On Thursday, Minor League Baseball released spots 11-20 in their farm system rankings for pitchers. The article tabbed the Yankees number 13 overall, climbing 12 spots from last year’s number 25 ranking. It marks the biggest jump in all of baseball.
The ranking may come as a bit of a shock to some. Organizational standouts such as Chance Adams, Jonathan Holder, the newly acquired Albert Abreu, and Jordan Montgomery’s names were nowhere to be found in the article.
Adams had a brilliant season, garnering attention and recognition from all scouts, front office members, and the media. Baseball America noted that “Adams allowed just 5.4 hits per nine innings this season and led the minors with a .169 opponent average. That mark ranks as the second lowest by a qualified minor league starter since 1993, which is as far back as we can trace such records”.
Holder, in 65.1 combined innings pitched for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A), Trenton Thunder (Double A), and Tampa Yankees (Single A – Advanced), went 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA. In Scranton, Holder was nearly perfect, going 2-0 with a 0.89 ERA. He held hitters to a combined .160 batting average against and posted a 0.66 WHIP.
Abreu was the main piece acquired from Houston back in November for Brian McCann. His plus-plus fastball touches 99 and possesses an above major league average slider, to feature with a curveball, and changeup to comprise his four pitch arsenal.
Montgomery flew up the organizational ladder making a jump from Single A in 2015 to Triple A in 2016, as a starter to boot. In six games with the RailRiders, the South Carolina native went 5-1 with a 0.97 ERA.
Should Kaprielian and Acevedo stay healthy, look for the Yankees to continue to climb up the rankings next season.