We took a look at the Players of the Year for the Dominican Summer League Yankees, the Gulf Coast Yankees, the Pulaski Yankees, Staten Island Yankees, and the Charleston RiverDogs. Now we move to the Florida State League and take a look at who were the top hitters and pitchers for the Class-A Tampa Yankees.
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Let us take a look a look at some prospects who had an incredible year with the Tampa Yankees in 2015. This is based on their season statistics and is not based on their scouting report.
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INF – Tyler Wade
Tyler Wade entered the 2015 season as the everyday shortstop for the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League. He continued his impressive hitting with a .280 batting average over 98 games for the T-Yanks. He started off the season hot, hitting .338 in the month of April and .307 in May. In June he struggled, hitting just .179 but bounced back in July where he hit .317 for the month. After a year where he was named a Florida State League All-Star and player of the week he earned himself a late-season promotion to Double-A. He struggled a bit hitting just .204 for the Trenton Thunder but at just 20 years old he was one of the youngest players in the league.
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First Base – Mike Ford
After signing as a non-drafted free agent in 2013 the Yankees have been pleased with what they have got out of first baseman Mike Ford. This past season was his return to the Florida State League, where he ended the season prior with a 12-game cameo. Over 123 games this past season Ford hit .260 for the Tampa Yankees with 23 doubles, 3 triples and 6 homeruns while driving in 55 runs and working 60 walks.
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RHP – Jonathan Holder
In his second professional season Jonathan Holder made a name for himself as a part of the rotation for the Tampa Yankees. Over 19 games, 18 starts, he earned a 7-5 record with a 2.44 ERA striking out 78 batters over 103 1/3 innings pitched. The success he had with Tampa earned him a September call up to Triple-A where he threw 5 2/3 innings out of the bullpen for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
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RHP – Rookie Davis
The 2015 season was a breakout year for right-handed pitcher Rookie Davis. After being drafted out of high school in the 14th round of the 2011 draft he has shown flashes of what the Yankees like about him. He started off the 2015 season as part of the rotation for the Tampa Yankees where he owned a 6-6 record with a 3.70 ERA over 19 starts, striking out 105 batters over 97 1/3 innings. His success earned him a late season promotion to Double-A where he was 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA.