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  1. 1. Anthony Volpe | SS
    Anthony Volpe
    Born: Apr 28, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS-- Morristown, N.J., 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Matt Hyde.
    Minors: .242/.334/.450 | 11 HR | 30 SB | 260 AB

    BA Grade: 60/High

    Track Record: Entering the 2021 season, Volpe’s career could be best described as incomplete. Drafted in the first round in 2019, his first test in pro ball at Rookie-level Pulaski was marred by a case of mononucleosis. The 2020 season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the Yankees did not hold a domestic instructional league, which left Volpe to do as much development as he could through independent training and via remote work with the organization’s coaches. He emerged from the shutdown with renewed health and added strength, which he used to produce one of the finest seasons in the minor leagues. In a season split evenly between Low-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley he hit .294/.423/.604 with 27 home runs and 33 stolen bases in 109 games. What Volpe did in 2021 not only positioned him as a clear piece of the organization’s long term plans, it exceeded even the Yankees’ wildest expectations.

    Scouting Report: Volpe entered what appeared to be a standard minor league offseason in 2020 with the goal of increasing his peak exit velocity. He had much longer than expected to achieve that goal, but quickly showed off his more powerful swing by producing average and maximum exit velocities of 91.5 and 108.3 mph before a move from Low-A to High-A. He’s gone all-in on the Yankees’ internal motto of “Hit Strikes Hard” and produces some of the highest quality at-bats in the organization. He controls the conflict from the moment he gets in the box and does not relent no matter the count. He shows no fear with two strikes and is content to foul off pitches until he gets something he can damage. Whether he’s facing premium velocity, high spin or extreme changes of speed, Volpe stays balanced and on time, often resulting in a ball hit with authority. The combination of increased strength and a mature approach have produced a player who earns future plus grades for both his hitting and power. In the field, Volpe shows quick actions and instincts as well as solid hands and footwork, all of which make up for fringe-average range and a near-average arm boosted by strong accuracy and a solid internal clock. Scouts disagree about whether he can remain a shortstop, mostly because of his arm, but even his doubters acknowledge that his outstanding work ethic could help him work to increase his arm strength. Volpe is an above-average runner as well—his stolen base totals were somewhat inflated in Low-A due to the rules designed to promote increased activity on the bases—but he’s got enough speed and aptitude to steal double-digit bases. From the first day of minor league spring training, scouts buzzed about Volpe’s combination of skills, instincts and makeup. They never stopped singing his praises.

    The Future: After conquering both levels of Class A, Volpe’s next test will be the upper levels, beginning with Double-A Somerset. The biggest question he’ll have to answer is whether he faces a move to second base, either in deference to fellow prospect Oswald Peraza or a free agent import.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 60. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.

  2. 2. Oswald Peraza | SS
    Oswald Peraza
    Born: Jun 15, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 186
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: Roney Calderon/Jose Gavidia.
    Minors: .242/.313/.419 | 10 HR | 16 SB | 227 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Peraza inked signed in 2016 and quickly opened evaluators’ eyes with a burgeoning hit tool and the chops to stick up the middle. He held his own as a 19-year-old in his first test of full-season ball toward the end of 2019 at Low-A Charleston. Added to the 40-man roster after the 2020 season, Peraza produced a breakout in 2021, when he eclipsed his career totals for doubles (26) and home runs (18) in his first games at the upper levels.

    Scouting Report: After the 2020 season, the Yankees’ hitting department suggested that Peraza could get more out of his game simply by changing his approach. He hit the ball plenty hard but needed to get the ball in the air more often. The changes worked. In 2019, Peraza carried one of the highest groundball rates in the minors. He moved to the middle of the pack in 2021. In other words, he’s getting the most out of his quality contact. His next hurdle will be hitting against breaking balls. Multiple scouts noted he was vulnerable to spin, though he showed improvement and adjustability as the season wore on. Peraza is likely to stick at shortstop, though he’s not the twitchiest athlete. Instead, he relies on above-average speed, strong instincts and reaction times to make plays.

    The Future: Peraza has taken the leap and upped his prospect status in the process. The next step will be to add polish to his game and prepare for his big league debut, which should come sometime in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 50. Speed: 55. Defense: 55. Arm: 55.

  3. 3. Everson Pereira | OF
    Everson Pereira
    Born: Apr 10, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 191
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2017.
    Signed By: Roney Calderon.
    Minors: .268/.346/.425 | 7 HR | 15 SB | 254 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    May update: Entering the year, it was clear Pereira was one of the most tooled-up prospects in the Yankees’ system. Early this season, he’s begun turning those tools into more consistent skills. He still could stand to command the strike zone a little bit better, but the elements are there for an impact offensive player who could fit in as a fringe-average center fielder or slide over to left field while still producing enough offense to profile in the corner. From a position player standpoint, Pereira’s early output has made him the biggest mover in the Yankees’ system.

    Track Record: Pereira’s career has been stalled greatly by both injuries and the pandemic. His 2019 season was limited to just 18 games because of a severely sprained ankle, and then nearly all his 2020 work was done remotely because of the pandemic until instructional league convened in the Dominican Republic. He entered the year still needing to deliver upon the potential promised by his enviable tool set, then did so in emphatic fashion.

