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Minor League Preview : Double-A Trenton

C Jorge Saez – He was with the group final season, and the Yankees re-signed him February 1st this yr. He’ll probably be in Double-A once more. Last yr he hit .237/.324/.362/.686 with five homeruns. I wouldn’t expend much difference in production from him. He is an organizational man by way of and thru. I wouldn’t be stunned if Donny Sands or Jason Lopez takes over catching duties here by midseason.

1B Chris Gittens – Health has been a problem for Gittens for several years now. When healthy, he has usually been a very good hitter. 2018 was an exception to that, as he struggled in Double-A. He solely played in 57 video games final season due again to damage. If he can keep wholesome this yr he could possibly be in for a resurgence. When he’s proper, Gittens has vital power and is a serious homerun menace. This is a vital season for him.

2B Diego Castillo – He can play second, shortstop, or third base in addition to anyone in the system. The bat has been barely behind the defense, however he’s going to be a 21-year-old in Double-A to start out the season. Castillo nonetheless has lots of improvement to go, and he has held his personal at each degree to date. The Yankees assume he’ll develop into a contact hitter with good endurance and some potential for extra energy to return. Final yr he hit .260/.307/.324/.631 with two homeruns, 20 doubles, and two triples. He additionally stole a career high 11 bases.

SS Kyle Holder – In a current interview, Damon Oppenheimer had excessive praise for Holder, stating he was a sleeper this yr. He had hassle staying wholesome last season and had a rough yr statistically. He finished up .257/.317/.350/.667 as a 24-year-old in Double-A. No one questions his stellar defensive capabilities, so for Holder it’s just a matter of enhancing offensively. The Yankees entrance office still believes that may occur. If it does, he’s a surefire major leaguer.

3B Hoy Jun Park – Park is one other man who can play shortstop, second, or third base on any given day. He has an excellent alternative to be a super-utility participant within the majors. He has wonderful defensive capabilities, and final season he hit .258/.387/.349/.736. His capability to get on base has all the time been current and will carry him all the best way to the majors together with his defensive talents. The Yankees additionally still consider there’s extra power ready to return out. He has held his own at each degree up to now, and the Yankees are simply waiting for him to have that true breakout season. It could possibly be 2019.

LF Ben Ruta – Ruta came into 2018 ready to roll. He was positioned in Double-A as a consequence of a necessity for the staff and he got here out swinging. It was one of the massive surprises of 2018. Then, when he was placed back in a more applicable degree at Tampa, he continued to hit the duvet off the ball. He additionally added hitting homeruns to his repertoire while in High-A. If Ruta continues whatever exercise regime he had this previous season, he might proceed to enhance. He additionally stole 37 bases in 2018, displaying his impressive athleticism. He completed with a .300/.350/.441/.791 line with eight homeruns in 119 video games. He additionally struck out just 78 occasions. I’m excited to see what he can do in 2019.

CF Estevan Florial – Florial is probably the most thrilling player on this farm system. He gets criticized for having a drop in performance in 2019, however he had some injuries and his general numbers are literally pretty good. He finished with a .255/.354/.361/.715 line with three homeruns, 16 doubles, three triples, and 11 SB in 75 Excessive-A games. He also had nine games in the GCL the place he completely raked, which took his general numbers to .283/.377/.422/.799 with 6 homeruns, 19 doubles, 4 triples, and 16 SB. Rehab games in the GCL don’t rely though, and that’s why prospect pundits have dropped him in the nationwide rankings this season. This yr a healthy Florial will probably be fun to observe. He might be 21-years-old in Double-A, which can make him one of the youngest gamers in the league.

RF Isiah Gilliam – He’s another man who had a bit of a drop-off in numbers in 2018. He hit .259/.313/.397/.710 with 13 HR, 22 doubles, and two triples in Excessive-A. He additionally struck out a career excessive 151 occasions in 125 games. This was a bit sudden for him, as he was a great contact hitter up to now. He’ll begin the season as a 22-year-old though, which continues to be younger for a man in Double-A. As a change hitter, typically those contact expertise take a bit longer to develop. Gilliam has shown the power to hit for power and average already in his profession although, and this makes him a probably exciting player for the longer term. He also just isn’t a slouch in the area and may hold his own in the outfield. He might grow to be an exciting participant in 2019.

1B/DH/UTIL Brandon Wagner – He took one of the largest leaps ahead of any prospect within the system together with his bat. He hit .267/.380/.461/.841 with 21 homeruns between High-A and Double-A last yr. The Yankees have flirted with putting him at second base or third base up to now. His energy would clearly play up at those positions, however he has been described as a under average defender at these positions though. No matter his place, the bat is exciting and hopefully he continues to enhance in 2019.

OF Alexander Palma – He was within the midst of his greatest profession as a professional in 2018 when he went down with an damage. Sadly, it was a tibia/fibula fracture, which may have dreadful results on the power to run and may sap gamers of power. Typically players can make a full restoration though. He hit .299/.348/.459/.806 with seven homeruns, eight doubles, and one triple in 52 games final yr.

