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2019: Top 5 Outfield Prospects



Welcome to top prospect month at Pinstriped Prospects.  Throughout this month we will be bringing you the top five prospects at each position, leading up to the release of our top 100 Yankees prospects list.

Outside of the middle infield, the one position where the Yankees are loaded is in the outfield.  Ranking the outfielders can be tough, some may profile better as left fielders, others will be limited to right field.  Some may even eventually move to first base.

With that in mind, we combined the three outfield positions in one ranking based on which players are most likely to stick in the outfield

New York Yankees center fielder Estevan Florial (92) can’t hang on to a fly ball off the bat of New York Mets’ Jay Bruce, allowing two runs to score, in the third inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Florial was charged with an error. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

nd have the highest prospect standing.

 

Estevan Florial

Originally signed by the Yankees as part of the big 2014 international free agent hall, Estevan Florial has been one of the Yankees top prospects for the last couple of years.

He made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2015 where he hit .313/.394/.52 with 11 doubles, eight triples, seven home runs, and 53 RBIs in 57 games.

The next season he made his United States debut, playing at three different levels including Pulaski, Charleston, and Tampa.  Between all three teams, he played in 67 games, hitting .227/.312/.371 with 10 doubles, two triples, and eight home runs.

Florial returned to the South Atlantic League in 2017.  He hit .297/.373/.483 in 91 games with 21 doubles, five triples, and 11 home runs.  He was promoted to High-A Tampa where he appeared in 19 games hitting .303/.368/.461.  His season ended with a brief cameo in Double-A with the Trenton Thunder during the Eastern League playoffs.

Florial struggled a bit in 2018, suffering from a hand injury that required him to undergo surgery and miss several weeks.  In total, he appeared in just 84 games hitting .283/.377/.422 with 19 doubles, four triples, six home runs, and 35 RBIs.

Estevan Florial is as close to a five-tool player the Yankees have and has the potential to be just that for the Yankees.  He has plus bat speed, plus power, plus speed, a plus arm but is struggling with pitch recognition.  Those struggles are the only thing holding him back from a true break out and quick ascent.

Everson Pereira (38) of the Pulaski Yankees follows through on his swing against the Greeneville Reds at Calfee Park on June 23, 2018 in Pulaski, Virginia. The Reds defeated the Yankees 6-5. (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images via AP)

Everson Pereira

Everson Pereira was signed by the Yankees as an international free agent on July 2, 2017, and made his professional debut in 2018.  Showing strong ability at the plate, the Yankees sent him to the Appalachian for his first season.  With the Pulaski Yankees, he hit .263/.322/.389 with eight doubles, two triples, and three home runs in 41 games.

Pereira is one of the better young outfielders in the Yankees farm system.  He is an all-around good player with plus range and speed in the outfield but no other plus tools at present but could develop some in the future.  He has shown good natural instincts in the field and on the bases and has an arm that is good enough to fill in anywhere he is needed in the outfield.

Antonio Cabello ((Jason Woodell)

Antonio Cabello

Outfielder Antonio Cabello was initially signed by the Yankees on December 22, 2017, as an international free agent.  He went on to make his professional debut in 2018 with the DSL Yankees, where he appeared in six games, hitting .227/.433/.318 with a triple and an RBI.

Cabello was later promoted to the Gulf Coast League in mid-June where he excelled.  In 40 games he hit .321/.426/.555 with nine doubles, four triples, five home runs, and 20 RBIs.  He walked 31 times and stole five bases.

Antonio Cabello was originally signed as a catcher, but because of his pure athleticism and speed, he was converted into a centerfielder.  He is still learning the position, and how to read the ball and take the best routes but that will come in time as he gets used to the position.  He is still a very raw player but has shown advanced pitch recognition and plus speed.

Everett AquaSox center fielder Josh Stowers (25) keeps his foot on the bag during a Northwest League game against the Tri-City Dust Devils at Everett Memorial Stadium on September 3, 2018 in Everett, Washington. The Everett AquaSox defeated the Tri-City Dust Devils by a score of 8-3. (Zachary Lucy/Four Seam Images via AP)

Josh Stowers

The Yankees acquired Josh Stowers in a trade with the Seattle Mariners, sending second baseman Shed Long to the M’s to clear a 40-man spot for Adam Ottavino.  Stowers was drafted by the Mariners in the second round of the 2018 draft with the 54th overall pick out o Louisville.

The 6’1″ right-handed hitting outfielder made his professional debut with the Everett AquaSox where he hit .260/.380/.410 in 58 games with 15 doubles, five home runs, and 28 RBIs.  He walked 37 times and stole 20 bases in 24 attempts.

Stowers has the potential to be a plus hitter with average power.  Currently, he is a centerfielder, but many see him moving to left field as he moves through the minor leagues.  He has plus speed and a below-average arm.  He is a threat on the base paths, being able to utilize his speed and instincts to steal bases.

GCL Yankees East center fielder Ryder Green (28) during the first game of a doubleheader against the GCL Pirates on July 31, 2018, at Pirate City Complex in Bradenton, Florida. GCL Yankees East defeated GCL Pirates 2-0. (Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP)

Ryder Green

Ryder Green was drafted by the Yankees in the 2018 draft in the third round.  He made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Yankees where he hit just .203/.316/.392 in 26 games.  He hit two doubles, two triples, and three home runs while driving in 10 runs.

Green is a legit power threat at the plate with excellent bat speed, making him potential 30 home run hitter.  The power is not all he has; the outfielder possesses average to above-average speed with a strong arm.  While he is still raw, there is a lot to like about him, and he could potentially be a top 10 prospect for the Yankees in the future.



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