    Scouting Report: Pereira’s best tools lie on the offensive side of the ball, where he shows high-end bat speed and exit velocities, as well as a bat path that keeps the barrel in the zone a long time. In combination, those traits helped him produce incredible power numbers, especially once he reached High-A. He finished third on High-A Hudson Valley with 14 home runs despite playing just 27 games with the team. The biggest thing to clean up right now is swinging and missing at pitches in the strike zone, which he did at a rate of 41% all season. On defense he has a chance to stick in center field but will likely move to a corner, where his average speed and strong throwing arm should serve him well.

    The Future: The Yankees added Pereira to the 40-man roster to keep him from being selected in the Rule 5 draft. He should reach Double-A at some point next season.
    Tools Grades: Hit 50 Power 60 Speed 50 Fielding 50 Arm 50.""

  4. 4. Luis Gil | RHP
    Luis Gil
    Born: Jun 3, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2014.
    Signed By: Luis Lajara (Twins).
    Minors: 0-3 | 7.89 ERA | 31 SO | 15 BB | 22 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Four years after signing with the Twins, Gil was dealt to the Yankees for outfielder Jake Cave in 2018. He entered 2019 as part of a pack of talented righthanders that also included Luis Medina, Roansy Contreras and Alexander Vizcaino. Contreras and Vizcaino have since been traded, while Medina continues to show flashes of dominance. Gil put together a strong season thanks to further development of his changeup and was rewarded with a six-start look in the big leagues.

    Scouting Report: Gil is a hard-throwing starter with a classic pitcher’s frame built to withstand the rigors of a high workload. He was excellent in Double-A for seven starts before moving to Triple-A, where his spotty control started to catch up with him and he walked 15% of hitters. Gil’s hallmark is a lively fastball that averaged 96 mph in the big leagues and roughly the same in Triple-A, where he spent part of the season pitching through a stiff neck. His mid-80s slider continues to be his best secondary weapon and a potential plus pitch. The key to his future will be his low-90s changeup, which needs to show more movement and separation from his fastball to be an effective third pitch.

    The Future: After a taste of the big leagues in 2021, Gil should battle for a spot on the Opening Day roster. If his changeup reaches his ceiling, he can be part of a rotation. If not, he could be an effective late-inning reliever.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 45.

  5. 5. Hayden Wesneski | RHP
    Hayden Wesneski
    Born: Dec 5, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Brian Rhees.
    Minors: 3-7 | 4.11 ERA | 64 SO | 23 BB | 70 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: A Rays 33rd-round pick in 2016, Wesneski made it to Sam Houston State, where he got in better shape and saw a corresponding jump in stuff. That led the Yankees to take him in the sixth round in 2019. He got his feet wet in Rookie ball in his pro debut, then made great strides via remote training during the lost 2020 season before rocketing from High-A to Triple-A in 2021.

    Scouting Report: Wesneski works with a five-pitch arsenal of four- and two-seam fastballs, a slider, a changeup and a newly added cutter. The four-seamer, which parks in the mid 90s and has peaked at 99 mph with heavy sinking life. His slider has shorter, sweepier break, while his curveball is potentially plus and acts more like a powerful slurve with horizontal and vertical break. His changeup is a potentially average pitch and is thrown in the low 80s. Wesneski’s delivery features a deep shoulder load, a three-quarters slot and a wider release point. Some scouts believe he’ll have to improve his direction to the plate in order to help his stuff maintain its consistency.

    The Future: After reaching Triple-A for his last two starts of 2021, Wesneski is likely to return to the level. There, he’ll work on continuing to develop his cutter, learning how to better sequence his wide arsenal and honing control and command to reach his ceiling as a No. 4 or 5 caliber starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 60. Slider: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 45.

  6. 6. Ken Waldichuk | LHP
    Ken Waldichuk
    Born: Jan 8, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Tyler Robertson.
    Minors: 6-2 | 2.00 ERA | 95 SO | 26 BB | 63 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    May update: The delivery changes Waldichuk made in 2021 have carried over this season and have shown up in greater fastball velocity, more consistent command and control and overall consistency in his arsenal. His sweeping slider has been excellent this season as well, and his changeup has also improved. Specifically, Waldichuk has done a better job utilizing his lower half in his delivery, which has helped him improve his command as well as the quality of his pitches.

    Track Record: Waldichuk went undrafted out of high school, then brought his stock up dramatically by pitching three years at St. Mary’s. The Yankees drafted him in the fifth round in 2019, then let him get his feet wet at Rookie-level Pulaski. He developed remotely during the lost 2020 season, then came out of the gate on fire in 2021, when he went the first 34 innings before allowing a run. He finished the year with 163 strikeouts, tied for fourth in the minors.

    Scouting Report: Waldichuk is the organization’s preeminent king of funk. He stymies hitters not only with his stuff, but a slinger-type delivery that confuses hitters with arms, legs and angles. All of that movement allows his stuff to play up. His arsenal starts with a four-seam fastball that sits in the 92-93 mph range but peaked this year at 98 and shows tailing action at times but also carry at the top of the zone. Waldichuk backs up his fastball with an array of average offspeed pitches with no clear best. Some scouts prefer his slider, which flashes excellent depth at the bottom of the zone. He also has a slurvier curveball which tends to blend in with the slider, with the velo separation being the only distinguishing characteristic. Other scouts saw his changeup flash above-average to plus. Waldichuk’s command and control will be the true key to his success. His delivery is difficult to repeat, and his lack of a true out pitch was part of the reason he was less successful after moving to Double-A.

