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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: .250/.341/.462 | 21 HR | 49 SB | 509 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: .259/.329/.448 | 19 HR | 33 SB | 386 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: .277/.350/.469 | 14 HR | 21 SB | 401 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.

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

  4. 4. 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: .277/.385/.512 | 20 HR | 16 SB | 336 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: Wells missed a chunk of time in the middle of the season with a ruptured testicle but has since returned to action after a rehab with Low-A Tampa.

    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.

  5. 5. 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: .273/.375/.461 | 16 HR | 37 SB | 451 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    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.

  6. 6. Will Warren | RHP
    Will Warren
    Born: Jun 16, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Minors: 9-9 | 3.91 ERA | 125 SO | 42 BB | 129 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: After not pitching at all in his draft season, Warren has emerged not only as one of the stars of the team's most recent draft class, but of the system as a whole. The Yankees altered Warren's arsenal to give him a mix based heavily around a sinker and slider, and the result has helped him rocket to Double-A while getting grounders by the bushel.

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

  7. 7. Spencer Jones | OF
    Spencer Jones
    Born: May 14, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 225
    Minors: .344/.425/.538 | 4 HR | 12 SB | 93 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    August Update: Jones was a standout two-way player in high school in the 2019 class, with significant upside as a lefthanded pitcher on the mound, but sneaky bat-to-ball skills and athleticism as a hitter with such a tall frame. A fractured elbow cut his senior season short, and he made it to campus at Vanderbilt, where he has exclusively been a hitter—mostly playing outfield but getting a few games at first base. After hitting under .300 in his first two seasons, Jones turned in a strong summer in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .312/.424/.481 in 21 games (though with a 30% strikeout rate) and has had a career-best season this spring. Jones hit .370/.460/.644 with 12 home runs, 21 doubles and 64 strikeouts (23.5 K%) to 32 walks (11.7 BB%) in 61 games. Jones has plenty of power in his 6-foot-7, 225-pound frame, with the average and top-end exit velocities to back that up. He has clear plus raw power but hasn't tapped into that quite as much as scouts have expected thanks in part to a heavy backside approach. He's still a plus runner despite his size and will turn in 4.15-second home-to-first times, with the speed to be a threat on the bases and play an above-average corner outfield position. He has shown average arm strength, but that could improve as he gets further away from his elbow injury. Model-driven teams could be lower on Jones given his strikeout rate, but old-school scouts are excited about his unique athleticism, size and power potential.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 60. Run: 55. Field: 55. Arm: 50.

  8. 8. 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/Extreme

    Midseason Update: Gil had struggled through the first couple of months at Triple-A, which served as his first real exposure to cold-weather baseball, but earned a call back to the big leagues May 12. He tore the ulnar collateral ligament in that outing, however, and had Tommy John surgery.

    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.

  9. 9. Drew Thorpe | RHP
    Drew Thorpe
    Born: Oct 1, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190

    BA Grade: 50/High

    August Update: Thorpe arrived at Cal Poly unsure whether he'd be a third baseman, catcher or pitcher, but after coach Larry Lee saw Thorpe's changeup, he quickly put him on the mound. Thorpe went on to start three years in the Mustangs rotation, including the last two as their Friday night starter, and pitched in both the Cape Cod League and for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team last summer. Thorpe is one of the most accomplished and polished pitchers in the draft class. He has a strong, durable 6-foot-4 frame and throws three pitches for strikes with plus control. His fastball sits 89-93 mph and maintains its velocity deep into starts. His 82-83 mph slider improved this spring to become an above-average pitch that gets swings and misses both in and out of the strike zone and his 81-84 mph changeup is a devastating, borderline plus-plus offering batters can't touch even when they know it is coming. Thorpe's fastball is straight and hittable, so he pitches off his secondaries and will sometimes go entire innings without throwing a single fastball. His arm speed has slowed because he's so secondary-heavy, costing him velocity at times. Thorpe will have to establish his fastball better as a pro to reach his back-of-the-rotation potential.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Slider: 55. Changeup: 65. Control: 60.

  10. 10. 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: .283/.368/.481 | 15 HR | 39 SB | 403 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    Midseason Update: The biggest impediments to Florial's success in recent years have revolved around a simple lack of development time. He played just 149 games from 2018 through 2020 because of injuries and the pandemic and as a result was largely unable to get on track, though he did make his big league debut in 2020. The other area keeping Florial from reaching his ceiling was his plate discipline. He's made great strides in that department this year and is seeing big-time gains, both in terms of pure performance and analytically, as a result. 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.

  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: 2-7 | 3.90 ERA | 120 SO | 41 BB | 116 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. Oswaldo Cabrera | SS
    Oswaldo Cabrera
    Born: Mar 1, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 145
    Signed By: Borman Landaeta.
    Minors: .269/.348/.503 | 9 HR | 13 SB | 197 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: Cabrera, who broke out in 2021 after adding plenty of strength to his frame and adjusting his approach to get more balls in the air, has been on the IL since the middle of May with a shoulder impingement. He began a rehab assignment on July 4 at Low-A Tampa.

    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.

  13. 13. Trey Sweeney | SS
    Trey Sweeney
    Born: Apr 24, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Steve Lemke.
    Minors: .240/.349/.413 | 16 HR | 31 SB | 433 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.

  14. 14. Roderick Arias | SS
    Roderick Arias
    Born: Sep 9, 2004
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 178

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    August Update: Arias was the crown jewel of the Yankees' most recent international class and was one of the best players available overall. After missing time early in the season, he has made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, showing a good mix of patience, power and athleticism.

    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. 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: 2-1 | 3.27 ERA | 46 SO | 9 BB | 33 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.

  16. 16. Clayton Beeter | RHP
    Clayton Beeter
    Born: Oct 9, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Texas Tech, 2020 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Clint Bowers.
    Minors: 0-3 | 4.56 ERA | 129 SO | 46 BB | 77 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: After having Tommy John surgery in high school, Beeter was a closer at Texas Tech who eventually moved into a starter's role. The Dodgers have developed him as a starter, though his future is likely in a relief role. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Beeter has innate feel to spin that shows up both on his fastball and breaking ball. Beeter's fastball sits at 93-96 mph and reaches 98 with good carry up in the zone. With 88 strikeouts in 51.2 innings this year for a 36% strikeout rate, Beeter piles up most of his whiffs with his breaking balls, a power curveball and a harder, mid-80s slider. They both generate ample swing and miss and Beeter throws them as often as he throws his fastball. If he improves his control, he could make his major league debut by next season.

    Track Record: Beeter had Tommy John surgery in high school but recovered to become a standout closer at Texas Tech before taking over as the Friday night starter. The Dodgers drafted him 66th overall in 2020 and signed him for $1,196,500. Beeter made his pro debut in 2021 and posted a 3.44 ERA between High-A Great Lakes and Double-A Tulsa, but he mostly worked as an “opener” and never threw more than 3.1 innings in an outing.

    Scouting Report: Beeter is a strong, physical righthander who pitches almost exclusively with his fastball and curveball. His plus fastball sits 93-95 and touches 98 with ride through the top of the strike zone and his is curveball is a high-spin, top-to-bottom offering in the mid 80s that drops below the zone for swings and misses. Beeter rarely throws his below-average, low-80s changeup and gets hit hard by lefties as a result. His long arm action leads to a lack of deception and fringe-average control

    The Future: Beeter is universally seen as a future reliever. His fastball-curveball combination is good enough for him to potentially be a setup man.

  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: .248/.348/.448 | 17 HR | 37 SB | 415 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. Trystan Vrieling | RHP
    Trystan Vrieling
    Born: Oct 2, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Vrieling led Gonzaga in appearances during the 2021 season, when he started just two games, but posted a 3.88 ERA in 48.2 innings as a late-inning reliever. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound righthander transitioned to a full-time starting role this spring and had plenty of scouting buzz early in the season after posting a 2.66 ERA over his first seven starts. Vrieling struggled in the second half with stuff that trended in the wrong direction, and he finished with a 4.91 ERA over 15 starts and 80.2 innings with 107 strikeouts (29.6 K%) and 46 walks (12.7%). Vrieling throws a fastball in the 90-93 mph range and has been up to 95-96 at peak this spring, and will mix in a slider, curveball and changeup. He throws the slider in the low-to-mid 80s with short and tight break and big spin rates in the 2,500-2,800 rpm range. His upper-70s-to-lower-80s curveball is the better swing-and-miss offering, though he throws it for strikes less frequently, with impressive depth and similar raw spin to the slider. Vrieling will also use a mid-80s changeup and while he didn't throw it frequently this spring, he did show solid feel to land the pitch for strikes. Vrieling threw strikes well in flashes this spring, but his overall track record of control in college is fringy.

  19. 19. Brock Selvidge | LHP
    Brock Selvidge
    Born: Aug 28, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Troy Afenir.
    Minors: 3-1 | 2.95 ERA | 53 SO | 17 BB | 43 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.

  20. 20. Ron Marinaccio | RHP
    Ron Marinaccio
    Born: Jul 1, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Stewart Smothers.
    Minors: 1-0 | 2.53 ERA | 24 SO | 4 BB | 11 IP

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Midseason Update: Marinaccio broke into the big leagues in 2022 and had been a revelation out of the bullpen. He allowed just one hit in 15.1 innings stretching through all his major league appearances between May 22 and July before hittiing the IL on July 3 with shoulder inflammation.

