Which Yankees Prospect to Watch?

We've done this in years past and I enjoy it, so why not once more? Since I don't want to follow the same prospect in consecutive years, I've narrowed it to the following players. The winner will get their daily and season stats listed on the sidebar. Read and then vote please.

C Gary Sanchez, 19

The wunderkind will, much like Jesus Montero, try to quell fears that he can't stick at catcher long term while maintaining a good batting line. The excitement with him is his power. He had almost an identical IsoP (Isolated Power) at the same age and in the same league as uber-prospect Bryce Harper. You'd like him to hit for more contact (.256 BA in Low-A Charleston), because as he advances, the pitchers will improve in almost every facet of their game: command, secondary pitches, movement, etc., making it tougher for Sanchez to square up pitches.

His pitch-blocking ability is his biggest weakness though - he's allowed 42 passed balls in 90 pro games behind the plate (with 16 errors). Despite that, he maintains a respectable 31% caught stealing rate. Expect him to start the season in Hi-A Tampa.

OF Mason Williams, 20

This guy shot up prospect boards this season after a tremendous season in Short Season Staten Island, where he hit .349/.395/.468 in 68 games while playing, by all accounts, superb center field defense. He could replace Curtis Granderson in a few years if everything goes right. He should start the year in Low-A Charleston.

FYI, look for him in tonight's game against Baltimore.

3B Dante Bichette, Jr., 19

The 2011 supplemental round draft pick signed quick enough to play almost a full season in the Gulf Coast League. He only won the MVP with an awesome debut campaign: .342/.446/.505. What stands out the most is the impressive IsoD (Isolated Discipline) of .104, especially at such a young age. His defense was doubted before he took the field, but he showed he could be a mainstay at third (whether that spot's ever open on the big league team is another question). Look for him to be the starting third basemen for the Charleston River Dogs.

RHP Jose Campos, 19

He was the "lesser" piece in the Pineda-Montero swap, but he could turn out to be the best player involved in that trade. At 18, in full season ball (Low-A Northwest League), he showed fantastic control (1.4 BB/9) and groundball ability (51%) while maintaining a K rate of 9.4/9. The experts says he has preternatural fastball command but lacks quality secondary pitches. He'll continue to work on those in Tampa this season.

[Source: BRef]

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