This year my New Year’s resolution is to complete all thirty minor league previews by Opening Day. And lose 50 pounds. And stop drinking. And stop smoking. One of those is doable. I’ll let you figure out which one! We’re about through the AL East with this Yankees preview, who recently lost one of their best prospects in a trade (Justus Sheffield). Once we take the turn into the National League, we’ll pause and start cranking out the Top 100 list. Something to look forward to! For now, let’s discuss what I believe are the ten best specs in New York’s system.

Grade A

1. Estevan Florial, OF | Age: 21 | ETA: 2020
This system is mucho heavy on pitchers, and since TINSTAAPP, it’s not too hard to stand out as a legit hitter. That shouldn’t take anything away from Florial though. He’s an above-average power/speed combo with 20/20 potential. A wrist injury sidelined him for a chunk of 2018, so this will be his first year in the upper minors. His solid walk rates make me think he’ll fare well against more advanced pitching.

2. Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP | Age: 24 | ETA: 2019
Loaisiga pairs a plus heater and slider with good command to rack up decent strikeout numbers. He struck out over 10 per nine in 34 innings at Double-A while walking under two per nine. His ceiling is a 2/3 starter, and the floor is a good reliever with strikeouts, so it’s a relatively low-risk profile depending on your league format.


Grade B

3. Albert Abreu, RHP | Age: 23 | ETA: 2019
Abreu’s injury history and control/command make him more of a gamble than Loaisiga, but he also has about five inches on him and a slightly better fastball. He spent the majority of 2018 in High-A, where he fanned a batter an inning but also walked over four per nine. On stuff, he ranks pretty highly, but there’s significant bullpen risk that should be considered and the lack of control worries me.

4. Domingo Acevedo, RHP | Age: 24 | ETA: 2019
Acevedo is a big dude at 6’7″/250 who anchors his arsenal with a double-plus heater that can reach triple digits. I’d slot him above Abreu, but while Abreu still has a chance to start, I really think Acevedo is destined to be a reliever in the late innings…impacting strikeouts and either holds or saves at some point.

5. Everson Pereira, OF | Age: 18 | ETA: 2023
Okay, enough with the pitchers (I could fill the whole list with them – Garcia, Schmidt, Green, etc.). Now we’re diving a bit deeper to get into some hitters. Pereira is obviously a youngster and will require some patience. He’s also currently a better defender than hitter, but there’s some decent projectability in that area. He could develop into a 25-30 steal player with a chance for double-digit homers down the road. He could also completely bust being so young, but that’s the tangled web we weave here in prospect country. Prospect country is a lot like Marlboro country but with less cowboys and cancer.

6. Antonio Cabello, OF | Age: 18 | ETA: 2023
Cabello had a nice 2018 campaign – hitting .308 with a 14% walk rate compared to a 20% strikeout rate. He also hit five homers in about 160 at bats in Rookie ball. The tools are average across the board, but like Pereira, there is a ton of potential here.

7. Anthony Seigler, C | Age: 19 | ETA: 2023
Seigler was a first-round pick in 2018. In fantasy first-year player drafts I’d let him slide to the thirdish round just because catchers tend to be riskier stocks to invest in and Seigler’s bat isn’t really his calling card. What I do like are the reports that he’s a fantastic athlete, because that could lead to a successful position switch down the road if the backstop gig doesn’t pan out. I’d cap the ceiling at around 15 homers and a .260 average.


Grade C

8. Thairo Estrada, SS | Age: 22 | ETA: 2020
Estrada is probably looking forward to the calendar flip. In 2018 he got shot and then to make things worse he lost his season to a back injury. Estrada looks destined to become a utility infielder – one that can hit for average and possibly steal a base or two, but won’t contribute much in the power department.

9. Ezequiel Duran, 2B | Age: 19 | ETA: 2022
Duran might be one that you haven’t heard of. And that’s one of the fun parts of my job. Every now and then I get to mention something new(ish). He’s not a world beater, but has average tools at the keystone and just enough power to be interesting. In about 200 at bats in the Appy, he hit four homers and stole seven bags. He also hit .201 (transparency point!). He should hit full season ball in 2019.

10. Dermis Garcia, 1B | Age: 20 | ETA: 2021
Garcia isn’t hard to profile. He’s big power with a ton of strikeouts, making him a risky but possibly rewarding investment down the line. For example, in 2018 he hit 15 homers in 325 at bats while striking out in almost 31% of his appearances. That’s pretty much it in numbers right there.


