The 2015 season was the first season the New York Yankees fielded a team in the Appalachian League since 1982 and they did not disappoint. In their first season the Pulaski Yankees made it to the playoffs behind veteran manager Tony Franklin.
We have already taken a look to see who the top Yankees players in the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League, now let’s take a look at who made our Players-of-the-Year list for the third Rookie-level that features Baby Bombers.
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Let us take a look a look at some prospects who had an incredible year with the Pulaski Yankees in 2015. This is based on their season statistics and is not based on their scouting report.
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OF – Carlos Vidal
There is a lot to like about 19-year old outfielder Carlos Vidal. Many scouts and coaches have compared him to former Yankees farmhand Ramiro Pena but with less speed and projects for more power. He had impressed many with his state-side debut in 2015 with the Pulaski Yankees after putting up a .303 batting average with 74 hits in 244 at bats. Out of those 74 hits he had 15 doubles, 2 triples and 9 homers, driving in a total of 46 runs for Pulaski.
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2B – Gosuke Katoh
Gosuke Katoh has fallen after a stellar debut season in 2013. After hitting just .161 for the Charleston RiverDogs earlier this season the Yankees demoted him to Pulaski where he faced more players his age. He did well for the Yankees hitting .287 with 9 doubles, a triple and 5 homeruns in the Appalachian League.
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LHP – Nester Cortes
Coming into this season there was some buzz on Nester Cortes within the organization. A native of Hialeah, Florida, Cortes was drafted in the 36th round of the 2013 draft out of high school. After spending his first 2 seasons in the GCL he moved up to Pulaski for 2015. He did not disappoint, leading the P-Yankes with a 6-3 record and a 2.26 ERA over 12 games, 10 starts and even kicked off a triple-play. He struck out 66 batters over 63 2/3 innings pitched and is one prospect to keep an eye on.
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RHP – Jhon Morban
After a couple of brief cameos with the Tampa Yankees and Staten Island Yankees Jhon Morban found a home in Pulaski. The 23-year old right-hander owned a 3-5 record for the P-Yanks, pitching to a 3.28 ERA and striking out 55 batters over 57 2/3 innings of work.