to a 4.13 ERA, but that was elevated due to one outing where he gave up 10 ER in 2.1 IP. In his other 10 regular season games, and 54.1 IP on the season, he pitched to a 2.65 ERA.

Ken Waldichuk: 21-years-old, LHP

The Yankees’ fifth-round draft pick overmatched his opposition in his brief debut season. Waldichuk pitched to a 3.68 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, with an astounding 49 strikeouts in only 29.1 IP. When called upon in the playoffs he put together a masterful performance with nine more strikeouts, and only one hit allowed in 4.2 IP.

Anthony Volpe: 18-years-old, SS

olpe, the 2019 first-round pick for the Yankees, made his organizational debut and played 34 games for Pulaski this season. His season was the tale of two halves. In his first 16 games he struggled mightily hitting .125/.275/.232. But as the organization would hope with any young prospect, he quickly adapted to his level of competition. Starting in late July, Volpe turned it around and hit .292/.413/.462, good for 144 wRC+ over his last 18 games. Errors look like a problem as Volpe committed nine errors in 33 games, but evaluators feel he has the range and arm to stick at shortstop which is more important than the errors for a debuting prospect.

Ryder Green: 19-years-old, OF

Green paced the Pulaski outfield with a .787 OPS, and led the team with a .444 slugging percentage on the season. The outfielder showed progress in one of his biggest areas of concern, as he lowered his strikeout rate by just over 8% from his 2018 debut season in the Gulf Coast League.

Antonio Cabello: 18-years-old, OF

Just one season after leading the Gulf Coast League with a .981 OPS, Cabello struggled through the season with Pulaski registering a .610 OPS. More concerning was that Cabello’s strikeout rate rose nine percent to 30.7%, while his walk rate dropped over five percent. Cabello’s Gulf Coast League season in 2018 ended about a week early as he sustained a significant shoulder injury. It could be that Cabello was unable to get going due to the side effects of an irregular offseason recovering from injury.

Staten Island Yankees

The Staten Island Yankees finished 40-36 on the season, but that still resulted in a last place finish in a stacked NY-Penn League, McNamara division. Staten Island remained in contention for the entire season, and finished only 3.5 games behind both the division and Wild Card leaders.

Ezequiel Duran: 20-years-old, 2B

Duran struggled last season with Pulaski, but bounced back in a big way putting together a tremendous season where he led the NY-Penn league in home runs with 13, was second in total bases, and third in slugging percentage. His home run total was one shy of the Staten Island franchise record. The season did not start out well for Duran as he struck out multiple times in each of his first six games, resulting in 14 strikeouts and only three hits during that stretch. Duran did not just stabilize his season after that, he thrived as was able to get his strikeout rate under control while putting up well above-average offensive numbers.

Josh Smith: 22-years-old, SS

The Yankees’ second-round draft pick put together an exceptional season, and formed a potent top of the batting order with Duran. While Smith was limited to only 33 games after signing in mid-July, he was outstanding from the beginning hitting .324/.450/.477. He consistently put together quality at-bats and walked 25 times, against only 17 strikeouts on the season.

T.J. Sikkema: 21-years-old, LHP

With the 38th overall pick acquired from Cincinnati in the Sonny Gray trade, the Yankees selected T.J. Sikkema from the University of Missouri. After pitching a full college season, the Yankees limited the workload of Sikkema to only four outings and 10.2 IP. He was shut down from game action early on, but it was also reported that he continued to do his side work in order to adjust to a professional schedule.

Both of these organizations saw prospects take significant steps forward this season, and show that they are ready to challenge themselves at the next level of the minors.

3 years ago  ::  Sep 19, 2019 - 1:37PM #232
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Pipeline names Yankees Prospects of the Year

Outfielder Smith, right-hander Yajure honored as 2019 standouts

As a group, the Double-A Trenton Thunder earned the right to pop the corks as Eastern League champions. But the best individual performances in the Yankees’ organization took place at the lower levels, where outfielder Canaan Smith and right-hander Miguel Yajure enjoyed standout seasons.

In recognition of their stellar campaigns, Smith and Yajure have been selected as the Yankees’ Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year, respectively.

Each team's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLB Pipeline staff. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors and appeared among the team's Top 30 Prospects.

A fourth-round selection in the 2017 MLB Draft, the 20-year-old Smith shined while making his full-season debut this year at Class A Charleston, a campaign that included hitting for the cycle on May 12 at Hickory.

As a group, the Double-A Trenton Thunder earned the right to pop the corks as Eastern League champions. But the best individual performances in the Yankees’ organization took place at the lower levels, where outfielder Canaan Smith and right-hander Miguel Yajure enjoyed standout seasons.

In recognition of their stellar campaigns, Smith and Yajure have been selected as the Yankees’ Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year, respectively.

Each team's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLB Pipeline staff. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors and appeared among the team's Top 30 Prospects.

A fourth-round selection in the 2017 MLB Draft, the 20-year-old Smith shined while making his full-season debut this year at Class A Charleston, a campaign that included hitting for the cycle on May 12 at Hickory.

Yajure features a 92-95 mph fastball with a solid to plus changeup and a cutter that shows potential, as well as a curveball that should be at least an average offering. The efficient strike-thrower made two August starts for Double-A Trenton, where he went 1-0 with an 0.82 ERA.

“This is solid competition down here, and [Yajure is] still young for his [league],” Tarpons manager Aaron Holbert told NJ Advance Media. “Normally, you always assume, sky’s the limit and he’s going to keep developing and keep working toward his future success. This guy is going to continue to take off and be a solid contributor for the New York Yankees in the near future.”

3 years ago  ::  Sep 21, 2019 - 7:39AM #233
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We had the chance to talk with Donny Sands after his big game last night in the AFL. Here is the story:


3 years ago  ::  Sep 21, 2019 - 9:32AM #234
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30 AFL sleeper prospects -- 1 for each team

Yankees: Glenn Otto, RHP (unranked) - The Yankees have tried to convert Otto from a reliever at Rice to a starter in pro ball since drafting him in the fifth round in 2017, but he has had trouble staying healthy. He had surgery to remove a blood clot from his pitching shoulder in 2018 and lost two months to a ribcage injury this year. He can make hitters look bad with his 92-97 mph fastball and his spike curveball, which helped log a 3.20 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 56 1/3 high Class A innings this summer.

3 years ago  ::  Sep 24, 2019 - 10:12PM #235
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Postseason Top 50 Prospects


bronxbaseballdaily.com/wp-content/upload... 300w, bronxbaseballdaily.com/wp-content/upload... 540w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" />The Yankees had an interesting year on the farm in 2020. There were some huge breakout seasons, and a few big time duds. The pitching definitely outpaced the position players this year, but a few players came into their own right before our eyes.

One thing is for sure, the Yankees have a ton of pitching talent throughout the minor leagues, especially in the lower minors. The crazy thing about this list is that there are a ton of extremely talented pitchers who didn’t make the cut in the lower minors. In past years, they would be on the list simply because of their stuff. This year was different.

Keep a lookout for the “Not top 50” this year, because there will be some names on there who will be big time prospects by this time next season. It’s just impossible to predict at this point which ones are going to take that jump because so much can happen in an offseason.

1. Deivi Garcia – 5-foot-9, 163-pounds, RHP, 20-years-old – His stats are deceptive this year because he was a 20-year-old in Triple-A throwing more innings than he ever has before. Considering all of that, the numbers are not too bad. He finished with a career high 111.1 innings and had 165 K and 54 BB. He had a 4.28 ERA. Garcia’s incredible strikeout rate is a result of his tremendous spin rate in combination with excellent control. His velocity is solid too, sitting at 92-95 mph. Garcia has been compared to Pedro Martinez and has the potential to be a front-line starter. He should be on virtually every top prospect list after this season.

2. Clarke Schmidt – 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, RHP, 23-years-old – Schmidt was the Yankees’ first round pick in 2017. At that time, he was injured and recovering from Tommy John Surgery. 2018 was a year where his main goal was getting healthy. 2019 was his true coming out party. Including the playoffs, he logged a total of 101.1 innings. He had 115 K : 31 BB, and a 3.2 ERA on the year. Schmidt finished the season on a tremendous roll, letting up just one combined run in his last four starts in Double-A. Schmidt also sits in the 92-95 mph range with excellent control. He’ll top out at 97, and has a changeup, slider, and curveball. He’s another who should be on every top prospect list in my opinion.

