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Ranking the Top 10 New York Yankees Prospects

Ranking the Top 10 New York Yankees Prospects By David Roberts

The New York Yankees head into the much anticipated 2018 season with high expectations. After a couple of years rebuilding a farm system that now touts overwhelming depth and talent, they are primed for a World Series run. They are one of the early season favorites and clearly a team on the rise.

Baseball America recently released their top 100 prospects which featured six Yankees. Gleyber Torres, unsurprisingly, heads the list at number six. The Yankees are hoping for continued success from their top prospects, which in recent years has boasted the likes of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Luis Severino. Let's not forget Chad Green, Clint Frazier and Jordan Montgomery, who all added valuable contributions to the 2017 season. Here's a list of my top ten Yankees prospects that show promise and expect to add to the crop of the recent Baby Bomber Boom.

1. Gleyber Torres, INF, Age 20. Ranked 6th on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects

Torres was possibly on his way to the Bronx in 2017 before undergoing season ending Tommy John surgery to his non-throwing shoulder. He batted .287/.383/.480 split between AA and AAA ball. He will likely compete for a starting spot in the Yankees line-up early in 2018.

2. Miguel Andujar, 3B, Age 22. Ranked 59th on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects

Andujar made his Major League debut last summer for the Yankees. He batted .315/.353/.498 in 480 at bats playing for AA and AAA. Considered unreliable in the field, he has questions regarding his ability to start at 3rd base for the Yankees. He has a cannon arm and could potentially be a future right fielder. (Not likely in New York) His strength is his bat, and he could hit for both power and average. He should make the Yankees roster, if not out of camp, in the month of May 2018.

3. Chance Adams, RHP, Age 23. Ranked 81st on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects

Chance pitched to a 15-5 record and a 2.45 ERA through 150 innings between AA and AAA. He also had 125/58 K to BB rate. There's conflicting reports on his fastball, according to minorleagueball.com, but showcases a nasty slider and strong makeup. Not currently on 40 man roster, but we could very well see him in 2018.

4. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Age 21. Ranked 41st on Baseball America's Top 100 prospects

The former 1st round pick was acquired from the Indians in the Andrew Miller trade. He touts three plus pitches including a 96+ MPH fastball. Not currently on the 40 man roster, but could be a September 2018 call up.

5. Estevan Florial, OF, Age 20. Ranked 38th on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects

The Hatian born outfielder has a ton of potential. He isn't in the Yankees immediate plans, as he is still a few years away from the big leagues. Has all the tools and ability to become a star. He may top this list this time next year.

6. Domingo Acevedo, RHP, Age 23.

Signed in 2012 out of the Dominican Republic, Acevedo has a power arm and can throw strikes. He adds a good changeup to go with his upper 90's fastball. We are most likely to see him as a reliever if he gets the call to the big leagues.

7. Thairo Estrada, INF, Age 21

Estrada got a ton of experience in AA last year, playing a stellar defense. Not in immediate plans for New York, but he may be valuable trade bait with all of the depth in the Yankees system. Many teams could use a good defensive shortstop with big upside, and shortstop in the Bronx looks to be on lockdown.

8. Albert Abreu, RHP, Age 22. Ranked 77th on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects

Abreu has a lot of questions surrounding his health and durability. Has the talent and ability to reach 100+ with his fastball. He just needs more consistency and innings.

9. Nick Solak, 2B, Age 22

Drafted out of Louisville in 2016, Solak is a speedster with some power. Nick batted .297/.384/.452 with 12 homers in high A/AA ball last season. He has alot of upside after just one year in professional ball.

10. Freicer Perez, RHP, Age 21

Perez is a 6'8" right hander out of the Dominican Republic. As is the case with big frame pitchers, his delivery needs to be refined. He will see tougher and tougher competition this year as he will be promoted up to higher level leagues.

It will be interesting to see what the Yankees plan on doing regarding second and third base before the start of the season. A main reason why I have Andujar second on my list to Torres is the immediate impact both should have in pinstripes. Five of my top six prospects all project to play with the Yankees at one point or another in 2018.

It is a fun time to be a Yankee fan, and it looks like something special could be brewing. With depth, talent and a solid foundation, the Yankees figure to be near the top for the foreseeable future. General Manager Brian Cashman has done an extraordinary job structuring the organization top to bottom for rookie manager Aaron Boone and the Yankees new coaching staff. The path to 28 has been paved, but the journey has just begun.


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