Carlos Vidal was signed by the New York Yankees as an international free agent out of Lorica, Columbia as an 18-year old in May 2014. As an under-the-radar type signing, there was little to no fanfare.
Carlos played in 56 games in the Dominican Summer League in 2014 for the DSL Yankees 2 team and impressed with a batting average of .365 over 219 at bats. He had 80 hits with 13 doubles, seven triples, and one home run while driving in 35 runs and scoring 65 himself. Throughout the season he walked 42 times while striking out 32 times. The performance was impressive, and he went on to make his debut in the United States that September as part of the 2014 Florida Instructional League.
He spent the 2015 season with the Pulaski Yankees in their inaugural season. With Pulaski he impressed many more, hitting .303 over 60 games with 74 hits in 244 at-bats. Of those 74 hits, 15 were doubles, 2 were triples, and 9 were home runs. He drove in 46 runs while scoring 49 himself. His performance during the season earned him a spot on the Appalachian League Post-season All-Star team.
Vidal opened the 2016 season with the Charleston RiverDogs but appeared in just four games with them before being promoted to High-A Tampa. With Charleston, he hit .143/.143/.143 in 14 at-bats. With the Tampa Yankees, he did not record a hit before going on the disabled list on May 8, 2016.
After taking time off, he was sent to the Staten Island Yankees for a rehab assignment on July 21, 2016. In 13 games for Staten Island, he hit .216/.322/.275.
For the 2017 season, Vidal was sent back Charleston, but after 36 games he found himself on the disabled list again. Before the injury, he was hitting .277/.325/.305. He then went back to Staten Island on a rehab assignment where he hit .294/.455/.353 in a six-game tune-up before reporting back to Charleston where he finished his season hitting .348/.402/.491 in 33 games in the second half of the season.
On the defensive side Carlos has been playing mostly centerfield but in the long-term profiles more as a left-fielder. He has earned comparisons to former New York Yankees prospect Ramon Flores except with more power potential. Vidal has good speed and has the tools to be an above-average defender in the outfield, the question would be his bat and if it continues to stay hot as he is challenged at the higher levels of the farm system.
Vidal will likely remain in Tampa after minor league spring training to roam the outfield of Steinbrenner Field as a member of the Tampa Tarpons for the 2018 season.