The New York Yankees have seen a huge youth movement since selling off some major assets at the 2016 trade deadline. Coming into 2017 I was not the Prospects1500 writer for the New York Yankees so the following rankings are a bit different from my predecessor’s preseason 2017 Yankees Top 50. A lot has happened for the Yankees this year, seeing Judge, Sanchez, Frazier, Chad Green, and other young talented prospects profile as strong MLB players. Even with all of the exciting players graduating to the MLB level, the Yankees are still left with a lot of talent in the minor leagues. Here is my midseason Yankees Top 50 Prospects update.
Prospects 1500 Tiers:
Tier 1: Players with high expectations of both making the majors and playing at an all star level for a number of years
Tier 2: Players with an above average expectation of making the majors and being a solid contributor
Tier 3: Players with an average expectation of making the majors and being a solid contributor
Tier 4: Players who have the potential of making the majors, or have high likelihood of making the majors but providing minimal impact (e.g. middle reliever, low ceiling UT guys)
Tier 5: Players who are worth keeping an eye on, but likely to never make a teams 40-man roster
1. Gleyber Torres, SS/2B (Preseason #2)
Age: 20 (DOB 12/13/96)
Sadly Gleyber Torres had his season cut short due to requiring the most hated Tommy John surgery in mid June of 2017. If there is any silver lining in this injury it is that it happened during a slide into home plate and affected his non throwing arm. For a potential all star fielder that is fantastic news. The only question will be if his elbow injury causes any issues with his swing. Torres is still only 20 years old though and has plenty of time to recover and be ready for the upcoming 2018 season. Torres started the 2017 season at AA Trenton and quickly proved that he required further challenges so he was promoted to AAA Scranton by the end of May. During his time at AAA, Torres destroyed pitchers from the plate slashing .308/.406/.457 in 23 games. He had 26 strikeouts but balanced it out with 13 walks as well. Prior to his injury, we were starting to talk about him potentially seeing time on the MLB roster due to the Yankees issues at 3B. While the Yankees did acquire Todd Frazier at the deadline, he is only on a one year deal and the potential for Torres to make the 2018 roster is more than possible.
2. Clint Frazier, OF (Preseason #1)
Age: 22 (DOB 9/6/94)
At the time of this writing Clint Frazier is at 111 at bats on the season and is approaching the prospect threshold very quickly. Frazier hit the DL on August 9th with an oblique injury however, and the following day Aaron Hicks was activated from the DL as well. Due to the log jam of outfield players the Yankees currently have, Red Thunder might be on the out looking in until at least roster expansion in September. Even then, depending on the rest of the Yankee outfield health status, its certainly possible Frazier holds on to his prospect status through the end of the season. In his 28 games at the big league level thus far, Frazier slashed .243/.274/.477 with 4 home runs. Frazier’s average at .243 is definitely not what you’d expect from someone of his caliber but he has the tools and bat speed to make the necessary adjustments. The biggest thing for Frazier to work on is his OBP. He got a good deal of looks out of the 2nd spot in the lineup and a sub .300 OBP is not going to cut it. His biggest detriment to his OBP, 34 strikeouts to only 5 walks. Experience will play a large part in evening out his numbers but from the bursts the Yankees saw from Frazier, especially with RISP, the team has to be thrilled about his future offensively and defensively.
3. Estevan Florial, OF (Preseason Unranked)
Age: 19 (DOB 11/25/97)
Over the past several months the name Estevan Florial has been heard around baseball quite frequently. He was linked in many trade talks with regards to the Yankees deal for Sonny Gray at the deadline this year. The Yankees stuck to their guns however and kept the young prospect within their ranks. With plus power, bat speed, arm strength, and speed, Florial is one of the most talented 19 year olds in the game of baseball. Not only is he revered for his athletic ability but he is also considered a model athlete with a fantastic work ethic. In his first full season at A ball, between the Charleston River Dogs and Tampa Yankees, Florial has put up some incredible numbers batting .294/.371/.469 with 12 home runs, 73 Runs, and 22 stolen bases. Florial’s name is plastered all over the minor league leaderboards. Florial’s biggest detriment right now, much like many other young top prospects, is his strikeout frequency. Over the course of this year he has struck out 144 times and only drawn 49 walks. When Florial corrects his strikeout issues, and his raw power translates into game power consistently, watch out because the Yankees have a future all star caliber CF in the making.
