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2017 Organization Report: New York Yankees

by Jeremy Deloney

Organization Grades

Hitting: A- ... Pitching: B+ ... Top-end Talent: A ... Depth: A- ... Overall: A-

Minor League Affiliates

Triple-A: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (International League)
Double-A: Trenton (Eastern League)
High-A: Tampa (Florida State League)
Low-A: Charleston (South Atlantic League)
Short-season: Staten Island (New York Penn League)
Rookie: GCL Yankees 1 (Gulf Coast League)
Rookie: GCL Yankees 2 (Gulf Coast League)
Rookie: Pulaski (Appalachian League)

1. Clint Frazier (OF) ... 5-11, 185 ... R/R ... 22 ... 2013 (1) HS (GA)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2014Lake County (Midw)474.266/.349/.41111660.3513/12
2015Lynchburg (Caro)501.285/.377/.46512750.5416/15
2016Akron (East)341.276/.356/.46911750.4813/13
2016Columbus (IL)21.238/.238/.3330710.000/0
2016Scranton/WB (IL)101.230/.271/.3856700.233/0
Comments: High-upside hitter who matched career-high in HR and continues to show positive tools. Has incredible bat speed and makes acceptable contact despite high K totals. Leveraged stroke and natural strength lead to plus pop and is willing to draw walks. Can play CF, though may end up in RF with strong arm and solid-average range.

Development Path: Due to a glut of outfielders in the system, Frazier will return to Triple-A and focus on making contact. Because of his ability to play all outfield spots, he'd be an ideal call-up at any point during the season. Once he arrives in New York, he could be there to stay.

Fantasy Impact: Frazier has the chance to be a very valuable fantasy contributor in every category. His power is nearly as good as Aaron Judge's and he should hit for a better BA as he recognizes pitches better. He fits the mold of the ideal #3 hitter, and he'll even contribute with SB.

Upside Grade: 9C

2. Gleyber Torres (SS) ... 6-1, 175 ... R/R ... 20 ... 2013 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2014Azl Cubs (Ariz)154.279/.372/.37714790.761/8
2015South Bend (Midw)464.293/.353/.3868770.403/22
2015Myrtle Beach (Caro)23.174/.208/.1744700.140/0
2016Myrtle Beach (Caro)356.275/.359/.43311760.489/19
2016Tampa (FSL)122.254/.341/.38512810.702/2
Comments: Exciting prospect who is evolving into terrific overall player. Starting to hit for power as he set high in HR. Has feel for bat and covers plate with strong stroke. Uses entire field and will hit loads of doubles. Runs bases aggressively with good speed and is average defender with strong arm. Has advanced skills for age and will only get better.

Development Path: He will ascend to Double-A and likely play SS every day. There is a possibility he could see action at 2B or 3B to increase his versatility in preparation for a big league call-up. He'll play all season as a 20-year-old and there is no need to rush him.

Fantasy Impact: This is a prospect who can impact the game on the field and in the box score. At his peak, he could be a perennial All-Star by hitting for BA, power, and steal bases. There could be seasons of .300+ BA with 20 HR and 20 SB.

Upside Grade: 9C

3. Jorge Mateo (2B,SS) ... 6-0, 188 ... R/R ... 21 ... 2012 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2013DSL Yankees (DSL)258.287/.370/.45012800.657/49
2014GCL Yankees (GCL)58.276/.354/.39711710.410/11
2015Charleston (Sc) (SAL)365.268/.338/.3789780.452/71
2015Tampa (FSL)84.321/.374/.4528790.390/11
2016Tampa (FSL)464.256/.308/.3817770.318/36
Comments: Athletic INF who led FSL in SB. Owns tools galore, highlighted by double-plus speed. Has nimble actions with quick hands, but needs polish. High career-high in HR and should evolve into average pop. Makes loud contact to all fields, but chases pitches on outer half. Split between 2B and SS and has strong arm for either spot.

Development Path: The Yankees are loaded with shortstops and Mateo is likely to head to Double-A with Torres, though Mateo will play 2B. He could still see action at SS or the outfield, where he played in instructional league. He, too, is very young and won't be rushed.

Fantasy Impact: Mateo could challenge for stolen base titles if he can get on base more consistently. His aggressive nature may not play as well at the upper levels of the minors, but he'll be given time to adjust. He also has some power potential, possibly 15+ HR annually.

