A New York Yankees down on the farm report for May.
For reference, here is the MLB Pipeline list of top 30 prospects within the New York Yankees farm system.
- Gleyber Torres (Infield)
- Estivan Florial (Outfield)
- Justus Sheffield (Left Hand Pitcher)
- Albert Abreu (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Chance Adams (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Luis Medina (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Freicer Perez (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Domingo Acevedo (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Thairo Estrada (Second Base/Shortstop)
- Dillon Tate (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Matt Sauer (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Clarke Schmidt (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Jonathan Lusisiga (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Trevor Stephan (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Deivi Garcia (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Cody Carroll (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Domingo German (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Billy McKinney (Outfield)
- Glen Otto (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Nolan Martinez (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Giovanny Gallegos (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Dermis Garcia (Third/First Bae)
- Everson Pereira (Outfield)
- Juan Then (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Canaan Smith (Outfield)
- Nick Nelson (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Trevor Lane (Left Hand Pitcher)
- Garrett Whitlock (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Ben Heller (Right Hand Pitcher)
- Juan De Paula (Right Hand Pitcher)
After looking at the Yankees Top 30 prospects, you notice a majority, 21 out of 30, are right-handed pitchers.
Some of these players on the Top 30 Prospect list have already not only made their debuts but have been key pieces for the Yankees this season. These players include Gleyber Torres, Domingo German, and Billy McKinney.
Gleyber Torres has already been called up to the big league club and has no intention of returning to the minors. In 24 at-bats, Torres has a slash line of .309/.374/.494 with four home runs, 15 runs batted in, three doubles and a stolen base.
Domingo German has also made his debut this season, and due to the recent injury to Jordan Montgomery, German is now the fifth starter. German has started two games and had appearances in seven giving him a total of 25.1 innings pitched with a 0-1 record, posting a 4.26 earned run average. He has struck out 28 while only walking 12 and giving up a total of twelve hits.
Billy McKinney was called up early in the season, again due to the large number of injuries that the Yankees sustained in the first month of the season. McKinney has recorded one hit in four at-bats in the two games that he has played in New York this season. Since then, he was put on the 10-day disabled list with an AC sprain in his left shoulder. McKinney is currently rehabbing in AAA with the Scranton Wilkes Barre RailRiders.
Three of the most notable players that are not on the Yankees Top 30 Prospect list are Clint Frazier, Tyler Wade, and Josh Rogers. Clint Frazier may be the most notable name on this list. Frazier is not on the prospect list due to the fact that his rookie status was up in 2017. Over the past two years, Frazier has played in 40 big league games. In those 40 games, Frazier has a stat line of .235/.281.456 with four home runs and four triples. After suffering a concussion in Spring Training, Frazier started his season in High-A ball and has advanced to AAA. In 16 games in the minors this season, Frazier has a stat line of .323/.408/.645 with two triples and four home runs. Frazier is absolutely destroying AAA pitching but with a logjam in the outfield, Frazier’s major league playing time is limited.
Tyler Wade started the season with the Yankees, playing in a total of 13 games. Again, like Frazier, Tyler Wade’s rookie status was up in 2017. Wade has not played well up in the majors this season, posting a slash line of .086/.158/.143 with only three hits and four runs batted in. Wade has played in 24 games this season in AAA posting a stat line of .223/.291/.277 with three doubles, one triple, and six runs batted in. Tyler Wade, who was drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 draft, may need some extra time in the minors before potentially making the majors.
Josh Rogers has spent the entire 2018 season with the AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. This season he has posted a 3-3 record with a 2.98 ERA in eight games. One of those games Rogers pitched a complete game. Rogers is one of the pitching prospects that I have a feeling will see some time with the Yankees this season.
The top Yankees pitching prospect, Justus Sheffield, has already moved up one level this season. While he started his season in AA Tampa, he has moved up the AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre. In AA Sheffield was 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 5 games. Since being promoted to AAA, Sheffield is 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA in two games. Sheffield is currently on the 7-day disabled list.
The Yankees top outfield prospect, Estivan Florial has suffered a wrist injury over the weekend that will require surgery on his hamate bone. This will set him out at least a couple of months. Rumors are that he could return in August.
Looking at the current Yankees roster, it is an agreed upon an opinion that the Yankees need to improve their pitching staff if they truly want to be World Series Contenders. The Yankees minor league system is the sixth-best farm system in the majors, so they have a lot of pieces that they could move in order to obtain the starting pitcher that many think they need. Florial may have hurt his trade value since his injury, but I honestly feel like he is so young that the Yankees want to see what he could become. In my opinion, he was untouchable to begin with.