Prospect Profile: Brandon Wagner – INF

The Yankees selected Brandon Wagner in the sixth round of the 2015 draft out of Howard College.  The Princeton, New Jersey native bounced around the field for a couple of years before finally settling in at first base last year.


After signing his first professional contract, he reported to the Staten Island Yankees of the NY-Penn League where he was a regular part of the lineup, splitting his time mostly between second base and third base with one game at shortstop.  In 52 games, 162 at-bats, he hit .228/.347/.364.


Wagner took a step back in 2016 to work on trying to find a position fit him best.  He played second base and outfield for the Gulf Coast League Yankees before moving over to first base.  With the GCL Yankees, he hit .283/.367/.509 in 29 games, 106 at-bats with seven doubles, a triple and five home runs while driving in 17 runs.  After a mid-season promotion to Pulaski, he hit .247/.371/.420 in 25 games, 81 at-bats with five more doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs and an addition 16 walks.


In 2017, Wagner spent the entire season with the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League.  He hit .277/.380/.392 in 110 games, 372 at-bats.  Throughout the season he hit 20 doubles, a triple and seven home runs while 51 RBIs and walked 57 times.


Wagner opened the 2018 season with the Tampa Tarpons of the Florida State League where he hit .270/.376/.510 in 87 games.  After being promoted to Double-A he hit .262/.390/.461 with the Trenton Thunder.  In total he had 21 doubles, 21 home runs and 67 RBIs, all of them were new career highs.  In fact, prior to 2018, Wagner hit just 19 home runs in his previous three seasons.

Scouting Report

Since being drafted, Wagner has earned high praise from the Yankees coaches for his ability at the plate.  He has a keen eye at the plate and uses a patient approach to work the count in his favor.  He has proven he can be a versatile player, playing at several positions including first base, third base, second base, and the outfield.  He was also a guy with the potential to hit for power, but this past season he has shown he was able to translate it into games, shattering his career high in home runs.

2019 Outlook

Wagner will start the 2019 season back with the Trenton Thunder where he would split time with Chris Gittens at first base.

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