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1 year ago  ::  Nov 22, 2021 - 10:12AM #31
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Yankees prospects conclude a successful AFL campaign

by: Dan Kelly SB Nation: Pinstripe Alley

Yankees prospects helped the Surprise Saguaros to a West Division title in the Arizona Fall Leagues.

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up on Saturday night and while the Surprise Saguaros came up short in the championship game, it has to be viewed as an extremely successful campaign for the Yankees contingent. Elijah Dunham, Austin Wells, and Andres Chaparro all stood out on the offensive side of the ball in the fall in helping their team win the Arizona Fall League’s West Division.

Dunham was named the Arizona Fall League “Breakout Player of the Year” in the end-of-season AFL awards. At the end of the campaign, Dunham slashed .357/.465/.571 and his 1.037 OPS placed him fourth in the league. He led the league with 11 stolen bases in 12 attempts. He also finished with just 10 strikeouts in 104 plate appearances, as he was locked in during his time in the desert.

Wells ended the AFL season on a tear, helping the Saguaros secure their place in the AFL Championship Game. On the final day of the season, while playing against second place Glendale in a win-or-go-home scenario, Wells went 3-for-3 with a big two-run home run. He also scored another run in the Saguaros’ 5-3 victory that helped them secure the West Division title.

Over the last week of the regular season Wells went 7-for-9 with a home run, two doubles, and a walk. Wells’ strong finish brought his final numbers up to .344/.456/.578, with two home runs, two triples, and five doubles. His 1.034 OPS placed him sixth in the league and evaluators have continued to rave about his approach at the plate and left-handed swing.

Andres Chaparro also had a big final week of the season. He smashed three doubles on Thursday and added another hit and a walk in Friday’s victory. For his AFL campaign, he finished with a .275/.363/.522 line after starting the season with just a single hit in his first 18 at-bats. Chaparro hit .353 over his last 41 at-bats and drew attention for his hard contact, where he has hits measured at 117, 111 and 110 mph by Statcast.

On the pitching side, Zach Greene tossed a scoreless inning in the AFL Championship game and concluded the regular season with a 4.91 ERA in 11 innings pitched. Harold Cortijo posted a 5.00 ERA over 9 innings pitched and appeared to make some strides in harnessing his control over his last few outings.

Blane Abeyta, Clay Aguilar and Tanner Myatt all ended their AFL campaign with ERAs over 10.00, as the Yankees’ pitching contingent struggled in the offense-friendly environment.

Dunham, Wells and Chaparro all finished the minor league regular season with High-A Tampa. Dunham and Wells are strong bets to start next season with Double-A Somerset, or at least be on the list for a quick promotion to that level. Chaparro has displayed strong plate discipline and the ability to hit the ball very hard, so he is a candidate for a jump to Double-A early in 2022 if he continues to progress in the spring.

On the pitching side, Greene will likely start the coming season at either his current Double-A level, or with Triple-A Scranton. Abeyta, Aguilar, Cortijo, and Myatt will all likely find themselves in High-A or possibly Low-A for the Yankees.

The Arizona Fall League has wrapped up for 2021 and the Yankees prospects contributed to a very successful campaign for the Surprise Saguaros. With two of the top six offensive performers in terms of OPS, the Yankees have a lot to be excited about following the AFL. The league served its purpose, as it allowed Elijah Dunham to stamp his name on the prospect map, while Austin Wells continued to impress scouts that have followed him since before he was a first-round pick.

Next on the docket for Dunham and Wells? Continuing to open eyes in 2022.

1 year ago  ::  Nov 22, 2021 - 10:13AM #32
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1 year ago  ::  Nov 22, 2021 - 10:15AM #33
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Chaparro shows elite exit velo in AFL

by: Sam Dykstra MLB: Yankees

117.0: Andres Chaparro (NYY unranked), exit velocity -- The Yankees know a thing or two about elite exit velocities. Chaparro did his best to pop in pinstripes with his 117 mph double on Nov. 15. It came off the bat 3.8 mph faster than any other ball measured by Statcast at Salt River this season. Only 45 balls were hit harder in the Majors this season, including 25 by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Chaparro hit .275/.363/.522 with 11 of his 19 hits going for extra bases in 20 games. Not hard to see why.

1 year ago  ::  Nov 23, 2021 - 10:20AM #34
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Dunham named to All-AFL team

by: Sam Dykstra MLB: Yankees

OF: Elijah Dunham, Surprise (NYY No. 24)
The Yankees signed Dunham as a nondrafted free agent out of Indiana following the shortened 2020 Draft. This fall, he certainly looked like someone who should have gone in those five rounds. Dunham led the AFL with 11 stolen bases (in 12 attempts). In fact, he was one of only two players with at least 10 extra-base hits and five steals. Stott was the other. Dunham got it done at the plate with a .357/.465/.571 line, two homers, three triples and six doubles in 23 games. He walked more times (14) than he struck out (10) over 101 plate appearances.

