NY minor league prospect news (2019 edition)

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A lot of times it is health, Abreu was one of the guys NY got at the deadline in 2016 (from TEX for Beltran) and he only managed to pitch 53 innings in 2017 and 72 in 2018, he went past that today with 75.1 so far this season. He has a 3.82 ERA in AA at 23 and is probably fighting to keep his 40 man spot for now (based on potential still), but he looks a lot more promising than Acevedo right now (or Chance Adams).
 

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Wow, Deivi is up to #25 on the BP midseason list out today. He is still somehow not in the mlb.com top 100, presumably that will change soon.

 

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Thank you Yankee loving bastards for allowing me to snag him in my dynasty league before he was on others’ radar. You aren’t so bad after all.
 

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Wow, Deivi is up to #25 on the BP midseason list out today. He is still somehow not in the mlb.com top 100, presumably that will change soon.

FanGraphs has him at #63, 2 slots behind Jasson.
 

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None of them are prospects, as they are all from 27-29, but NY has three starters in the AAA All-Star game on MLBN right now. Mike Ford at 1B, Kyle Higashioka (hitting third for the IL!) and the under the radar Ryan McBroom at DH. I think the only pitcher they have on the team is JP Feyereisen, another guy who deserves a shot somewhere soon, NY or elsewhere.
 

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Keith Law has Deivi up to #29 in his midseason top 50 prospects update out today, it is subscriber only but here is the Deivi part:

29. Deivi Garcia, RHP, New York Yankees

Garcia is just 5-foot-9, and his isn't a very physical or wide frame, but I've seen him three times this summer, and he's always 90-96 with three viable off-speed pitches, usually at least two of them showing plus, and hitters cut through his fastball like he's throwing 105 with spin. There's a ton of deception in his delivery -- from behind the plate, I can't pick the ball up until the last possible second from his hand -- and he pitches in the strike zone with the confidence of a big leaguer. I can't put a huge ceiling on a kid this small, but I like him as much as I can like a pitcher this size and weight.

 

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Did Tommy Lasorda ghostwrite that? Is pitcher size still a thing?
Everyone mentions this with Deivi, I guess it's just about whether they think he can hold up for a full season as a MLB SP. He is still so young (I think Marcus Stroman is the most recent prominent SP that short, he was drafted out of college at 21 and didn't get past AA until his age 23 season), so he has time to build his innings up but that and more consistent control are the only things left he needs to show.
 

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Tomorrow is the deadline to sign draftees and NY just signed their last two from the top 20 rounds, 2nd rounder 2B Josh Smith from LSU (who gets DJ LeMahieu comps) and 17th rounder CF Pat DeMarco from NCAA champions Vanderbilt. DeMarco is from Brooklyn and hit 5th for the 59-12 national champs, including a game-tying HR in the title game.

So NY signed everyone they picked from the first 20 rounds except 20th rounder Jack Leiter, who I don't think they ever thought they had an actual chance for anyway (not sure what the thinking was here exactly, but clearly something was behind it).
 

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Everyone mentions this with Deivi, I guess it's just about whether they think he can hold up for a full season as a MLB SP. He is still so young (I think Marcus Stroman is the most recent prominent SP that short, he was drafted out of college at 21 and didn't get past AA until his age 23 season), so he has time to build his innings up but that and more consistent control are the only things left he needs to show.
Understood. I was more curious whether the small build thing with regard to pitchers, and whether that was still conventional or scientific wisdom. I remember with Pedroia and then Benintendi people were pooh poohing the idea that smaller guys couldn't hit for power. Are shorter pitchers with smaller frames actually more injury prone?
 

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Are shorter pitchers with smaller frames actually more injury prone?
No idea, and also I think there are few enough where it's hard to derive much of anything from prior examples.

Moving to tonight's results:

Luis Medina is another of NY's higher rated pitching prospects, he just turned 20 and has been in low A Charleston all year. Going into 2018, BA said he had the best fastball and the best curve in the entire system, but he has had major control issues, 55 walks in 58 innings coming into tonight (!!). But tonight he has put it all together for once, 6 2 0 0 1 10 on 95 pitches, good to see.

Also Estevan Florial hasn't done much since coming off the DL, but he was 4-4 (all singles) in the first game of a doubleheader today and is in the lineup for game 2 also, about to start.
 

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Kind of doubt Tyler Wade will survive this month in the organization, but he is raising his stock again recently in Scranton, reportedly his typical spectacular D everywhere (mostly SS and 2B but also 3B, CF and LF) and a slash line of 310/.361/.465 in 200 AB, his 3rd HR of the season tonight. He is still 24, 25 in November.
 

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From Eric Longenhagen's Fangraphs chat today:

Chris: The Yankee fans sure think Clint Frazier is worth any player… What’s a realistic one for one trade comp for their fans

Eric A Longenhagen: I have Frazier 50’d, so I think he’s a real piece. Would he, alone, net someone like Matt Boyd or White Merrifield who has 3ish years of control left? Probably not, but he’s a great start.

j: What is the state of the Yankees’ farm system this year? Trending up or down?

Eric A Longenhagen: amazing depth at lowest levels, if it were a stock I’d buy all i could of NYY system right now

 

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Jim Callis got asked about Jasson Dominguez in today's Q and A:

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"Where will Jasson Dominguez debut on the top 30 for the Yankees? Any chance he makes mlb top 100?"

Callis: Some scouts have told me that Jasson Dominguez may be the best 16-year-old international prospect they've ever seen. Signed by the Yankees for $5.1 million on July 2, he's a switch-hitter with well above-average raw power from both sides of the plate, well above-average speed and a plus arm who could become a plus hitter and a plus defender in center field.

There is some risk to go with all that ceiling, because Dominguez is so young and has yet to face anything close to big league-quality pitching. I put together our Yankees Top 30 and I'll give you a sneak preview by telling you that he'll rank No. 3 when we unveil the new list. As for the Top 100, all I will say is that I believe he'll have the highest ranking we've ever given an international amateur immediately after he signed in July.


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Their new lists are coming out next week, right now they have Florial at #47 and Loaisiga at #96. I'm guessing Deivi Garcia jumps ahead of both of them, Loaisiga drops out and then Dominguez puts NY back to three top 100 guys for now.