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2022 Yankees Top Prospects List Roundup

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Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, and MLB Pipeline have all published their 2022 Yankees top prospect lists. FanGraphs (top 38) and MLB Pipeline (top 30) go deeper into the system, while Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus stick to a top 10 list (with mentions of others who missed the cut and would be top 30 guys anyway). Today, I’ll take a look at these lists and make note of a few things that caught my eye. Let’s get right to it.

The obvious choice at #1: Anthony Volpe

All four sites agreed that Volpe belongs at the top of the organization’s list, and for good reason. In spite of not being the toolsiest prospect in the organization, “Volpe might have had the most impressive all-around performance of any prospect in 2021” according to Baseball Prospectus’ Jeffrey Paternostro. No kidding: the 20 year-old shortstop hit .294/.423/.604 (170 wRC+) in 513 plate appearances in stints with Tampa (Single-A) and Hudson Valley (High-A).

DoTF: Siegler Powers Hudson Valley to Wild Comeback Win

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders dropped this one 6-3 to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs behind another poor start from Deivi García. The loss gives them a still stellar 30-13 record on the year, tops in the minors.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Deivi García: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 1 K – 30 of 54 strikes (56%)…don’t think anyone had Deivi with an 8.80 ERA in AAA in the plans this year
  • In Relief: RHP Braden Bristo: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K – 66% strikes…had the elusive 4 K inning in this one
  • Rehab Watch: LHP Justin Wilson: 1.0 IP, zeroes, 1 K – 67% strikes, see you in the Bronx soon
  • In Relief: RHP Greg Weissert: 2.0 IP, zeroes, 4 K – 67% strikes, 25 K in 16.1 IP on the season allowing no runs
  • In Relief: LHP Trevor Lane: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 70% strikes
  • Offensive Star: CF Estevan Florial: 1-2, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB – nice to see three walks on the night for Florial
  • Leftovers: 1B Chris Gittens, 2B Derek Dietrich, and DH Greg Allen had one hit each rounding out the offense that struggled against former first overall pick Mark Appel

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Janson Junk kept his amazing season going leading to a 7-4 victory for the Patriots over the Portland Sea Dogs. They are 30-15 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Janson Junk: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K – 55 of 79 strikes (70%)…the reigning AA player of the week has a 1.07 ERA on the year and is deserving of a promotion to AAA soon
  • In Relief: RHP Kevin Gadea: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 69% strikes and struggled big time to close this one out
  • Offensive Star: SS Diego Castillo: 3-5, 1 HR, 3 R – has a .967 OPS on the season
  • Peraza Watch: DH Oswald Peraza: 2-5, 2 R, 3 K
  • Platinum Sombrero Watch: 1B Dermis Garcia: 0-5, 5 K…yikes
  • Leftovers: C Donny Sands had 2 hits including a solo homerun

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades scored 4 each in the 7th and 8th to complete a comeback 11-9 win over the Wilmington Blue Rocks to move to 29-16 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Reid Anderson: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K – 64% strikes…bet the Renegades wish he lasted longer in this one because…
  • Providing No Relief: RHP Nelson Alvarez: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 K – 54% strikes…ERA jumped from 4.50 to 9.58 after this one
  • In Relief: LHP Matt Minnick: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 58% strikes…has a 1.89 ERA so far
  • In Relief: RHP Charlie Ruegger: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 72% strikes and picked up the victory
  • Offensive Star: C Anthony Seigler: 2-4, 1 2B, 4 RBI – had a bases clearing double in the 7th to spearhead the comeback (video below)
  • Offensive Star 2: DH Ezequiel Duran: 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI
  • Leftovers: 1B Kyle MacDonald and 2B Eduardo Torrealba both went 2-4 with a double each…LF Isaiah Pasteur had a homerun in the 7th.

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Tampa’s game against Lakeland was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

DoTF: Waldichuck & Peraza Continue Dominance

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders comeback fell short in a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Bisons dropping them to 21-10 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Brody Koerner: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K – 56% strikes in a short outing.
  • In Relief: RHP Albert Abreu: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K – 53% strikes and his ERA went up to 3.38 after tonight.
  • In Relief: RHP Kyle Barraclough: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 66% strikes
  • In Relief: LHP Trevor Lane: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Hit Streak Watch: DH Trey Amburgey: 2-4, 1 HR – has a hit in 19 straight. Call him up?
  • Walk the Park: 2B Hoy Jun Park: 0-2, 2 BB – 5 BB in his last 6 PA
  • Leftovers: RF Socrates Brito had 2 hits…CF Estevan Florial and 1B Mike Ford both took 0-fers.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

Homeruns by Oswald Peraza and Oliver Dunn powered the Patriots to a 5-2 win over Erie giving them a 21-12 record on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Shawn Semple: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K – 66% strikes to pick up the win.
  • In Relief: RHP Reid Anderson: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 65% strikes in middle relief.
  • In Relief: RHP Kevin Gadea: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 44% strikes and has a 1.74 ERA on the season.
  • In Relief: RHP Stephen Ridings: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 65% strikes and picked up the save.
  • Peraza Watch: DH Oswald Peraza: 2-5, 1 HR – led off the game with a homerun for his first AA hit. Video below.
  • Offensive Star: 2B Oliver Dunn: 1-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI – had the go ahead homerun
  • Offensive Star 2: SS Oswald Cabrera: 3-5, 2 2B – feeling the pressure with another Oswald in town