3. Albert Abreu – 6-foot-2, 175-pounds, RHP, 23-years-old – Abreu had a difficult season in 2019, but the overall numbers were adequate. He finished with a 4.28 ERA and 91 K : 53 BB in 96.2 innings. The elephant in the room is clearly the walks. He has struggled with this throughout his career. He sits 94 mph and can touch 97. He has a plus curveball and a changeup that is a work in progress. I see Abreu’s career going one of two ways at this point. Either he figures out his control fast and becomes a front-line starter, or the Yankees throw him in the pen and let ‘er rip. He’ll have to be added to the 40-man roster after this season to avoid being selected in the rule 5 draft, and his timeline should thus be accelerated.

4. Roansy Contreras – 6-foot-0, 175-pounds, RHP, 19-years-old – Contreras had a monster year and with his stuff that should allow him to slot into the back end of the top 100 prospects. He had a 3.33 ERA and 113 K : 36 BB in 132.1 innings. Something clicked for him in the second half, and he became what we had all hoped for. He now has a combination of excellent stuff with results. Touching 96-97 mph with his fastball, he also has a plus curveball and an improving changeup. He has the potential to rocket through the system now that the results are starting to match the stuff, and he too should warrant strong consideration for the top 100 this year.

5. Miguel Yajure – 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – From the first pitch of the first game until last pitch of the final game, no pitcher on the farm had a more consistent season than Miguel Yajure. He finished with a 2.14 ERA and 133 K : 30 BB in 138.2 innings mostly in High-A. He finished in Double-A and was effective there as well. He greatly increased his stock this season. Yajure had a huge velocity spike in the offseason, going from low 90’s to mid-90’s and hitting 97 mph. He also has a plus curve and a plus changeup, with a cutter to keep lefties honest. He went from relative obscurity to being one of the best pitchers in the entire organization.

6. Luis Gil – 6-foot-3, 175-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – Gil had an excellent statistical season to go along with a rocket arm. He finished with a 2.72 ERA and 123 K : 47 BB in 96 innings. He is one of a few pitchers who hit 100 mph this season and sits in the 94-97 mph range. He has a power curveball and a changeup as well. The control was much better in 2019, and that is why he moved up in the rankings. If he continues to improve, he could be a front-line starter, but Gil always has the floor of a late innings power reliever. He could sneak into some top 100 lists as well.

7. Nick Nelson – 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, RHP, 23-years-old – Nelson was injured early in the 2019, season, but he finished strong. On the season, Nelson had a 2.81 ERA and 114 K : 43 BB in 89.2 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. He has a mid-90’s fastball, plus curveball, and solid average changeup. With his stuff and proximity to the majors, he is vastly underrated. I’d expect to see him in the majors sometime in 2020. The control, which has always been his main issue, must continue to improve.

8. Josh Breaux – 6-foot-1, 220-pounds, C, RHB, 21-years-old – Breaux had a successful first year in the minors, although he missed about half the season due to injuries. He finished with a .271/.324/.518/.842 line with 13 HR and 10 doubles in 51 games. That is quite the pace. Breaux is a hitter-ish catcher, but the Yankees believe he can stick behind the dish. If he can, Breaux could put himself in the top prospect conversation. As long as he continues to hit as well as he has though, it won’t matter whether he can catch or not because his bat can take him all the way to the majors.

9. Luis Medina – 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, RHP, 20-years-old – The numbers may not look good, but Medina really broke out at the end of this season. With the amount of talent he possesses, this was a glimpse into what he could be if he finally clicks. On the season, he threw 103.2 innings and had 127 K : 70 BB and a 5.47 ERA. In his last eight starts, however, he threw 45.2 innings and had 63 K : 15 BB and a 1.8 ERA. The best word to describe Medina’s repertoire is tantalizing. His fastball sits in the upper 90’s and hit’s triple digits. He has tremendous movement on his breaking ball and changeup. If Medina can continue the newfound control of his last eight starts, this ranking is low. If he cannot, this ranking is probably high. Next year, he will be one of the most fascinating players on the farm to watch.

10. Estevan Florial – 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, CF, LHB, 21-years-old – It was a second consecutive disappointing season for Florial in High-A. He finished with a .237/.297/.383/.680 line with eight homeruns, 10 doubles, three triples, and nine SB. He also struck out 98 times in just 74 games. Even with the disappointing season, Florial is a tremendous athlete and is gifted in both the speed and power departments. He is still young at 21-years-old, and has time to continue to improve. The time is starting to run out for him though. Next year is big.

11. Yoendrys Gomez – 6-foot-3, 175-pounds, RHP, 19-years-old – Gomez is my prediction for the 2020 version of Roansy Contreras. He finished with a 56.1 innings and 53 K : 19 BB with a 3.99 ERA. He struggled in his six starts with Low-A Charleston, but he has the kind of stuff that will play up next season. He already sits in the mid-90’s with his fastball and has two solid secondary pitches. He has a plus spin rate on his curveball and the changeup has good fade. He’s just 19 and has a big body that could add even more velocity as time goes on. This is the next guy up in a system full of next guys up.

12. Anthony Siegler – 6-foot-0, 200-pounds, C, SH, 20-years-old – It was a tough year for Seigler as he spent most of the season on the DL. In the 30 games he was healthy, he was wildly ineffective at the plate. He finished with a .175 average and hit for little to no power. It’s tough to bust on him too hard for the bad first season considering the injuries, but he’ll have to come correct in 2020 or Yankees fans will quickly lose their patience with him.

13. Alexander Vizcaino – 6-foot-2, 160-pounds, RHP, 22-years-old – He had an up and down season, but ultimately threw 115 innings and had 128 K : 38 BB with a 4.38 ERA. His walk rate greatly improved this year, which is what allowed him to move all the way to High-A Tampa. Equipped with a mid-90’s fastball that has reached 97 mph with two potential plus secondary pitches in his curveball and changeup, this is a guy who made huge strides in 2019. If he is able to continue to improve, Vizcaino could be a late blooming stud for the Yankees.

14. Canaan Smith – 6-foot-0, 215-pounds, LF, LHB, 20-years-old – Smith is a guy who can really put a charge into the ball and his numbers in 2019 were fantastic. He finished the year with a .307/.405/.465/.871 line and hit 11 HR, 32 doubles, and three triples in 124 games. He even stole 16 bases. Smith took a huge step in his development in 2019 and will look to build on that success in 2020.

15. Mike King – 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, RHP, 24-years-old – King had an injury in training camp this year that forced him to miss 2/3 of the season. When he came back he was rusty, but showed signs of getting back to his 2018 form towards the end of the season. He has a 92-94 mph fastball and solid secondary pitches. He should be back to full strength next season and could be in the conversation for the starting rotation among other players who are close to the majors.

16. Ezequiel Duran – 5-foot-11, 185-pounds, 2B, RHB, 20-years-old – Duran improved greatly from 2018 to 2019. He hit .256/.329/.496/.824 with 13 HR, 12 doubles, and four triples in 66 games. He also stole 11 bases. The power and athleticism are real, although he still needs to cut down on his strikeouts. He plays a solid second base. Playing a premium position with a potentially premium bat makes this kid an interesting follow.

17. Anthony Volpe – 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, 2B, RHB, 18-years-old – The Yankees took Volpe in the first round of the 2019 draft. His first taste of professional baseball did not go great, hitting .215/.349/.355/.704 with two homeruns, seven doubles, and two triples in 34 games. He did steal six bases as well. The Yankees picked up a guy with great bat to ball skills and decent long-term power prospects in Volpe. He also had all the intangibles they look for, including leadership and character. He also picked it up towards the end of the season. He hit .285/.420/.400/.820 with six doubles and four SB in his last 11 games.

18. Kevin Alcantara – 6-foot-6, 188-pounds, CF, RHB, 17-years-old – Overall it was a successful first season for Alcantara. After an initial adjustment period, however, he really turned it on. He hit .333/.355/.450/.805 with a homerun and four doubles in August. He has amazing athleticism for a guy his height, and scouts believe he will develop serious power over time. Within the next couple of years he could develop into a top prospect.

19. T.J. Sikkema – 6-foot-0, 221-pounds, LHP, 21-years-old – Sikkema was the Yankees second pick in the draft in the competitive balance round. He pitched just 10.2 innings for Staten Island but was effective. He struck out 13 while walking just one and had a 0.84 ERA. Sikkema is a lefty who throws 93-95 mph from the high slot and switches his slot to a three quarters slot to get more speed at a lower velocity. He throws a slurve, curve, and changeup which are all average offerings already. He has a bulldog mentality and goes after hitters. He has pinpoint accuracy to both sides of the plate. At Missouri, he had a 7-4 record with a 1.32 ERA and 101 K in 88.2 innings. That is a total of 99.1 innings, meaning he should be billed for around 130 innings next year if he stays healthy.

20. Josh Smith – 5-foot-10, 172-pounds, 2B, LHB, 22-years-old – The Yankees drafted Smith out of Louisiana State in the 2nd round. Smith is a solid shortstop and will probably be an excellent second baseman at the next level. He is an all fields hitter who makes a ton of contact and doesn’t strike out much. In 33 games for Staten Island, Smith hit .324/.450/.477/.927 with three homeruns, six doubles, and one triple. He stole six bases and struck out just 17 times in 33 games. He definitely made a splash in his debut and should be in either Low-A or High-A next season with a chance to prove himself.

21. Chris Gittens – 6-foot-4, 250-pounds, 1B, RHB, 25-years-old – Gittens had one of the best, if not the best hitting season of any player on the farm. In 115 games, he hit .281/.393/.500/.893 with 23 homeruns, 16 doubles and one triple. He does strike out a lot, but that power is tantalizing. It will be interesting to see what he can do in Triple-A next season, especially with the juiced ball. With the Ryan McBroom trade, the Yankees will have a nice depth piece in Triple-A next season in Gittens, that’s if they don’t lose him in the rule 5 draft.

22. Rony Garcia – 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – Rony Garcia was in need of a breakout season, and he delivered just that in 2019. Including the playoffs, Garcia pitched 138.2 innings and had a 3.76 ERA with 137 K : 47 BB between High-A and Double-A. Garcia had a significant uptick in stuff that explains his breakout season as well. He went from sitting low-90’s and topping out at 95 to sitting 95 mph and topping out at 97. He also introduced a filthy 87-91 mph cutter this season to go along with his changeup and curveball. Garcia should start out in Double-A again in 2020 and could move quickly if he continues to improve. At just 21, there is a high probability that his ceiling has yet to be reached.

23. Antonio Cabello – 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, CF, RHB, 18-years-old – After a fantastic first season in the GCL, Cabello came back down to Earth in 2019. He finished the season with a .211/.280/.330/610 line and three homeruns, 10 doubles, and four triples. This was Cabello’s first time playing under the lights, and perhaps that factored heavily in his outcome. Given his athleticism and talent, I would expect his results to greatly improve in 2020.

24. Everson Pereira – 6-foot-0, 191-pounds, CF, RHB, 18-years-old – Pereira did not play much this season and was not effective when he did. The tools, however, are all there. He is just 18 still and has his whole career ahead of him. He played in just 18 games this season, which is not a reflective sample size. Next year should give us a better idea of what he can really do. Hopefully, his speed, power, contact and strong defensive capabilities will all be on full display in 2020.

25. Trevor Stephan – 6-foot-5, 225-pounds, RHP, 23-years-old – Stephan’s numbers this year look off, but he finished the season on a strong note. He spent some time on the disabled list and struggled when healthy. His last five appearances were stellar. He threw 26.2 innings in those five starts, with 33 K : 4 BB and a 0.68 ERA. He finished the season with a 4.73 ERA and 91 K : 29 BB in 80 innings. It appears something clicked with Stephan at the end of the season. If so, he could be a legitimate major league option next year. He has a mid-90’s fastball, a cutter and a solid changeup. He also sports a funky delivery that is deceptive.

26. Raimfer Salinas – 6-foot-0, 175-pounds, CF, RHB, 18-years-old – Salinas had a nice true debut season, as last year was hampered by injuries. In 2019, he finished with a .270/.329/.415/.745 line in 42 GCL games. Salinas hit 3 HR, 10 doubles, and two triples while stealing 11 bases. He has a similar skill set to Pereira with less polish. He could end up being a bigtime prospect if things break right, but for now he’s a toolshed in the low minors with tremendous upside.

27. Glenn Otto – 6-foot-3, 240-pounds, RHP, 23-years-old – Otto missed more time due to injury this season, but it was nothing serious. He threw 61.1 innings and had 74 K : 36 BB and finished with a 3.23 ERA. In college, he threw 71 innings one season so he should be able to throw 100 next year if he can stay healthy. He has a 92-95 mph fastball that touches 97, a devastating spike knuckle-curve, and a developing changeup. Health is the key going forward for Otto, but 2019 was a relatively positive step in the right direction.

28. Ryder Green – 6-foot-0, 200-pounds, CF, RHB, 19-years-old – The Yanks picked up Green in the 3rd round of the 2018 draft and he did not disappoint in his first full professional season. He finished with a .262/.343/.444/.787 line with eight homeruns, 15 doubles, a triple, and 10 SB for Pulaski. Green has a nice mix of speed, athleticism, and power. He’s a good fielder and obviously can hit. Green could develop into a serious prospect if his game continues to blossom over the next couple of years.

29. Hoy Jun Park – 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, SS/2B, LHB, 23-years-old – Park had a typical Park season in 2019. He finished with a .272/.363/.370/.733 line and three homers, 20 doubles, and six triples. He’s a gap to gap, line drive hitter with speed and solid defensive capabilities. The bat has been solid throughout his career, but he is still waiting for that true breakout season. He has a ton of competition in the infield for Triple-A next season.

30. Frank German – 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – German finished with a 4.11 ERA and 87 K : 38 BB in 81 innings this season. In 2018, he threw 120 innings so he should be able to take on a full workload next year. He did miss some time due to injuries this year. He has a mid-90’s fastball, a curveball, and a changeup. His fastball will top out at 97 mph already. He pitched mostly in Tampa this year and will likely start there in 2020 but should see some time in Double-A as well.

31. Dermis Garcia – 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, 1B, RHB, 21-years-old – Garcia was on track for an excellent power season prior to going down with an injury in early July. He was on pace for 27 homeruns and 24 doubles. He finished with a .247/.296/.491/.787 line. Garcia will have to learn to do a better job getting on base, but if he continues to develop that power, he could be a monster homerun threat in the majors.

32. Oswaldo Cabrera – 5-foot-10, 145-pounds, 2B, SH, 20-years-old – Cabrera is extremely young for his level at High-A, and more than held his own. He finished with a .260/.310/.378/.687 line with eight homeruns, 29 doubles, and 10 SB. All were career highs. Cabrera can play any position on the diamond and his bat is developing into a valuable tool. He is an excellent contact hitter. I’d expect steady improvement over the next couple of years. He could start in either High-A or Double-A next season.

33. Oswald Peraza – 6-foot-0, 176-pounds, SS, RHB, 19-years-old – Peraza is a surefire shortstop who has shown a penchant for hitting. He finished with a .263/.332/.340/.672 line in 2019. He had four homeruns, six doubles, and one triple, with 23 stolen bases in 65 games. He is an excellent contact hitter who is expected to develop more power over time according to scouts. Peraza will likely start in Low-A next season and could get a quick promotion to High-A if things are working out.

34. Tanner Myatt – 6-foot-7, 220-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – Myatt was a major breakout candidate going into the season, but he was largely disappointing. He finished with 40 K : 45 BB and a 4.24 ERA in 40.1 innings. The control was simply terrible. He has a monster fastball that has been up to 100 mph, and the Yankees have already turned his curveball into a great weapon. He is even developing a changeup. If he can learn to control these offerings better, he could be a total beast.

35. Josh Stowers – 6-foot-0, 200-pounds, OF, RHB, 22-years-old – Stowers finished with seven homeruns, 24 doubles, two triples, and 35 SB this year. He hit .273/.386/.400/.786 on the season. He was a 2nd round pick in 2018 by the Mariners before being traded to the Yankees. He has top notch speed and developing power. Stowers has the tools to develop into a big bat with elite speed. He should start in High-A next season.

36. Matt Sauer – 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, RHP, 20-years-old – Sauer was poised for a breakout season in 2019 but went down with an injury 8.2 innings into it. He has a 92-95 mph fastball that has reached 97 with a plus slider and a developing curve and changeup. He’s a big strong kid, and hopefully he will be back early in 2020. He had Tommy John Surgery so he should make a full recovery If he is able to make a full recovery he is still a top prospect.

37. Brandon Lockridge – 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, CF, RHB, 22-years-old – Lockridge was a 5th round pick in the 2018 draft. This year he was an extra base hit machine. He finished with 12 homeruns, 33 doubles, and five triples while stealing 22 bases. He finished with a .251/.319/.410/.729 line in 121 games. Lockridge needs to work on getting on base more often, but he clearly has some real power. He should be in High-A next season.

38. Justin Wilson – 6-foot-0, 180-pounds, RHP, 23-years-old – Justin Wilson hit 100 mph in a relief appearance for Staten Island this season. He finished with a 1.4 ERA and 37 K : 13 BB in 25.2 innings. He should start in Charleston next season, and if he takes the next step in his development he could rapidly get promoted to Tampa.

