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1 year ago  ::  Jun 25, 2022 - 8:44AM #281
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NJ.com | Corey Annan: Top prospect Anthony Volpe got off to a slow start this year, with the 21-year-old shortstop adjusting to the Double-A level. He appears to have gotten settled, as Volpe has been on fire as of late, with his June OPS approaching .900. Volpe expressed that he never lost his confidence, and instead of making big changes, he focused on “sticking through the process and all of the hard work I put in the offseason. I feel like I wouldn’t be playing as well right now, or I’d even be spiraling if I tried to change any of my [mechanics] in the middle of the season.”

Yankees pitching prospects updates: Ken Waldichuk, Juan Carela among breakout stars - nj.com

1 year ago  ::  Jun 27, 2022 - 8:58AM #282
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MLB.com | Tyler Maun: Boy, has Anthony Volpe heated up as the summer arrived. Volpe’s slow start after being anointed as the team’s No. 1 prospect and a top-10 prospect in all of baseball was a concern for some, but Volpe’s bat has come alive in sync with Somerset’s success of late. His latest feat was a walk-off homer in the 10th inning that secured a first-half division title, his 10th home run of the year. Volpe is just one of two prospects in all of baseball to have 10 homers and 25 stolen bases this year, so the hype is certainly holding up for the young shortstop. Even before play began yesterday, he had a 144 wRC+ in June.

1 year ago  ::  Jun 28, 2022 - 8:03AM #283
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Yankees prospects: Week 12 minor league report

Somerset clinched a playoff spot by winning their first-half title with some of the top prospects on the team coming up big in the deciding series.

We’ve reached the half-way mark of the minor league season for full-season affiliates. The Somerset Patriots were able to win the first half title in the Eastern League’s Northeast division, taking down the Hartford Yard Goats in dramatic fashion. During their series, the top prospects on the team came up big. Around the rest of the system, Oswald Peraza heated up, and Austin Wells returned to action for the first time since May. Let’s check in on how those two and the entire Yankees system did over the past week.

Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders

Record: 30-42; Eighth place in the International League (East), 11.5 GB

Past Week: 3-3 vs. Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)

Coming Up: Home vs. Buffalo Bison (Blue Jays)

Oswald Peraza is heating up with the weather and has put together an impressive nine-game hitting streak. Considered one of the Yankees’ top prospects, Peraza struggled out of the gate this season, but is now showing the potential seen by scouts and evaluators. He is also starting to spend some time at second base, having played four games at the position now. That positional versatility could open up a role for him at the major league level.

On the pitching side, Ken Waldichuk continues to be brilliant, and in any normal season there would be a consistent drumbeat of calls for him to get a second half look in the majors based on his performance. While that is not out of the question, there seems to be no rush to push Waldichuk forward due to the performance of the major league pitching staff. Matt Krook also has been strong recently, and is working on a stretch of 15 straight scoreless innings following five perfect innings out of the bullpen on Friday night.

Players of Note:

Estevan Florial: 41 G; .315/.383/.457, 3 HR, 3B, 12 2B, 19 SB

Oswald Peraza: 9 G; .421/.439/.789, 4 HR, 2 2B, 4 SB

Ken Waldichuk: 12 G; 1.99 ERA, 58.2 IP, 36 H, 22 BB, 88 K, 0.99 WHIP

Matt Krook: 2 G; 0.00 ERA, 12 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 13 K

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Record: 44-25; First-half Champions in the Eastern League (Northeast)

Past Week: 3-3 vs. Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)

Coming Up: Away vs. Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies)

The Patriots played a playoff series in the middle of June this past week. With the second place Hartford Yard Goats coming to town in the last series of the first half, it was a winner-take-all scenario for the two teams as they fought it out for the first-half Championship and a playoff spot. Hartford won the first two games of the series, but with wins on Thursday and Saturday the Patriots were able to force the decisive game on Sunday afternoon.

It did not disappoint, as Luis Medina pitched a brilliant game before the bullpen struggled to hold the lead. Down one heading to the bottom of the 10th inning, Anthony Volpe crushed a long walk-off home run and locked in a playoff spot for the team. Volpe is now one of two players in the entire minor leagues with at least 10 home runs and 25 stolen bases.

