As the Mesa Solar Sox and Peoria Javelinas set to square off in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday night, the many Yankees prospects who suited up for the Scottsdale Scorpions over the last six weeks have dispersed from the desert and headed to their respective homes to rest for the winter. After recapping how all of the Baby Bomber position prospects performed in the AFL earlier this week, we take a look out how the pitchers fared.
Justus Sheffield: The Yankees top-pitching prospect missed significant action for Trenton due to an oblique strain that cost him nearly two months of games between July and August this past summer. The 21-year old top-pitching prospect was summoned to the AFL to get some extra work before shutting his left arm down for the winter. In five starts for Scottsdale, the southpaw went 2-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 20 1/3 innings of work. He allowed 14 hits and fanned 22 batters while holding the opposition to a .192 batting average and got the starting nod in the annual AFL Fall Stars game; he finished second in the AFL in WHIP with a 0.84 mark. Sheffield spoke to our Josh Zaklis last week about his time in the AFL and his efforts to try and perfect his change-up, which you can read here.
Albert Abreu: While the Yankees and Astros battled it out in the ALCS with a trip to the World Series on the line, one of the prospects that the Bombers netted in the trade that sent catcher Brian McCann to Houston was opening the eyes of talent evaluators and scouts in Arizona. In six starts for the Scorpions spanning 27 2/3 innings, the 23-year old Abreu went 1-2 with a 2.60 ERA. The right-hander finished fifth in the AFL in strikeouts with 23 and solidified his case to be added to the team’s 40-man roster ahead of Monday’s deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft. Abreu spoke about his time in the AFL, which you can read about here.
Cody Carroll: Nobody from the Yankees organization opened more eyes in the AFL than right-handed reliever Cody Carroll. The 25-year old hard-throwing Southern Mississippi product led the league in saves with four while tossing 11 2/3 scoreless innings over nine appearances for the Scorpions. Carroll allowed just two hits and fanned 18 while holding the opposition to a .056 batting average. Mike Rosenbaum of MLB Pipeline listed Carroll as one of the top-ten players who stood out to him during his nine-day tour of AFL action. Rosenbaum said “Carroll was consistently the first name to come up in any discussion had with evaluators about standout relievers in the Fall League. My one look at the 25-year-old righty made it easy to see why, as he sat 96-98 mph with his heater and snapped off several plus sliders, all while throwing strikes and hiding the ball well.” Pinstriped Prospects caught up with Carroll about his time in the AFL, which you can read here.
Andrew Schwaab: The 24-year old right-hander had a rough go of it in the AFL after going 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 21 innings over his final 13 appearances of 2017 for Trenton. For the season, Schwaab allowed a hit per inning (57.2/57); while he was able to pitch out of jams in the regular season, he wasn’t able to navigate out of trouble so easily in the desert. In nine appearances spanning 11 1/3 innings for the Scorpions, Schwaab allowed eight earned runs on 14 hits and seven walks while the opposition hit .326 against him.