New York Yankees: A year makes a difference; view 2022 top prospects

New York Yankees, Jasson Dominguez

The New York Yankees are blessed with one of the best lists of prospects in both leagues. One of the reasons is that they have made good use of the international markets. This year they have picked up the number one international prospect in Rodrick Arias, yet another shortstop to bolster the minor league position. In 2019 they acquired phenom Jasson Dominguez, their number one prospect since then. But as time marches on, so do those rankings.

Here is a look at the rankings from FanGraphs in February 2021:

  1. Jason Dominguez, center fielder. Age 17.10, expected arrival 2025, FV 50.
  2. Deivi Garcia, starting pitcher. Age 21.7, expected arrival 2021 FV50.
  3. Oswald Peraza, shortstop. Age 20.6, expected arrival 2022 FV50.
  4. Clarke Schmidt, starting pitcher. Age 2025, expected arrival 2021 FV50.
  5. Alexander Vargas, shortstop. Age 19.3, expected arrival 2023 FV50.

Since then, there have been some significant changes. Jasson Dominguez has slipped out of first place and now sits at number four on the list. The main reason for the slip is that he didn’t have an overwhelming 2021 at the Tampa A level, even though he remains a powerful hitting from both sides of the plate.

Deivi Garcia slipped from number two to number ten. After a promising season at Scranton and at the Stadium, he had a horrible season at the AAA Railriders in 2021. So here are the 2022 FanGraph rankings.

  1. Antony Volpe, shortstop. Age 20.7, expected arrival 2024 FV60.
  2. Oswald Peraza, shortstop. Age 21.6, expected arrival 2022 FV50
  3. Luis Media, right-hand pitcher. Age 22.7, expected arrival 2022 FV50.
  4. Jasson Dominguez, center fielder. Age 18.9, expected arrival 2025 FV50.
  5. Alexander Vargas, shortstop. Age 20.2, expected arrival 20.2 FV50.

The 2022 list is quite a turnaround from just a year ago. Anthony Volpe wasn’t even in the top ten last year and now sits at the best the Yankees have to offer. He had a stellar year between two teams, Tampa Tarpons and the Hudson Valley Renegades; he hit 27 homers driving in 86 and with a .294 batting average while remaining a good defender at short.

Also, Oswald Peraza and Luis Media had good years last season as well. Peraza advanced three steps to AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre. He hit 18 home runs between the three teams, driving in 57 with a .297 batting average. Luis Media had a 6-4 record with an ERA of 3.81, with two teams advancing to the Somerset Patriots.

My only problem with these rankings is that they placed Deivi Garcia ahead of Luis Gil. Gil made great strides for the Yankees last season, striking out more hitters than Garcia. Gil pitched in six games with an ERA of just 3.07 and a higher (0.4) WAR than Garcia. Look for other Yankees prospects to make an impact this season. You will surely see Clarke Schmidt on the mound sometime this season. You may also see Stephen Ridings on the mound.

Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman gushes over Jasson Dominguez’s talent

New York Yankees, Jasson Dominguez

New York Yankees star Minor League shortstop Anthony Volpe has been grabbing all the headlines as of late, but the attention has now turned to 18-year-old phenom Jasson Dominguez, who started with Low-A Tampa last season in his first stint with the Yankees’ farm system.

Dominguez enjoyed 56 games of action, despite the Covid pandemic disrupting baseball the last two years. Over 206 at-bats, Dominguez posted a .252 average with five homers and 19 RBIs.

The Dominican Republic native also contributed nine stolen bases, 27 walks, and only grounded into one double play. As for his fielding, he recorded a .969 fielding percentage with two errors over 355.2 innings. While we can expect that number to increase as time goes on, Dominguez showcased the benchmark of what he’s capable of.

The Yankees have swayed toward different analytics and ignored batting average over the past few seasons, and with Dominguez’s lucrative power, he fits the mold perfectly.

However, general manager Brian Cashman gushed about his talent, noting his work ethic as a primary catalyst behind his developmental success.

“His work ethic is exceptional; his will to be successful is exceptional,” Cashman said recently, via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “When you engage all the departments, whether it’s player development, performance science, the measurables that come along with it — he’s basically an anomaly, something that doesn’t come along very often.”

There’s a reason that people call Dominguez “The Martian,” considering he’s 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds at just 18-years-old. His size and speed combinations give him the potential to be a Mike Trout-level prospect, but of course, he has a long way to go before testing those waters.

