International Free Agents

Update On 2014 July 2 Class

So July 2nd has come again and the Yankees are trying to leverage the ability to scout to get some good players.  They have the ability to do it as much of their top Latin prospects are actually lower bonus guys.  But here is an update on what the top signings from last year are doing for the Yankees.

Dermis Garcia.  He currently is rehabbing an injury.

Nelson Gomez.  Currently he is hitting .284/.346/.505 with a 135 wRC+ for the Dominican Summer League Yankees One team.  Power which was one of Gomez’s top tools is there as he has four doubles, one triple and five homeruns.

Juan DeLeon.  Currently he is hitting a decent .250/.380/.395 with a 128 wRC+ for the Dominican Summer League Yankees Two team.  Some thought DeLeon had the best overall talent in the class that the Yankees signed.

Jonathan Amundaray.   For one of the youngest players in the league it’s easy to see why Amundaray is hitting just .111/.346/.167 for a wRC+ of 73.  Since he just turned 17 in May he is one of the youngest players on the Yankees DSL2 team.

Wilkerman Garcia.  Garcia is actually stateside and is playing for the GCL Yankees 1 team.  He had a few at bats in the Dominican too.  On the season between those two leagues he’s hitting a combined .556/.636/.667 line.  He’s a heads up player as he has stolen five bases in nine games.

Miguel Flames.  Flames is having a very good season for Yankees 2 team.  The catcher is hitting a great .361/.432/.542 line for a wRC+ of 172.  The bat is what really will carry Flames as people are questioning if he is going to be a good catcher.  Which is why he was assigned to the DSL instead of the GCl.

Hoy-Jun Park.  Park is currently playing SS for the Pulaski Yankees.   This was a very aggressive assignment as the 19 year old was just coming to the states.   In a league that mostly has recent college juniors and seniors Park is over two years younger than most players.  His  line of .259/.355/.333 is good for a wRC+ of 104.

Antonio Aria.  The speedy Aria was thought to be a little long term project for the Yankees as he just turned 17 in June.  This is why a line of .211/.308/.263 is fine for his first season in professional ball.

Diego Castillo.  Currently playing for the Yankees 1 DSL team the SS is hitting a very good .349/.378/.466 for a very good 130 wRC+.  The most impressive look at his stats is the 9.8% strikeout rate. Castillo models his swing after Jeter which is why he has such good contact ability.

Lisandro Blanco.  Blanco is another teenager who is hitting well in his debut for the Yankees 1 DSL team.  Right now he is hitting a very respectable .310/.430/.394 line for a wRC+ of 144. Blanco was more tools than finesse when he signed and there are some signs that he is putting them to actual skills.  He has a walk rate of 16.3% to only a 19.8% strikeout rate.

Brayan Emery. Emery is one of my favorite prospects that the Yankees signed.  I actually thought he might have had a chance to come stateside but he signed later in the process than most of these kids so he missed instructions.  His line of .291/.418/.494 good for a wRC+ of 155 is very impressive.  I expect Emery to really dominate and come stateside next year.

Pablo Olivares.  Athleticism is the reason Olivares got signed.  He plays a good centerfield with a decent line drive stroke.  He’s hitting .265/.342/.353 for a 104 wRC+.  A decent debut for someone who will take time to really develop.

Frederick Cuevas.  It hasn’t been a great debut for Cuevas since he lacks the athleticism of most the other outfielders on the list here.  His bat was the calling card that got him $300,000.  So his line of .192/.318/.260 is very disappointing.

Danienger Perez.  While Cuevas has had a bad debut Perez has had a good one.  He played so well tha the got bumped up from the DSL to the GCL .  He hit .276/.334/.447 in the DSL and right now is hitting .208/.345/.292 for the GCL Yankees 1.

Leobaldo Cabrera.  Cabrera got a low bonus of $250,000 but has really impressed the Yankees with his at bats after he signed.  That has translated to his first season in pro ball.  He is hitting .356/.396/.489 for a 147 w RC+.  The rightfield prospect is making waves and could be a steal for that little amount.

Griffin Garabito.  Garabito also came over after a brief stint in the DSL.   Since he has been stateside he has hit .324/.395/.378 for a wRC+ of 136.  He’s been listed as a SS but is really a 2nd baseman long term.  An offensive minded second baseman who only  needed $225,000 to sign would be a steal for the Yankees.

Erick Mendez.  Mendez is an older prospect who came on late.  He is already 19 but is having a good debt.  He’s hitting .266/.347/.453 for a wRC+ of 126.  These are some of the signs that the Yankees will probably really target this year since they can’t go after the big dollar kids.

Jason Lopez.  You can never have too much catching and Lopez is adding to that.  He’s having an ok debut hitting .241/.348/.304.  His stat line of walking 14.1% of the time is very encouraging especially for a young player.

These were some of the high profile players that the Yankees signed.  There are a few surprise players that weren’t reported which we will have next time.  Overall the Yankees have done well with their J2 class.  Garcia getting hurt is bad especially since there is  no news what it is.  But if some of these kids come stateside next year and dominate it will really help the farm system.


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