Upside Grade: 8B

4. Aaron Judge (OF) ... 6-7, 230 ... R/R ... 24 ... 2013 (1) Fresno State University
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2014Charleston (Sc) (SAL)234.333/.428/.53014750.669/1
2015Trenton (East)250.284/.350/.5169720.3412/1
2015Scranton/WB (IL)228.224/.308/.37311680.398/6
2016Scranton/WB (IL)352.270/.366/.48912720.4819/5
2016NY Yankees (AL)84.179/.263/.34510500.214/0
Comments: Large, athletic OF who earned trip to majors based on consistent plus power and sound RF defense. Long arms lead to exploitable holes in swing, but can reach balls on outer half. Will K, but makes acceptable contact given power profile. Runs well, though isn't much of a SB threat. Ranges well in OF and has incredible arm strength to be factor.

Development Path: Judge will be given every opportunity to win the starting RF job outright during spring training and he has the skills and power to do just that. If he doesn't win the job, it will be interesting to see if he returns to Triple-A for full-time AB or serve as a reserve in the majors.

Fantasy Impact: He has among the best raw power of any prospect in baseball and could hit 35+ HR on an annual basis. Because he's a well-rounded hitter who works counts and uses the entire field, he may surprise in the BA department. He will likely slow down as he ages and won't be a factor with stolen bases.

Upside Grade: 8B

5. James Kaprielian (RHP) ... 6-3, 190 ... 23 ... 2015 (1) UCLA
2015UCLA (Pac12)
2015GCL Yankees 2 (GCL)2.111.571.7107.
2015Staten Island (NYPL)
2016Tampa (FSL)18.01.500.6101.511.07.3.129
Comments: Tall, athletic SP who missed most of season with flexor strain. Returned in AFL and showcased dynamic, heavy FB. Uses two breaking balls that miss bats and has CU with wicked, late movement. Needs innings to iron out delivery and arm slot. Locates pitches fairly well and will need more consistent CU to battle hitters from left side.

Development Path: The Yankees are likely to be cautious with his development given his delivery and injury history. The likeliest scenario sees him heading to High-A to pitch in warm weather prior to a promotion to the Double-A affiliate in Trenton. He should get to the majors by 2018.

Fantasy Impact: He has all of the ingredients to be a frontline starter and should be able to accumulate strikeouts and keep his ERA and WHIP very low. The key for him is to stay healthy and continue to gain strength.

Upside Grade: 9D

6. Blake Rutherford (OF) ... 6-3, 195 ... L/R ... 19 ... 2016 (1) HS (CA)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016Pulaski (App)89.382/.440/.6189730.382/0
Comments: Powerful OF who could evolve into offensive behemoth. Has existing strength to hit for above average pop, but can be pull happy and free-swinger. Plate coverage and bat control are sufficient and can hit LHP. Focuses more on line drives now with level swing path. Will likely move to OF corner down the line due to iffy speed and crude routes.

Development Path: An assignment to Low-A seems logical for Rutherford, where he'll likely hit in the middle of the lineup. There are a lot of wrinkles to iron out his game and he could spend three full seasons in the minors before surfacing in New York.

Fantasy Impact: He's all about the power—now and in the future—and he should be able to be a factor with BA as well. Don't expect many stolen bases, but he can drive in a lot of runs as a middle-of-the-order producer.

Upside Grade: 9D

7. Justus Sheffield (LHP) ... 5-10, 196 ... 20 ... 2014 (1) HS (TN)
2014AZL Indians (Ariz)20.24.791.6003.912.63.2.279
2015Lake County (Midw)127.23.311.3602.
2016Lynchburg (Caro)95.13.591.3703.
2016Tampa (FSL)26.01.730.9203.
2016Trenton (East)
Comments: Short SP who was acquired at deadline and has upside despite frame. Owns very athletic delivery that he repeats consistently and maintains velocity deep in games. Mixes three offerings that should either be above average or plus in time. Keeps ball down with lively FB and SL serves as legitimate out pitch. Needs better CU to combat LHH.

Development Path: Sheffield won't turn 21 until May and will likely be one of the youngest pitchers in the Double-A Eastern League to begin the season. He could reach Triple-A by mid-season with a chance to be in New York late in the season, especially if a lefty reliever is needed.

Fantasy Impact: He has a high ceiling as he is extremely athletic with a potent pitch mix. He has high strikeout potential, though he'll need to keep an eye on his walk rate as that could push his ERA and WHIP higher.