“There’s a lot of very talented people, and he has a higher level of degree and talent than most,” Cashman said. “If he can obviously put that together and match that to his performance level, you’re going to be talking about something very special.”

Even Kevin Reese, the Yankees Vice President of Player Development, was raving about Jasson’s capabilities:

“Everywhere he goes, he’s turning heads,” Reese said. “His ability to connect with people, his ability to lead at such a young age, the exit velo, the speed. Some of the measurables that we do on our performance science side, it’s all off the charts. We just want to get him to play more baseball; I think all of the skill is there, all of the ability is there.”

The Bombers likely won’t elevate Dominguez to the big leagues for another two seasons at least, but he could work his way through the minor-league system rather quickly. If he can make the jump to Double-A ball this year and post quality numbers, there’s nothing stopping him from skyrocketing through the system.
After years of prospects plateauing at the big leagues, the Yankees have a few names with unlimited potential, which should brew excitement for the fans.

Yankees land top international prospect, take a look at his awesome bat

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The New York Yankees have had incredible success signing top international prospects, especially after landing Jasson Dominguez several years ago. However, their quest to find elite talent is never over, as the Bombers are preparing to sign Roderick Arias, a 17-year-old shortstop who is best compared to Wander Franco at his age.

Arias is the consensus number one international prospect, and adding another potentially elite shortstop to the max is never a bad move.

MLB.com had only amazing things to say about Arias, who features a plus arm and above-average bat skills:

The top international prospect in the class, Arias is an extraordinary talent and the consensus No. 1.

There’s a lot to like about the teenager. Starting on the defensive side of the ball, Arias has plus arm potential. His throws are accurate and effortless, and he’s always in a position to make the throws. His arm is strong from any angle. He also shows good footwork with soft hands and above-average range.

At the plate, he exhibits above-average bat-to-ball skills and strike zone awareness. He shows good plate discipline and doesn’t swing and miss often. He shows power from both sides of the plate, especially by the right side. There’s good opposite-field power from the left side, and the overall package that could develop into a plus-plus hitter.

The Yankees also have Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza developing their farm system at shortstop. As one of the most lucrative positions and important infield spots, having quality developmental talent is always necessary.

At 6’1″, Arias isn’t just a quality defender, he also features a switch-hitting approach, featuring incredible power and fundamentals for a player of his age.

The Yankees’ minor-league system will be a great place for him to continue his development, but we probably won’t see him for at least another 3–4 years. Luckily, the presence of Volpe and Peraza spark positivity, despite the Yankees’ desperate need of a shortstop for the 2022 season.

WATCH: Yankees’ top prospect Jasson Dominguez launches balls into the night sky

New York Yankees, Jasson Dominguez

One of the New York Yankees’ most exciting prospects is Jasson Dominguez, who currently features with the Tampa Tarpons in Low-A ball. Having just started his journey in the minor-league system, Dominguez possesses all of the tools that Mike Trout once had during his early years. Of course, there’s no guarantee that the 18-year-old will ever reach that level of play, but if he continues to develop at this rate, he could be featuring with the top team in two or three years.

At this point, Dominguez is best known for his highlight videos, launching baseballs into the stratosphere with his insane power.

MLB Pipeline raves about Dominguez’s tool and potential, stating:

The most hyped and tooled-up international prospect in recent memory, Dominguez engenders comparisons to some of the best athletes in baseball history, such as Bo Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Mike Trout. The Yankees spent $5.1 million, all but $300,000 of their bonus pool and a franchise record for an international amateur, to sign him out of the Dominican Republic in July 2019. Some clubs officials thought he might be able to handle making his pro debut in low Class A at age 17 in 2020, but it became a moot point when the coronavirus pandemic scuttled the Minor League season.

Jasson ranks as the number 17th overall prospect in Major League baseball and given his incredible attributes, it’s not surprising to see him among the best.

This past season, Dominguez hit .252 with five homers, 19 RBIs, and nine stolen bases. He only featured in 56 games, but he made an impression, despite striking out 73 times.

He is exactly the type of player the Yankees love, a homerun-hitting athletic maestro who sacrifices strikeouts for the long ball. With the potential to be an above-average player and plenty of time to continue developing, the Yankees can enjoy the next few seasons watching him extrapolate on his abilities and add more talents to his toolbox.

