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State of the Yankees Farm System Going into 2020

The 2020 season is just a little over a month away, and the Yankees have a lot to like going into the year.  Overall, the Yankees farm system is not as highly ranked as it once was thanks to the numerous promotions of guys like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Miguel Andujar, and Gleyber Torres to the majors a few years ago.

Combine those prospect promotions along with the trades that were made that sent a lot of upper-level talent to other organizations, the ranking of the system took a hit.  Now, the organization is on the rise, with a lot of new prospects beginning to make their names known.

Yankees prospects practice at the Yankees Player Development and Scouting Complex in Tampa. (Robert M Pimpsner)

Going into the 2019 season, we talked a lot about the Yankees depth in the minors.  That was on full display as guys like Gio Urshela, Mike Ford, Thairo Estrada, Nestor Cortes, Joe Harvey, and others helped the organization to win their first division title since 2012.

Going into the 2020 season, the Yankees find themselves in a much stronger position with even more depth ready and waiting in the upper levels to go along with some high upside prospects in the lower levels of the system.

Pitching Dominates

What a difference a year makes.  Last season the Yankees had a shortage of available starting pitchers due to Jordon Montgomery missing the year due to Tommy John surgery, Luis Severino missing most of the season due to several injuries, Dellin Betances out for most of the season, etc.  Even prospect Michael King suffered the injury bug and missed the first part of the season.  The upper levels did not have the pitchers available to fill the gaps, forcing the team to go outside the organization or utilize the opener concept for several games.

Many fans have already begun hearing Clarke Schmidt’s name as a candidate for the fifth rotation spot. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

At the time, the Yankees pitching depth was concentrated at the Class-A level.  Now, as we head into the 2020 season, the organization is in a different spot.  Despite left-handed pitcher James Paxton had to go through surgery and likely not return to the mound until May, the Yankees are not struggling to find pitchers who could fill that spot in the rotation.  Jordon Montgomery is healthy and is the front runner to become the Yankees fifth starter with Paxton out.  But he cannot rest on his laurels; the Yankees have several prospects right behind him in the persons of Deivi Garcia, Michael King, and Clarke Schmidt, who are on the verge of being major league ready. All three could find themselves as contributors in 2020.

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