Written by: Jake Tweedie
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Everyone is familiar with the New York Yankees. They are known for being one of the best teams in baseball, but digging into their farm system you see they are much more than that.
Their system is stacked full of talented prospects, some drafted, whilst a lot of them have been signed in the International Market. Check out the 1-20 of the New York Yankees!
**Right below is the Yankees Top 20 list simplified. Scroll further down for FULL Present/Future Grades, FV, ETA and summaries on EACH PLAYER ranked in the system! Tons of Statistics on each player as well! Some player highlights, future outlooks and more, enjoy!**
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|1||Jasson Dominguez||OF||International FA Signing – 2019|
|2||Deivi Garcia||RHP||International FA Signing – 2015|
|3||Clarke Schmidt||RHP||1st Round: 16th Overall – 2017 Draft|
|4||Kevin Alcantara||OF||International FA Signing – 2018|
|5||Alexander Vargas||SS||International FA Signing – 2018|
|6||Oswald Peraza||SS||International FA Signing – 2016|
|7||Estevan Florial||OF||International FA Signing – 2015|
|8||Luis Medina||RHP||International FA Signing – 2015|
|9||Anthony Volpe||SS||1st Round: 30th Overall – 2019 Draft|
|10||Austin Wells||C||1st Round: 28th Overall – 2020 Draft|
|11||Luis Gil||RHP||Trade with Twins – 2018|
|12||Everson Pereira||OF||International FA Signing – 2017|
|13||Miguel Yajure||RHP||International FA Signing – 2015|
|14||Alexander Vizcaino||RHP||International FA Signing – 2016|
|15||Albert Abreu||RHP||Trade with Astros – 2016|
|16||Canaan Smith||OF||4th Round – 2017 Draft|
|17||Antonio Gomez||C||International FA Signing – 2018|
|18||Yoendrys Gomez||RHP||International FA Signing – 2016|
|19||Maikol Escotto||2B||International FA Signing – 2018|
|20||Josh Smith||SS||2nd Round – 2019 Draft|
1. Jasson Dominguez OF – DSL Yankees (ROK)
17 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: S – 5’10″ 190lbs – ETA 2025
No Professional Stats
The most exciting name on the list by a long way. He has yet to make his pro ball debut but has shown glimpses of the ability to work on his already above-average tools.
He has a nice smooth swing either side of the plate that generates solid barrel with the potential for decent power. There is a disciplined approach to his game and focuses on getting the ball in play. He also has above-average speed that makes him more likely to pick up SBs in the future.
He has a plus arm that helps him make plays and works well alongside his general strength. His defensive qualities are impressive and he uses his speed and ability to make plays regardless of where he is. His arm helps him a lot and his bat plays up too.
2. Deivi Garcia RHP – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA)
21 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 5’9″ 163lbs – ETA 2021
The small pitcher was signed as a Free Agent in 2015. He spent 2 seasons before making the step up to A in 2018. He wasn’t as efficient in results and ERA in 2019 but it was his biggest season yet.
His fastball sits between 91-95mph with high spin rates and riding action in the zone. It does seem like he needs to finetune his tools to be more successful and miss a few more bats.
His secondary pitches include a curveball, a slider, and a changeup. His curveball has plenty of movement and depth. It has a high spin rate and one of the best tools with some further work. His slider has late movement with a decent spin rate and works well as a combo with his SL. His changeup is solid with fading action and works well with its movement and spin rate.
His command over his FB struggles but he is more solid with his off-speed pitches. The location of pitches isn’t the best, and this was shown last year when punished a few times for leaving the ball a bit too high in the zone.
He has plenty of upside but will take time for him to develop fully and start to have a lot more command.
3. Clarke Schmidt RHP – Trenton Thunder (AA)
24 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 6’1″ 200lbs – ETA 2021
Despite missing the 2017 season because of Tommy John Surgery, he came back in 2018 before really taking off in 2019. He has a habit of throwing strikes and played across 3 levels last season in a progressive year. He missed some time with elbow inflammation and his action is a cause for concern but he is a solid pitcher when fit.