Yankees expected to sign No. 1 international prospect (video)

The New York Yankees are the odds on favorites to sign number one international prospect Rodrick Arias, who has been likened to Jasson Dominguez and advertised as the next Wander Franco. Just like Dominguez, he is called a monster at the plate.

The Yankees feel that Arias is one of the greatest young prospects to come along in years and the best since Dominguez. Dominguez was signed with the Yankees in July of 2019. He has progressed nicely and has been the Yankees’ number one prospect for some time until he was surpassed by SS Anthony Volpe late this summer. The Yankees have been taking their time with Dominguez as they don’t want to rush him before he is ready.

In 2021, he earned 206 plate appearances with 52 hits and a batting average of .252. Jasson will be 19 this coming spring training. Although he has only played to Tampa Low A, expect him to be promoted this season. Dominguez will likely be ready for the big time in 2023.

The Yankees have never been big on starting kids young. Mickey Mantle was the youngest ever Yankee in the modern era (1900). We all know how that baseball career turned out. Mantle started with the Yankees at the age of 19, 179 days. The youngest pitcher was Cornelius Joseph Brady at the age of 18. More recently, Derek Jeter debuted with the Yankees at the age of 20.

The Yankee scouts have had their eyes on Rodrick Arias for the last few years. The 17-year-old is from San Pedro de Macoris, the Dominican Republic, where he played sandlot baseball near his home. Since then, he has grown and is now 6′ 1″ and weighs 180 pounds. As a result, he has drawn comparisons by scouts to Jasson Dominguez for his size and strength. Particularly interesting to the Yankees is that he is a switch hitter with success from both sides of the plate.

Arias is an up can coming shortstop, and the Yankees are expected to sign him on January 15, 2022. This would be the most exciting international signing since Dominguez. Scouts tout him as being the next Wander Franco.

Yankees News, 7/13: Cashman could eye lefty outfielder for cheap, Jasson Dominguez gains gushing review

New York Yankees, Jasson Dominguez

The Yankees will start a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday evening after the All-Star break, and with a desperate need for lefty-hitting in the outfield, the trade deadline offers a great opportunity to make a subsequent move. General manager Brian Cashman will likely be active in the coming weeks, and one option that has made himself available is Adam Eaton of the Chicago White Sox.

Eaton is a 32-year-old outfielder who stands at 5’9” and 176 pounds. Traditionally, Eaton has never been known as a slugger but did hit 15 homers in 2019 with the Washington Nationals, averaging .279 over 151 games.

This season, his performance has been less than adequate, serving up a career-high 25.1% strikeout rate, having never cracked 20% over the past nine seasons. Clearly, he’s having an anomaly of a year, which could open the door for the Yankees to make a move for the free agent.

As Mike Rosenstein of NJ.com indicated, Adam Eaton might be running on fumes:

The 32-year-old Eaton actually checks off two boxes for Cashman: he’s an outfielder and he’s a left-handed hitter. But based on his performance this year with the White Sox, it’s safe to wonder how much Eaton has left in the tank. He hit .201 with five home runs in 58 games for the White Sox.

Given his diversity as a lefty with experience, he would be a more affordable option for the Yankees, especially since Chicago was preparing to option him to the farm before granting his release.

The Yankees have another young outfielder climbing the ranks:

Star prospect Jasson Dominguez is climbing the standings, despite going 0-for-3 for the American League team at Coors Field during the MLB All-Star Futures Game.

The Athletic’s Jim Bowden ranked Jasson one of his top-10 counted players on Sunday:

A lot of Yankees prospects get overhyped because they wear pinstripes, but that will not be the case with Dominguez. He’s the real deal. He was the youngest player in the Futures Game at 18 years old and clearly was able to hold his own. He looks like a linebacker but swings like a superstar. He’s balanced at the plate, has electric bat speed and can use the whole field with tremendous power. He has to be untouchable for the Yankees, regardless of who they could get back in a trade. He’s a future star.

At just 18 years old, the Bombers have locked in one of the most physically imposing youngsters in baseball. Not only does he have the frame of an NFL player, as Bowden suggests, but he has elevated bat speed and fantastic balance at the plate.

Simply put, he needs more reps and experience, but there’s no question he will make his way to the MLB sooner rather than later. According to MLB.com, Dominguez lined out to third base, but the ball went firing 106 MPH off his bat. Those are Giancarlo Stanton-type numbers, which should raise a few eyebrows.