Players of Note:

Luis Medina: 7 G; 2.00 ERA, 36 IP, 21 H, 13 BB, 45 K

Anthony Volpe: 34 G; .296/.367/.533, 6 HR, 14 2B, 13 SB

Elijah Dunham: 10 G; .395/.477/.553, HR, 3 2B, 6 SB

Will Warren: 4 G; 1.69 ERA, 21.1 IP, 16 H, 9 BB, 20 K

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

Second Half Record: 0-3; T-Fifth place in the South Atlantic League (North), 3.0 GB

Overall Record: 34-35

Past Week: 2-4 vs. Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox)

Coming Up: Home vs. Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets)

The Renegades finished up their Southern Swing with a series loss to the Winston-Salem Dash. They received strong pitching performances from Matt Sauer, Blas Castano, and Beck Way, but failed at times to close the door on the Dash late in the game. Everson Pereira continued to rediscover his power and added three extra-base hits on the week. The Renegades will return north and try to rebound from their tough start to the second half against the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Players of Note:

Anthony Seigler 48 G; .273/.448/.480, 7 HR, 10 2B (High-A and Low-A)

Everson Pereira: 11 G; .380/.392/.800, 5 HR, 1 3B, 4 2B

Tyler Hardman: 23 G; .341/.385/.582, 5 HR, 6 2B

Matt Sauer: 6 G; 1.50 ERA, 36 IP, 22 H, 12 BB, 35 K

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Second Half Record: 2-1; T-First place in the Florida State League (West Coast)

Overall Record: 29-40

Past Week: 2-4 vs. Clearwater Threshers

Coming Up: Away vs. Bradenton Marauders (Pirates)

The Tarpons wrapped up the first half of their season mid-week, but immediately got off to a strong start in the second half winning their first two games. Richard Fitts, considered a sleeper by many when the Yankees selected him in the sixth round of last year’s draft, is starting to realize his talent. He has strung together the two best outings of his professional career and looks to be turning a corner.

The Yankees’ top catching prospect, Austin Wells, joined the Tarpons on a rehab assignment, playing in three games for them over the weekend. He crushed a home run, hit a single and drew four walks in the three games.

Players of Note:

Richard Fitts: 2 G; 0.75 ERA, 12 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 14 K

Jasson Dominguez: 50 G; .271/.393/.459, 7 HR, 3B, 11 2B, 13 SB

Ben Cowles: 28 G; .292/.370/.500, 5 HR, 5 2B, 6 SB

Grant Richardson: 12 G; .474/.556/1.000, 5 HR, 5 2B

FCL Yankees: W, 7-1 vs. FCL Phillies

SS Dayro Perez 2-5, 2B, K
CF Daury Arias 0-3, R, 2 K, 2 HBP
C Agustin Ramirez 0-4, K
LF Christopher Familia 3-4, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI (1.355 OPS for the season, FCL Player of the Week)
3B Jared Serna 1-3, BB, CS
1B Jesus Rodriguez 1-3, 2 R, BB
RF Felix Negueis 2-3, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, SB, PO, K
DH Pedro Diaz 2-4, RBI, 2 K
2B Brenny Escanio 1-3, RBI, HBP

Justin Lange 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Luis Arejula 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Osiel Rodriguez 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

DSL Yankees: W, 32-3 vs. DSL Pirates Black — yes, that’s a real score

SS Keiner Delgado 4-6, HR, 2B, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB, SB (1.038 OPS in 16 Games this season)
CF Willy Montero 3-7, 2 2B, 3 R, 4 RBI
PH-CF Andres Lacruz 0-0, BB
C Manuel Palencia 2-4, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB
PH-C Ricardo Rodriguez 1-2, R, RBI, K
DH Ramiro Altagracia 2-3, 2B, 4 R, RBI, 2 BB
PH-DH Carlos Herrera 1-2, R, K
1B Gabriel Bersing 3-5, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB, K
PH-1B Jhon Imbert 0-0, R, BB
2B Juan Matheus 3-5, 3 R, 5 RBI, SB, K, CS
2B Abrahan Ramirez 1-1, R, RBI,
LF David Beckles 3-5, 2B, 3 R, 6 RBI, 2 K
3B Santiago Gomez 3-5, R, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI
RF Louis Pierre 0-4, 3 R, RBI, 3 BB, K
C Gabriel Bersing 1-5, R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Sabier Marte 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Alejandro Gomez 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR (win)
Luis Urbano 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

