Organization Reports


2020 Organization Report: New York Yankees

by Chris Blessing

Organization Grades

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

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)

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1. Jasson Dominguez (OF) ... 5-10, 190 ... R/B ... 16 ... 2019 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
Comments: Uber-talented, athletic OF signed with NYY as international free agent from DR. Has an all-world toolshed. Built like an NFL RB with double-plus raw tools across the board, scouts have dropped Bo Jackson, Yasiel Puig and even Mickey Mantle comps on his profile. Supposedly, well-polished too. Has yet to debut in pro ball.

Development Path: Dominguez is likely coming to America to debut in one of the Yankees Gulf Coast Complex teams in 2020 but is still at least three years away from his debut.

Fantasy Impact: The comps have us excited but without eyes seeing him against pro pitching, we're dreaming if we try to project his impact. However, dark horse candidate for a 10C ranking in 2022.

Upside Grade: 9E

2. Clarke Schmidt (RHP) ... 6-1, 190 ... 24 ... 2017 (1) University of South Carolina
2018GCL Yankees West (GCL)
2018GCL Yankees (GCL)
2019GCL Yankees (GCL)
2019Tampa (FSL)63.13.841.3103.
2019Trenton (East)19.02.370.7900.59.00.197
Comments: Hard-thrower moved further away from Tommy John surgery and posted solid results. Smooth, athletic delivery. Will vary arm slot but tunnels his pitches from each slot well. Mid-90s FB has solid late sink and will show plus run from a 3/4 angle. CB is hard and looks like a SL at times. CH bottoms out and could be a double-plus pitch at projection.

Development Path: Schmidt is in search for innings and has yet to top 100 as a pro. He'll get his start this season in Double-A where he ended his 2019 campaign.

Fantasy Impact: Schmidt's upside has been understated. There's potential for 3 plus pitches, especially if the breaking ball can morph into into a truer SL. He has #2 SP-like upside in Dom and Cmd.

Upside Grade: 9D

3. Deivi Garcia (RHP) ... 5-9, 163 ... 20 ... 2015 FA (DR)
2018Charleston (Sc) (SAL)40.23.761.0102.
2018Tampa (FSL)
2019Tampa (FSL)
2019Trenton (East)53.23.861.2904.414.63.3.211
2019Scranton/WB (IL)40.05.401.4804.510.12.2.245
Comments: Short-statured, athletic RHP on verge of MLB debut. High 3/4s delivery with a little cross-fire action. 4-seam FB has late riding action; has been up to 98 MPH. Relies more on SL, a plus pitch with violent break. CB still high spin-rate pitch but break is more predictable than SL. CU still firm and will need refinement to reach ceiling.

Development Path: Garcia likely returns to Triple-A where the Yankees will try to get his innings up and prepared for a late-season MLB run.

Fantasy Impact: Though he has a small frame, Garcia has an easy delivery and a strong chance at starting. The CU will likely determine eventual role. NYY is good getting the CU out of their young pitchers. We could be underselling the upside if the CU comes but expect a solid #3 starter with good Dom potential.

Upside Grade: 8C

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4. Luis Medina (RHP) ... 6-1, 175 ... 20 ... 2015 FA (DR)
2017Pulaski (App)
2018Pulaski (App)
2019Charleston (Sc) (SAL)
2019Tampa (FSL)10.20.840.9402.510.14.0.179
Comments: Athletic RHP harnessed control down the stretch, setting up explosive finish to season. High 3/4s on-line delivery. High-velocity FB has sick 2-seam life and is unfair to hitters. A plus CB is hard and sometimes mimics SL two-plane movement. Overthrows CU at times, which firms up. Could be a breakout performer.

Development Path: The question of the Yankees organization for the last 3 years was, "Will he be able to harness his pitches?" Well, he did in Single-A and it looks like he'll be ready for High-A next year.

Fantasy Impact: The stuff has always been there for Medina. It was just a matter of time before results would catch up. This is a special arm with Dom upside.

Upside Grade: 9E

5. Luis Gil (RHP) ... 6-2, 185 ... 21 ... 2015 FA (DR)
2018Pulaski (App)39.11.371.1705.713.32.3.151
2018Staten Island (NYPL)6.25.402.5508.
2019Charleston (Sc) (SAL)83.02.391.1904.
2019Tampa (FSL)13.04.851.4605.
Comments: Lean RHP with easy velocity had breakout season in Single-A. High 3/4 delivery with some longish arm action from a slim body. Control over command long-term; shows three pitches. Best offering clearly 93-97 MPH FB with solid late run. Best secondary is CB, which looks like a sweepy SL at times. CU is firm and doesn't show much fading potential.

Development Path: Gil was the best performer on the vaulted Charleston Single-A staff last year before a late-season promotion to High-A, where he'll likely start 2020.

Fantasy Impact: Gil is built like a SP and his delivery, while still unrefined, works as one, too. However, his pitch projection screams reliever risk. FB is good enough to push his profile if secondaries never come around.

