It’s that time of year again. Now that the draft has come and gone, talent evaluators are updating system rankings to reflect the changes. FanGraphs updated theirs yesterday, as Steven noted in last night’s Down on the Farm. Check that out if you haven’t yet.
Anyway, since it’s Friday afternoon, I just wanted to quickly pull out a few observations I had from their updated NYY list.
Deivi Garcia Shoots Up The Rankings
Deivi, our monitored prospect and my
large Small Prospect Son, shot up their league-wide prospect rankings. He now sits at number 64 overall, out of 124 total. Deivi’s small frame has always made him an interesting prospect to follow, and as most of you likely know, he had a phenomenal year last year.
FanGraphs has this to say about him:
Garcia is a very good athlete, which is what allows him to repeat his delivery, throw so many strikes, and have at least average command despite a delivery that has crossfire, recoil, and effort at release. We’re hesitant to knock Garcia’s delivery simply because it’s unusual, or due to his size, because his performance at this age has also been remarkable. He has a rising fastball with which he operates up in the zone, and he knows exactly how to use his high spin curveball, which has been over 3000 rpm at times. A well-located fastball up, a high-spin curveball down, and a changeup down to keep hitters honest is a good combo, and Garcia knows how to use them in sequence to set up hitters.
His success this year so far–I could look at those strikeout numbers all day–is another sign that he has serious stuff. There are legitimate concerns about his size and therefore his durability, but it’s not hard to fall in love with the kid. I mean, look at this:
Come on now. That’s just unfair. Here’s more video, this time courtesy of FanGraphs:
Baseball fans love to have prospect crushes, and Deivi has become nearly every Yankee fan’s darling over the past 12 months. It’s not difficult to see why. Nice to see him get some love in the rankings, too.
Estevan Florial is Still A Top 100 Prospect
Florial, who recently returned to game action following injury, remains one of the most notable offensive prospects in the system. He hit .255/.354/.361 (110 wRC+) in about 350 plate appearances in 2018. This year he’s at .250/.351/.406 (120 wRC+) in an extremely small sample. He’s still striking out a ton, though, and his contact skills remain his biggest flaw.
Anyway, FanGraphs ranks him the 99th best prospect in the league. FanGraphs says this:
He crushes anything down and in, has sufficient plate coverage to hit fastballs middle away, and has enough power to do damage to the opposite field. He also has good ball/strike recognition so, again like Moncada, there should be power, walks, and up-the-middle defense. We think Florial is likely to be an exciting but flawed everyday player, though it’s not audacious to think his relative youth (he was a 20-year-old at Hi-A in 2018) and inexperience (he also missed a year of reps due to a suspension for bad paperwork) leave more room for growth than we anticipate.
It would be great to see Florial make contact more consistently. He’s only 21, so a lot of time for development yet, but that’s what to watch with him. He’s a while away, as Derek noted today. Anyway, Florial could be a trade chip for New York this year. Time will tell!
Here’s some video, if you want it:
Anthony Volpe Ranks 11th by Future Value
Anthony Volpe, the shortstop from Delbarton the Yanks took in the 1st round and that Derek profiled here, recently signed with the Yankees. Not much more to say about Volpe that hasn’t been said already, really. Just wanted to point out that FanGraphs ranks him 11th in the Yankee system by future value. Here’s their report (obviously written before the draft):
The steadiest infield defender in the class, Volpe compares similarly to Oakland A’s shortstop, Nick Allen, when he was a high schooler. Volpe will likely be a plus shortstop defender and has good feel for contact, but he lacks strength and physical projection that enables teams to anticipate it will come. He also reportedly wants about $3 million to sign, which is too rich for lots of teams and much more than Allen got a couple years ago. Volpe may end up at school, but if he signs he projects as a low-end shortstop regular.
He’s only 18 and coming from high school, so there’s a lot of speculation in there.
Mauro Bonafacio is Another Large Outfielder
Finally, a fun little observation from poking further down the boards: a 17-year-old outfielder named Mauro Bonafacio, signed as an IFA from the Dominican Republic last July. He’s 6’7, 226 lbs and this is his scouting report:
XXL frame with massive power, high risk size and defensive projection, potential swing and miss issues due to lever length.
Does that sound familiar to you? It sounds familiar to me.
FanGraphs ranks him at 51st in the Yanks system, which isn’t a surprise, as he’s only 17 and there are always concerns with guys that large. Aaron Judge’s are very rare, but I think it’ll be fun to keep an eye on Bonafacio over the next few years. The Yankees love their massive outfielders, and I have to say: so do I.