39. Brookes Kriske – 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, RHP, 25-years-old – Kriske added velocity and a splitter this year, and it made a major difference. He now sits in the upper 90’s with the fastball. In 2019, he had a 2.08 ERA and 80 K : 28 BB in 60.2 innings between High-A and Double-A. He had a .161 average against. He should start 2020 in Double-A and could quickly get promoted to Triple-A if his dominance continues. Kriske could even see some time in the majors next season if all goes well.

40. Randy Vasquez – 6-foot-0, 165-pounds, RHP, 20-years-old – Vasquez has an excellent season for Pulaski in his second year as a pro. He finished with a 3.29 ERA and 53 K : 28 BB in 54.2 innings. Behind the numbers, however is a guy with a 3,100 RPM curveball to complement a 94-95 mph fastball. He is also learning a changeup. Vasquez could start at either Staten Island or Charleston next season. Wherever he ends up, he is a breakout candidate.

41. Roberto Chirinos – 5-foot-11, 172-pounds, SS, RHB, 19-years-old – Chirinos got his first season in under the lights and he not only held his own but improved significantly on his debut season in the GCL. At Pulaski, he finished with a .256/.304/.404/.708 line with six homeruns, 12 doubles, and four SB in 50 games. Chirinos has a plus arm, above average speed, high makeup, and good power potential according to all accounts. Given time to develop he could be a special player. He should start out at either Staten Island or Charleston next season.

42. Alexander Vargas – 5-foot-11, 148-pounds, SS, SH, 17-years-old – Vargas got his feet wet in his first professional season and he held his own. He had a .233/.313/.373/.686 line in 48 GCL games. Vargas hit one homerun, 10 doubles, and seven triples with 15 SB. He struck out 28 times. Vargas has a long way to go, but he also has tons of potential. Vargas has plus plus defensive capabilities, a plus hit tool, and plus speed. There is a lot of projection left in him, so if he packs on a few pounds Vargas could turn into an all around impact player. He should start in Pulaski or Staten Island next season.

43. Harold Cortijo – 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, RHP, 20-years-old – Cortijo sports a 93-95 mph fastball and can get up to 97. He has a dominant changeup and a nice breaking ball to go along with it. He had a solid year statistically and reached a career high 73 innings. He spend 2019 in Low-A and had 57 K : 30 BB and a 3.45 ERA. He may start out in Low-A in 2020, or if he comes to camp improved the Yankees may promote him to High-A. Either way, the future is starting to look bright for Cortijo.

44. Antonio Gomez – 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, C, RHB, 17-years-old – He only played in 15 games, but he performed well. He had a .288/.351/.442/.793 line in those 15 games including one homerun and five doubles. He was healthy to finish off the season. Gomez has size and yet also has all of the ingredients to be a plus defender. He can hit for average and has plus power. At this point, he just has to get some games under his belt. He should be in Pulaski next season.

45. Jacob Sanford – 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, LF, LHB, 21-years-old – Yankees drafted Sanford in the third round of the 2019 draft out of Western Kentucky, where he won the conference USA triple crown and hit 22 homeruns. In Staten Island, Sanford continued his slugging ways and hit seven homeruns, 13 doubles, and three triples while quad slashing .238/.289/.411/.700. Sanford allegedly has plus plus power, and the only question for his bat is if he will be able to get to that power against professional pitching. The Yankees believe they can help him do just that. Sanford also apparently has good speed on top of this power. He is still raw because he lived in Canada for so long and didn’t get many at bats. He should start in Charleston next season though.

46. Brian Keller – 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, RHP, 25-years-old – This 39th round gem has now made it all the way to Triple-A. He had several nagging injuries in 2019 that limited him to 76 innings. Keller had a 3.79 ERA and 62 K : 19 BB in those innings. Keller can sit 92-95 mph with his fastball and has several above average secondary pitches he locates well. He should start in Triple-A next season and could play a role in the majors if some injuries occur and he proves to be effective.

47. Ken Waldichuk – 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, LHP, 21-years-old – The Yankees picked Waldichuk in the 5th round of the 2019 draft. He has a 91-92 mph fastball that touches 95, an above average slurve and curve, and a changeup with good fade. Waldichuck started 10 games for Pulaski and had a 3.68 ERA with 49 K : 7 BB in 29.1 innings. That’s a solid debut. He threw 120 innings between college and the MLB this season, so he should start in Low-A Charleston next season and could move quickly.

48. Trey Amburgey – 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, OF, RHB, 24-years-old – Amburgey has steadily improved every year for the past four years, and now he is just one step away from the majors and looks ready to make an impact. In 2019, he had a .274/.329/.494/.822 line with 22 homeruns, 31 doubles, three triples, and six SB. He set career highs in doubles and homeruns, as well as OPS (in full season leagues), and he did it at the highest level of the minors. He is rule 5 draft eligible so he could be snagged this offseaon.

49. Garrett Whitlock – 6-foot-5, 190-pounds, RHP, 23-years-old – Whitlock injured his elbow in early July and opted for Tommy John Surgery. He was en route to another fantastic season when he went down with the injury. Whitlock had thrown 70.1 innings with a 3.07 ERA and 57 K : 18 BB on the season. He was an 18th round pick in 2017 and quickly had his stock rise last season. He upped his fastball a couple of ticks to 92-95 mph with plus control and plus movement. In addition, his slider and changeup are both above average secondary pitches. Tommy John is by no means a deal breaker anymore, so whenever he makes it back he should return to his previous levels at least. If he does return in late 2020, I’d expect him to debut in Double-A.

50. Isiah Gilliam – 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, RF, SH, 23-years-old – Gilliam was off to an excellent start in High-A and was then promoted to Double-A Trenton, where he struggled a bit. He finished the season with a .234/.312/.412/.724 line with 17 HR, 20 doubles, one triple, and 13 SB. Gilliam is a big dude, but he has some athleticism and will likely stick in the outfield as long as he keeps control of his body. He has now power with long term plus power potential. He strikes out a bit too much and could stand to walk more, but the potential is still there for a bigtime power hitter who can play outfield. For a 20th round pick, you can’t ask for much more than that. He’ll start back in Double-A next season and hopefully he comes ready with some adjustments for 2020.

3 years ago  ::  Sep 28, 2019 - 11:58AM #236
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The 2019 not top 50 prospects

The Yankees did a really nice job obtaining talent in the draft this year, especially on the pitching side. They also picked up some top notch international free agents. The international players will not be included here because they have not played in the United States yet.  The following is a list of the guys who all could have easily slotted in the 40-50 range on the top 50 prospects. Once it gets to that level, it’s more a matter of preference than anything else. Enjoy!

51. Mandy Alvarez – 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, 3B, RHB, 25-years-old – Mandy Alvarez, a 17th round pick in 2016, has worked his way all the way up to Triple-A. Over two levels this season, he had a .270/.324/.417/.742 line with 11 HR, 31 doubles, and one triple in 124 games. Alvarez is an all-around solid hitter who has average power and solid defense. He is the type of guy who could play in the majors now and would not embarrass himself. In other words, he makes a great backup in case of a string of injuries in 2020

52. Ben Ruta – 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, LF, LHB, 25-years-old – Ruta was off to a tenacious start to 2019 and then at some point around mid-season he completely hit the wall. His first half numbers were .283/.363/.457/.819 with four homers, 16 doubles, and five triples with 12 SB. His second half numbers were .238/.297/.336/.633 with four homers, 10 doubles, and 13 SB. I’m not sure what went wrong in the second half for Ruta, but he still has a promising set of tools with speed, defense, and power potential. If he can get back to whatever he was doing in the first half of 2019, Ruta could be a guy who pops in Triple-A. He will probably get a repeat audition in Double-A in 2020.

53. Kyle Holder – 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, SS/2B, LHB, 25-years-old – Holder is basically the opposite of Ruta. He started off horribly slow and had a phenomenal second half. In the last 60 games of the season, he had a .281/.363/.407/.770 line with four homeruns, 12 doubles, and two triples. He finished the year with a .265/.336/.405/.742 line with nine homeruns, 25 doubles, three triples, and seven stolen bases. This was the best season of his career with the best power numbers he has ever had. Hopefully he has turned the corner. With the competition he has, he will probably start in Double-A in 2020 with the chance to move up as soon as opportunity allows. He is one of the best defenders in the entire minor leagues, so if he can hit at even an average level he will be a solid major leaguer.

54. Hayden Wesneski – 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – Yankees drafted Wesneski in the 6th round this year. He sits 91-93 mph with his fastball and touches 94-95. He has a slider and changeup which both need work and throws from a low slot. His first taste of professional baseball was rough. He finished with 29.1 innings over 18 appearances. He had 30 K : 6 BB and a 4.76 ERA. Wesneski has some interesting tools coming in. Between college and pro, he threw 134 innings this year, so the Yankees can roll him out as a starter next year. He would be a good candidate for Charleston.