    The Future: Waldichuk should move to Triple-A to begin 2022. He’ll need to improve his command and control and find a separator offspeed pitch in order to remain a starter. If he can’t stick there, he should be able to find a spot as a reliever who is poison to same-side hitters.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 45. Slider: 50. Changeup: 55. Control: 45.

  7. 7. Trey Sweeney | SS
    Trey Sweeney
    Born: Apr 24, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Steve Lemke.
    Minors: .224/.310/.393 | 8 HR | 13 SB | 219 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Undrafted out of high school, Sweeney showed enough improvement during his time at Eastern Illinois for the Yankees to draft him 20th overall in 2021. He signed for $3 million, about par for his draft slot. Sweeney got his feet wet in pro ball, mostly at Low-A Tampa, where he showed the same hitting ability and plate discipline that were his hallmarks in college.

    Scouting Report: In his first test as a pro, Sweeney lived up to his billing. Scouts both inside and outside the organization praised his polished offensive skill set and ability to command the strike zone and get pitches to drive. He blasted three homers during the regular season with Tampa, then added one more during the playoffs. The Yankees have identified areas for improvement, including smoothing out his bat path—amateur scouts pointed out a bat tip and a big leg kick, too—and working to make his exit velocities more consistent. He shows fringe-average speed but scouts believe his instincts make his overall run tool closer to plus. On defense, there are areas to improve but his average athleticism and baseball IQ could allow him to stick up the middle.

    The Future: Given his pedigree, Sweeney will likely begin 2022 at High-A Hudson Valley. He’s now firmly part of a part of impressive middle-diamond Yankees prospects, including shortstops Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 50. Speed: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  8. 8. Jasson Dominguez | OF
    Jasson Dominguez
    Born: Feb 7, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019.
    Signed By: Juan Rosario/Lorenzo Piron/Edgar Mateo.
    Minors: .256/.368/.428 | 8 HR | 15 SB | 250 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    May update: Dominguez’s tools are still unquestionably loud. They show up in his exit velocity, foot speed and throwing arm, but his plate discipline has simply not evolved, even in a return to Low-A. He’s striking out a clip of roughly 36% over the course of both of his tenures in the Florida State League. If he can make better swing decisions, his tools might shine more often.

    Track Record: Some scouts labeled Dominguez as one of the best international prospects they had seen when he signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2019. The lost season in 2020 pushed his debut back further but only increased the anticipation. He started the year in the Florida Complex League before moving to Low-A Tampa, where he held his own as one of a handful of 18-year-olds in full-season ball. Despite his inexperience, Dominguez participated in the 2021 Futures Game.

    Scouting Report: One of the first things evaluators note about Dominguez is the way his body has changed. He has thickened up considerably into a much stockier player, which leads to questions about whether he can stick in center field. He’s already slowed down and now earns grades closer to average than the double-plus times scouts once saw. If Dominguez moves to a corner, his average arm, which has also backed up, would play in right field. At the plate, Dominguez went through the expected growing pains of dealing with pitchers who were more experienced and knew how to attack him with spin. The quality of his at-bats and swing decisions got better as the season went on, culminating in a .777 OPS in September. Outside evaluators noted plenty of excellent impact on contact, and he produced average and maximum exit velocities of 86 and 111 mph during his time in Low-A.

    The Future: Though he did not show the star-level performance that would be expected of a player with his hype, Dominguez certainly held his own, especially considering the long layoff after signing. There’s quite a bit of polish still to apply, but Dominguez still could reach a ceiling of MLB regular.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 60. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  9. 9. Austin Wells | C
    Austin Wells
    Born: Jul 12, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Arizona, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Troy Afenir.
    Minors: .311/.428/.588 | 8 HR | 9 SB | 119 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Wells has long been on the Yankees’ radar. The team drafted him out of high school in 2018, then again in 2020 when he was an eligible sophomore at Arizona. The allure both times was a hitter who could provide immense offensive value from the left side as well as a chance to remain behind the plate. The pandemic cost Wells most of his final collegiate season and limited him to remote training during the regular season. In his pro debut, he showed hitting ability, power and patience and produced one of the best overall years in the system.

    Scouting Report: Wells came as advertised at the plate. He showed a smooth, loose, repeatable swing capable of producing loud contact to all sectors. Inside and outside evaluators were also pleased with the way Wells managed the strike zone, which showed up in his strikeout and walk totals, though they were somewhat buttressed by spending the first part of the season in Low-A Southeast, which used automated balls and strikes. The Yankees did tweak his approach to make him more aggressive in two-strike counts. There are few outside the organization who believe Wells can stick behind the plate. Those scouts point to a lack of twitchiness, struggles blocking pitches and well below-average arm strength that plays up a touch because of a quick release. Even so, Wells threw out just 13% of basestealers. Even if he moves off catcher, he has the bat to profile at either first base or left field.