New York Yankees: Yankee prospects chomping at the bit (video)

New York Yankees, Jasson Dominguez

The New York Yankees are now in their sixth week of the new season, it seems like the season just started, but the fact is that the season is already 20% completed. Some of the players and pitchers are off to a great start, while others not so much. There is one constant, the minor league season is now in full swing, and with the reduced number of Yankee minor league sites, many young men are champing to get on those teams.

This season minor league Pulaski and Staten Island are gone since MLB has taken over the minor leagues and have accomplished realignment to make the experience better for all. This season fans will see minor league games played in AAA Scranton Wilkes/Barre (Rail Riders), in Somerset, NJ, (AA Patriots), Wappingers, NY, (high A Renegades), Tampa, Florida (low A Tarpons), and the Gulf Coast Rookie League. The Yankees also have two minor league teams in the Dominican Republic.

A short time ago, just before starting the minor league season, the rosters for the teams were released. Interested Yankee fans scoured those lists to see if their favorite prospect made any of the teams. With all the hype the last two years, the name most looked for was Jasson Dominguez; it wasn’t there. Others searched for were Everson Pereria, Kevin Alcantara, Raimfer Salinas, and Alexander Vargas, none to be found.

Many others are not on the lists as well but have less hype involved as they are further off from making the minor league teams. The others that were listed above will most likely, at some point, find themselves one step closer to their dream when they finally get to play professional baseball. No matter how young most of these boys have already worked several years to improve their game for a chance to play with the big boys.

As I said earlier, the Yankees’ number one prospect Jasson Dominguez has generated the most interest since he was signed at just 15. Since then, a multitude of articles has been written about the young sensation, Dominguez. The Yankees paid just over $5 million to sign the player that many call “The Martian” for his other-worldly hitting abilities. Scouts have compared him to a young Mickey Mantle or Mike Trout. To look at the young man, you don’t see an 18-year-old; you see a build and musculature of a decade older player.

The Young Dominguez has played the first two years in the Dominican Republic, but now he is in the United States. However, he did not make any minor league roster. Dominguez profiles as a true five-tool talent – none of his tools are ranked lower than a 55 on the 20-80 scale. There is no question that he will be a future centerfielder for the Yankees. But the Yankees are taking their time with Jasson; they don’t want to rush him along before he is ready. He has played in very few pro games.

Dominguez is now playing in extended spring training at the Yankee’s Tampa facility. Yankee head of player development Eric Schmidt wants to see him play there for four or five weeks. After that, he will most likely be promoted to low A Tampa sometime in June. For those fans that can’t wait to see him play at Yankee Stadium, you will have to wait a bit longer. He isn’t projected to make his major league debut until 2023-24.

Dominguez is not the only centerfield prospect hoping for their chance. Kevin Alcantara and Raimfer Salinas both played in the Gulf Coast League during 2019. Of the two, neither played last season. If they had, they would, at some point, jumped to Rookie advanced or Short-Season A. But those teams no longer exist. Both will probably play in the Gulf Coast League this season. Salinas received the top signing bonus given out by the New York Yankees in 2017-2018. He is 20 years old and will reach the majors at some point.

Alexander Vargas is an up-and-coming New York Yankees shortstop, one of the best they have seen in years. He will likely find himself in Low A this season as well. He is ranked as the Yankee team’s 13th best prospect by MLB.com. He has played in the instructional league in the Dominican Republic and has received solid reviews. He can be an elite defender at short, something the Yankee minor league system has been missing. He improved as his body filled out; the results were shown in spring training.

Everson Pereria is an experienced player who was pushed quickly during his professional debut. At 17-year-old he was held back due to his age. However, of the prospects mentioned, he has the best chance to advance to the High A team Renegades.  He advanced skipping two of the lowest levels of Rookie ball, but his 2019 season was shortened by injury. If he doesn’t make High A, he will surely make Low A Tampa as long as he is healthy. The 20-year-old multi-talented outfielder is the Yankee’s 18th highest-rated prospect.

Several if not all of these players will find themselves in the minor league system with the New York Yankees sometime during the 2021 season. The Yankees have no shortage of up-and-coming players.

Yankees’ assign uber-prospect Jasson Dominguez to extended spring training; Austin Wells to Low-A

New York Yankees, Jasson Dominguez

New York Yankees’ uber-prospect Jasson Dominguez, the best-ranked young player in the Bombers’ system according to MLB Pipeline, will begin the year in extended spring training at the club’s player development complex in Tampa, Fla. That doesn’t mean he can’t and won’t be assigned to one of the minor league affiliates down the road, but for now, that’s the plan.

