New York Yankees: A Look at Who Is Down on the Farm
When the New York Yankees were on the verge of not making the playoffs in 2016, they were sellers at the trade deadline and New York rebuilt the farm system right away. Ever since that moment, it has been one of the better farm systems in baseball, but then they traded some prospects away for some veteran players.
At this point in time, the Yankees are tied for first place in the American League with the Houston Astros with a 72-39 record. New York is one of the three favorites to win the 2019 World Series. They have not won it all since 2009. The New York Yankees are still looking for their 28th World Series Title.
Who are some of the best prospects in New York’s system at the moment?
The best prospect in the New York Yankees farm system at the moment is right-handed pitcher, Deivi Garcia. New York was reluctant to trade him away at the trade deadline. He started the season in High-A with the Tampa Tarpons. Garcia is now in Triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders. With not a very strong rotation in New York, he could be a high-end starter. His fastball reaches 96 MPH and Deivi Garcia also has a very good changeup.
He is 20 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2020. Garcia was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2015. Garcia has pitched in 19 games in the minors so far this season. His record so far this season is 5-8 with a 4.28 ERA. In 90.1 innings pitched, he has given up 80 hits and 47 runs. Deivi Garcia has walked 42 batters and struck out 138.
The second-best prospect in New York’s farm system is outfielder, Estevan Florial. He is currently in High-A with the Tampa Tarpons. Florial is 21 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2021. He may not have a future with this team because of a potential log jam in the outfield. However, it depends on how much longer Brett Gardner or Clint Frazier stays with the ball club. Estevan Florial was signed as an international free agent on March 19, 2015. He has a good eye on the plate, he is a very good contact hitter, and he is also a very good fielder. Florial has played in 51 games in the minors so far this season. His batting average so far this season is .238 with five home runs and 27 RBI’s, along with seven stolen bases. Estevan Florial’s on-base percentage is .295.
The fourth-best prospect in their farm system is right-handed pitcher, Luis Gil. He is 21 years old and Gil isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2022. He was signed as an international free agent with the Minnesota Twins on February 13, 2015. His fastball can go as fast as 101 MPH. Luis Gil also has an underrated breaking pitch. He could also be a very good starting pitcher one day as well. Gil is also playing in High-A. He has pitched in 19 games so far this season. His record so far this season is 5-5 with a 2.84 ERA. In 92 innings pitched, Luis Gil has given up 69 hits and 36 runs. He has walked 43 batters and has struck out 119.
The fifth-best prospect in the Yankees farm system is right-handed pitcher, Clarke Schmidt. He is also in High-A. Schmidt was a first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. He is 23 years old and is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. Clarke Schmidt throws his fastball as high as 96 MPH and he throws a quality curveball and slider. This franchise is developing him as a starter for the moment. Schmidt started the year in rookie ball with the GCL Yankees. His record in 14 games pitched so far this season is 3-4 with a 3.36 ERA. In 61.2 innings pitched, he has given up 55 hits and 31 runs. Clarke Schmidt has also walked 22 batters and struck out 70.
The eight best prospect in the New York Yankees farm system is right-handed pitcher, Yoendrys Gomez. He was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2016. Gomez is currently pitching in Single-A with the Charleston RiverDogs. He is only 19 years old and isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2022. Yoendrys Gomez throws in the high 90s with his fastball and he needs to develop his off-speed pitches. New York is willing to take their time with this pitcher’s development. Gomez started the season in rookie ball in the Appalachian League with the Pulaski Yankees. In eight games pitched in the minors so far this season, his record is 4-3 with a 2.58 ERA. In 38.1 innings pitched, Yoendrys Gomez has given up 35 hits and 15 runs. He has walked 11 batters and struck out 32.
The ninth-best prospect in New York’s farm system is catcher, Anthony Seigler. Gary Sanchez will most likely be the starter when Seigler is ready to come up to the big leagues in 2022, but he could be a reliable back up for him. Anthony Seigler was a first-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He is currently on the seven-day injury list and is 20 years old. Seigler is also in Single-A with Charleston. He hits from both sides of the plate. In 30 games played so far this season, his batting average is .175 with six RBI’s, along with one stolen base. Anthony Seigler’s on-base percentage is .328.
The tenth-best prospect in their farm system us outfielder, Everson Pereira. Pereira has a ton of polishing to do at the minor league level. He has a ton of upside. Everson Pereira could be a starting outfielder in the majors, but he could be used as a trade chip for future considerations. Pereira was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2017. He is only 18 years old and Everson Pereira isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2022. He is also very fast and Pereira could be very good at base stealing one day. currently playing in Short Season-A with the Staten Island Yankees. In 18 games played so far this season, his batting average is .171 with one home run and three RBI’s, along with three stolen bases. Pereira’s on-base percentage is .216.
The eleventh-best prospect in the Yankees farm system is shortstop, Anthony Volpe. He is only 18 years old and was a first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Volpe is projected to reach the majors by 2023. He will most likely be the shortstop of the future unless New York decides to sign Didi Gregorius to a contract extension. Anthony Volpe is a good contact hitter and he has an excellent eye at the plate. Volpe could be a future top of the order hitter. In 29 games played so far this season with the Pulaski Yankees, his batting average is .218 with two home runs and 10 RBI’s, along with six stolen bases. Anthony Volpe’s on-base percentage is .352.
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