Upside Grade: 8D

6. Oswald Peraza (SS) ... 6-0, 176 ... R/R ... 19 ... 2017 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017GCL Yankees (GCL)184.266/.363/.3328800.440/12
2018Pulaski (App)140.250/.333/.3219710.341/8
2019Staten Island (NYPL)79.241/.294/.3546890.562/5
2019Charleston (Sc) (SAL)183.273/.348/.3338850.572/18
Comments: Athletic, polished prospect aggressively promoted to full-season ball late. Short, compact swing with solid swing path. Solid plate skills, discipline and gap-to-gap power. Has strength in wiry, lean frame to find average power at maturity. Sound defensively, could move quick with deep range and strong arm at SS. 30-plus SB ability.

Development Path: Pereza hit well in his 47-game Single-A sample. He'll likely head back there to start 2020. There's also a chance he starts in High-A too.

Fantasy Impact: It's easy to project young athletic prospects when they present with a degree of polish beyond their years. Peraza offers hit and run skills currently. The power is sure to come. Could be a 20/20 play in fantasy at maturity.

Upside Grade: 8C

7. Roansy Contreras (RHP) ... 6-0, 175 ... 20 ... 2016 FA (DR)
2017GCL Yankees (GCL)
2018Staten Island (NYPL)
2018Charleston (Sc) (SAL)34.23.381.1803.
2019Charleston (Sc) (SAL)132.13.331.0702.
Comments: Athletic, 3/4s RHP with feel for pitching and remaining upside. Repeatable delivery known for commanding FB. FB sits 90-93 MPH with light movement. Hits different quadrants of strike zone to maximize pitch. CU is best secondary with solid arm-side run and sudden fade. CB is slurvy and shows promise. Could be an above-average pitch at projection.

Development Path: Contreras dazzled during his Single-A assignment. He'll likely start 2020 with High-A Tampa.

Fantasy Impact: Contreras is a high floor pitcher with some upside remaining. If he continues to add strength, he'll continue to get by with a less-than-stellar moving FB. #4 starter is a reasonable expectation.

Upside Grade: 8D

8. Ezequiel Duran (2B) ... 5-11, 185 ... R/R ... 20 ... 2017 FA(DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2018Pulaski (App)219.201/.251/.3114700.144/7
2019Staten Island (NYPL)246.256/.329/.4969690.3213/11
Comments: Strong-bodied MIF led New York Penn Lg in HR. Gap hitter who found power selling out to pull-side on inside FB. Raw hit tool, struggles with pitch selection and bat path. Plus-defender at 2B but will be limited due to arm strength. Above-average runner.

Development Path: Duran is a strong, powerful prospect. With some swing path improvements, he could begin to move quicker, because the above-average power will play. He should start in Single-A.

Fantasy Impact: While 2B isn't as scarce in fantasy, big boppers like Duran are intriguing to fantasy owners. There's 30-HR potential in his bat if he gets to it. Keep an eye on the hit tool, which will help him reach his power projection.

Upside Grade: 8D

9. Anthony Volpe (SS) ... 5-11, 180 ... R/R ... 18 ... 2019 (1) HS (NJ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2019Pulaski (App)121.215/.349/.35516690.612/6
Comments: Athletic, smart SS with solid plate skills and high ct% aided by short stroke with line drive swing trajectory. Fringe-average power, could play up due to approach. Smart, heady runner who is more quick than fast. Plus defender and polished for age/level.

Development Path: Volpe contracted mono in his debut, which resulted in his Appy League season coming to a quick end. The Yankees may try to push him to full season ball with Single-A Charleston.

Fantasy Impact: Volpe is a difficult rank. It's a gamble projecting his power, hoping the hit tool can pull his power profile up. Also, will fundamentals push his run tool to plus performing on the bases.

Upside Grade: 8D

10. Raimfer Salinas (OF) ... 6-0, 175 ... R/R ... 19 ... 2017 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2018DSL Yankees (Dsl)21.095/.321/.14319761.000/4
2018GCL Yankees West (GCL)16.125/.300/.12511690.400/0
2019GCL Yankees West (GCL)159.270/.329/.4154720.163/11
Comments: Quick-twitch CF prospect flashed all-around skills in US debut. Quick wrists, strong hands propel plus bat speed and solid swing path. Expands the zone and struggles with spin. Raw above-average power in lean frame. Currently, gap-to-gap power. Plus runner and defender who should stick in CF long-term.

Development Path: The Yankees like for their International prospects to spend multiple seasons in US short season leagues. Salinas is one who might get elevated to Single-A to start next season.

Fantasy Impact: Salinas has all the tools to become a solid fantasy contributor in the OF. There is a lot to like about the polish around Salinas' stroke. As he develops presence at the plate, we could be in for a treat.