Meanwhile, Austin Wells, the Yankees’ first pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, is slated to begin the season, the first one of his professional career, with Low-A Tampa this week. Those two are perhaps the Yanks’ most exciting prospects.

Dominguez is a physical specimen like no other, with enormous raw power, a great arm, and good speed before bulking up in the last year or so. However, he just turned 18 and has never played a professional game in his career, so the Yankees’ approach seems to be the right one.

The Yankees have high hopes for Dominguez

And that way, they can evaluate him in person and, after assessing where his tools currently are, and then assign him to the appropriate affiliate.

“Everything that we’ve seen from this kid, he’s super talented, but he hasn’t played a game here yet,” Kevin Reese, the Yankees’ senior director of player development, said this spring according to the team’s official site. “It’s hard to help him manage those expectations, because he’s not going to show up tomorrow and perform like Mike Trout or Aaron Judge or Brett Gardner.

“We’ll keep him working; our goal is to get the best Jasson Dominguez that’s possible. Hopefully, that’s a really good player that helps us win games and win championships.”

The Yankees published the minor league affiliates rosters to open the 2021 minor league season, the first one since 2019. They announced camp rosters in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Double-A Somerset, High-A Hudson Valley and Low-A Tampa on Sunday.

Other notable assignments are Deivi Garcia to Triple-A, Oswald Peraza to High-A, Luis Gil to Double-A, and Luis Medina to High-A.

Yankees News: One Jasson Dominguez hot take that will knock your socks off

New York Yankees, Jasson Dominguez

The New York Yankees are packed full of star players, ranging from Aaron Judge to Giancarlo Stanton, but one of their youth prospects continues to draw incredible attention, despite never playing an inning at the minor-league level.

Jasson Dominguez, a Dominican Republic native, who’s just 18 years old, stands at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds. Some say he could be even better than Mike Trout, who is the consensus best player in the MLB and has been for quite some time.

Trout has never hit below .281 and has posted 30+ homers six times in his career. He is an incredible talent with great defense and unparalleled offense. Comparing him to Dominguez is simply inadvisable, but one reporter believes Dominguez could even be better based on his tangible traits right now.

Kiley McDaniel, author of ESPN’s top 100 MLB prospects list, believes that Dominguez should be rated higher than Mike Tout when he was “The Martian’s” age.

“You can kind of pick whatever name you want. Technically, (Dominguez is) more advanced than Trout was at the same age because Trout went, what was it, [25th] overall as an 18-year-old, and this guy is not 18 yet and he was considered the best 16-year-old in the world a year ago, and he’s probably still the best 17-year-old,” McDaniel said last week on a conference call.

The Yankees do have something special in Jasson:

Dominguez was recently recorded hitting a ball 117 mph, a number that most professionals can’t even touch. All of the hype is simply based on power and athleticism, but the mental aspect of being a professional baseball player cannot be forgotten. When the lights go on, and fans are chanting your name in a big moment, the pressure can be overwhelming for most, and Dominguez has never come through big in that moment. While Trout and the Angels have struggled to perform at a high-level, he’s always a reliable player that comes through in the clutch.

Of course, this comparison is not meant to look at the two realistically in a microscope, it’s rather meant to focus o  the physical similarities, which are uncanny. Ultimately, with the hype revolving around Dominguez, if he doesn’t end up becoming one of the best players in the MLB, it will be one of the biggest whiffs in baseball history.

New York Yankees: Top 24 Yankee prospects, one is taller than Aaron Judge

New York Yankees, Clarke Schmidt

The New York Yankees have plenty of arms in the system, in no small part because they seem to coax more velocity out of young pitchers than any other organization. They also have a wave of Latin American prospects coming. In recent years they’ve done more with less and hit on a few high draft picks, too. Other than Jasson Dominguez, Oswald Peraza, and Anthony Volpe, the Yankee’s area of weakness with prospects is having power hitters. It is unusual for the Yankees, but they seem focused on pitching and contact hitters rather than the power guys.

To qualify for these rankings, a player must still be eligible for the rookie of the year award in 2021, which means they may not have more than 130 at-bats, 50 innings pitched, or 45 days on an active roster heading into the season. The rankings are by Keith Law of The Athletic.