4. Chance Adams, RHP (Preseason #15)
Age: 22 (DOB 8/10/94)
Earlier this summer I wrote a piece on how it was time that the Yankees take a chance on Chance Adams. This was prior to the Jaime Garcia and Sonny Gray deal and when Tanaka was just starting to turn things around post all star break. Adams has continued to dominate at the Triple A level, however it seems as if his MLB call up might not start until the 2018 season at this point. Cashman seems convinced Chance needs more time to develop his change up offering, which is a valid concern as it is his weakest pitch. Adams offers a fastball that sits in the mid 90s and can top out around 98 as well as a fantastic curveball and slider combo. After a year of having a 2.63 ERA, 22.2 K%, and a 9 BB%, I find it hard to imagine the Yankees not giving Adams a chance come spring training 2018.
5. Miguel Andujar, 3B (Preseason #7)
Age:21 (DOB 3/2/95)
Andujar got the beloved call up to the big leagues this season when the Yankees were having a plethora of issues at the 3B position earlier in the first half. Andujar got to play in just one game prior to returning to triple A and boy did he make it count. In his 5 plate appearances that day he recorded 2 singles, a double, a walk, and 4 RBIs on the day. It was just not Andujar’s time to stay in the big leagues however. At Scranton Triple A this year he has posted godly numbers from the plate. In 51 games he is hitting .327/.374/.505 with 8 home runs and a K% of just 13.1. Fielding continues to be the crutch that keeps Andujar down. The Yankees didn’t believe he was ready for the show yet due to his inconsistencies from the field. He has the arm strength to play 3B but accuracy has caused Miguel some issues. Since Todd Frazier is only signed through the rest of this season the question will be who mans 3B for the bombers next year. Depending on how fast Gleyber Torres recovers, it could very well be a ST competition that Andujar is a part of.
6. Justus Sheffield, LHP (Preseason #5)
Age: 20 (DOB 5/13/96)
After coming over from the Indians in the Andrew Miller trade last season, Sheffield has continued to show why the Yankees felt so confident in giving up the high caliber Miller. It 16 starts (90.1 IP) at the Double A level this season Sheffield is sporting a 3.09 ERA with a 20.2 K% and a 8.4 BB%. He has seen an uptick in Home Runs allowed, giving up 13 this season. Sheffield offers a plus fastball that sits around 95 with a potential plus change up. Sheffield needs to continue working on his breaking ball offering as well as his consistency to throw strikes. If he can pull that together he has the potential to be a middle of the rotation starter with the floor of a back end starter.
7. Dillon Tate, RHP (Preseason #9)
Age:22 (DOB 5/1/94)
After three years in the Rangers Single A system Tate seemed to be going down the path of a #4 overall draft pick that just might not pan out. Last year however Tate was traded to the Yankees in a deal that sent Carlos Beltran to Texas at the deadline. This year it seems Tate might just be figuring it all out. In High A ball this year Tate pitched 58.1 innings while posting a 2.62 ERA and striking out 46. Tate offers a plus fastball with a potential plus slider and change up if he continues to improve with them. After Tate was promoted to AA this year he continued to see success but also had issues giving up the long ball. As he develops those breaking pitches, things should even out in the higher levels. If Tate can keep it up and strengthen his pitch arsenal he projects to be a very solid number 3 starter.
8. Domingo Acevedo, RHP (Preseason #10)
Age:23 (DOB 3/6/94)
Acevedo has been on the High A, AA, and AAA teams this season and also participated in the Futures Game this July. Acevedo stands a foreboding 6’7″ and can touch 103 MPH with his fastball. He is a physical beast on the mound who has a fantastic changeup offering as well as a slider he is working on developing. His time in AA this year was his strongest showing of consistency with 79 IP, a 2.38 ERA, a 9.3 K/, and a 1.39 BB/9. He has struggled a bit with his strikeout to walk ratio since making the jump and the questions are still there if he can stick as a starter long term. If he can’t however, a role as a big time closer is not out of the question with the heat this kid can throw.
