The 2015 Minor League Baseball season is now firmly behind us and Baseball America is in the middle of announcing their annual top 20 prospects in each league and several New York Yankees prospects are on the lists.
In the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, shortstop Wilkerman Garcia was named the sixth top prospect in the league. Garcia, 17, hit .281 with 6 doubles and a triple in 37 games for the Yankees. Over 121 at bats he had a total of 34 hits, striking out 19 times, stealing 11 bases and walking 25 times.
Moving a level up to the Appalachian League, another Yankees shortstop prospect in the person of Hoy Jun Park. Park, 19, is listed as the #12 prospect in the league after batting .239 for the Pulaski Yankees under the guidance of Tony Franklin. Park has been praised by many inside and outside the organization for being advanced for his age.
At the short-season level we find 3 Staten Island Yankees players on the list of New York-Penn League top prospects, led by none other than flame throwing right-handed pitcher Domingo Acevedo. Coming into the season Ace was dealing with a blister problem but once he put that behind him he was on fire. Routinely throwing in the triple-digits, reaching as high as 103-miles per hour with his fastball in a start. Complimenting his fastball with a major league changeup and a developing slider there is a lot to like about the 21-year old
Coming in at number 10 in the New York-Penn League is right-fielder Jhalan Jackson. Jackson impressed many with his hot start and his raw power. He had a bit of a slump, after injuries took away a considerable amount of playing time, but there is a lot to like about the 2015 draftee. At number 18 on the list is New York Yankees 2015 first round pick Kyle Holder. By looking at the stats you might be confused but there is a lot to like about Kyle. Holder was touted as the top defensive shortstop in the 2015 draft and he showed it with the Staten Island Yankees. The one knock against him was his offense. Holder is not a guy that will strike out often, he gets the bat on the ball in almost every at bat and is still developing some power.
Over the next week Baseball America will be announcing their other top 20 league prospect lists, stay tuned as we bring the breakdown.