The first number is the Yankee’s number, and the second the top 100 MLB number in the listing.

1-48 Clarke Schmidt RHP

Clarke Schmidt is the New York Yankees’ number one prospect. Schmidt in spring training and summer camp dazzled manager Boone and other coaches. He, like Deivi Garcia, made his Major League debut last season. Schmidt made three appearances for the Yankees in 2020, two in relief and one as a starter. In the Majors, Schmidt had hiccups with unusual wildness resulting in no record. Should any pitcher in the Yankee rotation becomes injured, expect to see Schmidt on the mound at Yankee Stadium.

2-66 Jasson Dominguez OF

Jasson Dominguez is a powerhouse of a seventeen-year-old. He walks, talks, and acts like a man much older. He has a massive body for a young man. If all the scouts and hype are correct, he will become a big star outfield for the Yankees, but probably not until he develops further. It is not likely that he will show up at Yankee Stadium before he turns 20 years old.

3-81 Deivi Garcia RHP

Garcia made his Major League debut last season, going 3-2 in six games with an ERA of 4.98. This season, Garcia has a chance to be the anchor in the pitching rotation but more likely will start the season in Scranton Wilkes/Barre due to his elevated ERA this past season. If he isn’t there for the opening day, he surely will be at the Stadium at some point in the season.

4-NR Luis Medina RHP

Medina just missed an MLB rating. He is a great athlete with quite an arm and delivery. He can hit 99 mph but has trouble throwing strikes. In 2019 he walked 70 guys with 27 wild pitches in just over 103 innings. If he can put together a whole season building on his recent success, he could be a top 50 prospect at the worst.

5-NR Oswald Peraza SS

Peraza was signed in the international free-agent market in 2014. He is a very athletic shortstop with plus speed. Still very young, he is still growing into his body; the New York Yankees are hoping for big things from Peraza at some point.

6. Luis Gil, RHP

Gil is probably a reliever in the end but will continue to develop as a starter for now, with a dominant fastball in the upper 90s that could miss bats the way Chad Green’s does. He has the body to start and could end up in that role, but his secondary pitches will have to be developed.

7. Austin Wells, C

The Yankees’ first-round pick in 2020 was a bat-first college guy with the potential for a plus-hit tool. He’s a pull-oriented guy, but there’s nothing in the swing that says he can’t use the whole field. He’s probably not a catcher in the long run; if scouts thought he had even a 20 percent chance to catch, I would have put him in the top 100.

8. Yoendrys Gomez, RHP

Gomez sat at 94-95 mph as a starter for most of 2019, touching 98 mph with high spin, before wearing down in August, showing an average curveball and the potential for an average changeup as well. His delivery works well, and I like him as a potential three-pitch starter with no worse than average command.

9. Alexander Vizcaino, RHP

Vizcaino has been up to 99 mph with a plus-plus changeup, and the Yankees added him to the 40-man roster this winter. He’s a starter for now but could probably pitch in the big-league pen right now if need be. To remain a starter, he needs to find or develop a better breaking ball than his present slurvy slider.

10. T.J. Sikkema, LHP

Sikkema has barely pitched since the Yankees made him their competitive balance round selection in 2019, as they limited his work after he signed that summer, then had him pitch only a little in spring training last year, so he spent some time in the spring as a DoorDash driver while waiting to see if there’d be a season. He did work on his conditioning, at least, but we have to see him in games. Before the draft, he showed three pitches, up to 96 mph with a slider and changeup, showing excellent feel to pitch, working to both sides of the plate and changing speeds, and even sometimes his arm slot to get hitters out.

11. Ezequiel Duran, 2B

Duran is listed at just 5-foot-11, but the Dominican infielder, who signed for only $10,000 in 2017, produces very high exit velocities and legitimate line-drive power in games. There are swing-and-miss issues here, and his fringy arm might limit him to second base despite speed and hands that would play at short. The Yankees praise his work ethic, and he should get the most out of his tools, so he’s one to watch once we get these guys back on the field. A modest cut to his strikeout rate would mean a substantial boost to his long-term projections, making him a potential regular at second or above-average regular at short.

12. Estevan Florial, OF

Florial has been all sizzle and no steak — he has tools to rival guys in the global top 50, but he doesn’t recognize pitches and has had huge swing-and-miss issues, exacerbated by some unfortunate injuries to his hand and wrist in 2018-19. He has plus-plus power, can run and defend, and has bat speed, but he’s going to have to show better pitch identification at least to get to any of those tools. Florial was once the New York Yankees top prospect.