9. Albert Abreu, RHP (Preseason #11)
Age 21: (DOB 9/26/95)
Another right handed pitcher the Yankees acquired at last years deadline from a Texas based team. The Astros sent Abreu to the Yankees in return for Brian McCann. Abreu is another power arm who has a plus fastball but has work to do with his arsenal of pitches. He has shown improvement in his curveball which very well could turn into a plus offering as well. If he can nail down his slider and change up then the last step of the equation is fixing his command… Not an easy fix for some. Depending on how the control issues progress will affect his MLB outcome of either being a potential starter or just another power arm reliever in a sea of power arm relievers.
10. Billy McKinney, OF (Preseason #16)
Age: 23 (DOB 8/23/94)
Due to the deadline deals this year that the Yankees completed sending away some of their top OF talent prospects, McKinney is a bit higher on this list that some might think he deserves. He’s had his ups and downs in the hearts of prospect lovers and because his plus hit tool seemed to disappear things cooled off quickly for Billy. Well, in 2017 at AAA Scranton McKinney has 203 PAs and is slashing .312/.347/.561 with a nice 10 HRs to go along with it. HOWEVER, his BABIP is sitting at .355 and his strikeout rate is almost 18 points higher than his walk rate. Things are going very well right now, the question is, will it stick?
11. Nick Solak, 2B (Preseason #46)
Age:22 (DOB 1/11/95)
Ahhh another middle infielder that has insane amounts of potential within the Yankee organization. With Didi and Castro holding down the big leagues and Gleyber waiting in the wings, the question is where does Solak fit? Well, the Yankees will find a place. This year at High A ball he slashed an impressive .301/.397/.460 through 100 games. That’s pretty good for a all field contact hitter right? But wait, he also hit 10 home runs! He earned himself a promotion to Double A and in the 24 games he got there he slashed .302/.370/.479. Impressive huh? I’ll leave you with a quote about Solak from one of his managers, “He has got that knack that is hard to teach sometimes. It really is. He obviously sees the ball really well, barreling up the ball consistently.”
12. Jorge Guzman, RHP (Preseason #22)
Age: 21 (DOB 1/28/96)
Would you be surprised if I told you Guzman was another trade acquisition prospect from the 2016 trade deadline? Well, he is. Guzman was a part of the Abreu deal that saw McCann head to Houston. Another power arm that can dial it up to 103 MPH, Guzman was an international free agent signing back in 2014. Due to his inability to pitch late into games, Guzman profiles as more of a power reliever who can bunker down the back end of a bullpen. Along with his power fastball he has a slider and a working change up. In his season at Low A ball in Staten Island this year he posted an impressive 2.34 ERA with an insane 12.41 K/9 and 2.49 BB/9. While this is his lowest ERA by far in the minors, his K/9 rates have been around the same for the past 3 years. Definitely a power reliever if you ask me.
13. Freicer Perez,RHP (Preseason #31)
Age:21 (DOB 3/14/96)
6 foot 8, 190 pounds, throws heat at 100 MPH who does that sound like? To me sounds a lot like another Yankee pitcher already an All Star Dellin Betances. This description also fits Freicer Perez, you know without the All Star part. Coming from the Dominican Republic in 2014, Perez has seen varied success in his minor league tenure. In 2017, Perez spent his time at Low A ball in Charleston. In 118.2 IPs he held a 2.81 ERA and a very impressive 8.49 K/9. Perez is still very young at just 21 years old and has a lot of raw talent that needs cultivating but the potential is there. He is one to watch closely over the next few years.
14. Matt Sauer, RHP (Preseason NA)
Age:18 (DOB 6/21/99)
This 18 year old was the Yankees second round pick in this year’s June draft. Coming out of Righetti HS in California, Sauer has a long way to go before he is an MLB talent but the potential is definitely there. Sauers fastball sits in the 91-95 range and can top out at around 97. He has a devastating slider and a change up that he is beginning to work on but didn’t quite need badly in HS. The two plus pitch offerings are a fantastic start to this kids professional career and the sky is the limit if he can nail down his change up.