    The Future: Wells got extra reps in the Arizona Fall League, but his next step will come when he gets his first try at the upper levels.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 50. Speed: 50. Fielding: 40. Arm: 40.

  10. 10. Luis Medina | RHP
    Luis Medina
    Born: May 3, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Juan Rosario.
    Minors: 2-3 | 3.65 ERA | 69 SO | 33 BB | 57 IP

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Medina’s path through the minors has been bumpy, to say the least. He was celebrated for his pure stuff—including a triple-digit fastball—as an amateur, and has shown bursts of true dominance as a pro. His command and control were truly ghastly until late in the 2019 season, when physical and mental tweaks helped him find the strike zone more often without any sacrifice to stuff. The pandemic cost him a chance at an immediate encore, but he did get development time at the team’s alternate training site. He continued down the same path this year with high strikeout and walk rates.

    Scouting Report: Medina’s pure stuff is tremendous. His fastball lives in the upper 90s and peaked at 103 mph, and he paired it with a hard, downer curveball and an improving changeup. When it’s on, his breaking ball is a true wipeout pitch that can generate plenty of swings and misses. By contrast, Medina’s changeup doesn’t have big-time movement but can upset hitters’ timing because of the conviction with which he throws it as well as the velocity separation. As ever, command and control are going to be the keys to his success. If he can find the zone more often—he had a nearly 60% strike rate in his time with Double-A Somerset—then he could keep alive his future as a starter. To do so, he’ll have to find more consistency with his delivery and work to keep his arm more on time and in sync.

    The Future: Medina is already on the 40-man roster, so his big league debut could come as soon as next season. He still has to conquer Triple-A, where he’ll face much more seasoned hitters who will give his command its biggest test yet.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 40.

  11. 11. Randy Vasquez | RHP
    Randy Vasquez
    Born: Nov 3, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Arturo Pena.
    Minors: 0-2 | 2.73 ERA | 60 SO | 21 BB | 63 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: The Yankees added Vasquez as part of their 2017-18 class, which also included Everson Pereira and the since-traded Ezequiel Duran. He was solid over his first two seasons, during which time he advanced to Rookie-level Pulaski. He came back from the lost 2020 season and was set to be traded to the Rangers in an early version of the trade that brought Joey Gallo to New York. That version was scuttled by an injury to Texas lefty John King, so Vasquez stayed with the Yankees and shot all the way to Double-A.

    Scouting Report:Vasquez used a couple of key changes to fuel his big year. First, he added a two-seam fastball to go with his four-seamer. To make that pitch more effective, he lowered his arm slot. The aim was to give Vasquez a pitch profile that was more horizontal, and it worked. His four-seamer sat in the mid 90s and touched as high as 98, while his two-seamer came in a tick lower and played as a potentially average pitch. He showed huge spin—an average of more than 3,000 rpms—on both his low-80s curveball and high-80s slider as well. His changeup came along, but at an average of 88 mph still could use a bit more separation from his fastball.

    The Future: Because he signed late, Vasquez did not need to be added to the 40-man roster. He’ll likely return to Double-A, and has a future as a potential back-end rotation piece.

  12. 12. Beck Way | RHP
    Beck Way
    Born: Aug 6, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Northwest Florida State JC, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Chuck Bartlett.
    Minors: 3-4 | 3.81 ERA | 62 SO | 19 BB | 55 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    May update: Way has one of the livest arms in the system, with a fastball that can reach the upper 90s frequently and shows the movement to make it a potentially double-plus pitch. He pairs the heater with a devastating slider that he can use to blow away hitters. Way’s arm is extremely loose and quick, to the point where it sometimes gets ahead of his body and causes issues with timing, control and command. Way has a changeup as a third pitch, but for now his fastball-slider combination has been enough to make him one of the biggest movers among the system’s stash of arms.

    Track Record: Way started his career at Division II Belmont-Abbey (N.C.) before moving to Northwest Florida State JC in his draft year, which was limited to 40 innings because of the pandemic. He spent his first official season as a pro between both Class A levels.

    Scouting Report: Way relies mainly on a mix of four- and two-seam fastballs, as well as a slider and changeup. He also added a cutter during the remote-training sessions during the 2020 shutdown. His slider is by far his most commonly used pitch, thrown nearly as often as all three of his fastballs combined. The slider is a sweepy pitch, with a nearly elite 14 inches of horizontal break and a swing-and-miss rate of 50%. Way’s sinker and four-seamer each averaged between roughly 94-95 mph, and the four-seamer showed exceptional horizontal break at the top of the zone. Way’s changeup is still a bit of a work in progress and needs to show more separation from his fastballs to be more effective. His extremely loose arm and slinger action led to command and control issues, and he got crushed in a small sample at High-A.

    The Future: Way will likely return to High-A to begin 2022, and has the stuff to carve out a role as a reliever. To do so, he’ll need to greatly improve his ability to throw quality strikes.

  13. 13. Oswaldo Cabrera | SS/2B
    Oswaldo Cabrera
    Born: Mar 1, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 145
    Signed By: Borman Landaeta.
    Minors: .186/.255/.337 | 1 HR | 2 SB | 86 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Cabrera was signed by the Yankees way back in 2015 and slowly wound his way through the system. He always made plenty of contact but failed to produce much in the way of impact. That changed in 2021. He relocated to Tampa for the 2020 season and added strength and power to his game. His hard work paid off, and his 29 home runs in 2021 eclipsed his overall career total by seven and tied him for second in the organization behind Dermis Garcia.

    Scouting Report: Cabrera’s transformation centers around the strength he gained since the shutdown. Overall, he gained 55 pounds since signing. He showed up to minor league spring training visibly stronger and more filled out, and the results followed. The ball jumped off his bat in ways it never had before, including a 5 mph jump in average exit velocity over the past two seasons. Cabrera also changed his batted ball profile to lean more toward getting the ball in the air than in any of his previous seasons. He maintained his excellent bat-to-ball skills—his swinging-strike rate was just 13% at Double-A—while exponentially increasing his impact. His bigger body has led to a bit of a slowdown on the bases and in the field. Those changes are likely to keep him from playing shortstop—he’ll still be able to play there in a pinch—and move him into more of a super utility role in which he could see time at second and third base. He has the potential to be an above-average or plus defender at either of the latter two positions.

    The Future: A year ago, Cabrera was part of a host of Yankees farmhands who were left unprotected for the Rule 5 draft and then showed up renewed for 2021. He will likely start the season back at Triple-A.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 50. Speed: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55.

  14. 14. Roderick Arias | SS
    Roderick Arias
    Born: Sep 9, 2004
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 178

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: For some scouts, Arias was the best player available in the 2021-22 international signing class, with the Yankees making him the headliner of their group when he signed on Jan. 15, 2022.

    Scouting Report:Arias is a well-rounded shortstop with a balance of tools, skills and athleticism at a premium position. With a lean, athletic frame, Arias has good bat speed and a sweet swing that’s compact and adjustable from both sides of the plate. As an amateur, he showed the ability to recognize spin well for his age and hit well against live pitching. He makes hard contact, producing exit velocities up to 105 mph with a tick more power from the right side and a chance to grow into above-average power as he fills out. His plus speed could slow a tick as he gets bigger, but he projects to stick at shortstop with the hands and footwork for the position. He finishes plays with his best tool, an arm that conservatively draws plus-plus grades and might be an 80 tool.

    The Future: While Arias has yet to make his pro debut, the upside is there for him to be one of the elite prospects in the system.

  15. 15. Brock Selvidge | LHP
    Brock Selvidge
    Born: Aug 28, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Troy Afenir.
    Minors: 1-1 | 3.38 ERA | 16 SO | 3 BB | 14 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Entering the season, Selvidge was on a track that could have seen him become the first Arizona prep lefty to go in the first round since Matthew Liberatore in 2018. Instead, his year didn’t quite go as planned, and he fell somewhat. He regained his stock a bit thanks to MLB’s new draft combine, and the Yankees felt confident enough to take him in the third round.

    Scouting Report:As an amateur, Selvidge’s bread and butter was a fastball that peaked at 95 mph and a pair of breaking pitches which each projected as at least average. His low-80s slider was a potentially average pitch, while the Yankees believe his curveball—which he’d scrapped earlier in the season—could get to plus as it develops. His changeup, thrown in the low 80s, showed tumble and was thrown with good arm speed and conviction, but is less developed and consistent than his other three pitches. Selvidge’s command and control wavered during his senior season, but the Yankees believe it could get to average as he rebounds. He also earned raves for his makeup and competitive streak as an amateur.

    The Future: After getting his feet wet in the Rookie-level Florida Complex League, Selvidge should slide into the rotation at Low-A Tampa in 2022. He’s got the ceiling of a No. 4 starter.

  16. 16. Clarke Schmidt | RHP
    Clarke Schmidt
    Born: Feb 20, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: South Carolina, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Billy Godwin.
    Minors: 0-0 | 3.60 ERA | 6 SO | 3 BB | 5 IP

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Track Record: The Yankees took Schmidt in 2017 knowing he’d need Tommy John surgery. He had the surgery, then made his pro debut late in the 2018 season. In 2019, he showed the potential the Yankees sought when they drafted him, and developed enough in 2020 at the alternate training site to make his big league debut in 2020. Schmidt strained his pitching elbow in the early days of spring training, which kept him out until a rehab appearance on July 26 and limited him to just 6.1 big league innings in 2021.

    Scouting Report:At his best, Schmidt mixes an excellent two-seam fastball with a hard, low-80s curveball which rates as the best in the system. He also added a slider this season to give him more options and a more natural pairing with his sinker. The slider checks in at around 86 mph on average and is understandably behind his curveball. Schmidt also has a four-seam fastball in roughly the same velo range as his sinker, as well as a changeup in the high 80s, but his two-seamer and curveball are his clear money pitches. The next step will be for his command and control to improve.

    The Future: Because his workload was so small in 2021—just 44.1 innings between the minors and majors—it is hard to envision Schmidt as a viable rotation candidate in 2022. It is more likely he’ll either head to Triple-A or be utilized as a multi-inning option out of the bullpen.