55. Kyle Gray – 5-foot-10, 175-pounds, 2B, LHB, 22-years-old – Gray is a hard hitting, slick defending second baseman who the Yankees snagged in the 14th round last season our of West Virginia. He finished with a .232/.320/.351/.671 line with five homeruns, 20 doubles, and six triples in 113 games this season, while stealing 11 bases. The Yankees are high on Gray’s hitability and believe he will hit for much higher averages than he did in 2019. He should start right back in High-A.

56. Madison Santos – 5-foot-10, 165-pounds, OF, LHB, 20-years-old – Santos skipped the GCL and went straight to Pulaski this year. This means he had two major adjustments to deal with at once. First, he had to deal with living in the United States. Then, he had to deal with playing under the lights. All things considered, he played decently. Santos had eight homeruns, seven doubles, three triples, and seven SB in 57 games. He finished with a .203/.276/.382/.658 line. The elephant in the room is the low batting average. Santos has solid tools across the board, including above average power, speed, and defense. He could either repeat Pulaski, move up to Staten Island, or even get promoted to Low-A next season.

57. Jhony Brito – 6-foot-2, 160-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – Brito has a 90-93 mph fastball and a nice curveball/changeup combo. He locates exceptionally well, which is what makes him most effective. He had a breakout year in 2019, with 79 K : 14 BB and a 3.58 ERA in 100.2 innings for Low-A Charleston. He threw in a mix of starts and relief appearances. I would expect him to start in High-A for 2020, as he doesn’t have much left to prove at this level.

58. Oliver Dunn – 5-foot-10, 185-pounds, 2B, LHB, 22-years-old – Dunn is a Kyle Gray clone out of Utah and drafted him in the 11th round in 2019. He had a slow start to his career, hitting .226/.332/.321/.653 with three homeruns, seven doubles, and six SB in 51 games. Dunn is a contact hitter who has some pop and plays a solid second base. He should start back in Low-A Charleston in 2020.

59. Pat DeMarco – 5-foot-9, 192-pounds, CF, RHB, 21-years-old – The Yankees took DeMarco in the 17th round of the 2019 draft out of Vanderbilt. Demarco is an above average fielder and has surprising pop for his size. He is physically maxed out but the Yankees believe he has enough now talent to play up at the next level. He had a rough first 28 games in Staten Island, but that’s a small sample size. 2020 will be the first real test for DeMarco.

60. Domingo Acevedo – 6-foot-7, 250-pounds, RHP, 25-years-old – Domingo Acevedo was dealing with diminished stuff this season (and last), and it has caused him to slip out of the Yankees top prospect discussion. He was released and the Yankees were able to re-sign him towards the end of this season. Once a guy who could hit the upper-90’s, Acevedo now sits in the low 90’s and still not particularly great location. He was moved to the bullpen this year in hopes that he could recapture some of his explosiveness, but that did not happen. He remains on the countdown on the chance that he will regain his strength and pitch at the higher velocities next season. If not, he will fall out of the top 50 completely

61. Denny Larrondo – 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, RHP, 17-years-old – Larrondo sports an already 90+ mph fastball and elite spin rate on his curveball. He struggled in his first taste of the GCL, but he is just 17. He threw 32.1 innings and had 24 K : 21 BB and a 5.01 ERA in 32.1 innings. Larrondo also had a .171 average against. With time his command and control should improve. He should start in Pulaski next season as an 18-year-old.

62. Spencer Henson – 6-foot-2, 235-pounds, 1B, RHB, 21-years-old – The Yankees took Henson in the 9th round out of Oral Roberts and he had a nice debut season. He finished with a .256/.378/.573/.951 quad slash with six homeruns, six doubles, and one triple in 24 games. Henson is a big kid who has tons of opposite field power, which is exactly the type of hitter than excels with the Yankees. As a first baseman, he’ll have to hit all the way up. Henson should start in Low-A next season.

63. Alfredo Garcia – 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, LHP, 20-years-old – The Yankees traded 40-man roster clogger Joe Harvey for Alfredo Garcia this year. In his third professional season, Garcia threw 130.1 innings, which is great. What is not so great is that he finished with a 5.32 ERA. On the more positive side, he had 151 K : 52 BB. He has a 91-93 mph fastball that tops out at 95, and a 77-80 mph changeup with a developing curveball that has plus potential. He sounds like a guy who is not done developing and could become a top prospect in a couple of years with just a few tweaks.

64. Zach Greene – 6-foot-1, 215-pounds, RHP, 23-years-old – The Yankees took Greene in the 8th round out of Southern Alabama and he had immediate success, posting 24 K : 4 BB and a 1.5 ERA in 18 innings as a reliever for the GCL and Staten Island. He has a high spin rate 90-93 mph fastball, a low-80’s slider and a changeup. Between college and pro, he threw 67.2 innings. He should start out in Low-A next season.

65. Blakely Brown – 6-foot-0, 165-pounds, RHP, 23-years-old – The Yankees picked up Brown in the 24th round last year. They stuck him in Staten Island as a starter this year and he racked up some solid stats. Brown had a 2.98 ERA and 55 K : 22 BB in 51.1 innings. Reports state that Blakely Brown touched mid-90’s with his fastball in the past and has a good curveball. The Yankees might have gotten him in the bargain bin because he did not play in 2018 due to transfer rules. If he is the real deal, he will most certainly be in Charleston next season.

66. Reid Anderson – 6-foot-0, 200-pounds, RHP, 24-years-old – The Yankees picked up Anderson in the 40th round in 2018. He had just undergone Tommy John Surgery. He was able to return in time for the Pulaski season in 2019, and the results were fantastic. He had 51 K : 17 BB and a 3.09 ERA in 46.2 innings. He’s old for the level, so this can be taken with a grain of salt, but the Yankees drafted and signed him for a reason. I can’t find any scouting information on him, but we should know more after this season.

67. Nolan Martinez – 6-foot-2, 165-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – Martinez was en route to a major breakout season when he went down with an injury early in 2019. He only threw 32.2 innings in 2019, and had a 3.86 ERA with 21 K : 9 BB. He has a low 90’s fastball with two plus secondary pitches. The injury he had is unknown, so we’ll see what 2020 brings for him.

68. Angel Rojas – 6-foot-0, 160-pounds, SS, RHB, 18-years-old – Rojas has plus speed and athleticism but is otherwise still quite raw. In his first year stateside, he had a .241/.298/.343/.641 quad slash with eight doubles, three triples, and six SB. Rojas is a promising young guy who could turn into a beast if things break right. He has a world of potential, hopefully the Yankees can turn this ball of clay into a finished product. Rojas should start in Pulaski next season.

69. Jose Martinez – 6-foot-0, 198-pounds, 3B, RHB, 20-years-old – Jose Martinez is a homerun machine. Jose Martinez is also a strikeout machine. The hope is that he can start to figure out how to square up and make more contact. This year he hit .223/.310/.460/.771 with seven homeruns, eight doubles, and two triples in 42 games. The power is real and if he can ever figure out how to hit for better average he will be dangerous. He could end up in Staten Island or Charleston next season.

70. Sincere Smith – 5-foot-11, 170-pounds, SS, RHB, 19-years-old – Smith was a 32nd round pick last year and had a solid season in 2019 in the GCL. He batted .270/.345/.378/.724 with one homerun, three doubles, one triple, and seven SB in 29 games. He’s another athletic kid who has his work cut out for him in a talented group of middle infielders. He should be in Pulaski next season.

71. Pedro Barrios – 6-foot-1, 199-pounds, RHP, 20-years-old – Barrios only pitched in two games this season due to injury. It is unclear what happened to him, but he still has a promising arm. He has a 95 mph fastball and a developing curve and change. It is unclear where the Yankees will place him next year if he is healthy.

72. Blas Castano – 5-foot-10, 162-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – Castano throws a 94 mph fastball and a breaking ball with an excellent spin rate. He also has good command. He improved greatly from 2018 to 2019. He had a 4.05 ERA and 41 K : 14 BB in 66.2 innings this year. Castano is a rising star and should end up in Pulaski or Staten Island to start next season.

73. Renso Mejia – 5-foot-11, 165-pounds, RHP, 19-years-old – He pitched 32 innings and had a 1.97 ERA in the GCL, Pulaski, and the DSL this season. Mejia finished with 24 K : 7 BB. I’d never heard of him until this season, and I still have no scouting information on him. Look forward to learning more.