15. Clarke Schmidt, RHP (Preseason NA)
Age:21 (DOB 2/20/96)
This year’s first round draft pick for the Yankees, Schmidt has yet to see any professional baseball action due to requiring Tommy John during his final season with the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Acworth, GA native was crushing it with a 1.34 ERA in his first 60 IP prior to getting hurt. Schmidt offers a plus movement fastball that can reach the mid 90s as well as a plus slider. Much like a lot of young prospects his change up is in need of some work. Sadly Schmidt has been unable to play the game due to his surgery. Be on the lookout for Clarke in the 2018 season to see how his first professional action goes.
16. Thairo Estrada, SS (Preseason #45)
Age:21 (DOB 2/22/96)
In the sea of Yankee infield prospects Estrada goes somewhat unnoticed by many. His old teammate Jorge Mateo was promoted and pushed him out of his native SS role, however Mateo has since been traded. Estrada has played his 2017 season at Double A Trenton and has really shown what he can do from the plate slashing .300/.354/.394 through 527 PAs. He was able to up his home run total this year to 6 and continues to show improving power on top of his ability to hit to all fields. The biggest improvement for Estrada has been his ability to shave points off of his K% dropping it from 13.1% last year to 9.9% this year. Be on the lookout for this kid to make his mark on the majors at some point, and if he is hitting at Yankee stadium, be watching for his power to only improve.
17. Wilkerman Garcia, SS (Preseason #14)
Age: 19 (DOB 4/1/98)
At just 19 years old Garcia has a long way to go in his professional career but there is a lot to be excited about with the young SS. He has struggled this year at Low A ball mainly due to his 26 K% and measly 4.9 BB%. He has the tools to be a fantastic player, especially from the field but needs to get physically bigger as well as take a stronger approach to improving his game. Reports have said he takes things very easily which can be a detriment when needing to improve as a young player. Time will tell for Wilkerman.
18. Taylor Widener, RHP (Preseason Unranked)
Age: 22 (DOB 10/24/94)
Another Yankee prospect coming from the South Carolina Gamecocks, Widener is a bit different in the fact that he was drafted in the 12th round of the 2016 draft. He is showing that he has been quite the steal coming in such a later round. In his first season between Staten Island and Charleston, Widener was nearly untouchable posting nearly a 14 K/9 across the two teams. Widener spent this season at High A ball and continued his successful professional start to his career. While his K/9 dropped to a 9.61 (I KNOW CRAZY RIGHT?) he also started 25 games and posted a 3.57 ERA. It’s interesting to see the Yankees sticking with him as a starter for now, and quite refreshing with all the potential power reliever arms they have. With his plus fastball and devastating slider, all he needs is that third pitch to stick to become a potential future big league starter. We will see how he progresses through the minors next year and that might give us a hint if a bullpen position could be in his future as well.
19. Nolan Martinez, RHP (Preseason #30)
Age: 19 (DOB 6/30/98)
Nolan Martinez was selected in the third round of the 2016 draft and decided rather than keep his commitment to play baseball in college, signed a deal with the Yankees. Now this year Martinez spent time in the Gulf Coast League. With very minimal innings pitched Martinez posted a 11.17 K/9 but again this sample size was very small. Martinez is very young and has a lot to mature through but with a plus slider and plus fastball thats velocity is rising with a spin rate that is out of this world he has earned a bump up on the list.
20. Tyler Wade, SS/2B (Preseason #13)
Age: 22 (DOB 11/23/94)
To me it seems as if Tyler Wade is destined to be the Yankees new super utility player to fill gaps when needed and give some guys days off here and there. A better version of Rob Refsnyder if you will. Wade has had some MLB exposure this season and plainly it has not gone well. Batting below .200 in his ABs and striking out 31% of the time, which is quite a lot for someone who hasn’t hit any home runs if you didn’t know. Wade has shown he has quite the hit tool at the Triple A level however, so one has to wonder, it’s only a matter of time before it clicks for him. As of now, Castro is back from injury and Wade has returned to the minors. Come September though we probably will see him back in Pinstripes filling in for rest days here and there.
