New York Yankees’ Estevan Florial Tearing up Spring League

The New York Yankees have been one of the best teams in the league in regard to developing young prospects. Players like Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, and Miguel Andujar all attest to that statement.

The next prospect on the list is the uber-athletic Estevan Florial. The Yankees’ top youth prospect has emerged as a dangerous threat on the bases and at the plate. While he recovered from an injury in 2018 that saw his production fall off a bit, there’s no question that there’s plenty of potentials to be tapped.

Manager Aaron Boone stated in regard to Florial in his first Grapefruit League game:

“The pitch that Florial stole on (in the second inning) wasn’t a pitchout, but it was almost like a pitchout and he just kind of out-ran (the throw),” Boone marveled in the Yankees’ 8-5 loss to the Red Sox. “It is a weapon.”

Speed, power, athleticism, defensive prowess…Florial has the potential to be a great player with continued development and refinement.

“He has all the tools you hear about,” Boone said of Florial. “They are real. We encouraged him to be aggressive on the bases, especially here early and he has. He’s made a difference.”

The Yankees recently signed center fielder Aaron Hicks to a seven-year, $70 million deal to hold down the fort in the outfield. His contract allows Florial, 21, plenty of time to grow and adapt to the professional game.

Yankees’ Florial continues to impress:

On Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florial went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. He smacked a double to deep center in his first at-bat and hit another double to deep right in his second. He was thrown out trying to reach third on his second double. His speed brings a different dynamic to a Yankees team that ranked 26th in the league in stolen bases per game.

Allowing Florial the time to come into his own and progress at his own pace is the perfect approach to eventually featuring him on the starting team. It all starts with giving him doses of professional experience while he works his way up through the minor league system.