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Baby Bomber Bonus Recap: A review of the 2015 GCL Yankees 2

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

SS Yancarlos Baez .235/.300/.338, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 8 SB, 49/20 K/BB, 229 PA

Among the shortstop conversation in the Yankees system, Baez should at least receive a passing glance. He's believed to be a very fast and athletic middle infielder type who just needs to get a chance in A-ball.

1B/3B Kevin Cornelius .305/.430/.598, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 20/18 K/BB, 100 PA
Drafted in 2013, Cornelius lost a majority of the 2014 season to injury. This year he made up for lost time and reached Staten Island, but he's already 23 and might not amount to much if the Yankees aren't more aggressive with him.

OF Andy Diaz .258/.362/.398, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 41/18 K/BB, 152 PA
The 19-year-old outfielder made his stateside debut this year and proved to be decent with the bat. The Yankees will likely want to see him do it again in rookie ball before they push him to A-ball.

3B Dermis Garcia .159/.256/.188, 6 RBI, 25/9 K/BB, 78 PA
As a 17-year-old, the Yankees aggressively placed Garcia in the GCL, despite only signing his first professional contract last summer. Things didn't go so well for him, but that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

OF Isiah Gilliam .296/.359/.415, HR, 23 RBI, 23/15 K/BB, 153 PA
Largely considered the steal of this year's draft since everyone figured he would head for college, Gilliam wasted no time bating up GCL pitching. Watch for him to get a more aggressive promotion next year because it looks like he can handle it.

OF Dominic Jose .285/.346/.368, HR, 10 RBI, 10 SB, 22/10 K/BB, 164 PA
Jose hit well in his second professional season, earning him a call-up to Low-A Charleston at the end of the year. Unfortunately, since he was drafted out of college, he's a little too old for this level and will hopefully get his chance next year.

1B/3B Renzo Martini .286/.391/.470, 5 HR, 34 RBI, 31/31 K/BB, 221 PA
Initially moving around A-ball, he was given regular playing time in the GCL where he thrived with the bat. At 23 now, he needs a real chance in A-ball, but his 2014 struggled at Staten Island might hurt his chances.

SS/2B Yonauris Rodriguez .168/.257/.201, 5 SB, 50/18 K/BB, 168 PA
Seemingly able to hit well in the DSL, Rodriguez got his American debut this year and completely flopped, though at age 18 it's hard to read too much into it yet. He was expected to stay at shortstop, but ended up yielding the position to Yancarlos Baez.

RHP Gean Batista 2.82 ERA, 4.25 FIP, 8.9 K/9, 4.8 BB/9, 22.1 IP
After four years in the DSL, this is now Batista's second season in the GCL. He's 23 now, so it's time to see if he can handle A-ball or if he's going to be organizational fodder.

LHP Jeff Degano 5.06 ERA, 4.43 FIP, 6.8 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 10.2 IP, 6 GS
Drafted in the second round this year, Degano didn't settle in to his first assignment against players much younger than him. He was moved to Staten Island where things turned out much better for him, but he has yet to pitch more than three innings in a single start.

LHP Omar Luis 2.36 ERA, 4.36 FIP, 6.1 K/9, 5.4 BB/9, 26.2 IP
Once considered a top international signing a few years ago, Luis has since moved to the bullpen and has become a serviceable reliever with some serious control problems. He missed a lot of the season to injury, but will hopefully get another shot in A-ball in 2016.

RHP Dallas Martinez 2.18 ERA, 2.53 FIP, 7.40 K/9, 1.74 BB/9, 20.2 IP
Martinez only managed to get into a handful of games, but he pitched well in the GCL rotation. His lack of innings in 2015 will likely hamper his movement in 2016.

RHP Paddy O'Brien 3.38 ERA, 3.12 FIP, 12.94 K/9, 5.06 BB/9, 16.0 IP
It seemed like an odd move to draft a backup catcher who never played, but it all made sense when the Yankees wanted O`Brien as a pitcher. Despite struggling with command, he seems like he has real potential to be a shutdown reliever.

RHP Gilmael Troya 2.25 ERA, 3.28 FIP, 9.75 K/9, 3.50 BB/9, 36.0 IP, 7 GS
Making his professional debut this year, Troya made short work of the DSL before getting a shot in the States. He performed well at the age of 18 and could find his way into a promotion next year.

RHP Daris Vargas 2.12 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 7.4 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, 51.0 IP, 8 GS
Splitting time between the bullpen and the rotation, Vargas proved to be one of the more reliable pitchers on the team. For his efforts he got a promotion to Low-A Charleston at the age age of 23.