General manager Brian Cashman has always been confident regarding his player development in the minor-league system. The New York Yankees have done an inconsistent job of helping their young talents succeed at the Major League level, aside from a select few like Aaron Judge.
Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez, and more have all struggled to reach their potential, but the Yankees still have plenty of star-studded prospects who can make an impact in the future given the right growth and coaching.
While players like Jasson Dominguez and Anthony Volpe receive the majority of headlines, one under-the-radar pitcher who has impressed is Tyrone Yulie, who spent last season in the FCL, earning a promotion to Low-A Tampa.
Yulie is a big-time arm who stands at 6’4″. The 20-year-old has already touched triple digits with his fastball, averaging out around 95 mph. Featuring incredible speed and an exciting curveball, the Yankees are high on what he’s capable of in the future.
Yankees Prospect Tyrone Yulie hit 100 MPH last season and put up impressive numbers in the FCL. pic.twitter.com/6Sf0MiHx3O
— Eli Fishman (@elijfishman) February 23, 2022
Over nine games in Tampa, Yulie posted an 8.89 ERA, including 28 hits, five homers, and 26 walks. He struggled considerably with the increase in talent but performed well in the GCL league, hosting a 0.00 ERA over 10.1 innings.
There is no question that Yulie has a long way to go before he can make an impact in the minors, but focusing on pitch location would do him well. Yulie lost control of his fastball touching such high velocity, but given his natural abilities, he will be virtually unstoppable if he can gain more command of his pitches.
At such a ripe age, the Yankees will do everything in their power to help him reach his potential, especially since you don’t get pitchers with that type of arm talent breaking into the system too often.