21. Jake Cave, OF (Preseason #24)
Age: 24 (DOB 12/4/92)
The Yankees MLB OF is already crowded as it is but Jake Cave is making a name and case for himself throughout his minor league career. This year he saw a promotion to Triple A Scranton and in 287 PAs he is hitting .328/.373/.567 with 15 home runs! That is one impressive slash line but he also hit 5 more home runs at AA this year prior to being promoted. In 2016 Cave hit 8 home runs on the year across the levels he played at, that was his previous career record. He’s now hit 20… Granted, his K% is around 27% and his BABIP is in the .400s but Cave is doing something right, that’s for sure. We will see how the OF pans out because as of now, there just isn’t much room for him on the MLB roster.
22. Dermis Garcia, 1B/3B (Preseason #42)
Age: 19 (DOB 1/7/98)
Garcia has a problem that many major league players do these days, he can hit the ball a LOOONG way, but when he doesn’t its usually a K. This year between rookie ball and low A Charleston, Dermis has hit 17 home runs but is striking out in the range of 30% of his at bats. Dermis is still only 19 years old however so there is plenty of time to learn some plate discipline because if he can, the power is flat out undeniable.
23. Ben Heller, RHP (Preseason Unranked)
Age: 26 (DOB 8/5/91)
For a Yankees bullpen that on paper is one of the best in the business but for some reason, aka Mr Chapman, has blown way too many one run leads, Ben Heller is a fantastic option to help out and stretch those middle innings. Heller spent time this year at AAA where he threw 56.1 innings, had a dominant 2.88 ERA, but an even more dominant 13.10 K/9. Heller received a September call up this year and in his two appearances so far he has a 0.00 ERA and a 11.57 K/9. Tiny sample size, I know, but much like Chad Green has been for the Yankees, look for Heller to do similar things in the mid-late innings.
24. Kyle Holder, SS (Preseason #27)
Age: 23 (DOB 5/23/94)
Holder has always been known for one thing throughout his career and that is his defensive prowess. Holder has the whole package when it comes to defense and is already being praised as a future gold glove winner. The question will simply be around whether his offense comes around. In high A ball this year he has slashed .271/.317/.350 so the power struck isn’t there for him, he hit a total of 4 home runs. Holder has greatly improved his average however since his first minor league season where he hit .213 at low A ball.
25. Hoy Jun Park, SS (Preseason #23)
Age: 21 (DOB 4/7/96)
Does it feel like I’ve written about a lot of SS in this list? Well, here is another SS in the Yankees farm system. Starting this year Park saw success at A ball hitting 6 home runs and stealing 18 bases in 86 games. Park definitely has some fantastic speed but needs to cut down his strikeouts so that he can actually take advantage of his speed on the basis. Park saw a lot of time at 2B due to our previous entry in this list, Kyle Holder. Sadly, when Park saw a promotion to High A ball his struggles at the plate got a bit worse. There still is a lot to improve on but the raw speed and throwing power are fantastic tools to build around.
26. Tyler Austin, 1B (Preseason #34)
Age: 25 (DOB 9/6/91)
Austin saw some extended time in the bigs this year due to all of the issues the Yankees were having at 1B between Birds injuries and the other platoons they played around with. Sadly for Austin he himself saw some injury time which prevented him from getting even further looks in pinstripes. In Austin’s MLB games this year he sported a 37 K%… A LOT to be improved on and with Bird back, Austin is back to simply a future backup.
27. Donny Sands, C (Preseason #28)
Age: 21 (DOB 5/16/96)
Sands started out as a hot corner player coming out of the minor league draft but has since transitioned to a role behind the back stop as a catcher. One thing that has worked out well for Sands is his defensive ability behind the plate. This year at A ball where he spent most of his time he did hit for average and a decent OBP (.269/323) but nothing really jumps off the page for him offensively. With Gary Sanchez looking to be the Yankees new franchise C, Sands has to hope to become a solid backup.
28. Zack Zehner, OF (Preseason Unranked)
Age: 25 (DOB 8/8/92)
Zehner has had himself a breakout season at Double A Trenton this year. He has improved on his previous years home run count from 3 to 11 this season, as well as driving in 67 RBIs. He also was a late add to the Eastern League All Star Classic this year where he came off the bench, drove in 2 RBIs with a single during a tie game. He then recorded another hit in his second AB while taking home the MVP honors of the game.