Catcher honorable mention: Austin Wells (NYY)

1 year ago  ::  Nov 23, 2021 - 7:16PM #35
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Yankee Source: I’m big on Garcia. Reminds me of a Juan Soto at the plate at times and one of the best power hitters in the minors. If he can further improve his swing/miss he’s going to be in the majors (either RF or 1B).

@YankeeSource That's fair. That's sort of where I like the prospect of Chirinos, especially since he's been playing in the OF in Venezuela and can play 2B/SS/3B well too. Anthony Garcia is like that too where he can play 1B and OF... and I'm most excited to see what he can do.

1 year ago  ::  Nov 24, 2021 - 9:52AM #36
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Baseball America | Chris Hilburn-Trenkle: Dermis Garcia always flashed remarkable power. That’s what led the Yankees to make him one of the jewels of their much-ballyhooed 2014 international free agent class. Alas, most of that class went bust, and Garcia’s ascent didn’t go as planned. To his credit, the defensively limited infielder did mash a league-best 31 homers for Double-A Somerset in 2021, but even with the power, he only hit .210/.307/.486 with a 111 wRC+. Although decent, the Yankees decided to let him go at season’s end. The soon-to-be 24-year-old has found a new home with the Oakland A’s, where he recently signed.

1 year ago  ::  Nov 26, 2021 - 10:17AM #37
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ESNY’s New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects

by: Josh Benjamin Elite Sports NY

These ten New York Yankees prospects have a real shot at making their MLB debuts with a real bang in the next couple of years.

Which minor league studs will the New York Yankees call up next?

The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason.

General manager Brian Cashman has plenty of holes to fill from shortstop to pitching to maybe even the outfield. While scouring the free agency and trade markets, he must also be in touch with player development. The Yankees have some good youth down on the farm, some of which could even be on the move in a potential trade.

MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 features four Yankees, including three position players. Regardless of what Cashman does this winter, all eyes will once again be on the next generation of New York stars.

Let’s meet the top ten prospects in the Yankees’ system and see what could be coming to East 161st and River Avenue in the not too distant future. 

1. Antony Volpe, SS

Bats: R

Throws: R
5’11” — 180
DOB: 04/28/2001 (Age: 20)
Watchung, NJ
Drafted: 1st Round (#30 overall) — 2019

The Gleyber Torres shortstop experiment is over and Volpe is officially a name to watch. He split 2021 across two levels of A-ball and hit .294 with 27 home runs, 86 RBI, and even 33 steals. Volpe also did a good job drawing walks and is a natural fit at shortstop. MLB Pipeline ranked him at No. 15, so the 20-year-old’s Bronx debut could be upon us as soon as 2023. 

2. Jasson Dominguez, OF

Bats: B
Throws: R
5’10” — 190
DOB: 02/07/2003 (Age: 18)
Esperanza, Dominican Republic
Signed: 2019 ($5.1 million)

All hail the man, the myth, the Martian, Jasson Dominguez, baseball’s No. 17 prospect. He only hit .252 in 56 games last season, but patience will be key with him. Dominguez is still only 18 years old and the New York Yankees are still very much figuring him out as a player. Remember, he was signed as a catcher before moving to the outfield. Even so, he’s got five-tool potential, so buckle up. 

3. Oswald Peraza, SS

Bats: R
Throws: R
6’0″ — 165
DOB: 06/15/2000 (Age: 21)
Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Signed: 2016 ($175,000)

Like Volpe, Peraza broke out with the bat in 2021. He hit .297 with 18 homers, 58 RBI, and 38 steals in 115 games across three levels. Peraza even had a cup of coffee at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. His strikeouts need to dip and there are still questions about his long-term bat, but he has the smooth hands required of a shortstop. MLB Pipeline’s No. 58 man should debut soon. 

4. Luis Gil, RHP

Throws: R
6’2″ — 185
DOB: 06/03/1998 (Age: 23)
Azua, Dominican Republic
Signed: 2015 ($90,000, Minnesota)

Gil debuted in New York in 2021 and posted a stellar 3.07 ERA in six starts. In fact, he didn’t give up a run in his first three MLB starts. The hard-throwing righty is still developing a third pitch and needs to get those walks down. Even so, unless Cashman adds or trades for an arm this offseason, he could be firmly in the mix for the No. 5 starter’s job next year. 

5. Clarke Schmidt, RPH

Throws: R
6’1″ — 209
DOB: 02/20/1996 (Age: 25)
Acworth, GA

Drafted: 1st Round (#16 Overall) — 2017

Injuries kept Schmidt down for most of 2021, but he came back in time to work a 2.37 ERA rehabbing his way through the minors. He also had another cup of coffee with the New York Yankees, appearing in two games with the big league club. He’s 25 and no longer the top-tier prospect he once was, but Schmidt could join his teammate Gil in the race for the fifth starter’s spot. 