His fastball sits around 92-95mph. He uses a two-seam grip or a four-seam grip. Despite them both producing different results, he controls them well and utilizes it to his advantage. There is a heavy sink on his two-seam FB and cut and carry on his four-seam. He seemed to focus a lot more on his two-seam grip command during spring training, throwing some nasty heaters.
His secondary pitches include a changeup, a curveball, and a slider. His changeup is in the upper-80s and has hitters swinging due to its fade and sink. It is deceptive and does well bottoming out as a hard sinker. His curveball has good depth and drops low and away from RHH. It touches the outside corner but looks closer with the way it drops. His slider is a harder CB and is a strong pitch.
His control is far better than his command. He throws strikes regularly and rarely walks hitters. There does appear to be a pattern of improvement as he faces better hitters. Will be a key asset to the Yankees pitching staff.
4. Kevin Alcantara OF – GCL Yankees East (ROK)
18 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 6’6″ 188lbs – ETA 2024
Very young with plenty of upsides. He only made 45 appearances last year so not a big sample size but shows decent plate discipline and with added strength and experience he could excel in all areas.
He has a solid feel for the ball but may need to work on his plate discipline. His big kick allows him to get in front of the ball to create a decent loft. He will need to focus on working around the ball and utilizing the whole field. There is also a significant production of strong exit velocities that are caused by his bat speed and leverage to get the ball in the air. He has plenty of projection with his tall frame that should allow for HR potential if he can strengthen up. He also has plus speed and picked up a handful of SBs last year.
His solid arm strength suits wherever he ends up defensively and will improve as he develops. His speed allows him to make plays in the OF with ease and he reads the game well.
Signed in 2018 he has plenty of time to reach his potential but if he carries on his progression from 2019 then this could become sooner rather than later.
5. Alexander Vargas SS – Pulaski Yankees (ROK)
18 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: S – 5’11″ 148lbs – ETA 2024
The switch-hitter shows great maturity and ability throughout his game. Although his offensive side is good, he is renowned for his defensive abilities, and this helped him to play in the Cuba Under-18 team at just 15.
He can barrel from both sides of the plate and makes consistent contact. There is control of the strike zone and he shows good discipline. Although he can generate the power to pick up XBH, this is more contact related rather than pure power. He lacks the strength to make HRs and become a power hitter. Once he is on base, he uses his above-average speed to pick up multiple SBs (15 last season).
His standout tools come from his defensive abilities. He has a solid arm and good action that helps him move the ball quickly. This alongside his quick feet and hands allows him to make plays quickly and efficiently.
An exciting player with good all-round attributes. He will need more experience to start progressing further but solid for his age.
6. Oswald Peraza SS – Charleston RiverDogs (A Full)
20 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 6’0″ 176lbs – ETA: 2023
He spent a couple of seasons at rookie before being dealt a tough task of rising to A level in 2019. Despite this big ask, he performed very well and showed maturity with his discipline and ability to adjust.
He makes solid contact with the ball and showed this with how he can pick gaps without exerting himself. His clean swing generates decent exit velocity and he works the field well. He has good discipline, controls the strike zone well has the potential to hit more XBH with an increased launch angle, and by strengthening up. There is also the on-base threat with 23 SBs last season.
Defensively he has decent arm strength that allows him to make plays from the infield. He has smooth actions with quick hands and a quick release of the ball. He shows intelligence for his age and has a good internal clock.
With the success of A level, he should be able to make continued development and work through the levels at a decent pace.
7. Estevan Florial OF – Tampa Tarpons (A Adv)
22 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: L – 6’1″ 195lbs – ETA 2023
His injury history has partly held back his development but he has been around the A Advanced roster since his first couple of seasons in pro ball. He has quality tools and solid potential but he will need to stay healthy to showcase his talents. His aggression at the plate can cost him but with a full healthy season then he could improve rapidly.
He has decent bat speed and can generate decent loft to get the ball into the outfield. His inability to read pitches properly has cost him, but when he does make contact his nice stance and swing allow the ball to fly off the bat. His action and aggression generate decent power but he can target the pull side too often and results in SOs. If he can focus on contact he should be able to translate this into power hitting.
His arm is his main tool. He has a strong arm that allows him to male solid plays from the OF. He is quick in the field and has good instincts. This bodes well for him as he knows where the ball is going.
