The Yankees enjoyed the fruits of their productive farm system in 2015. They weren’t alone though, as other teams jumped in on the act acquiring former Yankees prospects. While the Yankees had 18 players make their first MLB appearances, four others did the same with their new clubs.
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In Arizona, very few prospects get the Dbacks Nation excited like Peter O’Brien does. Brian Cashman dealt from a position of depth, dealing O’Brien to the Diamondbacks last season as part of the Martin Prado deal. Affectionately known by the fan base on Twitter as #OB, he finally made his debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. While his position in the field is still being evaluated, the verdict is in on his power and it’s real. Making his debut in September, it will be interesting to see where he will fit in going forward.
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John Hart had raved about Manny Banuelos on the MLB Network in 2011, when he was ranked #13 on the MLB Top-50 Prospect Watch. A multitude of injuries and inconsistency plagued him in recent years. Fast forward to January 2015 and Hart who was interim general manager of the Braves acquired Banuelos in exchange for Chasen Shreve and David Carpenter. Banuelos was acquired to be a part of a rebuilding Braves rotation, but Injury would once again strike after six starts. Bone chips in his pitching elbow caused the team to shut him down for good in early September. Banuelos would have the bone spur removed by Dr. James Andrews and should be ready for the start of the 2016 season.
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Released by the Yankees on April 1st, Adonis Garcia quickly latched on with the Braves organization. Garcia received his call to the majors on May 19th and would go on to make 191 at bats as their third baseman. He certainly maximized his opportunity on the rebuilding Braves, by batting .277 with 10 home runs and 26 runs batted in.
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Venditte made history in 2015 as the only switch pitcher to ever pitch in the major leagues for the Oakland Athletics. In 28.2 innings, he struck out 23 batters and held opposing hitters to a .210 batting average. A former 20th round pick, he certainly has beat the long odds and succeeded.
Some players make it to the big leagues, some end up being traded and others unfortunately never make it to the promised land. Time will tell who will be part of the Yankees future, but one thing is for sure there will always be change.