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Chaz Hebert with the Tampa Yankees in 2015 (Bryan Green)

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Which Yankees Prospects Are Most Likely To Be Selected In the Rule V Draft

This past Friday the Yankees finalized their 40-man roster when they added Ben Gamel, Johnny Barbato, and Rookie Davis.  In doing so the left several prospects unprotected for the annual Rule V draft that takes place during the Baseball Winter Meetings.

[nextpage title=”1″ ]Of the prospects who are eligible for the draft this December there are a few that could find themselves with a new organization to at least start the season.  Some of these players could very well help the Yankees in 2016 as well.[/nextpage]

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Chaz Hebert (Bryan Green)

Chaz Hebert (Bryan Green)

Chaz Hebert

The silent riser in the Yankees farm system, Chaz Hebert has done nothing but pitch well this season.  The left-handed starter has impressed coaches with his command and ability on the mound, even earning himself a spot in the annual Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game.  The 2015 season saw him spend time at 3 levels, including 3 games in Triple-A where he was 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA over 17 innings for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.  He pitched just 2 games with the Charleston RiverDogs, where he was 1-1 with a 0.87 ERA in 10 1/3 innings, the bulk of his playing time came with High-A Tampa.  With the T-Yanks he was 7-6 with a 2.95 ERA with 106 2/3 innings over 21 games, 15 starts.

Chaz ended the 2015 Arizona Fall League season with a 0-1 record and a 4.40 ERA.  In his first 6 games of the fall he pitched out of the bullpen to a 2.84 ERA in 12 2/3 innings of work, his only start of the season came on the last game of the season where he was touched for 3 runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Hebert has done well against right-handed batters, limiting them to a .225 average in the Florida State League, a .138 average in the South Atlantic League, a .250 average in the International League and a .226 average in the Arizona Fall League.  He is a four-pitch pitcher with a fastball in the high-80s/low-90s, a plus changeup, an above-average curveball and a cutter.  This past season he completely skipped over Double-A to make 3 starters in the International League where he held his own.  His performance in the Arizona Fall League has drawn more eyes to his game and could earn him a selection in this year’s Rule-5 Draft.[/nextpage]

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Tyler Austin

Austin, 24, was added to the Yankees 40-man roster during the 2014-2015 off-season but found himself designated for assignment when the rosters expanded in September.  Throughout his minor league career he has battled injuries that cost him playing time, coming into the 2015 season the hope was that was all behind him as he got his first taste of the minors highest level.  Though he had a couple stints on the disabled list, it was nothing like he had before.

Tyler got into 73 games for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and struggled.  Hitting just .235 with 62 hits, 8 doubles and 4 homeruns.  On August 7 he was sent to Double-A Trenton where he hit a bit better with a .260 average in 31 games, including 5 doubles, 2 triples and 2 homeruns.

After the season ended he was sent to the Arizona Fall League for the second time in 2 years.  Out in Arizona he hit .272 for the Surprise Saguaros with 5 doubles and 3 homeruns.  Through most of the fall season he was at first base but also spent time in left and right field.  He made an amazing diving catch in left-centerfield for the second out of the seventh inning in the AFL Championship game.  He is going to continue his baseball season in the Venezuelan Winter League as he was also just added to the roster of Aguilas del Zulia.[/nextpage]

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Jake Cave (Rand Greenblatt)

Jake Cave (Rand Greenblatt)

Jake Cave

Jake Cave has fallen on the Yankees outfield depth chart, mostly due to the return to form of Mason Williams and Slade Heathcott but also the emergence of Ben Gamel.  This past season he hit .269 in 125 games for the Double-A Trenton Thunder before moving up to Triple-A where in a 7-game cameo he hit .458.  A team might take a chance with Cave who throughout his career was considered one of the better outfield prospects in the Yankees organization, he could easily fit in as a fourth or fifth outfielder on the bench.[/nextpage]

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Yankees prospect Dietrich Enns with the Staten Island Yankees during the 2012 season (Robert M. Pimpsner)

Yankees prospect Dietrich Enns with the Staten Island Yankees during the 2012 season (Robert M. Pimpsner)

Dietrich Enns

The 2015 season saw Dietrich Enns return to the mound after Tommy John surgery and the 24-year old did impress.  In 13 games he threw 58 2/3 innings working mostly as a starter, striking out 55 batters.

Enns is a guy that could stay in the rotation or move to the bullpen.  A bullpen move could make him a major league option sooner than later.  He is a solid choice for a prospect to be taken in the Rule 5 draft, teams love lefty relievers.[/nextpage]

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Tony Renda

The Yankees acquired Tony Renda mid-season when they traded right-handed relief pitcher David Carpenter to the Nationals in exchange for the young infield prospect.  The trade has worked in the Yankees favor as Carpenter is now a free agent and Renda has impressed with his abilities to handle second base.

This season Tony hit .269 between the two Double-A teams he appeared.  A team looking for a cheap option for second base could take a flyer on him, but it is likely he will not go in the draft and fit in as the everyday second basemen for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.[/nextpage]

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Mark Montgomery (Jessica Kovalcin)

Mark Montgomery (Jessica Kovalcin)

Mark Montgomery

Montgomery, 25, was once considered one of the top relief prospects in the Yankees farm system.  He originally was an 11th round draft pick by the Yankees in the 2011 First-Year-Player-Draft and impressed.  He first reached Triple-A in his third season, appearing in 25 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2013 where he was 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA but after several trips to the disabled list he was never the same.

Mark appeared in 39 games between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he was 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 2014.  This past season he was mostly in Trenton where he was 3-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 43 innings over 39 games.

This off-season he is playing in the Venezuelan Winter League for Leones del Caracas where he is teammates with fellow Yankees prospect Ben Gamel.  In 14 games in Venezuela he owns a 6.57 ERA.  A team could take a flyer on him, see if his velocity can return and perhaps reach his once high potential.[/nextpage]

 

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