74. Edgar Barclay – 5-foot-10, 200-pounds, LHP, 21-years-old – Barclay has a fastball that sits 89-93 mph and a curveball that is a solid secondary pitch. He was the Yankees 15th round selection in the 2019 draft. He threw 85 innings at CSU Bakersfield as a starter and had a 3.27 ERA. He then threw another 26 innings in relief for the Yankees and had a 2.08 ERA and 29 K : 8 BB. He even pitched 4.2 innings for High-A Tampa. He will likely start in Low-A or High-A next season and should be able to pitch a full season as a starter if he earns that job.

75. Montana Semmel – 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, RHP, 17-years-old – The Yankees picked up Semmel in the 36th round and this could end up being a phenomenal pick. He sits in the low 90’s already and throws a curveball and changeup. He has two fastballs, a 4-seamer and a 2-seamer. The curveball is apparently a solid second pitch already. With his size, he is more likely than not to add more velocity as well. In the GCL, Semmel pitched well. He had a 2.89 ERA and 4 K : 4 BB in 9.1 innings. Tack that on to the 31 innings he threw inhigh school ball and you have 40 innings. The Yankees will undoubtedly take it slow with Semmel, who will more than likely pitch in Pulaski next season.

76. Juan Carela – 6-foot-3, 186-pounds, RHP, 17-years-old – Carela has a long way to go in terms of his command, control, and polish. This season he threw 32 innings and had 30 K : 29 BB with a 7.59 ERA. His stuff, however, is excellent. Carela already has a mid-90’s fastball and is a spin rate darling with the curveball. Scouts believe there is upper 90’s velocity in that arm, with a strong chance to reach triple digits. It sounds like Carela is a lot like Luis Medina in that he has major control concerns, but if he continues to progress he could become a top prospect. He should start either back in the GCL or in Pulaski next season depending on how much he improves in the offseason.

77. Anthony Garcia – 6-foot-5, 204-pounds, RF, SH, 19-years-old – Garcia already has tremendous power and is super athletic for his size. He barely played this season due to an injury, but he was healthy all through Extended Spring training and did get into six games so this was not a lost season for him like it might seem. He was great in those six games. He had a .294/.417/.706/1.123 line with one homerun, two doubles, and one triple in 17 at bats. It’s a complete mystery where he will start next season.

78. Ryan Anderson – 6-foot-6, 205-pounds, LHP, 21-years-old – Anderson was the Yankees 12th round pick in 2019. He’s a big kid who is still skinny and has a fastball that maxes out at 93 mph already but sits in the 88-91 range. He still gets a lot of strikeouts at that velocity though. With his size and projectability, the Yankees might be able to squeeze a couple more ticks out of his velocity. He threw about 70 innings in college ball, then threw 32 innings in the Appalachian League (Pulaski). He was rolled out as a starter initially, which is probably where he fits best. In those 32 innings, he had 43 K : 16 BB and a 4.78 ERA. He should begin in either Staten Island or Low-A Charleston next season.

79. Aaron McGarity – 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, RHP, 24-years-old – McGarity took a big step this year, making it to the full season leagues. He finished with a 2.5 ERA and 69 K : 12 BB, in 57.2 innings. He had a .222 average against. McGarity even got some time at Tampa towards the end of the season. He seems to be progressing nicely. I still have not seen an updated scouting report on Mcgarity since being drafted, but I know he has hit the mid-90’s in the past. He should start in High-A Tampa next season.

80. Nelvin Correa – 6-foot-1, 170-pounds, RHP, 22-years-old – Correa took another step in his development in 2019, getting to Staten Island before season’s end. He finished with a 3.09 ERA and 53 K : 10 BB in 64 innings between Pulaski and Staten Island. He currently has an 89-92 mph fastball, a 78-80 mph slurve, and a mid-80’s changeup. All of his pitches have good movement, which is a focus for the Yankees’ organization now. Correa could see significant time with Charleston next year.

81. Josh Maciejewski – 6-foot-3, 175-pounds, LHP, 24-years-old – Maciejewski was the Yankees’ minor league swiss army knife in 2019. He made multiple starts at every non-rookie level except Double-A, and he was successful everywhere he pitched. Maciejewski finished with a 2.33 ERA and 54 K : 24 BB in 73.1 innings. Maciejewski sits 89-92 mph with his fastball and has a solid changeup with a breaking ball in the development stages. He could begin in either Charleston or High-A Tampa next season.

82. Anderson Munoz – 5-foot-8, 158-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – Munoz had an up and down year but finished on a high note. He started in Charleston and got off to a slow start in 22 innings. Then he pitched in Staten Island and turned his season around. Munoz finished with 94 K : 37 BB and a 3.52 ERA in 84.1 innings. Munoz has a fastball that sits at 94-95 mph and tops out at 96. His secondary pitches are an 80 mph curveball and an 87 mph changeup. Munoz should get another crack at Charleston in 2020 and could move fast if progress has been made.

83. Barrett Loseke – 6-foot-0, 170-pounds, RHP, 22-years-old – Loseke pitched out of the bullpen for Staten Island this year after being drafted in the 17th round in 2018. He had a 2.96 ERA and 32 K : 7 BB in 27.1 innings for Staten Island. Loseke has a low-mid 90’s fastball, a curveball, and a changeup. He should start out in Charleston next season.

84. Mickey Gasper – 5-foot-10, 205-ponds, 1B, SH, 23-years-old – Gasper is a crowd favorite who hit .251/.356/.393/.750 with 10 HR and 22 doubles between Low-A and High-A this season. Gasper is small for a first baseman but has big pop for his size. He can also catch in a pinch when needed. He should start with High-A Tampa in 2020.

85. Gosuke Katoh – 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, 2B, LHB, 24-years-old – Katoh spent most of the year in Triple-A and that is where he was at his best. In 83 games at the level, he hit .279/.382/.443/.825 with 11 HR, 10 doubles, and eight SB. His season totals at all levels were a .267/.362/.401/.763 line with 11 homeruns, 13 doubles, one triple, and 11 SB. Hard to believe Katoh is still just 24-years-old, but he really performed well this season at the highest level. At this point it’s possible he is a viable major league player, but there’s not much space for him on the Yankees.

86. Trevor Lane – 5-foot-11, 185-pounds, LHP, 25-years-old – Lane has nothing left to prove in Double-A and should start out in Triple-A next season. He finished with a 2.05 ERA and 74 K : 26 BB in 74.2 innings this season. Lane came into the Yankees’ system sitting 88-91 mph, and that velocity has ticked up to anywhere between 92-97 mph. He mostly sits in the 92-94 range though. He supplements that with a high spin rate breaking ball which misses bats. He will start 2020 in Triple-A, and anything can happen from there.

87. Braden Bristo – 6-foot-0, 180-pounds, RHP, 24-years-old – Bristo continued his dominance of the minor leagues with another fantastic season in 2019. He finished with a 2.6 ERA and 84 K : 20 BB in 65.2 innings between High-A and Double-A. Bristo has a 93-94 mph fastball that tops out at 96 with a slider that sits 83-85 mph. He has improved every step of the minors and should start in Trenton again in 2020 with the chance to move to Triple-A.

88. James Reeves – 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, LHP, 26-years-old – Statistically speaking, James Reeves could not perform any better than he did in Trenton this year. He finished with 83 K : 26 BB and a 1.87 ERA in 67.1 innings. He truly has nothing left to prove in Double-A. Reeves has always sat in the 89-91 mph range with a nasty slider. He should start in Triple-A in 2020, but I think the Yankees are really hoping to see a velocity bump at some point for him to pitch in the majors.

89. Kyle Zurak – 6-foot-1, 208-pounds, RHP, 24-years-old – Zurak had another successful season, this time with the Tampa Tarpons. He managed a 2.93 ERA with 50 K : 24 BB in 61.1 innings. Zurak throws a 93-96 mph fastball, a slider that sits in the upper 80’s, and a firm, show me changeup that is still in development. He should pitch in Double-A Trenton next year.

90. Jio Orozco – 6-foot-1, 210-pounds, RHP, 22-years-old – Jio was having his best year as a pro when he went down with an injury. He got hurt after throwing 95.2 innings with 80 K : 28 BB. He had a 3.10 ERA between Low-A and High-A. Orozco has a low-90’s fastball that can get up to 94 mph and has good movement. To go along with that, he has a curveball and changeup. He should start in High-A in 2020 if healthy.

91. Shawn Semple – 6-foot-1, 220-pounds, RHP, 23-years-old – Semple pitched at all four levels this season and had varying degrees of success. He is armed with a 93-94 mph fastball, a curveball, and a changeup. He could start in either High-A or Double-A in 2020.