Upside Grade: 8D

11. Kevin Alcantara (OF) ... 6-5, 175 ... R/R ... 17 ... 2018 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2019GCL Yankees (GCL)123.260/.289/.3582780.111/3
Comments: Quick-twitch, super-athletic OF made stateside debut in '19. Toolshed is abundant but extremely raw. Quick, loose hands create plus bat speed. Very lean frame but with above-average current strength. Could be a raw power producer with hit tool refinement and added muscle. Plus runner who may eventually outgrow tool. Solid defender in CF.

Development Path: Yankees love the toolsy types and Alcantara is just that. He probably stays in the complex until short-season ball starts in June unless he has an all-world spring training.

Fantasy Impact: This is a very similar profile to Estevan Florial. Same hopes and dreams, same probability to crash and burn too. Solid MLB upside if he makes it; could alternatively flame out in High-A.

Upside Grade: 8E

12. Estevan Florial (OF) ... 6-1, 185 ... L/R ... 22 ... 2014 FA (HT)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017Charleston (Sc) (SAL)344.297/.373/.48311640.3311/17
2018GCL Yankees West (GCL)31.548/.600/1.00011840.803/5
2018GCL Yankees (GCL)17.548/.600/1.00011881.002/3
2018Tampa (FSL)294.255/.354/.36113700.513/11
2019Tampa (FSL)274.237/.297/.3838640.248/9
Comments: Tantalizing OF prospect continues to battle injury bug. Athleticism and double-plus bat speed remains. However, refinement is extremely raw, especially at plate. Struggles with spin and over-aggressiveness. Raw plus power should start playing again in games. Still has plus run tool.

Development Path: Florial should start in Double-A this season, where he'll need to polish his game quickly.

Fantasy Impact: Seeing Florial at his best in 2017, thought I was watching a future star. Each look since has gotten worse and worse. Even without the injuries, he may have been just Single-A good since he has struggled honing baseball skills. Still, there's a chance here for a regular OF contributor, maybe more.

Upside Grade: 8D

13. Alexander Vizcaino (RHP) ... 6-2, 160 ... 22 ... 2016 FA (DR)
2017Pulaski (App)51.15.791.7904.
2018Pulaski (App)54.04.501.3003.
2018Charleston (Sc) (SAL)4.013.502.5004.
2019Charleston (Sc) (SAL)87.24.411.2202.810.43.7.233
2019Tampa (FSL)
Comments: Slim, 3/4s RHP with athletic delivery emerged after FB velocity increased coming out of spring training. Mid-90s FB has some action. However, he must be fine with pitch, locating to corners. Best secondary is a plus, potentially double-plus CU with sudden drop and good velocity separation. SL is sharp but inconsistent.

Development Path: Vizcaino's performance didn't match what scouts saw when he was promoted to High-A. He'll likely begin in High-A this season.

Fantasy Impact: Vizcaino has a borderline SP profile. However, if he can firm up a breaking pitch, there's a solid chance he'll reach it. His CU induces swings-and-misses and will carry his Dom regardless of breaking ball development.

Upside Grade: 8D

14. Albert Abreu (RHP) ... 6-2, 175 ... 24 ... 2014 FA (DR)
2018GCL Yankees (GCL)
2018GCL Yankees West (GCL)5.023.403.2003.
2018Tampa (FSL)
2018Trenton (East)
2019Trenton (East)
Comments: Big bodied, hard-throwing RHP continues to go the wrong way in development. A short-strider, arm injuries have shortened the past two seasons. Durability concerns may push to RP role. Sits mid-to-high 90s with FB, though it flattens out as he adds velocity. 12-6 CB has inconsistent depth despite solid break. CU is late-fading offering.

Development Path: A second lackluster performance in an upper level league likely means 2020 is a make or break season for Abreu as a SP. He likely heads to Triple-A where he will need to keep base runners off base.

Fantasy Impact: Despite high-octane stuff, Abreu has never been a high Dom guy, mostly due to the lack of extension he achieves in his delivery. Along with durability and control concerns, this likely means he's a long-term reliever.

Upside Grade: 8D

15. Michael King (RHP) ... 6-3, 204 ... 24 ... 2016 (12) Boston College
2019GCL Yankees West (GCL)5.24.760.8803.
2019Staten Island (NYPL)
2019Trenton (East)12.29.951.7401.
2019Scranton/WB (IL)
2019NY Yankees (AL)
Comments: High 3/4s sinker ball pitcher made surprise September debut in MLB. On-line deliver with a long arm-circle, relying on lower half for strength. Sits 90-93 MPH with bowling ball 2-seam FB, suffocating loft. SL & CB blend into each other. SL is slurvy with solid 2-plane break. CU projects with solid separation off FB.

Development Path: King looked good in his one appearance with NY. However, he's viewed as SP depth this season, meaning he'll likely start the season in Triple-A.

Fantasy Impact: King is a bit of a throwback. 10-15 years ago, he easily projects as a mid-rotation starter. Nowadays, his sinker must be fine to survive with hitters selling out for loft. There's probably less swing-and-miss in profile than what owners desire.

Upside Grade: 8D

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