From a projected 4th place finish in the AL East to currently 1 game behind the Red Sox for the division lead, the Bronx Bombers are back. The historical first half to Aaron Judge’s rookie season has highlighted the Yankees success this year. Cashman added Sonny Gray, Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson, Todd Frazier, and Jamie Garcia to help lead the team to a playoff run this year. The Yankees have a stacked farm system, and young studs currently on their team that will push this team to a World Series in just a couple years with no doubt. With one superstar in the 2019 class, this team will literally be the Golden State Warriors of baseball, and that’s scary. The future is bright, and there’s no looking back for this young team.
Not long ago, the Yankees had one of the worst farm systems in baseball. All of a sudden, the tables have turned, and the Bombers are headlined as having the best set of young players in the MLB. The main reason for this: Aaron Judge. Judge has had an astounding start to his first full season finishing the first half batting .329 with 30 HR and 66 RBI’s. Judge has already become a face of the MLB in only a couple of months. The other young stud currently on the pro club is catcher Gary Sanchez, batting a solid .270 with 16 HR and 51 RBI. These numbers aren’t as high as expected because of an injury that sidelined him for a month, but Judge’s and Sanchez’s numbers will only go up, and that’s scary for opponents.
Acquired in the Andrew Miller trade, 22-year-old Clint Frazier has already turned into a fan favorite because of a walk-off home run against the Brewers and his consistent production at the plate. Frazier has insane bat speed and hits the ball extremely hard, especially for a rookie. Playing left field, Clint is definitely a viable replacement for when Brett Gardner is gone from the club which could be soon due to the Yankees young talented outfield. In Clint’s first 7 games in the MLB, he has 3 HR with 8 RBI’s while batting .292. Paring Frazier with Judge full time could be dangerous for teams to face.
The Yankees top prospect at the moment is 20-year-old shortstop Gleyber Torres. Gleyber was acquired in the Aroldis Chapman deal to the Cubs which could turn out to be a steal as they now have Chapman back plus Torres. Since the Yankees love what they are seeing out of shortstop Didi Gregorius, they believe that Gleyber may be the answer to replace Chase Headley at the hot corner. He has the defensive tools along with a strong plate presence to man the third base spot in the future. In 55 minor league games this season, Gleyber hit .287 with 7 HR and 34 RBI, but hit .309 in AAA. Unfortunately, Gleyber had an early exit to the DL for Tommy John surgery. The Yankees hope to have him back by the start of next year.
Cashman has recently let go of some of his top hitting prospects such as Blake Rutherford, Jorge Mateo, and Dustin Fowler to ramp up their bullpen and to help acquire Sonny Gray, as well as Todd Frazier, but Cash still has many other viable prospects left in the system. Estevan Florial has already been compared to CF Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles due to his incredible fielding abilities. The best part about Estevan is that he is only 19 years old with untapped potential. Third baseman Miguel Andujar is another top prospect who has played one game for the big club in which he went 3/4, only to be called down the next day. Andujar has a great arm and can hit for solid contact with the ability to show off his power at times.
23-year-old RHP Luis Severino has proved to be a solid starter in his three years with the club. In 2015, he posted a stat line of a 2.89 ERA while going 5-3, a pretty solid rookie season for a 20-year-old at the time. In 2016, Severino struggled mightily going 3-8 with a 5.83 ERA before getting demoted to the bullpen. As expected by the club to bounce back, Severino did just that for the first half of this season going 5-4 with a 3.54 ERA. Currently, Luis is 8-4 with a 2.98 ERA and 153 K’s which is 7th in the MLB. If everything goes well, Sev could be the Ace the team desperately needs for years to come.
RHP Chance Adams has been very impressive this season posting a 1.93 ERA while going 11-3 with 109 SO over 116.1 innings. Not bad for a 22-year-old 5th round pick. There were rumors that he was going to be called up before the All-Star break, but those have recently stalled with C.C. coming back from injury. Adams has an above average fastball with a developing curveball and changeup. Chance has also held hitters to a .174 AVG across the minors this season.
21-year-old LHP Justus Sheffield acquired in the Andrew Miller deal is another potential rotation man for the Yankees down the road. Justus is currently 7-5 with a solid 3.09 ERA in AA ball this season. Sheffield hopefully will become a 4 or 5 starter for the big club in the next couple years.
Bryce Harper? Manny Machado? Giancarlo Stanton? Clayton Kershaw? These are all potential faces of the MLB that could find themselves in pinstripes when their time comes.
- Gleyber Torres
- Clint Frazier
- Bryce Harper
- Aaron Judge
- Gary Sanchez
- Greg Bird
- Starlin Castro
- Didi Gregorius
- Tyler Austin/Miguel Andujar
When Didi Gregorius is your number 8 hitter, you’re doing a lot of things right. They might never lose a game!
- Luis Severino
- Sonny Gray
- Chance Adams
- Jordan Montgomery
- Justus Sheffield
Severino and Gray highlight a very solid 1-2 punch; both of them have shown flashes of being elite in the past. Adams, Sheffield, and Montgomery round out a deep back end to the rotation. Any other depth can come off of the free agency market.
The reason for this number is because the club isn’t ready to win….just yet, but the pieces are there. Building through the minors is a new approach for the Yankees, and it seems to be working. The surprise surges of Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge are very promising to build off of for the near future. The recent acquisition of Sonny Gray is going to really help this clubs rotation stability for the next 3 years. With Gleyber Torres coming up soon, Greg Bird healthy, and possibly Bryce Harper (?), there’s no stopping this team from winning it all. Just be patient.
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