DSL Bombers: W, 8-3 vs. DSL Cubs Red

SS Hans Montero 0-4, R, BB, 2 K
DH Fidel Montero 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, SB, 2 K
CF John Cruz 1-5, R, 2 K
RF Joel Mendez 2-4, 2B, 3 R, RBI, 2 K, HBP
1B Enger Castellano 2-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI
C Juan Sanchez 0-4, R, RBI
2B Luis Ogando 1-4, 2B, K
1B Edinson Duran 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
LF Juan Rosa 0-2, 2 BB, SB, K

Daniel Guerrero 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP
Chalniel Arias 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Pedro Rodriguez 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Rafaelin Nivar 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

1 year ago  ::  Jun 28, 2022 - 8:43AM #284
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As Bleacher Report theorized, the Yankees’ best deadline asset and most coveted/likely trade piece is … little-known prospect Juan Carela?

Yankees top prospect Juan Carela could be key to 2022 trade deadline

No offense — and Carela seems great — but isn’t he more likely to be a third piece/someone’s attempted steal rather than the centerpiece of any big trade? Shouldn’t the “most likely deadline chip” be a guaranteed departure rather than a shot in the dark?

Bleacher’s thoughts are as follows:

Breakout prospects are often at the top of other teams’ target lists when trade season rolls around. Carela fits the bill in the Yankees system this year with a 2.31 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 68 strikeouts in 50.2 innings at Single-A. The 20-year-old began the year ranked outside the top 30 prospects in the organization, according to Baseball America.

While Carela could theoretically be the linchpin to a deal — the critical additional piece who decides whether something goes through or not — calling the right-hander their “most likely trade chip” when players like Medina/Peraza are so obviously front of mind (not to mention Gallo) seems disingenuous.

Plus, for the purposes of clicks, wouldn’t Gallo have been a more incendiary option?

For those unfamiliar with Carela, the 20-year-old right-hander has now upped his strikeout totals to 76 in 54.2 innings pitched this season at Low-A Tampa. Though he’s blazing through the system, he still qualifies as a project.

In other words, he’s the kind of chip the Yankees might have to kick in to overpay for a target they’d rather not surrender cash for, like the Anthony Rizzo package last summer. He’s far from their likeliest chip to be dealt, though.


1 year ago  ::  Jun 28, 2022 - 3:32PM #285
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Oswald Peraza’s recent play has the Yankees’ hopes up

The infield prospect seems to be turning a corner in Triple-A. What does that mean for his future?

Just like Anthony Volpe’s bat has been coming around in the past month at Double-A Somerset, a similarly positive development has happened with fellow shortstop Oswald Peraza in Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Slow starts aside, the Yankees’ top prospects are giving the club reason to be excited.

Peraza’s full-season line is probably nothing to write home about. He is hitting .233/.297/.400 with nine home runs and 15 stolen bases in 236 plate appearances, and his OPS stands at .697 (through Sunday). Those numbers are still shy of what he has done in the minors over the course of his career: a .272/.344/.402 triple slash with a .746 OPS. However, Peraza’s last couple weeks of play suggest that he may be starting to figuring things out at Triple-A.

From June 11th to June 26th, Peraza has slashed .421/.439/.789 with a 1.228 OPS. It’s just nine games, so we shouldn’t get our hopes too high (yet), but his wRC+ over that span is a cool 217, and he has hit two doubles and four home runs. Two of those long balls came this past Sunday, when he went 3-for-5. Here is some impressive opposite-field power:

Peraza will never lead the majors in free passes, but his 2.4-percent walk rate over these last nine games – compared to the 7.2 percent mark he has for the season – suggests that he has decided to be a bit more aggressive at the plate. For a hitter like him, that could be a good thing: he has to show he has the power to punish hittable pitches. If he does that, more walks will come in the future.

For a guy who had a 2-for-31 stint from April 12th to April 27th (.065/.216/.097, .313 OPS, 0 wRC+) over nine games, what he is doing at the moment is particularly impressive and shows some growth.

