Gleyber Torres is the crown jewel of the Yankees farm system. He came over to the Yankees last season in the Aroldis Chapman trade and had done nothing but impress. This past offseason, he became the youngest player to ever win the Arizona Fall League Most Valuable Player Award at the age of 19.
Gleyber is a humble prospect that has the personality and tool set to thrive in the Bronx as early as next season. On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Torres underwent “Tommy John” surgery on a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his left elbow. While playing for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A) prior to his injury, Gleyber slashed .309/.406/.457 in 96 plate appearances after earning a promotion from Trenton (Double-A) in late May.
Estevan Florial entered 2017 as one of the most underrated prospects in all of Major League Baseball (MLB). He does not garner as much attention as Torres or his fellow organizational mates but make no mistake about it; he will be a household name in the future. To learn more about Florial and his impressive background click here to read his Pinstriped Profile from last season, or here for a scouting report from earlier this season.
Clint Frazier, like Torres, came over to the Yankees at the 2016 trading deadline with fellow prospects Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen from the Cleveland Indians for All-Star reliever Andrew Miller. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman was quoted in saying “Frazier has an electric bat…His bat speed is already legendary. He’s got all the tools –he can run, he can hit, he can hit with power, he can play all three outfield positions. A very exciting, high-energy guy that shows up for the National Anthem in a dirty uniform.” He has made his debut in the Bronx and has thoroughly impressed. “Red Thunder” should be in the majors to stay.
Domingo Acevedo is a very interesting prospect to watch. He has the tools to become a big leaguer but will he make it as a starter or a reliever? Acevedo has thrived since his mid-season promotion from Tampa (Single-A Advanced) to Trenton. He earned a nod in the 2017 SiriusXM Futures Game in Miami, FL during the MLB All-Star Week. To learn more about Domingo, please click here for a full scouting report on the hard-throwing right-hander.
Chance Adams might be one of the best draft picks New York Yankees Vice President, Domestic Amateur Scouting Damon Oppenheimer has ever had. After being selected in the fifth round out of Dallas Baptist University as a reliever, the Yankees decided to convert him to a starter. Since the conversion, Adams has responded by becoming one of the most successful players in the entire Yankees system.
Now that you have been given a background on the Yankees top five prospects, please see below for the full list of our updated Pinstriped Prospects Top 50 Prospect list.
AOFP means the average overall future potential we think the prospect has. Please use the chart below as a reference to what each grade means.
ETA stands for estimated time of arrival. The year posted in this column equals the year we think the prospect will be ready for major league competition.
RISK is the overall variables attached to each prospect. It is categorized under low, medium, high or extreme. Low risk means the player is very close and likely to reach his ceiling. Medium risk can be defined as a polished player that still has some development left to do. High risk means the player has an injury history, significant flaw or is a younger player. Real young players, prospects with a significant injury history or players that struggle with a key tool fall under the category of extreme risk.
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Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. The entire list will be broken down in the next episode of the Pinstriped Prospects Podcast presented by Velocity Five, so be sure to tune in! Also, be sure to check back with Pinstriped Prospects in the near future for in-depth scouting reports on the Yankees top 50 prospects.