  17. 17. Elijah Dunham | OF
    Elijah Dunham
    Born: May 29, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 213
    Signed By: Mike Gibbons/Mitch Colahan.
    Minors: .261/.337/.469 | 9 HR | 22 SB | 226 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: In a normal world, Dunham would have heard his name called at some point in the 2020 draft. With the draft shortened to just five rounds because of the pandemic, however, Dunham went unpicked and instead signed with the Yankees as a free agent a week later.

    Scouting Report:In his first test as a pro, Dunham showed an intriguing combination of power and speed and finished the year as one of just seven minor leaguers with 13 or more home runs, 28 or more stolen bases and fewer than 100 strikeouts. He hit the ball plenty hard, with an average exit velocity of 89.2 mph and a maximum of 111 mph. The next step is getting Dunham to hit the ball in the air more often to make the most of his bat-to-ball skills and hard contact. Defensively, he likely fits as a left fielder who can use his plus speed to cover plenty of ground.

    The Future: Dunham will likely move to Double-A Somerset, where he’ll give his strong contact and on-base skills their first test against more advanced pitching.

  18. 18. Ron Marinaccio | RHP
    Ron Marinaccio
    Born: Jul 1, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Stewart Smothers.
    Minors: 0-0 | 2.70 ERA | 15 SO | 1 BB | 7 IP

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Of the 17 pitchers the Yankees drafted and signed in 2017, five have already made their big league debuts—each with a different organization. Marinaccio could become the sixth at some point in 2022. New York’s player development staff pointed to Marinaccio before the season as a player to watch, and he delivered with 105 strikeouts, the most by any pitcher in the minors who threw fewer than 70 innings.

    Scouting Report:A major piece of Marinaccio’s breakout centered around a velocity spike. His four-seam fastball jumped roughly five mph from 2019 until 2021 and now averages around 95 mph with a peak of 98. He pairs the fastball primarily with a dastardly changeup that averaged around 84 mph and got swings and misses at a near-elite rate, as well as an average separation of more than 10 mph from his fastball. Marinaccio also has a slider in the low 80s with excellent sweeper break that got plenty of swings and misses as well. Working in concert, the three pitches give Marinaccio weapons to neutralize hitters from both sides of the plate.

    The Future: Marinaccio was added to the Yankees’ 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. He’ll likely make his big league debut in 2022 as a reliever who can work multiple innings per outing.

  19. 19. Yoendrys Gomez | RHP
    Yoendrys Gomez
    Born: Oct 15, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: Alan Atacho.
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.90 ERA | 9 SO | 1 BB | 10 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The lost 2020 season limited Gomez to remote training, while a shoulder injury kept him from debuting until a month into the 2021 season. His year lasted 23.2 innings before he contracted Covid-19 and had to go on the injured list. Beyond that, Gomez had elbow surgery, which will cost him an undetermined amount of time.

    Scouting Report:When he was on the mound in 2021, Gomez showed the same live arm as always. His four-seam fastball averaged 95 mph and topped at 99 while showing excellent shape, particularly in regard to its vertical break. He backed the fastball primarily with a slider—a newer pitch in his repertoire—in the mid 80s with an excellent amount of the horizontal sweeping action that has become en vogue of late. He still boasts a third pitch changeup in the high 80s. The pitch could become more effective if it gains more separation from his fastball.

    The Future: The Yankees added Gomez to their 40-man roster after the 2020 season, but they will have to wait until his elbow is healed to reap those benefits.

  20. 20. Justin Lange | RHP
    Justin Lange
    Born: Sep 11, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Llano, Texas (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Kevin Ham (Padres).
    Minors: 1-1 | 10.32 ERA | 16 SO | 11 BB | 12 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Lange originally committed to Dallas Baptist as an infielder with plus-plus speed, but a huge velocity increase his senior year pushed him up draft boards as a pitcher. The Padres selected him 34th overall in 2020 and signed him for an above-slot $2 million bonus. Lange reported to the alternate training site and instructional league after he signed but was limited by shoulder fatigue. An injury again hindered him in 2021 as a knee issue limited him to just 22 innings in the Arizona Complex League in his official pro debut.

    Scouting Report:Lange is a long-term project with very real but very raw arm strength. His fastball has exceptional carry and sits 95-98 mph when he’s healthy, although his balky knee sapped him of velocity over the summer. His work-in-progress secondaries include a potentially above-average slider that sits in the mid-to-high 80s and a seldomly-used change-up. Lange’s command of his secondaries have a long way to go. His control is well below-average overall, largely because of his inability to throw his secondary pitches for strikes.

    The Future: Lange remains a lottery ticket with a wide range of potential outcomes. Getting healthy and improving his command of his secondaries are his most important steps in 2022. He was traded to the Yankees in the spring for Luke Voit.

  21. 21. Brendan Beck | RHP
    Brendan Beck
    Born: Oct 6, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Tyler Robertson

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Beck is the younger brother of Tristan Beck, who also pitched at Stanford and was the Braves’ fourth-round pick in 2018. The younger Beck shined for the Cardinal in 2021, helping lead the team to a national seed and a berth in the College World Series. The Yankees liked his pitch mix, polish and competitiveness, and signed him for $1,050,000 in the second round.

