The Yankees traded away my number 9 prospect Maikol Escotto, number 14 prospect Miguel Yajure, number 17 Canaan Smith, and number 19 Roansy Contreras to the Pirates for Jameson Taillon on January 24. They also traded number 37 Frank German to the Red Sox on January 25th. I was most disappointed to see the Yankees trade Escotto and Smith. With the depth in the system at middle infield and outfield the Taillon trade made sense. I’m also a big fan of Yajure and I’m sad to see him go. German was used to sweeten up the salary dump trade of Adam Ottavino so the Yankees could stay under the $210 million luxury tax threshold this season. The Red Sox weren’t going to take on Ottavino’s $8 million without a prospect.
So as every prospect in my Top 50 goes up one spot here I’m going to take a dive into the new prospects numbers 46 to 50. I’m most excited to watch Tanner Myatt and Roberto Chirinos on this list! However, I expect to see Trevor Lane in the Bronx before any of these players!!
The New York Yankees announced today that they have acquired RHP Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for RHP Roansy Contreras, INF Maikol Escotto, OF Canaan Smith, and RHP Miguel Yajure.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) January 24, 2021
46. Hoy Jun Park, SS/2B
Highest Level: AA (Trenton)
New York has been pushing Park aggressively in the minors, which has done him no favors as he has struggled. He squares up a lot of balls with a sound left-handed swing and has a patient approach. He has some sneaky power and could be a double-digit home run threat once he adds some strength to his skinny frame. Park has plus speed and possesses base stealing instincts. He also has the tools to be a solid defender at either shortstop or second base, though he’s erratic and must improve his consistency. He has a strong arm but doesn’t always show it unless he has to, which leads him to display the makings of a good utility infielder.
47. Tanner Myatt, RHP
Highest Level: A (Charleston)
Myatt is a pitching prospect you can dream about. Standing 6’7” and 220 lbs he is tall and intimidating on the mound. He owns a big time arm, and with his fastball sitting at 95, touching 99, with explosive life through the zone, it could be an elite offering. His promising curveball sits between 81-83. Myatt has also been working on a changeup. He tends to get wild with his fastball at times, leading to a ton of walks (45 walks in 40.1 innings in 2019). If he can harness his control he could be a great set up man and move quickly up the ladder getting plenty of swings and misses and weak contact along the way.
20-year-old RHP Tanner Myatt spent most of last year in the Gulf Coast League. Here is the 2018 draftee at work: pic.twitter.com/85rPOjtXIa
— NYYPlayerDev (@NYYPlayerDev) February 27, 2019
48. Wilkerman Garcia, 2B/3B/SS
Highest Level: A+ (Tampa)
Garcia signed for a $1.35 million bonus at age 16 in 2014. He plays and works extremely hard. Garcia demonstrates good mechanics in the batter’s box and has a repeatable swing. He is more of a line-drive gap to gap hitter that makes good contact but he will likely not hit for much power. A good runner, Garcia has good instincts on the bases and is willing to take the extra base. Defensively, he has range and is a good thrower and has outstanding hands.
49. Roberto Chirinos, 2B/3B/SS
Highest Level: Rookie (Pulaski)
Chirinos signed for $900,000 out of Venezuela in 2017. At the plate he makes hard contact to all fields and has good bat speed. I expect the power to come as he grows. Chirinos has above average speed that he isn’t afraid to use. A converted outfielder he will make the average play but his infield skills are still a work in progress. With his strong arm he could be a plus defender in the future. Of this group of players, I’m most excited for Chirinos and expect him to climb my top 50 with a strong 2021.
— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) July 2, 2017
50. Trevor Lane, LHP
Highest Level: AAA (Scranton/Wilkes Barre)
The southpaw Lane is a bullpen piece that was equally effective against righties (.164 BA, .519 OPS) and lefties (.177 BA, .522 OPS) in 2019. In 28 of his 44 appearances in 2019 he was able to record more than 3 outs. Lane throws a low to mid 90s fastball, a good slider and a curveball that doesn’t have a lot of bite, but has been effective against left-handed hitters. A MLB debut in 2021 isn’t out of the question for Lane.
— Off The Bench (@OTB_Baseball) March 25, 2018