If he can stay fit and healthy he should have no problem developing his game quickly, but one 100+ appearance season is not enough this stage in his career.
8. Luis Medina RHP – Tampa Tarpons (A Adv)
21 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 6’1″ 175lbs – ETA: 2021
One of the quickest FBs in the Yankees system, and the best pure stuff. His downside is his lack of control and he will need to significantly work on this to start to harness his velocity. He has a nice action, although there are some discrepancies that the delivery can be repeated regularly.
His fastball sits around 95-99mph, but tops at 102mph. He has a lightning arm and very little effort in doing so. His FB has a natural cut and has hitters guessing with its big velocity. It can be wild but he can work on his control.
His secondary pitches consist of a changeup and a curveball. His changeup sits around 90mph with splitting action. This also needs significant work but has potential. His curveball is in the low-80s and is a dangerous pitch due to its ability to run across the plate. Its a big secondary pitch and adds to his electric FB.
When he can control his action and get some momentum he can be a big threat. He throws strikes with extreme velocity but can be wild at times. Last season he started to show a more consistent release point that enabled him to have a bit more control but there is a risk with how fast he throws his FB.
9. Anthony Volpe SS – Pulaski Yankees (ROK)
19 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 5’11″ 180lbs – ETA 2024
Despite making just 34 appearances in 2019, he is a solid hitter and defender with advanced tools at the plate. He will need a full season or two to really showcase his talents but he showed glimpses in his first year in pro ball.
His compact swing allows him to pick gaps around the field and he has the ability to make regular contact, despite struggling to show this last season. When he does make contact, it is clean and generates average power. Although he hasn’t got the HR threat, he can make plays due to finding the gaps and this becomes his main offensive strength. Once on base, he can pick up SBs.
He has an average arm, that is accurate across the diamond. His good instincts allow him to play well in the field, alongside his quick hands and good release of the ball.
There is a lot more to come from him, and with some more experience he can really show what he has to offer.
10. Austin Wells C – 2020 Draftee
21 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: L – 6’2″ 220lbs – ETA 2025
No professional stats
Originally signed as a catcher in the 2020 Draft, Wells has an undoubted offensive talent that will carry him wherever he lands defensively.
From an attacking perspective, he gets the ball in the air consistently and adjusted his swing to try and utilize the whole field more efficiently. He has a good eye on breaking balls and around the strike zone, which leads to plenty of walks. Although he can strike out regularly, he can work the walks and turn big plays to balance this out. He showcased his power at the Cape Cod League, using his quick bat speed to tap into his raw power, and his ability to get the ball in the air helps this.
Defensively he has below-average arm strength and has had elbow problems in the past that could affect this. This makes him inconsistent at catcher, as well as having problems with his receiving skills behind the plate. There could be a shift to corner outfield but this is one area that he isn’t as established in.
Even if he can’t find his defensive home, his offensive upside should allow him to make tracks towards the Majors, and there is certainly no doubting his hitting ability.
11. Luis Gil RHP – Tampa Tarpons (A Adv)
22 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 6’2″ 185lbs – ETA 2021
After starting his first season with the Twins in relief, he became a starter after having shoulder surgery. A move to the Yankees allowed him to show his solidity and this led to a promotion to A Short and then A in 2019. His SO rate was impressive and he posted a low ERA despite a 4-5 record.
His fastball sits between 93-98mph, topping at 99mph. It has significant riding action and can deceive hitters high in the zone. His velocity deceives and causes problems and works well with his breaking balls.
His secondary pitches include a slider and a changeup. His slider is a power breaking ball with a high spin rate. He can control his velocity from around 83-85 down to 79-80 to be more like a CB. There can also be an integration of a CB shape to cause more problems for the hitters. His changeup has potential and could be a SO pitch with more consistency. He will need to refine this to be a regular starter.
He needs more consistency, especially with his breaking balls. His ERA is generally low and has serious strike potential but will need to refine this in order to be consistent and be part of the rotation. He could end up being a bullpen arm if he can’t find his momentum but has a lot of potential and could do a job wherever he lands.
12. Everson Pereira OF – Staten Island Yankees (A Short)
19 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 6’0″ 191lbs – ETA 2024
He became the youngest regular in the Appalachian League due to how polished he was and his raw talents. Although the numbers don’t match this, he faced older pitchers and struggled with injuries. He has plenty of upsides and would do significantly better against more suited pitchers and a full season.
