Pinstriped Prospects has changed how we rank and evaluate players. This change is for the better, as it will not only allow us to provide more in-depth coverage on each prospect but the entire Yankees system as well. We will be unveiling in-depth scouting reports on a weekly basis in the near future. But for now, here are the new terms and scales that have been used to give you an updated top 50 prospect list. The following terms will need to be fully understood to grasp why players are ranked where they are: AOFP, ETA, and Risk.
AOFP means the average overall future potential we think the prospect will reach. Please use the chart below as a reference to what each grade means.
ETA stands for estimated time of arrival. The year posted in this column equals the year we think the prospect will be ready for major league competition.
The risk is the overall variables attached to each prospect. It is categorized under low, medium, high or extreme. Low risk means the player is very close and likely to reach his ceiling. Medium risk can be defined as a polished player that still has some development left to do. High risk means the player has an injury history, significant flaw or is a younger player. Real young players, prospects with a significant injury history or players that struggle with a critical tool fall under the category of extreme risk.
Here is our Pinstriped Prospects Grade Card so you can see exactly what each grade means:
Gleyber Torres and Blake Rutherford are the crown jewels of the Yankees farm system. Both have the potential to be a staple in the Bronx for many years to come. Please read below about who else we think you can expect to see contribute in New York in the future.
Torres came over to the Yankees last season in the Aroldis Chapman trade and had done nothing but impress. In the offseason, he became the youngest player to ever win the Arizona Fall League Most Valuable Player Award at the age of 19. Gleyber is a humble prospect that has the personality and tool set to become a successful Yankee shortly.
Rutherford was selected by the Yankees in the first round of last season’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The recently turned 20-year old still has some development to do at the lower levels of the minor leagues, but make no mistake about it, you will be hearing a lot about this kid in the next two to three years as he makes his way to New York.
Clint Frazier, like Torres, came over to the Yankees at the 2016 trading deadline with fellow prospects Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen from the Cleveland Indians for All-Star reliever Andrew Miller. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman was quoted in saying “Frazier has an electric bat…His bat speed is already legendary. He’s got all the tools –he can run, he can hit, he can hit with power, he can play all three outfield positions. A very exciting, high-energy guy that shows up for the National Anthem in a dirty uniform.”
James Kaprielian has the tools and makeup to become a future ace but will his body allow him to reach his full potential? Since being drafted 16th overall out of UCLA in 2015, James has pitched a measly 29 innings as a member of the Yankees. He dealt with a strained right flexor tendon last year and underwent Tommy John surgery this past April.
Chance Adams might be one of the best draft picks New York Yankees Vice President, Domestic Amateur Scouting Damon Oppenheimer has ever had. After being selected in the fifth round out of Dallas Baptist University as a reliever, the Yankees decided to convert him to a starter. Since the conversion, Adams has responded by becoming one of the most successful players in the entire Yankees system. Last season he went 13-1 with a .233 ERA and held hitters to a remarkable .169 batting average.
Sheffield could make it to the Bronx by the end of next year if he is able to refine his control. To get a full scouting report on Justus, listen to episode five of our Pinstriped Prospects Podcast. The segment on Sheffield begins at 39 minutes and 38 seconds.
Is Tyler Wade a Ben Zobrist in the making? The Yankees hope and we think so. Wade has shown the ability to become a super-utility player in the upper levels of the minor leagues over the past two seasons. He has put in time at second, short, third, and in the outfield. While continuing to hit and be productive at the plate, Tyler has shown the ability to play above average defense all around the diamond. He will be a treasured piece to Yankees manager Joe Girardi as soon as this year.
Estevan Florial enters 2017 as one of the Yankees most underrated prospects to the majority of the media. He does not garner as much attention as Torres or his fellow organizational mates, but that has no barring on his future potential. We are confident that he will be a household name in the future. To learn more about Florial and his impressive background click here to read his Pinstriped Profile from 2016.
Domingo Acevedo is another fascinating prospect to watch. He has the tools to become a big leaguer but will he make it as a starter or a reliever? He has battled injuries for years now, so health will be the biggest question for him moving forward.
Wilkerman Garcia is coming off a down year as his first season stateside did not go as planned. Don’t let last season’s numbers fool you, Wilkerman has many tools that could very well get him to the Bronx in the future. Garcia is unquestionably one of the Yankees top prospects to look out for.
Now that you have been given a background on the Yankees top 10 prospects, please see below for the full list of our updated Pinstriped Prospects Top 50 Prospect list:
Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions. The entire list will be broken down in the next episode of the Pinstriped Prospects Podcast so be sure to tune in! Also, be sure to check back with Pinstriped Prospects in the near future for in-depth scouting reports on the Yankees top 50 prospects.