92. Janson Junk – 6-foot-1, 177-pounds, RHP, 23-years-old – Junk had a bad year in 2019 after a good year in 2018. He pitched mostly in High-A and finished with a 5.54 ERA and 81 K : 42 BB in 87.2 innings. Junk has a strong arm which is able to generate 95-96 mph velocity but needs work on control and secondary offerings. He has a curve and change that both still need a lot of work. He will likely end up back at High-A next season and hopefully can take the next step in his development. The bullpen could be where he finds his niche.

93. Adonis Rosa – 6-foot-1, 170-pounds RHP, 24-years-old – Ever so consistent, Rosa had another solid season in Double and Triple-A. He threw 103.1 innings and had a 4.18 ERA with 88 K : 33 BB. He even made his major league debut in a 2 innings relief appearance. Rosa has to feel good about his season for that reason alone. Rosa has a low-90’s fastball with a nasty changeup and a curveball. He could be in line for more major league innings next season.

94. Nick Green – 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, RHP, 24-years-old – There was a precipitous fall from last year to this year for Nick Green. He had a statistically excellent season in 2018, and the opposite in 2019. He finished with a 6.67 ERA and 63 K : 37 BB in 82.1 innings. Green does have good stuff though, with a 92-95 mph fastball, plus curveball, and work in progress changeup. Hopefully he can regroup and be ready to roll in 2020.

95. Leo Pestana – 6-foot-4, 198-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – Pestana has a 90-94 mph fastball, a curveball, and a changeup. The results/control were terrible this season, but the stuff and size are there for some big improvements in the coming years. He could be one of the guys who breaks out in 2020 if he follows the Yankees development program like he should.

96. Gustavo Campero – 5-foot-6, 182-pounds, C, SH, 22-years-old – Campero had a nice year for Pulaski, hitting .293/.374/.414/.788 with two homeruns, six doubles, a triple, and 10 SB in 36 games this season. He’s old for his level so I’d like to see what he can do in the long season leagues next season before placing him in the top 50. He has a nice hit tool, makes consistent contact, great plate discipline, and surprising power. Defensively he is compact, quick, and has a decent arm with good pop times. He just needs to be challenged and that will be hard with all of the talent ahead of him.

97. Jake Agnos – 5-foot-11, 207-pounds, LHP, 21-years-old – He has an 88-94 mph fastball, plus curveball, and developing changeup. Agnos was a 4th round pick for the Yankees in 2019, and they see him as a starter. In 2019 he was dominant for East Carolina. Agnos had a 2.0 ERA and 131 K : 38 BB in 90 innings. He pitched 14 innings between the GCL and Staten Island, and had 21 K : 5 BB with a 5.79 ERA. The stats in the minors were rough, but he threw 104 innings between college and pro and should be in line for 134 next season, which is a full minor league season worth of innings. Looking forward to see what this kid can do in 2020, most likely in Charleston.

98. Nick Paciorek – 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – He sports a 92-96 mph fastball with an above average slider, and that’s all he will need to be a reliever at the next level. The Yankees picked him up in the 7th round. He pitched 14 innings for the GCL and had 13 K : 9 BB with a 2.57 ERA and a .187 average against. He could start anywhere from Pulaski to Charleston next season and should be successful with his repertoire out of the bullpen.

99. Mitch Spence – 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – He has a fastball that sits 92-95 mph with good movement, and a slider that is already a major weapon. Spence needs work on finding a third pitch to remain a starter, but he’ll get that chance to prove himself. He threw 93.1 innings in college this year and had 104 K : 34 BB with a 3.95 ERA. He also threw 28 innings in relief for Pulaski and had a 3.54 ERA with 29 K : 4 BB. That’s a total of 121.1 innings, meaning if he starts next season he will be able to give 151.1 innings. He should start in either Staten Island or Charleston.

100. Kevin Milam – 6-foot-0, 200-pounds, RHP, 21-years-old – The Yankees picked up Milam in the 14th round of the draft and it appears he will be a reliever. He threw 20.2 innings for the GCL Yankees and Pulaski and 55 innings in college for St. Mary’s. In the pros, Milam had 25 K : 13 BB and a 1.31 ERA with a .139 average against in his first season. He has a 94-95 mph fastball and a low-80’s slider and cutter. He was a two-way player in college, and now he will be able to focus on pitching full time. The Yankees are hopeful that means there is still some untapped potential. He could start anywhere from Pulaski to Low-A next season.

101. Chad Bell – 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, 3B, LHB, 22-years-old – Chad Bell has one major thing going for him and that’s power. He hit 21 homeruns in a 57-game college season, and nine more in 55 games for Pulaski. To pick up a guy with that kind of power in the 19th round is great no matter what his other tools look like. He clearly has some swing and miss, and the defense will be something to follow, but you can’t teach that kind of power. He could start in either Staten Island or Low-A Charleston next season.

102. Isaiah Pasteur – 6-foot-2, 182-pounds, OF, RHB, 23-years-old – The Yankees drafted Pasteur as a toolsy, raw player out of GW in 2018. He had a successful first season last year, but this year showed he is more raw than that. He finished with at .181/.312/.323/.635 line with three homeruns, five doubles, and two triples. He did steal 15 bases, but he will need to get on base much more and hit significantly better to continue to advance.

103. Chase Illig – 6-foot-0, 210-pounds, C, SH, 23-years-old – The Yankees picked up Illig in the 29th round of the draft this year. This pick was apparently based on some advanced scouting information and trackman data including exit velocities. He hit pretty well in the GCL and for Staten Island. Illig had a .246/.329/.369/.698 line between the two levels. He could end up being a bargain where the Yankees got him, but we’ll find out a lot more information next season.

104. Eduardo Torrealba – 5-foot-8, 150-pounds, SS/2B, RHB, 20-years-old – Torrealba plays great defense at premium infield positions and is currently a bit light hitting. In Low-A this year, he hit .241/.316/.293/.609 with one homerun and 14 doubles in 97 games. If he can develop his bat some more, Torrealba could become a top 50 prospect.

3 years ago  ::  Sep 29, 2019 - 12:02PM #237
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We did something different this year, put together our own Yankees MiLB all star team from payers above the complex leages.  You can check out the 25-man roster our staff put together here: www.pinstripedprospects.com/introducing-...

3 years ago  ::  Oct 06, 2019 - 3:39PM #238
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Trenton’s season was defined by players moving towards their Yankees future

Chris Gittens and a strong rotation helped lead Double-A Trenton to a championship season.

Trenton clinched the first-half title for their Eastern League division on June 18th as the Yankees’ top prospect Deivi Garcia punched out 15 batters over six innings. This team remained strong, finishing in 2nd place during the second half of the season, before winning six of their seven playoff games on their way to the Eastern League championship. They were paced by numerous strong pitching performances that resulted in two no-hitters, and an Eastern League MVP season from Chris Gittens to carry the offense. Let’s take a look at the key players from Trenton’s championship season as we continue our review of the Yankees’ minor-league affiliates.

Chris Gittens: 25-years-old, first base

Coming off an injury-plagued season, Gittens turned a lot of heads on his way to winning the Eastern League’s MVP. Gittens hit .281/.370/.472 while leading the league in home runs, on-base percentage, and slugging. Baseball America polled the Eastern League managers towards the end of the season, and Gittens was voted the best defensive first baseman by that group. Gittens is primed to put up big numbers next season when he starts hitting the Triple-A/MLB baseball at the next level.

Hoy Jun Park: 23-years-old, second base/shortstop

Park had the single most exciting play of Trenton’s season with a straight steal of home to break a 1-1 tie late in game three of the Eastern League Championship series. Outside of that moment, Park put together a very solid .272/.363/.370 line for Trenton this season while playing the middle infield for the Thunder. That line was good enough for a 122 wRC+ in the Eastern League.

Kyle Holder: 25-years-old, shortstop

Coming off a 2018 season where he played fewer than 50 games, the former first-round pick long known only for his glove put together his best offensive season. Holder especially picked it up in early June, hitting .296/.371/.437, good for a 139 wRC+, over his last 67 games, and 287 plate appearances. Never known as a patient hitter, Holder showed growth in his game by posting a career-high 8.7% walk rate, while continuing to show outstanding range at shortstop.

Nick Nelson: 23-years-old, right-handed pitcher

Nelson battled injuries early in the season, but he was outstanding at the Double-A level once he hit the mound. On the season he recorded a 11.4 K/9, and had a 2.81 ERA across three levels. The blemish on Nelson stat line is his control, as he did have a high 4.3 BB/9 rate, but he was able to lower that to 3.4 over his last nine starts.