2019 Index

  1. My name is Jeff says:
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    Good stuff Mike – didn’t know the Yanks had such a thin farm system…will be interesting if there’s a 180 in a few years as the Jays and Orioles retool with some good young players and the Yanks’ megacontracts start to look a bit shakier.

    Re: Loaisiga, is there much hope of him becoming more than a solid innings-eater, considering the park? Seems like a high-floor, meh-ceiling sort of prospect.

    Unrelated, been offered a prospect throw-in on a deal…I can take 1 – 2 from the top list and exchange them for any 1 – 2 on the bottom list (my current roster).

    I was thinking of just taking Waters and sending back Marsh, as most of the other prospects seem like potato-potahto. Do any names jump out at you from that top list?

    C. Welker
    K. Robinson
    D. Waters
    L. Garcia (WAS)
    K. Hayes
    C. Ray
    T. Toussaint
    N. Pearson
    D. May

    Marsh
    Patiño
    Mountcastle
    Varsho
    Pache
    Duplantier
    Stewart
    N. Jones

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah he’s more of a low-risk type. I think he could be a decent source of strikeouts though.

      Waters/Marsh seems fair. Toussaint is interesting.

  2. Chris D says:
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    Kind of surprised to not see Deivi Garcia on here. Thought he for sure would rank among their top 10. Thoughts on him Mike?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      He’s good, they’re just loaded with arms and I try to highlight more bats. Let’s say if you were ranking just the Yankee arms…I’d have Garcia at the top of the next tier (that includes Green and Schmidt). He has a great FB/CB combo and posted awesome numbers in 2018. He’s small, but that’s the only real knock on him. His stock could go crazy this year with a full season in the upper minors.

      • Chris D says:
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        @Mike: thanks Mike! He’s one of my under the radar guys I really want to keep an eye and hope I get. That curve of his reminds me of Touki (who I just traded in a package of guys to get Beni) and would love to get a guy like Touki back (I’m really high on him)

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          No problem! Great target.

  3. Hefe says:
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    Good stuff Mike – didn’t know the Yanks had such a thin farm system…will be interesting if there’s a 180 in a few years as the Jays and Orioles retool with some good young players and the Yanks’ megacontracts start to look a bit shakier.

    Re: Loaisiga, is there much hope of him becoming more than a solid innings-eater, considering the park? Seems like a high-floor, meh-ceiling sort of prospect.

    Unrelated, been offered a prospect throw-in on a deal…I can take 1 – 2 from the top list and exchange them for any 1 – 2 on the bottom list (my current roster).

    I was thinking of just taking Waters and sending back Marsh, as most of the other prospects seem like potato-potahto. Do any names jump out at you from that top list?

    C. Welker
    K. Robinson
    D. Waters
    L. Garcia (WAS)
    K. Hayes
    C. Ray
    T. Toussaint
    N. Pearson
    D. May

    Marsh
    Patiño
    Mountcastle
    Varsho
    Pache
    Duplantier
    Stewart
    N. Jones

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I think I got this one above.

  4. Tom says:
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    Hey mike In a 12 team dynasty league 7×7 keep 35 draft 5 would you trade my AJ Pollock and 9 overall (I was gonna grab bohm, bart, or Victor Victor Mesa) for Rafael devers? Thank you!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Interesting. I’d take Devers. Pollock has almost ten years on him.

  5. Thorbs says:
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    Test – couldn’t post before

    • Thorbs says:
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      There we go!

      Mike – good stuff. do you know much more about Loaisiga? If the hook and change are effective that’d give him 3 weapons to work with, or is he more of a solid innings-eater ceiling-wise?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Yeah, more of a low-risk type. I like the strikeout potential though.

  6. Ante Galic says:
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    Mike!!!

    Great report.

    Nothing to add, just to wish you a happy new year. Take good care!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! You too!

  7. jack florida says:
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    happy new year Mike

    12 teams H2H keep forever

    Correa or Bogaerts

    thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      you too! prefer Bogaerts

  8. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Like the Yankees specs.
    Bìg fan of Ralph’s work, but I relate to you bètter. Love your style and thanks for coming back.
    Have a safe and very HAPPY NEW YEAR Mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks man…you too!

  9. Ronald says:
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    Your take on Mike King? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Looks like a back end starter…innings eater who doesn’t K many but works in deeper formats.

  10. C K says:
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    Clint Frazier gets no love?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Lost rookie status in 2017 with 130+ ABs.

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