6. Austin Wells, C

Bats: L
Throws: R
6’2″ — 220
DOB: 07/12/1999 (Age: 22)
Las Vegas, NV
Drafted: 1st Round (#28 overall) — 2020

Wells is 22 and only has one full minor league system under his belt, but is already impressing the higher-ups. He posted a respectable line of .264/.390/.476 across two levels of A-ball last year and slugged 16 home runs with 76 RBI. His future as a catcher is still unclear but regardless of if he plays there, first base, or the outfield, Wells and Yankee Stadium’s short porch could soon become good friends. 

7. Trey Sweeney, SS

Bats: L
Throws: R
6’4″ — 200
DOB: 04/24/2000 (Age: 21)
Drafted: 1st Round (#20 overall) — 2021

Sweeney is a Brian Cashman signature upside pick, as many thought the New York Yankees reached on him with the 20th pick last year. He managed a strong .962 OPS in limited minor league action, slugging seven home runs in 32 games. He’ll almost certainly switch to a corner infield position, but early looks on Sweeney indicate Cashman has done it again in finding sneaky good talent. 

8. Luis Medina, RHP

Throws: R
6’1″ — 175
DOB: 05/03/1999 (Age: 21)
Nagua, Dominican Republic
Signed: 2015 ($280,000)

Medina took a giant step forward in his development last year and tossed a career-high 106.1 innings in 22 games (21 starts). Across two levels, he posted a 3.39 ERA and 11.5 K/9. Medina pairs a blazing fastball that can touch with 102 with a curveball that’s been described as a “hammer,” and he’s still developing a changeup that should improve his control. He’ll start next season in the minors, but a 2022 MLB debut isn’t out of the question.

 9. Ken Waldichuk, LHP

Throws: L
6’4″ — 220
DOB: 01/08/1998 (Age: 23)
San Diego, CA
Drafted: 5th Round (#165 overall) — 2019

Like Medina, Waldichuk could also be in line for debuting next season. The big lefty throws four pitches and has a mid-90s fastball. He also throws a curveball, changeup, and slider, each of which seems to be a plus secondary pitch on any given day. Waldichuk posted a 3.03 ERA across two levels in 2021 and if he improves his control, he could see time either in spot starts or in the bullpen soon.

 10. Yoendrys Gomez, RHP

Throws: R
6’3″ — 175
DOB: 10/15/1999 (Age: 22)
Nirgua, Venezuela
Signed: 2016 ($50,000)

It’s taken some time, but Gomez finally seems to be hitting his stride as a prospect. His fastball hovers around the low-mid 90s and can touch 97 on his best days. Additionally, Gomez throws a curveball and slider and is also working to add a changeup. He managed a 3.42 ERA in just nine starts at Class A Tampa last season, and will certainly get a longer look in spring training. He’s a year or two away, but Gomez could find his stride as either a bullpen arm or a back-end starter.

1 year ago  ::  Nov 27, 2021 - 9:47AM #38
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1 year ago  ::  Dec 03, 2021 - 7:55PM #39
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Eli Fishman: Top international prospect Roderick Arias is expected to sign with the New York Yankees on January 15, 2022. The 17 year old switch hitting shortstop has some serious pop.
1 year ago  ::  Dec 06, 2021 - 8:55AM #40
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Brian Cashman has high praise for prized prospect Jasson Dominguez

by: Dan Martin New York Post

Brian Cashman would typically be on his way to the winter meetings, which had been scheduled to begin Monday.

Brian Cashman would typically be on his way to the winter meetings, which had been scheduled to begin Monday.

But instead of a high point of the MLB offseason, this will be the start of the first full week since the owners locked out the players for the first work stoppage in the sport this century.

There is still work to be done, the general manager said, with minor league operations still going on.

But Cashman, like all executives, is prohibited from talking about any players on the 40-man roster, as well as anything regarding free agency or the trade market from before the lockout.

Additionally, Cashman said he expects to finalize the coaching staff this week — as early as Monday.

Sources said Friday the Yankees had settled on Dillon Lawson as the new hitting coach.

Lawson has been the organization’s minor league hitting coordinator. And Desi Druschel is expected to be named an assistant pitching coach and the team still needs a first-base coach.

With the lockout stopping all major league activity, the organization’s minor league facility in Tampa remains open for minor leaguers not on the 40-man roster, like top prospect Jasson Dominguez.

Cashman, who took part in the Heights and Lights festival in Stamford, Conn. on Sunday, said he liked what he saw from Dominguez in his first professional season.

“I don’t think we’ve had a kid his age play a full-season [minor league] year,” Cashman said of the 18-year-old Dominguez. “It was pretty impressive.”

Dominguez is still at least a few years from The Bronx, but Cashman said he was an “anomaly” and called his work ethic “exceptional.”

And Cashman got good reports about former first-round pick Austin Wells from the Arizona Fall League, as well as the undrafted Elijah Dunham.

Cashman called the outfielder Dunham a “pro’s pro.”

The Indiana University product signed as a free agent after the 2020 draft was cut to five rounds.

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