He has a quick fluid swing that produces nice line drives. This was showcased occasionally in 2018 and showed his abilities to hit around the field. Despite his high SO rate, he isn’t an aggressive hitter that could become much better once he bulks up and gains further experience. His decent size and frame projects for further strength gains, which in turn should allow for more HRs in the future.
Defensively, he has a strong arm and can make accurate throws from the OF. He uses his speed well whilst fielding, alongside his decent instincts and youthful energy.
Exciting player for the future but needs to gain more experience and not get too disheartened by a couple of tough seasons against older pitchers.
13. Miguel Yajure RHP – Trenton Thunder (AA)
22 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 6’1″ 175lbs – ETA 2022
Not the quickest of pitchers in the Yankees system, but took a further step forward in 2019 with some consistent performances. He missed 2017 after Tommy John Surgery but has looked good before and after his surgery. Not showed a big drop in velocity but is something to watch for the future. His breaking balls are his biggest strength.
His fastball sits between 92-95mph. He isn’t the quickest but has solid command and can still draw swings and misses with the way he utilizes his other pitches.
Those pitches include a curveball, a cutter, and a changeup. His curveball gets decent spin and hasn’t got the biggest velocity, but his command over the pitch makes it more dangerous. His cutter sits in the low-80s and has a solid upside with the way it gets him out of jams. He has hitters expecting the FB, especially down in counts but uses the cutter to initiate weak contact. Significant pitch despite being fairly new. His changeup is used well with his cutter and has hitters swinging. This usually draws weak contact, created by the deception of his off-speed pitches.
He throws strikes but can also get weak contact. This shows his control and command despite not being the quickest of pitchers. Doesn’t always have the highest SO rate, but he has a good ERA and is advanced from a command perspective. This side could really bode well for him in the future.
14. Alexander Vizcaino RHP – Tampa Tarpons (A Adv)
23 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 6’2″ 160lbs – ETA 2023
Steady progression has been made with Vizcaino since he signed back in 2016. Although he signed quite late at 19, he excelled in 2019 to reach A level and even A Advanced. This was because of his pitches becoming more fluent and more dangerous.
His fastball sits between 93-97mph but he did touch triple digits in 2019. He is explosive and this can lead to strikes, but he just needs to refine his control due to the number of hits he gives away.
His secondary pitches include a changeup and a slider. His changeup sits in the low-90s with splitter action. It’s a hard breaking ball that can be deceptively quick and his best pitch. His slider is low-80s and his most inconsistent pitch. It can be dangerous but can be slurvy at times.
He started to throw more strikes as his velocity increased but will need to control his pitches to make them as good as they can be. His SO rate increased and his walk rate decreased but he will need to continue to develop his off-speed pitches especially to reach his potential.
15. Albert Abreu RHP – New York Yankees (MLB)
24 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 6’2″ 190lbs
He received a recent call-up to the Majors, but his career has been plagued by injuries and he has only reached over 100inns in a season once. He has some nice stuff but injuries and inconsistency have affected his growth and development. However, a call-up is no small feat so shows that the Yankees have faith in his pitching ability.
His fastball sits around 94-98, with the ability to reach triple digits. It has riding action with plenty of velocity, making it a lovely pitch that can show flashes of brilliance, despite some control issues.
His secondary pitches include a curveball, a slider, and a changeup. His curveball sits in the upper-70s with plenty of downer action. There is a big difference in velocity that creates deception. His slider is more mid-80s and stays low and away. It can touch the edge of the strike zone but is his newest pitch and will benefit some command work. His changeup has fading action with plenty of feel.
His arm action creates deception and can cause problems when he showcases his high-velocity pitches. There is a lack of control and command and this has led to plenty of walks and a reduction in SOs. When he does pick up some momentum he can be a dangerous pitcher with plenty of upside as a bullpen arm.
16. Canaan Smith OF – Charleston RiverDogs (A Full)
21 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: L – 6’0″ 215lbs – ETA 2023
He had a big year in 2019. It was his first season with 100+ appearances and he excelled with a plus .300 average. This is exactly what he needed after a tough 2018 and he showed his ability to control the zone, which is something he has but lacked the year before.