For the Yankees, Peraza’s development is crucial. They traded for Isiah Kiner-Falefa to be the stopgap at shortstop, but he is hitting .266/.320/.315 with an 84 wRC+. He has cooled off a bit after a hot start, and has since regressed to last year’s version (85 wRC+). In other words, he has been everything that was expected from him – no more, no less – but the Yanks knew that if Volpe or Peraza forced their hand, IKF would probably not stand in the way and could, theoretically, shift to a utility role.

Now, we can’t say that Peraza, as of today, has forced the Yankees’ hand. But if he plays at a similar level to what he has been showing since June 11th for an extended period of time, perhaps the Bombers could be tempted to re-visit the situation a couple months from now.

Before the season, we didn’t know if Peraza was a better option to handle shortstop duties than IKF. Right now, we still have our doubts, but the gap may be getting a little smaller. Could the Yanks make a change at some point by the end of the year? It will largely depend on Peraza and his ability to maintain some of the gains he has made recently.

Right now, Peraza’s wRC+ for the year as a whole is 85 at Triple-A, while Kiner-Falefa is at 84. They are very similar offensively, but the jump from Scranton to the majors may not be as smooth as we think for the young Yankees prospect.

There are loads of variables to consider, but Peraza does seem to be turning a corner. He is hitting the ball with more authority, sacrificing a few walks in the process. Of course, he will have to prove this is not just a hot streak, and for that, he needs more time. He’ll also have to take a walk occasionally once his ability to strike the ball hard is established.

He is a solid defensive shortstop, so if he can keep his recent offensive gains for some time, he may officially become the team’s best option at the position. He has a lot of work to do to reach that point, but there is a chance that comes this year, which should be an exciting prospect for Yankee fans.

1 year ago  ::  Jun 30, 2022 - 9:18AM #286
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NJ.com | Bridget HylandKen Waldichuk has been seriously impressive this season. After dominating Double-A to start the season, Waldichuk was promoted to Triple-A after just 28.2 innings and has continued his run of excellent pitching. In 30 Triple-A innings pitched so far, he’s posted a 2.70 ERA, 3.44 FIP, and 33.1 percent strikeout rate.

Despite all this success, the 24-year-old lefty might not be part of the Yankees’ future — not because he doesn’t have the stuff to cut it at the major league level, though, but rather because he might be a very big trade chip this July. Waldichuk was recently identified by The Athletic as the Yankees’ most intriguing player to watch at the deadline this year, as his fastball, combined with his ridiculous strikeout rate and run of exceptional performance dating back to last year, might make him a useful piece of the trade deadline puzzle.

1 year ago  ::  Jul 02, 2022 - 10:53AM #287
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Yankees Prospect Roundup: Anthony Volpe is on another level

SS Anthony Volpe, Double-A Somerset

There's a reason why Brian Cashman and Co. love this guy. In his first 38 games this year, he struggled mightily, hitting just .189. But something clicked. He went 4-for-5 on May 28, and took off.

In his last 28 games, Volpe is slashing .313/.373/.557 with five home runs and 19 RBI. One of those home runs was a walk-off on Sunday, the same day Aaron Judge hit a walk-off three-run home run against the Astros.

SS Oswald Peraza, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

In fact, both of the highly-touted shortstops just keep on hitting. In his last dozen games, Peraza has seven multi-hit games, hitting .417 in that span. His four home runs have given him a .792 slugging percentage in that stretch, as well.

This stretch alone has bumped Peraza's average up 48 points (he was hitting .192 through his first 46 games).

OF Jasson Dominguez, Single-A Tampa

Dominguez is hitting just .259 this season, but he is generating plenty of walks, given his .368 OBP. He also has 15 doubles, two triples, and eight homers, to go along with 15 stolen bases. All of those numbers are career-highs for The Martian. In his last 13 games, he's hitting .306 with a .964 OPS.

C Austin Wells, Single-A Tampa

After a brief stint on the IL, Wells is 5-for-17 (.294) with two homers and six RBI since returning last Saturday.

LHP Ken Waldichuk, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

After dominating Somerset, the lefty got the call to Scranton, and he's fitting in quite nicely there, too. Since moving up, he owns a 2.62 ERA (10 earned runs/34.1 innings) in seven starts. He has allowed one earned run in all but one outing with the RailRiders. More impressively, he has struck out 49 batters, good for a 12.8 K/9, while walking just 16.

