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Hoy Jun Park at the 2015 Instructional League (Bryan Green)

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Four More Yankees Prospects to Watch in 2016

Roughly two months ago, I wrote an article with four Yankees prospects to watch in 2016. The four players on that list were Jhalan Jackson, Domingo Acevedo, Dustin Fowler and Jose Mesa Jr. While those prospects are great guys to keep an eye on, here are a few more that will make an impact next season as well.

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Luis Torrens (Robert M Pimpsner)

Luis Torrens

Always thought of as a solid, Top-10 prospect, a shoulder injury cost him the entire 2015 season and subsequently dropped him down in many rankings. Don’t let the rankings fool you, Torrens is a solid catcher behind the plate both offensively and defensively. If his shoulder is fully recovered and he remains healthy, he should once again find himself in the discussions as one of the organizations best prospects.

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Chance Adams (Jerry Coli)

Chance Adams

The Yankees have a history of developing solid bullpen arms and Adams is yet another arm that could go through the system in a hurry. Drafted in the 5th round of the 2014 MLB Draft, he’s armed with a mid-90’s fastball and a slider. That’s a setup for a quick mover that could get fast tracked to the Bronx.

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Brady Lail (Flickr User: Laura Nawrocik)

Brady Lail

While velocity is all the rave throughout the game these days, Lail is a perfect example of an effective pitcher without an overpowering fastball. What he may lack in elite velocity, he makes up for it by being able to throw strikes. Lail is a backend starter type, so he could very well make a spot start for the Bronx Bombers in 2016.

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Hoy Jun Park (Bryan Green)

Hoy Jun Park

While Jorge Mateo and Tyler Wade receive press as the two best shortstops in the system, don’t discount Hoy Jun Park.  The Yankees front office chose to assign him to Rookie Ball with veteran manager Tony Franklin, where he performed well. While he was two years younger than most of his competition, he put up a respectable slash of .239/.351/.383, with five home runs and 30 runs batted in.

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Thairo Estrada (Robert M Pimpsner)

Thairo Estrada

While he played mostly second base for the Staten Island Island, make no mistake he’s a gifted shortstop. Estrada is your classic contact hitter with great plate recognition. Defensively, he boast a strong arm, great range and tremendous hands. Still only 19 years old, he won’t move quickly, but he’s a solid player in the making.

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[nextpage title=”5″ ]There you have it, nine Yankees prospects to watch going into the 2016 season. Will they move quickly? Most likely won’t, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be productive and eventually contribute in the Bronx. Time will tell how these players will perform as they reach the upper levels of the system.[/nextpage]

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