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Six Yankees place on Baseball America's top 20 Gulf Coast League prospect list

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Jeff Gross

The Yankees had six prospect appear on Baseball America's list of the top 20 prospects of the Gulf Coast League. Catcher Luis Torrens (#10), third baseman Miguel Andujar (#11), shortstop Abi Avelino (#13), second baseman Gosuke Katoh (#15), right-handed pitcher Luis Severino (#17), and shortstop Thairo Estrada (#20) all made the list.

The right-handed hitting Torrens hit .241/.348/.299 on the season at the age of 17. He committed only two errors and had a 45% caught stealing rate behind the plate as well.

18-year-old right-handed hitting Andujar had a .323/.368/.496 with four home runs triple slash in 144 plate appearances. He OPS'd .904 against right-handed pitching and .996 in the month of August.

Avelino hit 303/.381/.399 on the season between both GCL teams and Staten Island. As a right-handed hitter he OPS'd .847 against lefties at the age of 18.

2013 draftee Katoh surprised everyone by hitting .310/.402/.522 with six home runs and five triples as a left-handed hitter. He had a 12.6% walk rate and played great defense, only committing four errors on the season at the age of 18.

At the age of 19, Severino made the jump to Low-A Charleston after pitching to a 1.37 ERA and 1.68 FIP in 26.1 innings. the righty had a 10.8 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 on the season between the two levels.

The 17-year-old Estrada hit .278/.350/.432 with seven stolen bases in 199 plate appearances. The righty OPS'd over 1.000 against lefties and over .800 in the month of August.

These six are very far away, but it's nice to see the the Yankees getting credit for their international signings and drafting.

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