    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.

  21. 21. Jhony Brito | RHP
    Jhony Brito
    Born: Feb 17, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 160
    Minors: 11-4 | 2.96 ERA | 91 SO | 35 BB | 113 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.

  22. 22. 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: 1-0 | 2.49 ERA | 49 SO | 18 BB | 47 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.

  23. 23. Juan Carela | RHP
    Juan Carela
    Born: Dec 15, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 186
    Minors: 8-6 | 4.21 ERA | 131 SO | 52 BB | 107 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.

  24. 24. Luis Serna | RHP
    Luis Serna
    Born: Jul 20, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 162
    Minors: 0-0 | 1.96 ERA | 56 SO | 17 BB | 42 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Midseason Update: The Yankees signed Serna in May 2021 and it hasn't taken him long to open eyes in and out of the organization. The righthander is rail-thin now but has already shown big-time velo gains with a fastball that now sits around 92 and has touched a couple of ticks higher. His best offspeed pitch is his changeup, which already has been likened to some of the best in the minors. He shows outstanding pitchability for his age and pounds the zone with all four of his offerings.

  25. 25. 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.

  26. 26. Anthony Hall | OF
    Anthony Hall
    Born: Feb 9, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .000/0/0 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 1 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    August Update: A physical, 6-foot-2, 200-pound outfielder, Hall had a middling first two seasons with Oregon, but impressed scouts with a more refined approach in the Cape Cod League in 2021. In 34 games with Falmouth, he hit .283/.382/.481, with four home runs and better zone control than he had previously shown. That improvement translated to his 2022 season with the Ducks, though it took him about a month to get rolling offensively. Hall hit .333/.402/.640 in 60 games, with 14 home runs, 17 doubles and 43 strikeouts (16.6 K%) to 24 walks (9.3 BB%). Hall has plenty of strength and above-average raw power to the pull side, but he is still learning to tap into the power with more consistency. He hits the ball on the ground frequently, but when he does catch a pitch on the middle of the plate and elevates he can do plenty of damage with strength and bat speed. It's a relatively simple swing with a slight leg kick and some pre-pitch hand movement. Hall hammers fastballs and has performed well against 93-plus mph velocity, though he needs to continue cutting down on his whiffs against secondary offerings. A center fielder with Oregon, Hall is an average runner and projects as a corner outfielder at the next level.

  27. 27. 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: 4-5 | 6.89 ERA | 76 SO | 32 BB | 64 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    August Update: Garcia, who just two seasons ago was an opener in a Division Series game, has had a trying past couple of seasons. He struggled badly in a return to Triple-A to begin the year, then missed nearly two months injuries before being assigned to Double-A Somerset. He still has youth on his side, but between injuries and regression it's hard to see him achieving the ceiling many projected in the early stages of his career.

    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.

  28. 28. Antonio Gomez | C
    Antonio Gomez
    Born: Nov 13, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 216
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Edgar Mateo/Raul Gonzalez.
    Minors: .252/.332/.369 | 8 HR | 1 SB | 325 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    August Update: Gomez scuffled to begin the season at Low-A before being sent back to extended spring training for roughly three weeks. In the last few months, Gomez, who is still just 20 years old, has begun performing better, particularly when it come to managing the strike zone. He's shown exit velocities up to 105 mph of late as well. He's thrown out 31% of runners during his time at Low-A and has done a better job blocking as well.

  29. 29. Agustin Ramirez | C
    Agustin Ramirez
    Born: Sep 10, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 210
    Minors: .304/.386/.506 | 6 HR | 13 SB | 168 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    August Update: Ramirez was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2018 and ranked No. 48 in that year's international class. This year, in a return to the Florida Complex League, he's beginning to hint the potential the Yankees saw as an amateur. Rival scouts see a player with a chance to be an offensive-minded catcher with plenty of raw juice. He's a below-average defender but has a strong throwing arm.

  30. 30. Sean Hermann | RHP
    Sean Hermann
    Born: Jun 13, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160
    Minors: 2-0 | 2.52 ERA | 57 SO | 13 BB | 54 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    August Update: Hermann was the Yankees' 14th-round selection in 2021, out of high school in Florida. The righthander doesn't show much athleticism or projectability, but his arsenal provides enough upside to potentially give him a future as a middle reliever or back-end starter. He works with a low-90s sinker that's been up to 95 this season as well as a low-80s slider and a changeup that comes in a tick hotter. Hermann excelled in the Florida Complex League and earned a promotion to Low-A.

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