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

Ken Waldichuk and the Renegades dominated the Brooklyn Cyclones in this 8-0 win raising them to 18-14 on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K – 64% strikes…hasn’t allowed a run in 30.2 IP this year with 55 K. Time for a call-up.
  • In Relief: RHP Elvis Peguero: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 70% strikes
  • In Relief: RHP Charlie Ruegger: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Offensive Star: LF Oliver Alexander: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • Catcher Watch: C Anthony Siegler & DH Josh Breax each had 1 hit. Breax had an RBI
  • Leftovers: SS Ezeqial Duran, 3B James Nelson, 2B Eduardo Torrealba, & CF Isiah Pasteur had the remaining RBI.

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Homeruns by Chad Bell and Austin Wells powered the Tarpons to a 6-4 victory over Clearwater. The win gives them a 24-10 record on the year.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Sean Boyle: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – 57% strikes in his 3 innings of work.
  • In Relief: RHP Randy Vasquez: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K – 56% strikes in picking up the victory.
  • In Relief: LHP Clay Aguilar: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K – 66% strikes and recording all outs via the K
  • In Relief: Carson Coleman: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 $, 1 BB, 1 K – 60% strikes and got the save.
  • Offensive Star: 3B Chad Bell: 3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR
  • Hauver Heat Check: 2B Trevor Hauver: 0-4, 1 K – rare o-fer for Hauver
  • First Round Watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 1-5, 1 K & C Austin Wells: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI – slugging .556 in June after a slow power start

Prospect Profile: Estevan Florial

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The Particulars
  • Position: CF
  • Born: 11/25/1997
  • Bats: Left
  • Throws: Right
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 195 lbs.

Background

Florial was born in Haiti, but signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2015 for $200,000. He could have gotten a lot more money, but the Commissioner’s office found that his mother provided a falsified document with her son under a different name in order to enroll Florial in school in the DR. Florial’s mother didn’t have any conniving intentions, but unfortunately, it proved costly. As a result, he was suspended in 2014, so he couldn’t sign as a 16 year-old when he assuredly would have received a seven figure bonus.

Mailbag: Florial vs. Frazier, lineup replacement, and Hicks’s future as a switch-hitter

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Happy Friday, everyone. I just got my second vaccine dose yesterday and am feeling good for the most part. Hoping all of you have been able to or will be fully vaccinated in the not so distant future.

Like every Friday, it’s mailbag day. We answer our favorites every week, including three today. Send us your questions to viewsfrom314 at gmail dot com for a chance to be included in a future edition. With that, let’s get to the questions.

Andrew asks: I love Clint, but if he keeps struggling, wouldn’t it be worth a shot to send him down for a month and give Estevan Florial a chance to invigorate this lineup?

Clint Frazier is down to .163/.265/.209 (44 wRC+) in 49 plate appearances after last night’s 0-for-3. The left fielder is still walking a good deal (12.2 percent), but he’s hitting for absolutely no power (.047 ISO) and striking out a ton (34.7 percent). It’s bad. Really bad. He does have one minor league option remaining, so theoretically, the team could option him to the Alternate Site. I don’t see that happening, though.

I wrote a defense of Frazier last week, but things haven’t gotten better since even with a little more playing time. He’s 1-for-13 with two walks since that post. Even so, does sending him down and replacing him with Estevan Florial really make sense? No.

Florial, 23, got into one major league game last year, but otherwise, has yet to reach Double-A (other than the 2017 postseason). He’s posted astronomical strikeout rates in the minors, and overall, hasn’t hit all that well since 2017. That’s a long time ago! Not to mention the injuries he’s dealt with since. This isn’t someone the Yankees can just plug and play to invigorate the lineup. He needs more time in the minors.

Now, Florial apparently has done well in Alternate Site exhibition games, but I don’t think it’s worth making too much of that. Let’s see him perform in the minors for an extended period before considering him. Florial’s development (really, getting him back on track) is more important than hoping to catch lightning in a bottle in the Bronx right now.

Clint’s been frustrating to watch, like many other Yankees, but a swap of him and Florial isn’t going to fix this lineup overnight even if Florial raked from the start. This lineup needs the likes of Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton cooking in the heart of the order. That’s the bottom line.

If the Yankees had a surefire upgrade of Frazier, I’d be open to it. They don’t, though. Florial’s not it. Brett Gardner is in a rut himself: .212/.333/.273 (83 wRC+) in his last 40 plate appearances. I don’t really want to see Mike Tauchman play everyday. Look, Frazier’s at-bats have been dreadful, including taking hittable fastballs over the heart of the plate. I can’t really blame Aaron Boone for playing Gardner more at this point, but Frazier is the most talented of the bunch. Again, none of these guys are rescuing the lineup on their own — that’s the middle of the order’s job. But ultimately, now’s not the time to demote Frazier.

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