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Ranking the Yankees Top 10 Prospects

#1

Estevan Florial

Age: 21 Position: OF 2018 Level: A+

2018 Stats: .283/.377/.422, 35 RBI’s, 6 HR, 16 SB

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Estevan Florial has been regarded by scouts as a potential all-star caliber center fielder. A broken hamate bone in 2018 slowed down his progression, but he made the most of his playing time, hitting .283 between the Yankees GCL and High-A teams. Florial saw game action in a majority of the Yankees spring games and hit an impressive .355 with the big league club. The 19-year-old has been subject of many trade talks and may not be in the Yanks system for much longer, especially since Aaron Hicks was recently extended until 2026. Florial is considered a 4-5 tool player who can be an MLB leadoff hitter in the future.

#2

Everson Pereira

Age: 17 Position: OF 2018 Level: Rookie

2018 Stats: .263/.322/.389, 26 RBI’s, 3 HR

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At 17 years old, Everson Pereira has already emerged as one of the top prospects in the Yankees organization and throughout all of baseball. Strikeouts were a problem for Pereira in his first pro season, but his defense was among the best in the Appalachian League. A quick bat, speed on the bases and gold glove potential could get Pereira to the bigs by the time he turns 21.

#3

Michael King

Age: 23 Position: RHP 2018 Level: A+, AA, AAA

2018 Stats: 24 Starts, 11-5, 1.79 ERA, .202 OBA, 152 K’s

MILB.com

Michael King went from a lesser-known Yankees prospect to a top prospect in 2018. King shut down hitters and made his way up to Triple-A in 2019. King throws a low 90’s fastball with an above-average slider. He experienced stress in his elbow during the early weeks of spring training and is still rehabbing. Whatever worked for him in 2018, if King can keep it up in 2019, he is likely to earn a big-league promotion by the end of September.

 

#4

Deivi Garcia

Age: 19 Position: RHP 2018 Level: A, A+, AA

2018 Stats: 14 Starts, 2.55 ERA, 105 K’s, .189 OBA

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Deivi Garcia was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2016 and immediately proved he belonged, posting a 2.61 ERA in the Dominican League before coming to the U.S. in 2017. In his minor league career, opponents have hit .182 off Garcia and he’s posted a career 2.81 ERA. In 2018, Garcia did not disappoint, posting a 2.55 era and reaching Double-A by the end of the season.

 

#5

Roansy Contreras

Age: 19 Position: RHP 2018 Level: A, A-

2018 Stats: 12 Starts, 2.42 ERA, 60 K’s, .196 OBA

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Roansy Contreras was assigned to extended spring training in 2018 and didn’t start his season until June with the Staten Island Yankees. There, he put up tremendous numbers. In his 5 starts with Staten Island he posted a 1.26 ERA with opponents hitting .158 against him. Contreras ability to pound the zone with 3 above average pitches makes him one of the top Yankees prospects, and could be yet another international signing success story.

 

#6

Jonathan Loaisiga

Age: 24 Position: RHP 2018 Level: A+, AA, MLB

2018 Stats: 14 MILB Starts, 6-1, 2.89 ERA, 67K’s

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Jonathan Loaisiga struggled with injuries early in his career and couldn’t seem to stay on the field. Following Tommy John Surgery which lead him to miss 2016 and some of 2017, Loaisiga came out and proved he could play, posting a 1.38 ERA in 11 starts in 2017. Loaisiga small frame and aggressive pitching style has drawn many comparisons to Pedro Martinez. Loaisiga pitched in 9 games in the big leagues in 2018 and started 2019 with the big league club, but was optioned back to Triple-A on April 10.

 

#7

Anthony Seigler

Age: 19 Position: C 2018 Level: Rookie

2018 Stats: .266/.379/.342

Daily Tribune

Anthony Seigler was selected in the first round out of high school for the Yankees in 2018. Siegler, a switch hitter and ambidextrous catcher has many of the tools he needs to become a major league catcher in the future but has a lot to develop and will likely be slow to climb the organization ladder. If catching doesn’t work out, Siegler has the ability to pitch and play third base.

 

#8

Antonio Cabello

Age: 19 Position: C 2018 Level: Rookie

2018 Stats: .266/.379/.342

Pinstriped Prospects

In the 2017 offseason the Yankees were looking to sign big name international free agents such as Shohei Ohtani and Wander Franco, but were unable to come up with either. Instead, they got Antonio Cabello,  a 5’10 160 lb catcher. The Yankees player development staff moved Cabello to the outfield, where his above-average arm helped him become one of the top young outfielders in the Yankees system. Cabello’s speed, arm and bat make him among top Yankees international signings over the last few years. With a packed outfield for the next decade, it is likely that Cabello will be shipped elsewhere, and in the right situation could become a starting MLB outfielder.

 

#9

Trevor Stephan

Age: 23 Position: RHP 2018 Level: A+, AA

2018 Stats: 24 Starts, 3.29 ERA, 140 K’s

Bronx Baseball Daily

An Advanced-A All-Star in 2018, starter Trevor Stephan was the Yankees 3rd round pick out of the University of Arkansas in 2017. Stephan quickly climbed the Yankees organizational ladder, reaching Double-A less than midway through his first full professional season. In 124 ⅓ innings he has posted a 3.18 ERA with opponents hitting .224 against him. Stephan had an issue keeping the ball in the ballpark in 2018, but did strikeout 24% of the batters he faced. Stephen’s upper 90’s fastball is his key pitch, and 2019 will test his ability to pitch at the higher MILB levels.

 

#10

Clarke Schmidt

Age: 23 Position: RHP 2018 Level: Rookie, A-

2018 Stats: 7 Starts, 3.09 ERA, 30 K’s, .195 OBA

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Brian Cashman made a risky move with his first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, selecting Clarke Schmidt, who missed his 2017 Junior season at South Carolina due to Tommy John Surgery. Schmidt didn’t make his pro debut until 2018 and proved that he was worth that risk, shutting down hitters in the GCL and New-York Penn League while posting a 3.09 ERA.

 

Eli Fishman

Eli Fishman is a 14-year old college and minor league baseball writer for Double G Sports. He has experience as the broadcaster for the ACBL's Jersey Pilots and has his own website and YouTube channel where he interviews professional baseball players.
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