Upside Grade: 8B

8. Domingo Acevedo (RHP) ... 6-7, 242 ... 22 ... 2012 FA (DR)
2014GCL Yankees 2 (GCL)
2015Staten Island (NYPL)48.01.691.0802.
2015Charleston (Sc) (SAL)1.25.401.8005.
2016Charleston (Sc) (SAL)42.21.900.9601.510.16.7.210
2016Tampa (FSL)
Comments: Big, strong SP who has advanced feel and mechanics for size. Moving quickly through org based upon plus-plus FB that exhibits vicious, late life. Above average CU gives him chance against LHH, but needs to add consistency and polish to fringy SL. Can overthrow at times and delivery may be best served in pen. Huge upside if all comes together.

Development Path: The Yankees are blessed with several outstanding arms and their affiliates at all levels will have solid rotations. Acevedo could return to High-A to begin 2017, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him go to Double-A. Keep an eye on him as he could reach the majors in 2017.

Fantasy Impact: With his upside, he could deliver incredible strikeout rates and totals throughout his career. There is a lot to work on, but he should miss bats at any level. His walk rate is outstanding, which leads to solid WHIP and ERA.

Upside Grade: 9D

9. Chance Adams (RHP) ... 6-0, 205 ... 22 ... 2015 (5) Dallas Baptist University
2015Dallas Baptist (MVC)59.01.980.9202.
2015Staten Island (NYPL)9.20.930.8302.812.14.3.147
2015Charleston (Sc) (SAL)
2016Tampa (FSL)57.22.650.9702.311.45.0.192
2016Trenton (East)
Comments: Compact SP who moved to rotation in '16 and found success in AA. Pitches aggressively with pure arm speed and can retire hitters with FB/SL combo. Lacks height, so plane to plate is flat and he allows high amount of flyballs. Velocity keeps him afloat and could return to pen without better CU. K rate and low oppBA are highlights.

Development Path: Because of his success in Double-A, Adams will likely head to Triple-A to begin the season. If he struggles, it may behoove the Yankees to convert him to a reliever—at least temporarily—to get him to the majors. The odds are high he'll pitch in New York in 2017.

Fantasy Impact: With #3 upside, he could be a durable arm who eats innings and posts favorable results in all fantasy categories. He has a career Dom of 10.5 and his walk rate is low, thus giving him strong odds of posting a moderate ERA and WHIP.

Upside Grade: 8C

10. Albert Abreu (RHP) ... 6-2, 175 ... 21 ... 2013 FA (DR)
2015Greeneville (App)46.22.511.2004.
2016Quad Cities (Midw)90.03.501.2304.910.42.1.187
2016Lancaster (Calif)11.25.401.8006.
Comments: Athletic, quick-armed SP who dominated in first full season. Power arsenal highlighted by plus FB and above average SL. Poor control is significant problem, but can improve as he gets mechanics down. Sequencing getting better and hard CU evolving into dependable pitch. Long way from ceiling, but could pay dividends.

Development Path: Abreu, acquired from HOU in the Brian McCann trade, was promoted to High-A in late August and will likely return to that level to begin 2017. It would be wise to be patient with his development because he has all the ingredients to be special. At worst, he could be a power reliever.

Fantasy Impact: Because of his ability to retire hitters via strikeout and his low oppBA, he has immense potential in most fantasy categories. His walk rate needs to be watched, otherwise his ERA and WHIP could be in doubt.

Upside Grade: 8C

11. Miguel Andujar (3B) ... 6-0, 175 ... R/R ... 22 ... 2011 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2013GCL Yankees 2 (GCL)133.323/.368/.4965840.334/4
2014Charleston (Sc) (SAL)484.267/.318/.3977830.4210/5
2015Tampa (FSL)485.243/.288/.3636810.328/12
2016Tampa (FSL)230.283/.343/.4747870.6010/1
2016Trenton (East)282.266/.323/.3587850.502/2
Comments: Emerging prospect who set high in HR and doubles while continuing to make easy contact with simple stroke. Can be free swinger at times and may lunge at breaking balls. Raw power developing at steady pace and can shoot gaps. Lacks foot speed for SB, though has range and cannon arm to be average defender. Needs to cut down on errors.

Development Path: Despite spending half the 2016 season there, Andujar will likely return to Double-A in 2017. His production dropped when facing better pitching and he'll focus on consistency with the bat and glove. He's only be 22 in March and the Yankees are sure to remain patient in his development.

Fantasy Impact: Power-hitting 3B are valuable and Andujar could win the starting job some day in New York. He won't have as much impact with BA and SB, though he could hit .270+ with 20+ HR.