29. Giovanny Gallegos, RHP (Preseason #38)
Age: 26 (DOB 8/4/91)
Gallegos is another pitcher the Yankees gave the call up nod to throughout the 2017 season. Pitching at AAA this year Giovanny had his continued success. Gallegos has a fastball that can hit the mid 90s and a good mix of off speed pitches that he can work in to get people out. His time in the bigs didn’t see the same success as Triple A but when does it right away? This starter turned reliever definitely has the potential to be a middle/long term reliever at the big league level.
30. Cody Carroll, RHP (Preseason Unranked)
Age: 24 (DOB 10/15/92)
Carroll was picked in the 22nd round of the 2015 MiLB draft but has shown some very well put together stuff in his 3 years in the minors. This year at Double A, Carroll has pitched 46 innings recording 5 saves and a 2.74 ERA with a 10.96 K/9. His fastball isn’t a blow you away type pitch but he does have a very solid change up to work with as well. Carroll will always be destined for a bullpen role but we will see if he can continue to get big outs in the higher minor league ranks.
31. Luis Medina, RHP (Preseason Unranked)
Age: 18 (DOB 5/3/99)
An 18 year old that can throw a fastball over 100 MPH? Sign me up. Medina is super young and very raw but this international signee could potentially prove to be a great power arm in the Yankee arsenal. Being so young it is tough to say exactly what will happen to Luis but his potential alone puts him on this list.
32. Leonardo Molina, OF (Preseason #29)
Age: 20 (DOB 7/31/97)
Molina was signed as a 16 year old international free agent back in 2013 and was highly coveted as a true centerfield prospect. Molina has plus speed and a fantastic arm and on top of it all has some insane speed. Sadly, his bat has not come around yet and is what will most likely hold him back from a Yankee OF that has some many young talented players who can hit and play the field.
33. Everson Pereira, OF (Preseason NA)
Age: 16 (DOB 4/10/01)
The Yankees top International signing this year is 16 year old Everson Pereira. The Venezuelan outfielder is said to be a true center fielder with plus defense and a plus runner. He has a solid line drive style swing and as he grows has the ability to add some power to his repertoire.
34. Jonathon Holder, RHP (Preseason #37)
Age: 24 (DOB 6/9/93)
Holder has spent a good part of the 2017 season with the MLB team but has yet to crack the rookie innings limit from the bullpen. In the bigs he has provided to be a very solid asset coming in middle relief situations. Showing a 3.58 ERA and 37 strikeouts through 37 innings pitched, Holder is making his case for staying power in a very competitive bullpen.
35. Domingo German, RHP (Preseason #36)
Age:25 (DOB 8/4/92)
Another Yankees pitcher who received a call up to the bigs and pitched out of the bullpen, German has excelled at the Triple A level this year. While he pitched as a starter in Scranton he has only seen bullpen looks in the MLB thus far. In his 13 starts in Scranton he had a 2.83 ERA, 81 Ks, a 9.55 K/9 and a 2.59 BB/9. Due to his heavy reliance on his fastball, German most likely profiles as a bullpen arm in the majors.
36. Trevor Stephan, RHP (Preseason Unranked)
Age:21 (DOB 11/25/95)
Stephan was this years 3rd round pick in the MiLB draft for the Yankees. Coming out of Arkansas, Trevor is praised for having one of the top fastballs in the south that can top out around 97 and has great running life with command to both sides of the plate. Sadly, thats about his only pitch outside of a slider/cutter he is working on and an almost non existent change up. Odds are he will profile best as a reliever who relies heavily on his fastball to get guys out.
37. Kyle Higashioka, C (Preseason #35)
Age:27 (DOB 4/20/90)
Due to the prolonged absence of Gary Sanchez at the beginning of the season, Kyle saw a chance at the MLB roster. Sadly, he watched this chance fly right by him without taking advantage of it. In his time up in the bigs he struck out 30% of the time and never recorded a hit. A role as a backup catcher is the high hopes for him but after his first showing, things do not look as good as one would hope.
38. Ryan McBroom,1B (Preseason NA)
Age:25 (DOB 4/9/92)
McBroom was acquired when the Yankees dealt Refsnyder to the Blue Jays this year. He shows that he has some power from the first base position but not overly great at hitting for average. He could potentially see some time as a backup to Bird if some guys that are ahead of him struggle/get hurt.