13. Kevin Alcantara, OF

Alcantara is still just 18 years old — he won’t turn 19 until July — but has been in the system for two and a half years, debuting in pro ball in 2019 and playing in the Yankees’ Dominican instructs last fall. He’s 6-foot-5 and has long strides to give him plus speed once underway, with good reads in center field to project as an above-average to plus defender there in time. His bat is behind, although his swing is reasonably short for someone with levers this long.

14. Albert Abreu, RHP

Abreu threw about 20 innings in 2020 between two major-league appearances and five starts in winter ball. He averaged 96.4 mph on his four-seamer in the big leagues but threw so many of them in the heart of the zone that hitters hammered the pitch, and he barely even used the curveball that at least used to be his best off-speed pitch.

15. Antonio Gomez, C

Gomez is an outstanding catch-and-throw prospect who impressed the Yankees in their Dominican instructs program this fall. He has strong hands and good rotation in his swing for future power as well, but the 19-year-old has just 57 pro-at-bats, all in 2019, in his career because of the shutdown.

16. Ken Waldichuk, LHP

The Yankees’ fifth-round pick in 2019, Waldichuk went from 90-91 mph that year to touching 98 mph in workouts this past summer, and he already had a solid-average curveball and above-average control. His delivery had the effort to it in college, but he should at least go out as a starter with the velocity spike and see if he can sustain that.

17. Anthony Seigler, C

Seigler has been snakebitten since the New York Yankees took him in the first round in 2018, suffering a concussion, a fractured kneecap, and strains to a hamstring and a quad muscle in just two-plus years in pro ball. He’s a switch-hitter and was a switch-pitcher in high school, with a strong arm and above-average receiving skills, but he hasn’t hit at all in pro ball and needs at-bats if he’s going to develop as a hitter.

18. Anthony Volpe, SS

Volpe was the Yankees’ first-round pick in 2019, despite a relative lack of tools on either side of the ball, based on their belief that he will end up with a plus hit tool because of his intelligence and instincts. He’s not a shortstop and doesn’t project to power or plus speed, so he has to hit, but like so many other prospects drafted or signed in the last year or two, he needs at-bats.

19. Josh Smith, SS

Smith was the New York Yankees’ second-round pick in 2019, with solid-average tools all around but nothing plus, although he did hit well as a junior at LSU and Staten Island after the draft. If he stays at shortstop, he probably has a utility infielder floor.

20. Beck Way, RHP

Way is a projectable, athletic right-handed starter heading to LSU from junior college had the Yankees not signed him as their fourth-round pick. He has good deception in his delivery and projects to have several solid-average offerings as he fills out. Given the Yankees’ history of helping pitchers add velocity, he’s a name to watch.

21. Hyden Wesneski RHP

Wesneski hit 100 mph with the short-season Staten Island Yankees in 2019. The Yankees selected him in the sixth round in 2019. He, like other minor leaguers, did not pitch in 2020.

22. Daniel Bies RHP

The Yankees picked Bies in the seventh round of the 2018 draft. He can look down on Aaron Judge. Bies is a giant at 6 foot 9 inches and 245 pounds. He has pitched for six Yankee minor league teams getting as high as high A Tampa in the past three seasons.

23. Trevor Hauver

The New York Yankees picked Hauver in the third round of the 2020 draft. He is a left-fielder that throws and bats from the left. He is from Arizona State. The Yankees plan to convert him to a second baseman.

24. Everson Pereira

The 19-year-old Venezuelan hit .263 for the Pulaski Yankees but took a step backward in 2019 with the short-season Staten Island Yankees hitting just .171. Ranked as the 5th best international talent going into the 2017 IFA pool, he is still young with plenty of time to develop.

2021 impact

García is already in the rotation right now. However, there is competition for those last two spots depending on the health of various other candidates. Schmidt is a rotation candidate for later in the season if the need arises. Abreu could appear in the bullpen, but I doubt he starts the Yankees after their offseason acquisitions.

These are only the New York Yankees’ top prospects, they have a total of 178 minor league players that hope to someday play at Yankee Stadium. With the Minor League contraction this year the Yankees have two fewer teams, so all of these players will fight for playing time making the competition even greater.