With January moving along quickly, and Yankees pitchers and catchers – plus invitees – reporting to Spring Training in less than 40 days and 40 nights, here is some of what we are looking to see in Tampa as far as prospects are concerned:
Outfielder Aaron Judge hammer the curve and all other junk he is thrown. Doubt he will get many fastballs.
Gary Sanchez continue his progress and show he deserves to be the Yankees’ backup catcher. He has proven he can hit.
Rob Refsnyder play strong defense at second base, avoiding the issues he has last spring. The Yankees need to make a decision on him.
The electricity infielder Jorge Mateo brings to the game. He may start at Class-A Advanced Tampa, but will find his way yo Double-A Trenton by mid-season.
Infielder Tyler Wade relax and play well at shortstop. He also needs get his confidence back at the plate. He will be a shortstop in Trenton in April, but likely a second baseman in July.
Where in the pecking order outfielder Ben Gamel is. He raised his stature as much as any prospect in 2015. With Jake Cave let to Cincinnati in the Rule 5 Draft, he is the type of pesky player needed in an organization,
We have not really seen a lot of Dustin Fowler, but hear glowing reports. He will start 2016 at Trenton. How he plays there will give a glimpse of where his future in the system lies.
A few years ago, Cesar Puello was a rising star in the Mets organization. He was a thorn in Trenton’s side on 2013, hitting eight homers against the Thunder for Binghamton and bating .326 (108-for-331). It appeared there was a bit of juice in those stats, and Puello has done little since. The Yankees signed him, and, just turning 25 April 1, he will either be the veteran outfielder at Trenton or the fourth outfielder at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Infielder Dermis Garcia show the power potential he was said to have when he was signed in that huge Juky 2014 International signing binge. Injury and inconsistency hampered hm in the Gulf Coast League last summer.
Catcher Luis Torrens recover from surgery and regain the form he showed at Staten Island on 2014. He has a strong arm, excellent fundamentals and a good bat. He turns 20 May 6, and is still a top prospect.
Left-hander Ian Clarkin have a healthy, effective season. Injuries have held him back. He got back on the mound in the Arizona Fall League and will likely start at Tampa. Success there will get him to Trenton a year behind schedule.
Big right-hander Cake Coshow become the ace of the Trenton staff. The Oklahoma native was moved to the rotation from the bullpen at Tampa in 2015 and responded with a 7-2, 2.23 effort, plus a 2-3, 3,51 late-season appearance at Trenton. His fastball can hit 95-96, and he has three other pitches. Also a enthusiastic kid. With Rookie Davis traded to the Reds in the Aroldis Chapman deal, Coshow moves up in the pecking order.
What Miguel Andujar will we see?: He has both succeeded and struggled in spots,. Is he ready for Trenton.
These are just some of the prospects we will be looking at closely in Tampa. There are more. Spring Training will be here before you know it.