Trey Amburgey is a right handed hitting outfielder from Lake Worth, Florida. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the 13th round of the 2015 MLB June amateur draft out of St. Peters Community College. He stands 6’2 and weighs 210 pounds.
Amburgey began the 2015 season in his home state of Florida, playing in the Gulf Coast League. He produced a solid .333/.404/.430. He had a knack for getting on base, but he didn’t display much power. His eye at the plate and speed on the bases were amongst his best attributes as he would walk 12 times and steal 14 bases in his 37 games there.
Injuries to the Staten Island team’s outfield led to his promotion there in mid-August. That is where he discovered his power stroke and opened a lot of eyes. In his 21-game stint in the NY-Penn League, he posted a .367/.391/.684 batting line while twice winning the league’s player of the week award. Against the improved skill of his competition, he was up for the challenge.
Overall, Amburgey played in 58 games during which he stole a total of 21 bases and hit .346/.399/.523. This breakout campaign placed him in the organization’s top 30 prospects heading into 2016.
He began 2016 playing for the Charleston River Dogs of the South Atlantic League. He had ten extra-base hits, 10 RBIs, 11 runs scored and seven stolen bases in his 16 games there while posting an impressive .281/.347/.500. He injured his hamstring towards the end of April, which sidelined him for two months.
After a brief rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League, Amburgey was activated as part of the Class A Tampa Yankees’ outfield. His production sagged slightly, and his stolen base numbers all but disappeared. In his 47 games at Tampa, he had only 11 extra base hits and was successful in only 4/7 stolen base attempts. His batting line dropped to .279/.304/.353. He played in the Florida State League as a 21-year-old, almost a full two years younger than the average player.
For the year, he was limited to only 68 total games due to the injury with a .274/.313/.381 slash line while stealing 11 bases, knocking in 32 and scoring 40 runs.
Amburgey possesses plus speed. He is a solid defender, capable of playing all three outfield positions. As evidenced in his late season push in 2015, he has a potentially powerful bat.
Amburgey is ranked as the Yankees #27 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.Fully healthy, Amburgey will be looking to have a bounce-back season in 2017. If he can display the mix of speed and power that he showed in 2015 while playing in the Trenton Thunder outfield, that will be a big step in his continued development as a Yankees prospect.