2018 New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects

Yankees Top 10 Prospects
1. Gleyber Torres, SS/3B
2. Estevan Florial, OF
3. Justus Sheffield, LHP
4. Chance Adams, RHP
5. Miguel Andujar, 3B
6. Albert Abreu, RHP
7. Jorge Guzman, RHP
8. Luis Medina, RHP
9. Thairo Estrada, SS/2B
10. Domingo Acevedo, RHP

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For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: OF Aaron Judge, OF Clint Frazier, RHP Chad Green and RHP Jordan Montgomery.

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SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: Undoubtedly, the Yankees' system's biggest strength in its pitching. That's particularly true when it comes to hard-throwing righthanders. Six of their Top 10 are pitchers, and five of those are power righthanders. Four of those five touched 100 mph or better. And they're all behind Justus Sheffield, who touched 98 mph from the left side in the Arizona Fall League.

Weaknesses: Although the system is one of the deepest in the game, there's virtually no catching prospects on the rise. The best option is Kyle Higashioka, who had a breakout year in 2016 and made his major league debut, but missed most of 2017 recovering from injuries. The next catching prospects—Jason Lopez and Saul Torres—played at short-season Staten Island and Rookie-level Pulaski, respectively.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Nick Solak.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Dermis Garcia.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Mike Ford.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Estevan Florial.
🔸Best Athlete: Estevan Florial.
🔸Best Fastball: Jorge Guzman.
🔸Best Curveball: Luis Medina.
🔸Best Slider: Justus Sheffield.
🔸Best Changeup: Domingo Acevedo.
🔸Best Control: Adonis Rosa.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Kyle Higashioka.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Gleyber Torres.
🔸Best INF Arm: Gleyber Torres.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Estevan Florial.
🔸Best OF Arm: Estevan Florial.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Gary Sanchez (28)
🔸1B Greg Bird (28)
🔸2B Starlin Castro (31)
🔸3B Gleyber Torres (24)
🔸SS Didi Gregorius (31)
🔸LF Clint Frazier (26)
🔸CF Estevan Florial (23)
🔸RF Aaron Judge (29)
🔸DH Miguel Andujar (26)
🔸SP Luis Severino (27)
🔸SP Justus Sheffield (25)
🔸SP Sonny Gray (31)
🔸SP Chance Adams (26)
🔸SP Albert Abreu (25)
🔸CL Aroldis Chapman (33)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: RHP Joba Chamberlain (DNP) | WAR: 8.0
🔸2009: OF Austin Jackson (Indians) | WAR: 24.1
🔸2010: C Jesus Montero (Mexican League) | WAR: -0.1
🔸2011: C Jesus Montero (Mexican League) | WAR: **
🔸2012: C Jesus Montero (Mexican League) | WAR: **
🔸2013: OF Mason Williams (Yankees) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: C Gary Sanchez (Yankees) | WAR: 7.1
🔸2015: RHP Luis Severino (Yankees) | WAR: 6.8
🔸2016: SS Jorge Mateo (Athletics) | WAR: N/A
🔸2017: SS Gleyber Torres (Yankees) | Top 10

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: RHP Gerrit Cole (DNS/Pirates) | WAR: 12.2
🔸2009: OF Slade Heathcott (Giants) | WAR: .4
🔸2010: SS Cito Culver (Yankees) | WAR: N/A
🔸2011: OF Dante Bichette Jr. (Yankees) | WAR: N/A
🔸2012: RHP Ty Hensley (Rays) | WAR: N/A
🔸2013: 3B Eric Jagielo (Reds) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: LHP Jacob Lindgren (Braves) | WAR: 0
🔸2015: RHP James Kaprielian (Athletics) | WAR: N/A
🔸2016: OF Blake Rutherford (White Sox) | WAR: N/A
🔸2017: RHP Clarke Schmidt (Yankees) | WAR: N/A


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