1 year ago  ::  Jul 03, 2022 - 6:35PM #288
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What do the Yankees have in Jasson Dominguez a year into his pro career?

Dominguez made his professional debut just over a year ago. To some, he has not lived up to the hype, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a top prospect.


In the months leading up to the opening of the 2019-20 international free agency period, word started to leak out that the Yankees were a lock to land Jasson Dominguez, a generational talent nicknamed “The Martian” for his out-of-this-world talents. They completed the deal and signed three years ago yesterday.

Names like Mickey Mantle and Mike Trout were thrown around as comparisons, but the cancellation of the 2020 minor league season delayed Dominguez’s professional debut for a full calendar year. That debut would eventually happen on June 28, 2021 in the Florida Complex League. Now just a year past his professional debut in Rookie ball, check in on what Dominguez is as a player.

The hype did not stop at reporters and scouts getting a very small look at Dominguez. Current Yankees minor league hitting coordinator Joe Migliaccio said in an April 2021 interview, “When you think about ‘This guy has power, that guy has power,’ he doesn’t necessarily have power when you compare him to Jasson Dominguez.” The results from behind the scenes sounded promising and Dominguez was a fixture on Top 100 Prospects list before ever playing a game.

Dominguez routinely lights up Statcast with hard hit balls well over 100 mph. The triple in the video below was clocked at 108.2 mph and that exit velo allowed the low line drive to get past both outfielders leading to extra bases. His ability to make hard contact is mitigated by a very high groundball rate, which has been over 50 percent the last two seasons.

The high groundball rate is not a problem that is unique to Dominguez, as numerous Yankees prospects have battled it in recent years, but then seen their slugging percentages climb once those grounders turn into line drives. This season, catching prospect Anthony Seigler has seen his groundball rate drop by almost 20 percent from last season and his offensive numbers have climbed across the board, showing that there is a recent example of success in the system.

Something that was supposed to set Dominguez apart from other hard-hitting 16-year-old prospects was his hit tool. This tool has not fully lived up to expectations, but it is also still evaluated strongly among scouts. Dominguez struck out 31.3 percent of the time during his first year in Low-A and has lowered that to 28.2 percent this year through the end of play on Friday. The 30-percent mark is often used by evaluators as a point where they have a lot of concern about a player’s ability to contribute at the higher levels. Both Baseball America and MLB.com still rate Dominguez as a 55-grade hitter, which is above average.

Of the players in the Florida State League, Dominguez ranks ninth among qualified hitters in OPS. Seven of the players ahead of him are at least 21 years old. For his career, he has posted a 119 wRC+ and has done so while being between two and three years younger than the average offensive player at his given level.

Things also seem to be trending in the right direction for Dominguez after a slow start to the season. In the 54 games from April 24th through July 1st, Dominguez hit .275/.403/.477, which is good for a 155 wRC+. He also continued to lower his strikeout rate slightly to 26.3 percent in that stretch, while his walk rate has climbed in the right direction up to 16.9 percent.

The pre-signing reports on Dominguez credited him with double-plus speed that would allow him to be an above-average center fielder for a long time. Upon seeing Dominguez in action, scouts have downgraded his speed, fielding, and arm tools, as they did not match the hype from 2019. There is no reason to panic, as all of the tools were previous graded as either plus or even elite double-plus tools and they have just been downgraded to average or slightly above average depending on the source. There is a lot of speculation that Dominguez will now end up as a corner outfielder or an average center fielder as opposed to a plus defender in the middle of the field. Should he pan out in the role, that is still a very valuable prospect.

Will Dominguez ever be Mike Trout or Mickey Mantle? The short answer is no, and he was never going to be. It is time to leave the words of 2019 behind Jasson Dominguez and let his play on the field define his own path. Without the unrealistic hype, Yankees fans would be universally thrilled by this exciting prospect who has improved over the last 12 months while playing at an advanced level for his age.

If Dominguez continues to hit as he has over the last two months, he will certainly finish his 19-year-old season at the High-A level, where the average offensive player is currently 22.6 years old. That is absolutely a prospect worth following, even if he isn’t the perfect player he was once portrayed to be.

