Honorable Mention: David Sosebee
Sosebee, 24, had a strong season for the Yankees in 2017. The Georgia-native started the season in Charleston where he struck out 76 batters in 65 1/3 innings and then pitched in one game for the Tampa Yankees before earning a shot at Double-A when he pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Trenton Thunder.
Sosebee was ranked fifth out of all minor league relievers in strikeouts with 84 strikeouts in 72 innings pitched. Overall, he ended the season with a 2.50 ERA over 39 games between three levels of the farm system.