Rony Garcia: 21-years-old, right-handed pitcher

Promoted after 25 strong innings to start the season at High-A Tampa, Garcia initially had some struggles at the higher level. But the strong armed righty, who can sit 95-96 through a start, improved as the season went on. Down the stretch and through the playoffs, Garcia pitched to a 2.98 ERA over his last 69.1 IP, with 69 K in that stretch. He did not allow a run in two postseason outings, including five no-hit innings in the final game of the Eastern League Championship series.

Albert Abreu: 24-years-old, right-handed pitcher

Abreu’s 96.2 innings pitched are the most he has thrown since joining the Yankees organization prior to the 2017 season. While scouts still love his plus pitches, Abreu has yet to refine his command, posting a 4.93 BB/9 rate. Heading into his last season of minor league options, Abreu is a player that still flashes a ton of potential, but is a few steps short of the majors.

James Reeves: 26-years-old, left-handed pitcher

Reeves was money down the stretch for Trenton, giving up only one earned run in his last 33 innings pitched, while striking out 37 and only giving up nine hits and ten walks. That included 6.1 innings in the playoffs, where he only gave up two hits and struck out ten. The lefty was sent down to High-A Tampa for a stretch this season, but was absolutely amazing for Trenton in the second half working out of the bullpen in a multi-inning role.

Brooks Kriske: 25-years-old, right-handed pitcher

In his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, Kriske thrived in a bullpen role for Trenton. Kriske had an 11.8 K/9 rate with Trenton this season, and was a key piece out of the bullpen all season. He can throw in the mid-90’s, but will have to refine his control next season as he walked 4.25 batters per nine.

Daniel Alvarez: 23-years-old, right-handed pitcher

Trenton’s closer for most of the season closed out a combined no-hitter on June 24th, and threw the last pitch of the Eastern League Championship in September. Overall, he recorded 21 saves in 24 chances during the regular season. The strong-armed reliever recorded a 11.73 K/9, a 3.55 BB/9, and a 2.31 ERA.

Garrett Whitlock: 23-years-old, right-handed pitcher

Whitlock came out of the gates extremely strong, giving up only four earned runs through his first 18 innings, but was then derailed by an ingrown fingernail on his pitching hand before the end of April. He came back after a short IL stint, and continued to pitch well for the rest of the season, finishing with a 3.07 ERA, including a 55.9% ground ball rate. Unfortunately for Whitlock his season ended in early July when he felt discomfort in his arm that resulted in Tommy John surgery, which could wipe out his entire 2020 campaign. Whitlock still had time this season to show that he has the ability to be another quality arm with a major-league ceiling in the upper levels of the system.

Trenton put together an outstanding season that culminated with an Eastern League championship. Numerous players on both sides of the ball took steps forward and have positioned themselves to be the types of quality depth pieces in 2020 that helped carry the Yankees through the 2019 season.

3 years ago  ::  Oct 08, 2019 - 12:16PM #239
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Yankees place 3 in NY-Penn League top 20 as per BA

At #7 Ezequiel Duran 20 5-11 RHH 2B...Duran rebounded real well this season from a down season with Pulaski..Duran is a sturdy build kid but is very athletic and can stick at 2nd and also can play SS but is better suited for 2b. Duran lead the league in HR and is top 10 in Slugging, OBP, and RBI. Duran Exit Velo was 91.9 which would be top 10 in MLB right now. Duran has plus bat speed and hit to all fields. Ezequiel runs well but can improve his approach at plate as he advances.

At #14 Oswald Peraza SS 19 6-0 RHH..Very Athletic SS with a strong arm. Should stay at SS for a long time. Bat improving.

At # 16 Josh Smith SS 22 5-10 LHH. A Stress Fracture of Vertebrae limited his season and signed late but enough to impress. Smith is a clutch hitter who grinds at-bats. Has a real high Baseball IQ. Can cause damage in a lineup but doesn't project for much power. Smith plays SS but projects as a 2B. With late start still was in the top of teams Offensive Categories..

3 years ago  ::  Oct 12, 2019 - 9:23AM #240
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Yankees Prospects: High-A Tampa shows promise

After a slow start, the Tampa Tarpons put together a strong second half behind improved performances from numerous young prospects.

The High-A Tampa Tarpons struggled out of the gate this season, finishing the first half of the season 10 games below .500, and second from the bottom in their Florida State League division. Following a disappointing beginning, multiple players put together strong second halves and the team finished 36-33, missing the playoffs by 2.5 games. They had not been eliminated when the threat of Hurricane Dorian ended the Florida State League season early. Let’s take a look at the key players from this years High-A Tampa Tarpons as we continue our review of the Yankees’ minor league affiliates.

Miguel Yajure: 21-years-old, right-handed pitcher

In a system that saw some outstanding pitching performances this season, Yajure stood out among the crowd putting up great outings nearly every time out. Scouts also saw a player whose velocity ticked up, peaking at 97 mph along with an improved curveball after he reportedly changed his grip early in the season. Yajure posted a 2.14 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 138.2 IP, that included two starts with Double-A Trenton. While in High-A, he generated a 54.6% groundball rate, while recording an 8.6 K/9.

Clarke Schmidt: 23-years-old, right-handed pitcher

Clarke Schmidt has battled through injuries since the Yankees drafted him with the 16th overall pick in 2017. This season he flashed the talent that made him a first-rounder by establishing a new career high with nine strikeouts on Opening Day, and then matching that total three more times during the season. Consistency eluded Schmidt, and he had two trips to the injured list during the season. It wasn’t until he joined Double-A Trenton late in the season that he put together his best sustained run by finishing the season allowing 1 ER over his last 24.1 IP to go with 27 K, including two playoff appearances. Schmidt has positioned himself well to start with Double-A Trenton and if all goes well be in position to see the majors in 2020.

Glenn Otto: 23-years-old, right-handed pitcher

Armed with a plus fastball, and curveball Otto has battled injuries since being drafted in 2017. Otto lost a couple months of playing time this season as he was on the injured list twice. When he pitched, he struck out 68 batters in 56.1 innings with Tampa. Unfortunately he has also struggled with his control, walking 33 in those innings. Otto has been sent to the Arizona Fall League, and has pitched well there so far.

Frank German: 22-years-old, right-handed pitcher

The Yankees’ fourth-round pick in 2018, German is another strong armed righty with the ability to miss bats. German recording 82 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched for Tampa this season. He had five outings of seven or more strikeouts, but struggled with consistency.

Estevan Florial: 21-years-old, center fielder

After providing some electrifying glimpses of his talent in spring training, Florial was forced to the sidelines with a broken wrist that occurred during the final week of major league camp. Once he returned to the field in early June, Florial struggled posting a 32.6% strikeout rate, and a career low 8.0% walk rate in 74 games. Scouts still rave about the ceiling of Floria, but there is very legitimate concern about his ability to make enough contact to progress to the higher levels.

Dermis Garcia: 21-years-old, first base

Garcia’s power will continue to intrigue the Yankees, but he must make more consistent contact if he is going to earn a promotion to the upper levels of the Yankees’ system. Garcia struck out a career high 35%, while walking a career low 6% of the time in 2018. Around those stats, he did hit 17 HRs in 271 ABs, before his season ended in early July with a trip to the injured list. Garcia’s power was also on display during the Florida State League All-Star game, where he won the Home Run Derby. He signed as a shortstop in 2014, moved to third base for a few seasons, and is now exclusively a first baseman so as he has moved down the defensive spectrum, his bat must deliver at a higher rate for the Yankees to get value out of Garcia’s potential.

Oswaldo Cabrera: 20-years-old, second base, third base, shortstop

Cabrera burst onto the radar with a tremendous 2016 debut season posting a combined .919 OPS across three levels of rookie ball. Cabrera hit a bit of a wall the last couple of seasons playing with the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs, and struggling to put up big offensive numbers. This season Cabrera put together a sustained run to finish the season that saw him hit .283/.341/.434, good for a 130 wRC+ over his last 77 games of the season. The switch hitter played all over the infield, and perhaps the constant movement around the diamond hurt his defensive game as he committed 25 errors on the season.

Diego Castillo: 21-years-old, second base, shortstop

Castillo got off to a brutal start to the season recording one hit in his first 34 at-bats. He is another player who finished strong, hitting .299/.358/.379, 123 wRC+ over his last 49 games. Castillo makes a ton of contact, with a very low 10.7% K rate, even with a solid 41% fly ball rate that could pay dividends as he physically matures. He was called up to Double-A Trenton during the playoffs, and was able to register his first hit at that level during their championship run.

The strong second half of the season gives numerous players on this roster optimism and positive results to build on heading into 2020. The jump between High-A and Double-A is considered the biggest jump in the minor leagues by most evaluators, but a handful of players likely earned their way to the upper levels of the minor leagues with their improved play down the stretch this season. Next week we’ll finish reviewing the farm system with the Charleston RiverDogs.

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