    Scouting Report:Perhaps the most important development affecting Beck’s draft stock was his spike in velocity. His fastball moved from an 88-92 mph offering to a 91-96 mph pitch in his final year in college. The Yankees like Beck’s slider the best out of all his offspeed pitches, but project his low-80s changeup and high-70s curveball to each be at least above-average. As an amateur, scouts preferred his changeup as the best of that trio, followed by his slider and curve. He also should have above-average control once he reaches his peak. The entirety of Beck’s repertoire should be accentuated by his feel to pitch and intense competitive streak.

    The Future: Beck did not pitch after signing, but his pedigree and age will likely allow him to leap immediately to High-A Hudson Valley once the 2022 season begins. He has the potential to pitch in the back of a rotation thanks to his arsenal, pitching acumen and a body built to eat innings.

  22. 22. J.P. Sears | LHP
    J.P. Sears
    Born: Feb 19, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Ben Sanderson (Mariners).
    Minors: 1-1 | 1.83 ERA | 50 SO | 6 BB | 40 IP

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Track Record: The Mariners popped Sears in the 11th round in 2017, then shipped him to New York with righty Juan Then in exchange for reliever Nick Rumbelow. Sears broke out in 2021 and finished No. 3 in strikeouts (136) and strikeout percentage (32.8) in the system.

    Scouting Report:Sears works with a three-pitch arsenal of a low-90s fastball, mid-80s changeup and a low-80s slider. His fastball shows well in plenty of analytical characteristics, including horizontal break and vertical approach angle—and was the most effective pitches in his mix despite average velocity and spin rates. Sears’ slider—which has been recently introduced into his mix—is the more effective of the two offspeed pitches, garnering a swing-and-miss rate of nearly 46%. His changeup is a clear third pitch, and scouts believe it could have a ceiling as an average offering. He showed excellent control in 2021, with just 2.7 walks per nine innings and a strikeout-to-walk rate of roughly 4.7 over 106 innings.

    The Future: Like fellow breakout reliever Ron Marinaccio, Sears was added to the 40-man roster in November to keep him out of the Rule 5 Draft. He has a future as a multi-inning reliever.

  23. 23. Anthony Garcia | 1B/OF
    Anthony Garcia
    Born: Sep 5, 2000
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 204
    Signed By: Jose Sabino.
    Minors: .199/.383/.384 | 11 HR | 19 SB | 211 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: The Yankees inked Garcia for $500,000 in 2017 on the strength of a tool kit fronted by positively preposterous power from both sides of the plate. He led the Gulf Coast League with 10 home runs in 2018, then dealt with injuries and was limited to just six games in 2019. He was the only minor leaguer in 2021 with 14 or more home runs in fewer than 130 at-bats.

    Scouting Report:Garcia hits balls hard, often. Scouts graded his raw power as easily double-plus from both sides of the plate, and his average exit velocity of 91.4 mph ranked among the system’s very best. His maximum exit velocity of 116 mph was the highest in the organization. Garcia has improved the quality of his at-bats by leaps and bounds, and his chase rate is surprisingly low for a player who still struck out in nearly 33% of his plate appearances. He played mostly first base and didn’t look great doing it, so he’s likely a DH in the big leagues. His 20-grade speed makes that outcome even more probable.

    The Future: After a smashing turn in Low-A, Garcia could return there for more seasoning in 2022. His likely future is as a player who keeps getting chances thanks to true light-tower power.

  24. 24. Jhony Brito | RHP
    Jhony Brito
    Born: Feb 17, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 160
    Minors: 7-3 | 2.41 ERA | 55 SO | 20 BB | 71 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    May update: Brito was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2015 but has had a stop-start career because of injuries and the pandemic. Even so, he finished 2021 as the system’s most accomplished strike-thrower and had an up-arrow by his profile. A dedicated worker, Brito has improved his fastball, which averages around 94 mph and has touched 98 mph this year. Brito’s changeup continues to be his best secondary offering, but the Yankees have worked to install both a slider and a cutter into his repertoire. If either of those pitches comes along, he could have a chance as a back-end starter. Tabbed as having the best control in the system, Brito’s average arsenal plays a bit better than would be expected thanks to how well he commands it, as well as some intriguing analytical characteristics.

  25. 25. Deivi Garcia | RHP
    Deivi Garcia
    Born: May 19, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 167
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Miguel Benitez.
    Minors: 0-3 | 10.38 ERA | 18 SO | 16 BB | 22 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: After signing in 2015, Garcia and his signature curveball rose through the system on the way to a spot as its top pitching prospect. He made his big league debut on Aug. 30, 2020, and opened a game in the Yankees’ playoff series against the Rays that year. This season, the wheels came off. His command and control vanished, and his 68 walks were the most by any pitcher in the organization.

    Scouting Report:A great deal of Garcia’s issues with control and command stem from the introduction of a slider and a delivery that has gotten out of whack as a result. Specifically, he started to fly open with his stride and his arm slot wandered, leading to a lot of pitches sprayed all over the zone but particularly high and to his armside. The drop in his arm slot was particularly noticeable on his curveball, which lacked any semblance of its former dominance and was his least-thrown offspeed pitch. A lot of analytical components point to Garcia’s rebound potential, but he must first fix his mechanical issues and rebuild his confidence after a season that was 180 degrees from what was expected.