39. Ronald Herrera,RHP (Preseason #33)
Age:22 (DOB 5/3/95)
While Herrera did see a short stint in the bigs this year he has spent most of the time in Double A where he has dominated with a 1.13 ERA. Herrera does posses a four pitch arsenal (fastball, curveball, change up, slider) and he does not walk too many batters. He also does not strike out too many and can sometimes have consistency issues.
40. Nick Rumbelow, RHP (Preseason Unranked)
Age:25 (DOB 9/6/91)
Rumbelow missed the entire 2016 season with TJ surgery but has come back in 2017 with some pretty solid stuff in his time spent at Double and Triple A. He’s been able to record 45 Ks in about 40 innings pitched and shows that he might be able to provide some good organizational depth from the bullpen.
41. Chris Gittens, 1B (Preseason #39)
Age:21 (DOB 5/3/95)
Gittens missed about a third of the season this year due to an undisclosed injury. In his time he did play however he proved he still can hit for power and a solid slash line. He hasn’t made much movement in the minors, hasn’t seen any time passed High A ball, so it looks as if Gittens might just be an organizational depth first basemen.
42. Isiah Gilliam, OF (Preseason #43)
Age:21 (DOB 7/23/96)
The 21 year old OF prospect hit 14 home runs and drove in 83 RBIs at A Ball this year. Gilliam definitely shows power from the plate but is just an average fielder so his chances at staying power in an OF aren’t too high. A fourth OF type bat might be more in his future.
43. Brady Lail, RHP (Preseason #40)
Age:24 (DOB 8/9/93)
Lail has yet to have prolonged success at the Triple A level but has shown enough to the point where the Yankees have kept him around and promoted him through the ranks. He profiles best as a 4/5 starter with four pitches. He will first need to workout how to handle hitters at Triple A before he will get a chance at the bigs though.
44. Cale Coshow, RHP (Preseason #44)
Age:25 (DOB 7/16/92)
Coshow is a large guy standing at 6’5″ and weighing in at 270 pounds. He spent a large part of this year at Double A as a bullpen arm where he saw success striking out 72 in 54.1 innings pitched. His large frame and ability to throw hard profiles him well for the bullpen but more experience will be needed at Triple A first.
45. Oswaldo Cabrera, 2B/SS (Preseason #49)
Age:18 (DOB 3/1/99)
The 18 year old is a natural SS but due to Wilkerman Garcia he has moved over to second base. Cabrera does not have any plus tools but is very fluid from the field and shows solid pitch recognition at the plate. Lots of room to grow for this young infielder.
46. Alexander Vargas, RHP (Preseason Unranked)
Age:20 (DOB 7/24/97)
Vargas is a young twenty year old with a lot of promise. He has a fastball that sits in the low 90s and a change up that projects to be a potential plus pitch. He is one to follow as he progresses through the minor league ranks.
47. Mike Ford, 1B (Preseason Unranked)
Age:25 (DOB 7/4/92)
Ford is a first baseman prospect that has flown pretty under the radar while hitting 20 home runs between Trenton and Scranton this year. The best part about Ford? He walks more than he strikes out. If he can translate that in the MLB he would be a fantastic option as a backup 1B to Greg Bird.
48. Josh Rogers, LHP (Preseason Unranked)
Age:23 (DOB 7/10/94)
Rogers dominated at High A this year and was able to receive a promotion to Trenton. Things didn’t go exactly the same however when he arrived. His ERA practically doubled and was no longer striking guys out the same way. This is common however and next year he should see consistent starts at the Double A level.
49. Rashad Crawford, OF (Preseason Unranked)
Age:23 (DOB 10/15/93)
Crawford has incredible athletic ability and has the potential to be a solid outfielder. This year wasn’t his year however hitting only .213 at Double A. He will need to work on his offensive game if he wants to use those athletic tools at the MLB level at any point.
50. Nelson Gomez, 1B/3B (Preseason Unranked)
Age:19 (DOB 10/8/97)
Gomez won’t hit for average but he will blast a lot of home runs. Nelson strikes out a ton sadly (35.6 K%) this year! But he is an intriguing power prospect that deserves some attention as he matures throughout his professional career.