Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus gave a few Yankee prospects some love today in his 'Future Shock' blog -
Dellin Betances, RHP, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K
Of Betances' 11 starts this year, eight of them could arguably be described as dominant, with none more so than last night's when Betances retired the last 14 batters he faced, nine via the strikeout. With a fastball that is all the way back (94-98 mph) and control that we've never seen before, the 22-year-old has whiffed 68 over 57 innings while allowing just 31 hits and walking 15. Only an ugly track record when it comes to staying healthy prevents him from being labeled with an elite tag.
Brandon Laird, 3B, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 4-for-4, 2 HR (2), 3 R, 2 RBI
It's been a darn good year overall for the Yankee farm system, and one of the brightest points of light has been Laird, who entered the year as a nice little hitter with some upside, and is now considered one of the better offensive prospects in the system. After batting .291/.355/.523 in the Eastern League, you couldn't have asked for a better Triple-A debut, but much like Jesus Montero, it's hard to figure out where his big league future lies if he remains a Yankee.
Melky Mesa, OF, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 2-for-5, HR (15), R, 3 RBI. Above-average power and speed, good defense with a plus arm, the only problem is he's not a very good hitter; .261/.333/.469 overall.
And perhaps best of all, Gary Sanchez returned to the GCL Yankees today (after a 19-day absence) and continued where he left off: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI.
For more on Betances and Melky, check out my week in review of the Tampa Yankees.