His plate discipline improved significantly. He started to show the attributes that had him 9th highest in prep history for walks, by being more patient and driving the ball when it allowed him to in the zone.
He could improve by starting to loft the ball more often, but his bat speed and strength allowed him to hit 11 HRs. He isn’t an aggressive hitter and likes to draw walks or make the pitcher have to pitch in the zone, so he can utilize his low swing to drive the ball with power. Once on base, he has the ability to SBs, as shown by his 16 last season, he’s not the quickest but a smart runner.
Defensively he is an average fielder and likely a corner outfielder, with his average arm strength.
If he can continue where he left off in 2019 and develop further in terms of being more aggressive then he could be a valuable player for the Yankees.
17. Antonio Gomez C – GCL Yankees East (ROK)
18 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 6’2″ 210lbs – ETA 2024
Didn’t get much of an opportunity to show his talents in 2019 due to injury, but has plenty of upsides both defensively and offensively. With the right development, he could be a very good player due to his big potential.
He makes consistent contact with the ball but is heavily reliant on the pull side. His stance is nice and solid, with a clean swing and this allows him to make solid contact with the ball. There is some slight movement in his follow-through, and this combined with the emphasis on the pull side could lead to ground outs.
His quick bat speed and strength give him good power and although he didn’t get much of a chance to show this his physique and build allow projection for growth. This could affect him behind the plate however, he moves well for his size but that could change as he bulks out.
Defensively he has a solid arm, with a quick throw and good distribution. This works well alongside his quick pop time and solid receiving skills, making him an exciting prospect for the future.
18. Yoendrys Gomez RHP – Charleston RiverDogs (A full)
20 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 6’3″ 175lbs – ETA 2023
The Venezuelan righty spent 3 years in rookie ball before making the big jump to A last season. Although this showed some weaknesses, it allowed him to gain valuable experience against older hitters.
His fastball sits between 92-95mph, topping at 98mph. It has a high spin rate and works on a downhill plane. He does this well by utilizing his size to create a natural sink and cut life.
His secondary pitches include a changeup and a curveball. His changeup has moderate fade and spin action, whilst adding extra threat due to its downhill plane in the mid-80s. His curveball has a deep 11-5 break that can be loopy but he possesses the ability to spin the pitch to make it harder for hitters to get a hold of.
He uses his sinking action well to induce ground outs as well as picking up a few SOs. His clean mechanics allow him to be a consistent pitcher. This will need to be shown after pitching significantly more innings at a higher level. He has managed to add velocity to his pitches as well as being more polished and controlled.
19. Maikol Escotto 2B – GCL Yankees West (ROK)
18 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: R – 5’11″ 180lbs – ETA 2025
An interesting prospect with plenty of potential. Played just one year of pro ball but had a solid average and high walk rate. He can play around the infield and could be an exciting player to keep an eye on.
He showed a good eye to record a solid BA in his first season. Playing gap to gap, he shows intelligence beyond his age, created by a nice solid stance, and generating decent power from his smooth swing. This swing allows the ball to pop off the bat, and he had the XBH last year to showcase this.
Defensively he has good range and a good arm that allows him to make plays across the diamond. His versatility shows his ability to adapt to different circumstances but his quick hands make this an easy adjustment.
He will need a few more years in pro ball to really show his development and grow into the player he hopes to be, but his youthfulness and versatility are key to his growth.
20. Josh Smith SS – Staten Island Yankees (A Short)
23 Years Old – Throw: R – Bat: L – 5’10″ 172lbs – ETA 2023
Picked up in last year’s Draft, Smith showed his ability to control the strike zone in his first season. He is not a flashy hitter but has a decent average and works hard to get on base.
He manages the strike zone well and makes hard contact due to his wide stance and quick bat speed. Although it can lead him susceptible to getting off-balanced, he generates great power through his swing and kicks up to create a decent loft. Once he is on base he has the potential to pick up SBs, as shown by his 20 for Louisiana State in 2019.
Defensively he has solid arm strength with accurate throws, whilst he has decent instincts in the field and reads the game well. He has quick hands and makes decent plays as well as having the versatility to shift to 2B if needed.
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