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Baby Bomber Bonus Recap: A review of the 2015 Tampa Yankees

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

3B Miguel Andujar .243/.288/.363, 8 HR, 57 RBI, 12 SB, 90/29 K/BB, 520 PA
Andujar might not have the raw offensive numbers you want to see from a third baseman, but he was productive in 2015 and kept up his power numbers. Unfortunately, his production has fallen over the last three seasons, and coupled with his strikeout rates, the upper minors might prove to be too much for him.

SS Abiatal Avelino .252/.309/.321, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 38 SB, 63/32 K/BB, 446 PA
Avelino reached a career-high in games played this year and he performed well over the course of a long season, especially on the base paths. He split time between second and short to make room for Jorge Mateo, and the experience at both positions likely won't be a bad thing.

1B Mike Ford .260/.346/.368, 6 HR, 55 RBI, 75/60 K/BB, 500 PA
Despite a slip in overall production, Ford collected career-highs in hits, doubles, and walks. He's still a productive hitter, so he's at least worth keeping an eye on, but being stuck at first base really hurts his chances of making it with the Yankees.

OF Dustin Fowler .289/.328/.370, 39 RBI, 12 SB, 43/16 K/BB, 262 PA
After his promotion from Charleston, Fowler continued to hit and kept running, finishing the season with 30 stolen bases on the year. At only 21 years old, he could already be a name to watch in the upper minors next year.

C Kyle Higashioka .254/.305/.375, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 49/22 K/BB, 331 PA
the 25-year-old catcher is likely just organizational filler at this point, but he had a productive year in the season following Tommy John surgery. He could still somehow find his way in the big league conversation, but that would depend entirely on who the Yankees trade and who gets hurt next year.

OF Michael O`Neill .213/.264/.298, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 14 SB, 85/21 K/BB, 372 PA
O`Neill took a giant step back this year in every offensive category, including home runs and stolen bases. It seemed like last year was only the beginning for him, but this season puts everything in doubt. Hopefully he rebounds, but it's very possible that, at 23 years old, he already peaked.

OF Mark Payton .291/.390/.396, 18 RBI, 6 SB, 32/26 K/BB, 216 PA
While he didn't hit like he did in 2014, Payton still provided enough offensive production to earn a call-up to Double-A Trenton. At this rate, he's going to be an MLB option before too long.

SS Tyler Wade .280/.349/.353, 2 HR, 28 RBI, 31 SB, 65/39 K/BB, 418 PA
Despite his numerous errors in the field every year, Wade is highly regard inside the organization. He did so well in Tampa that he got a chance in Trenton, despite being almost 4.5 years younger than the league average. He should be a name to watch in 2016 and could even earn a bench spot on the big league team before you know it.

RHP Jose Campos 7.05 ERA, 6.2 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 44.2 IP
In his first season back from elbow surgery, it's not too alarming that his ERA was through the roof. What is good to see are his solid peripherals that should help him readjust to the league next year.

RHP Cale Coshow 2.23 ERA, 7.8 K/9, 1.5 BB/9, 64.2 IP, 9 GS/16 G
He did so well in Charleston and Tampa that he was converted into a full-time starter and eventually moved up to Double-A Trenton. While he likely ends up as a reliever in the end, his opportunity to start and ability to hit the strike zone have put him on MLB's Yankees top prospect list.

RHP Rookie Davis 3.70 ERA, 9.7 K/9, 1.7 BB/9, 97.1 IP
It took awhile to get off the ground, but in 2015, Davis finally started pitching like the future big leaguer they thought they had. He pitched well in Tampa, eventually moving up to Trenton at only 22, and now he's ranked as the organization's #10 prospect on's list.

RHP Gabriel Encinas 4.39 ERA, 10.6 K/9, 5.8 BB/9, 98.1 IP
Another year removed from Tommy John surgery, Encinas has upped his strikeout game and his innings count, but he was plagued by an alarming lack of command that could ultimately sink his potential. The Yankees are still throwing him out there as a starter, but if the control issues don't subside, he's probably best served as a reliever.

LHP Dietrich Enns 0.76 ERA, 7.6 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 47.1 IP, 10 G/9 GS
A reliever-turned-starter, Enns looked like a promising conversion before falling victim to Tommy John surgery. His 2015, though relatively short, got him right back to where he left off and next year could be a big year for him.

RHP Giovanny Gallegos 1.35 ERA, 9.1 K/9, 1.2 BB/9, 53.1 IP
As a starter, he was briefly on the prospect map before moving to the bullpen and losing a ton of value. This year, Gallegos made incredible strides in Tampa before spending time in Trenton and Scranton as a 23-year-old. Regardless of where he starts the 2016 season, he's back on the map and could be someone to watch if he has a strong follow-up.

LHP Chaz Hebert 2.95 ERA, 6.9 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 106.2 IP, 12 G/15 GS
A complete unknown going into the season, Hebert might have put his name on the map with a strong 2015 season. He did so well, he even got a few starts in Scranton as a 22-year-old. Next year he should see Double-A and could end up as a bullpen option for the Yankees.

RHP Jonathan Holder 2.44 ERA, 6.8 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 103.1 IP, 19 G/18 GS
The decision to convert Holder into a starter has really worked out for theYankees organization. He has been extremely effective in that role and could end up being a real workhorse if he keeps this level of success up.

LHP Jordan Montgomery 3.08 ERA, 7.6 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 90.2 IP, 16 G/15 GS
After a strong debut in 2014, Montgomery continued where he left off by providing a solid line between Charleston and Tampa this year. He was one of the many college pitchers expected to move quickly through the system and he's pushing his way to the majors and up the organization's prospect list.

RHP Luis Alberto Niebla 2.88 ERA, 7.0 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 50.0 IP
The reliever was a little old for Tampa this year, but he also reached Trenton as a 24-year-old. He likely won't end up being much, but if he puts up another season like he did in 2015, he could be in the conversation at some point.

LHP Evan Rutckyj 2.45 ERA, 12.1 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 44.0 IP
At no point in his minor league career did Evan Rutckyj look like a future major league player, but now, after his second season as a reliever, he's showing that the Yankees might have something here. He's already reached Double-A Trenton at 23 years old, so he might become an option as soon as next year.