Despite making many transactions over the past few seasons and trading away many top prospects, the Yankees still have one of the top farm systems.
Over the past three years, the Yankees have arguably had one of the top farm systems in all of baseball. Despite a world of talent exiting the farm system and entering the major leagues dating back to 2016, the Yankees will still enter the 2019 season with a top ten system.
However, there are two main differences when you look at the Yankees prospects today as opposed to years past:
- Of their top ten prospects, only Jonathan Loaisiga reached Triple-A (as well as the MLB) in 2018.
- Eight of the Yankees top ten prospects are right-handed pitchers ranging from 19 to 25 years old.
Acquired through recent MLB drafts and international signees, these are arms that the Yankees development team will look to cash in on. Domingo Acevedo, Luis Medina, Clarke Schmidt, Albert Abreu, and Matt Sauer peak my interest the most.
From an offensive standpoint, two players to keep an eye on is number one prospect Estevan Florial and number five prospect Anthony Seigler. Both play high-value positions (Centerfield and Catcher) with high ceilings.
This upcoming season will not be one in which the fan base lobbies for an Aaron Judge or Gleyber Torres call up. Instead, it will be one where a number of promising young players work to improve their skill set while trying to make their way to Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton.
Should these new “baby bombers” be successful while moving up in the system, it is safe to say that Brian Cashman could have a plethora of young arms that he can package in a trade come the July 31 deadline. This would be a good thing as it would help the Yankees achieve their current goal.