    The Future: After a rough 2021 season, Garcia will head back to Triple-A to try to start fresh and re-establish some of his dented prospect stock. He’s an extraordinarily driven, competitive pitcher, and he has age still firmly on his side, but there’s a lot of work to be done.

  26. 26. Estevan Florial | OF
    Estevan Florial
    Born: Nov 25, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Haiti, 2015.
    Signed By: Esteban Castillo.
    Minors: .307/.385/.515 | 9 HR | 26 SB | 231 AB

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Track Record: After a 2017 season in which he was the system’s most ballyhooed prospect, Florial’s progress came to a screeching halt thanks to a series of injuries to his hands and wrists in the next two seasons. He was limited to 149 non-rehab games over those seasons, then spent 2020 at the team’s alternate training site. He got off to a hot start in 2021 at Double-A, then looked completely overmatched after a promotion to Triple-A.

    Scouting Report:As ever, Florial has plenty of strong tools. Internal evaluators rate his defense and throwing arm as the best among the system’s outfielders, and his athleticism also grades out as the organization’s best. He still is capable of hitting the ball plenty hard—his exit velocities in the minors maxed out at 111 mph—but he still swings and misses far too often, particularly at pitches in the strike zone, and he struck out at a nearly 31% clip in Triple-A. To that end, the Yankees have been working with Florial to find a bat path that keeps his barrel in the zone for a longer amount of time. They’ve seen some month-over-month results, but he still needs plenty of seasoning. His speed and athleticism will give him plenty of chances to stick in center field, but his bat will determine how often his name is written into the lineup.

    The Future: Florial made a few cameos in New York and hit his first big league home run, but overall still showed he had plenty of holes to close if he is to ever live up to his potential.

  27. 27. Will Warren | RHP
    Will Warren
    Born: Jun 16, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Minors: 5-5 | 3.27 ERA | 69 SO | 22 BB | 66 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    May Update: Warren was the Yankees’ eighth-round selection in 2021, out of Southeastern Louisiana. The team’s pitching department worked with Warren to add a two-seamer and a slider to an attack that mostly featured a four-seamer and curveball. The newer pitches play extremely well from an analytical standpoint, especially the two-seamer, which has helped him rack up an absurd 14-to-1 groundout-to-airout ratio. His slider, which shows tremendous sweeping action, already spins above 3,000 rpms. Warren started his pro career in High-A after spending last season focusing on development. Now, he’s working on finding the best way to deploy his new, fuller repertoire.

  28. 28. Alexander Vargas | SS
    Alexander Vargas
    Born: Oct 29, 2001
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2018.
    Signed By: Edgar Mateo/Esteban Castillo/Rudy Gomez.
    Minors: .186/.254/.275 | 4 HR | 19 SB | 258 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: As an amateur, Vargas was expected to sign with Cincinnati. Instead, the Yankees added him to a haul that also included future trade pieces Kevin Alcantara and Maikol Escotto. He showed promise in his first season as a pro—split between the two complex-league affiliates—before repeating the Rookie-level Florida Complex League in 2021.

    Scouting Report:Vargas has continued to add strength to his frame and now checks in at a much more formidable 162 pounds, but he still has a long way to go. His average exit velocity in 2021 was roughly 83 mph, among the lowest in the entire system. As he continues to gain strength, the Yankees believe his raw tools will be better amplified. Outside evaluators would like to see more consistency in his game. They note the potential for plus defense and plus speed, but also that he gets lackadaisical and takes plays off. Sometimes he’ll make the highlight-reel play, other times he’ll boot routine grounders. They also note a tendency to get out of his approach and become too much of a free-swinger.

    The Future: After two years in the lowest levels of the minor leagues sandwiched around a pandemic, Vargas will need to move up at least to Low-A Tampa.

  29. 29. Juan Carela | RHP
    Juan Carela
    Born: Dec 15, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 186
    Minors: 4-2 | 2.61 ERA | 83 SO | 26 BB | 59 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    May Update: Carela is one of the Yankees’ intriguing young arms at the lowest levels of the minor leagues. Signed in 2018, Carela teased at his potential in 2021 and has looked excellent in the early portion of this season. The Yankees’ pitching department tinkered with the grip on Carela’s slider to help shape it into a shorter, tighter offering than its previous iteration. Now, the organization is working on improving the quality of both Carela’s two-seamer and changeup. His strikeout and walk rates are trending in the right directions, making Carela an interesting sleeper-type prospect.

  30. 30. Chandler Champlain | RHP
    Chandler Champlain
    Born: Jul 23, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 220
    Minors: 2-4 | 3.79 ERA | 74 SO | 15 BB | 62 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    May Update: Champlain’s numbers at Southern California—5-8, 5.31—do not point to a particularly eye-popping prospect. In pro ball, however, he’s stuck out. The righthander’s two best offerings are a mid-90s fastball and a nasty slider, but he’s also begun incorporating a cutter and a curveball. Outside evaluators, too, have been intrigued by Champlain’s early outings.

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