UTIL Gosuke Katoh – Coming off a mini-breakout season in 2017, Katoh hoped to construct momentum in 2018. He went the other way and hit .229/.327/.335/.662 with five homeruns, 27 doubles, and two triples with 11 SB. He performed in 118 games. That season might have been the final straw for him as a Yankee. He will probably be a utility player for the Trenton Thunder this yr until an damage or two happens. Nonetheless simply 24 though, it’s not too late for him to break out.

SP Garrett Whitlock – He finished with a 1.86 ERA and 122 Okay : 41 BB in 120.2 innings final yr. Whitlock has a 92-95 mph fastball with plus control and motion. He also throws and slider and changeup. Whitlock is an thrilling participant and could possibly be a quick promotion to Triple-A in 2019 or even see a while within the massive leagues. He’s an amazing depth piece to have and appears doubtless at this level to carve out a serious league career.

SP Nick Nelson – Nelson has one of many highest ceilings among the many starters within the Yankees’ minors. He had his greatest season as a professional to date in 2018. Spanning three ranges, he had a 3.55 ERA and 144 Okay : 63 BB in 121.2 innings. He has a mid-90’s fastball that can hit the upper 90’s, a plus curveball, and a changeup. If he can study to chop down on the walks, Nelson might end up as a dirty pitcher. Nelson has proven enchancment every season since being drafted. If he continues that upward trajectory, there could possibly be a monster pitcher lying underneath the surface right here.

SP Albert Abreu – Another pitcher who has had nice problem staying wholesome, Abreu also has a high ceiling. He sits 95-99 together with his fastball, and has an above common curveball, slider, and changeup. He must see enchancment in his capacity to remain wholesome, and in his potential to throw strikes going forward if he needs to ever hit his ceiling. That ceiling, nevertheless, is vast and that’s what makes it thrilling each time this man picks up a ball and takes the mound. Fingers crossed for a full, wholesome season in 2019. If not, he might make an instantaneous impression in aid and probably be among the best relievers in the recreation.

SP Trevor Stephan – Between two levels, Stephan finished with 140 Okay : 38 BB and a three.69 ERA in 124.1 innings. Not dangerous for his first full major league season. He finished up in Double-A, the place he struggled. That stated, he continues to strike batters out even at greater ranges. Stephan has a fastball that ranges from 91-96 mph and a slider which is a strikeout weapon towards each righties and lefties. He is also creating a changeup which might permit him to stay a starter going forward. He’s one other guy with a pleasant ceiling in the upper ranges and shall be enjoyable to observe in 2019.

SP Adonis Rosa – Rosa has started games at every degree for the Yankees over the yr. He’s the pocket knife of the system. He’s the guy the Yankees can plug in anyplace and he’ll get the job executed. He’s 24-years-old and has nice control. Last yr, he threw 128.1 innings (principally in High-A), and had a 3.93 ERA with 108 Okay : 36 BB. He sits 91-94 mph and has a great changeup to go together with a slider and curveball. He’s underrated on this system because of the excessive velocity arms the Yankees possesses, but he might simply be a guy who flies underneath the radar all the best way to the majors. This yr he ought to begin in Double-A.

RP Phillip Diehl – Few pitchers within the system had nearly as good of a season as Diehl. He threw 75.1 innings and had 108 Okay : 23 BB to go together with a 2.51 ERA and a .204 average towards. He’s a fastball slider lefty with 92-93 mph velocity on the fastball and plus motion on the slider. He’s wanting like a excessive chance major leaguer at this point and positively a enjoyable guy to observe for 2019.

RP Will Carter – I’ve been saying this for years now, but I feel it’s time the Yankees transfer Carter to the bullpen formally. There’s an actual probability he takes off once they do this. The man has a fastball that sits 94-95 mph as a starter and tops out at 98. He has three secondary pitches, and all can grade out as common to above common on a given day. The problem is he lacks consistency with any of his pitches. Now five years into his minor league profession, it’s time to let him rock and hearth within the bullpen and let it rip. Decide one secondary pitch and roll with it. We’ll see if the Yankees pull the set off on the move to the bullpen this yr.

RP Trevor Lane – Another lefty within the low-90’s, Lane enhances that with a slider and a changeup. He had a down yr statistically in 2018, ending with a 3.97 ERA in 68 innings. He did strike out 82 batters while strolling simply 20 though. His largest concern was a excessive BABIP, which might normalize next season. He is amongst a plethora of lefty relievers in the higher levels for the Yankees who can, and certain will pitch in the majors someday.

RP Matt Wivinis – There have been studies that he can hit upper 90’s together with his fastball though once I saw him, he was lower 90’s. That stated he had an enormous season in 2018 and I wouldn’t be stunned if he turns out to be a sleeper in 2019.

RP Matt Frawley – He has a low-90’s fastball to go together with a curveball and changeup. The stats have been pretty dangerous final yr but have been nice in 2017. He might see a rebound season in 2019.