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Six Yankees Prospects Headed to the AFL

Earlier this afternoon Major League Baseball announced the initial rosters for the 2015 Arizona Fall League and 6 New York Yankees prospects will play for the Surprise Saguaraos.  Thanks still have the chance to send 2 more to the annual gathering of the game’s top prospects.

Making the team out of the gate is left-handed reliever Tyler Webb, middle infielder Tyler Wade, catcher Gary Sanchez, lefty starter Chaz Hebert, third baseman Eric Jagielo and outfielder Dustin Fowler.

Tyler Webb is looking to bounce back from an injury that took him out of action back in June.  The 25-year old left relief pitcher threw just 38 innings over 25 games before going on the disabled list this season, striking out 41 batters.

Middle-infielder Tyler Wade got his first taste of the upper levels after his promotion to Double-A Trenton on August 5 after batting .280 for the Tampa Yankees.  Through 21 games he has struggled, hitting just .160 against upper level competition.  He will get an extended look at some tougher competition as he will be in Arizona this fall.

Gary Sanchez made a lot of progress this season with a complete turnaround in his attitude and it showed. After hitting .262 for the Trenton Thunder in 58 games he was promoted to Triple-A where he was hitting .295 with 6 homeruns before an injury sidelined him.

Left-handed pitcher Chaz Hebert has been one of the most consistent pitchers for the Yankees farm system this season.  Throwing 129 innings between Single-A Charleston and Tampa as well as 2 games in Triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.  Between the 3 levels he has 10-7 record with a 2.58 ERA with 104 strikeouts.

Eric Jagielo’s season got cut short due to injury and is looking to make up time when he reports to the Arizona Fall League.  Last season he missed out on playing in the Fall League after being hit in the face with a fastball in instructs.  The former first round pick played just 58 games this season for the Trenton Thunder where he was batting .284 with 9 homeruns, 2 triples and 16 doubles, driving in 35 runs for the Yankees Double-A Team.

Fowler is a former 18th round draft pick who has done nothing but hit this season.  The 20-year old outfielder put his name on the prospect map after hitting .307 with the Charleston RiverDogs before earning a promotion to the Tampa Yankees.  So far he has continued to hit with a .296 average in the Florida State League.  Overall he has 20 doubles, 6 triples, 5 homeruns with 70 RBIs for the season.


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