Upside Grade: 8D

12. Dustin Fowler (OF) ... 6-0, 185 ... L/L ... 22 ... 2013 (18) HS (GA)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2013GCL Yankees (GCL)112.241/.274/.3843790.170/3
2014Charleston (Sc) (SAL)257.257/.292/.4595790.259/3
2015Charleston (Sc) (SAL)241.307/.340/.4194800.234/18
2015Tampa (FSL)246.289/.328/.3706830.351/12
2016Trenton (East)541.281/.311/.4584840.2612/25
Comments: Speedy, athletic OF who finished 2nd in minors in triples. Starting to show natural pop with high in HR and using speed to leg out xbh. Has stolen 25+ bases last two seasons and has 20/20 potential. Can hit LHP with clean swing, though needs to be more selective and up OBP. Solid defender with heady jumps, routes, and range.

Development Path: The next step in his development is Triple-A where he'll be a phone call away from the majors. There is a logjam of capable players in front of him, but his combination of speed and defense is useful. He'll play the entire 2017 season at age 22.

Fantasy Impact: He's shown the ability to hit for BA and can steal a lot of bases. He'll have plenty of fantasy impact despite his lack of long ball power. He could bat leadoff if he learns to be more patient at bat.

Upside Grade: 7B

13. Dillon Tate (RHP) ... 6-2, 185 ... 22 ... 2015 (1) University of California-Santa
2015UC Santa Barbara (BigWe)
2015Spokane (Nwst)
2015Hickory (SAL)
2016Charleston (Sc) (SAL)17.14.701.6003.
2016Hickory (SAL)
Comments: Lean, athletic pitcher who had disappointing season, but hopes to resurrect in new org. Pitched in pen upon acquisition, but still has starter upside. Has two pitches that miss bats in FB and SL, though drop in velocity is concern. FB can be too straight, but seemed to be on track in a short stint in AFL.

Development Path: The Yankees hope that he's corrected some of his delivery issues and they could push him to High-A Tampa for 2017. If everything pops, he could still reach the majors quickly. The Yankees could also decide they like him better as a late-innings reliever, which would also hasten his arrival.

Fantasy Impact: Ultimately the main question is what role he'll end up playing. As a starter, he absolutely needs to develop a better change-up and maintain his velocity deeper into games. If he does so, he could be a #2-3 type starter. As a reliever, he could be a setup guy or closer.

Upside Grade: 8D

14. Ian Clarkin (LHP) ... 6-2, 205 ... 22 ... 2013 (1) HS (CA)
2013GCL Yankees (GCL)5.010.801.8007.
2014Charleston (Sc) (SAL)
2014Tampa (FSL)5.01.801.6001.
2016Tampa (FSL)98.03.311.3302.
Comments: Injury prone SP who needs innings to realize potential. Ended season in July due to knee surgery. Did not pitch in '15 due to elbow. When healthy, uses deep arsenal of potent offerings including big-breaking CB and very good CU. Added hard SL, but varies arm slot. Heavy FB spotted to both sides of plate and used as groundball inducer.

Development Path: Seemingly a prospect for years, Clarkin will pitch at age 22 all season, so there is no reason to rush him back. He simply needs to stay healthy to develop all of his offerings. He will likely begin 2017 in either High-A or Double-A.

Fantasy Impact: He doesn't have as much upside as he once did, but he could still become a mid-rotation starter. He's not a dominator nor does he have plus control, but he does everything well. He'll contribute positively in any fantasy category.

Upside Grade: 8D

15. Wilkerman Garcia (SS) ... 6-0, 186 ... B/R ... 19 ... 2014 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016Pulaski (App)222.198/.255/.2846800.341/4
Comments: Fluid athlete who oozes tools and should stick at SS. Clean, quick hands highlight defensive attributes and has plus arm strength. Still makes fair share of errors, but should get better in time. Power potential is only average, though shows bat control and ability to put ball in play. Bat speed and knowledge of K zone should lead to nice BA.

Development Path: He won't turn 19 until April 1, but Garcia still could earn a full-season affiliate assignment, likely at Low-A. He had a miserable 2016 season at the plate and he'll work to simplify the game. This is a long-term project who could pay significant dividends down the line.

Fantasy Impact: He has all the tools necessary to be a contributor in real life as well as fantasy. Because he can stick at SS, his value increases substantially. He has the potential to hit for BA, power, and steal bases. Think of the possibilities of hitting .280+ with 20+ HR and 20+ SB.

Upside Grade: 8D

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