1 year ago  ::  Jul 03, 2022 - 6:42PM #289
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Luis Gil injury update

After needing Tommy John surgery that ended his 2022 season, pitching prospect/2021 surprise Luis Gil recently tweeted an update on his arm. He says his “therapy is going perfectly well” and hopes “to come back soon.” Hopefully, the recovery stays on the course and Gil is back and better than ever next season.

1 year ago  ::  Jul 04, 2022 - 10:29AM #290
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The weaknesses of the Yankees farm system heading into the MLB draft

SB Nation: Pinstripe Alley

The Major League Baseball draft is unlike many other major drafts in that even the best players selected are not expected to contribute at the major league level for years. Drafting for a major league need is not something that teams do, but clubs will often use picks early in the draft to target positions or skillsets that the team is weak at across their system. The Yankees have commonly done this over recent years, and their trends in this department could give us a hint at what they are looking to do in the upcoming draft.

There are a number of recent examples for the Yankees drafting to a specific need. In 2017, the Yankees used 10 of their first 11 picks on pitching, including in the first three rounds of the draft. They also used over slot money in the 18th round to sign Garrett Whitlock.

The very next year the team used their top two picks on Anthony Seigler and Josh Breaux as their farm system was lacking impact catching depth at the time. While the team had to go back to the Well, specifically Austin Wells in 2020, to continue address the issue, the Yankees very soon will have those three catchers at the three highest levels of the farm system.

In 2019, the Yankees addressed multiple needs of the farm system. They used three of their first six picks on left-handed pitching, taking T.J. Sikkema, Jake Agnos and Ken Waldichuk. They also grabbed Edgar Barclay a little later in that draft, and now have three left-handers from one draft listed among their top-30 prospects by MLB.com. There are several interesting left-handed arms in this year’s draft including Brandon Barriera and Connor Prielipp, and Cooper Hjerpe, all projected to be available to the Yankees.

Starting in that same draft, the Yankees also focused on bringing left-handed bats into the system. Since 2019, the Yankees have selected six position players in the third round or higher, five of them left-handed. It is also of note that they have used two of those bats in trades, and one was released due to off-field circumstances. I expect the Yankees to continue targeting left-handed hitters, with players like Jacob Melton, Brock Jones, Sterlin Thompson and a few other potentially on the board when the Yankees pick.

So where does the Yankee system stand heading into this draft? The Yankees have aggressively built up the middle over the past few years, and that’s reflected on most of their top prospect rankings. The strongest position in the system is shortstop, with pitching, catching and centerfield also well represented on the list.

This does not mean that the Yankees will not continue to add to their strengths. The high attrition rate due to injury at both the catching and pitching positions means that the team could always be looking to add more depth there.

Shortstop is considered to be at the top of the defensive spectrum due to the athletic ability required to play the position at a high level professionally. Players drafted or signed internationally as shortstops are playing almost every position at the major league level on a daily basis.

The only corner outfielder currently on the Yankees’ top-prospect list is current Double-A player Elijah Dunham. While many centerfielders have the positional versatility to move to a corner, not all of them have the arm strength to man the right field position. There are scouting reports that feel that both Everson Pereira and Jasson Dominguez will be better suited for a corner outfield position in the future, but both players are still taking the vast majority of their daily reps in centerfield.

The Yankees are also not very deep on the corners of the infield. Currently only Anthony Garcia, who is playing first base for Low-A Tampa, is listed among the Yankees’ top-30 prospects by Baseball America. The team used a fifth-round pick on Tyler Hardman last year, who became the highest corner infielder selected by the team since they used a first-round pick on Eric Jagielo back in 2013.

Hardman has picked up his play over the last six weeks, and the former Big-12 conference batting champ could sneak onto some top prospect list by the end of the season. Still, the Yankees do not have highly-rated depth at the corners in their system and could look to add players with more of a corner profile moving forward.

The Yankees are drafting 25th overall in the 2022 draft that is less than two weeks away. While they certainly have a number of contingency plans, they are very much at the mercy of the 23 teams that are selecting ahead of them. Depending on how the chips fall, the Yankees may continue building up the middle as they have with the first-round picks of Seigler, Volpe, Wells and Sweeney, or with those players in place they could seek to improve the weaker spots of the minor league system.

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