Organization Reports


2022 Organization Report: New York Yankees

by Chris Blessing

Organization Grades

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

Minor League Affiliates

Triple-A: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA East)
Double-A: Somerset (AA Northeast)
High-A: Hudson Valley (A+ East)
Low-A: Tampa (A Southeast)
Rookie: FCL Yankees 1 (Florida Complex League)
Rookie: FCL Yankees 2 (Florida Complex League)
Rookie: DSL Yankees (Dominican Summer League)

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1. Anthony Volpe (SS) ... 5-11, 180 ... R/R ... 20 ... 2019 (1) HS (NJ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2019Pulaski (App)121.215/.349/.35516690.612/6
2021Tampa (A2_SE)199.302/.455/.62320781.1912/21
2021Hudson Valley (A1_East)213.286/.391/.58711730.4715/12
Comments: Hard-worker had huge 2021 campaign. Quiet stance with fluid transfer of energy. Quick uppercut swing primed for hard, lofted contact, creating incredible power angles. Works counts, rarely chases, and spoils pitcher's pitches. Added strength and swing modification has bumped power tool; could play plus-plus. 20+ SB potential.

Development Path: Volpe destroyed the competition at both A-Ball affiliates. His next test is at Double-A with a chance at Triple-A by mid-season.

Fantasy Impact: Volpe is one of the most impressive hitters, who has taken to instruction and has turned himself into a impactful bat. Name a category, this kid will impact it.

Upside Grade: 9B

2. Jasson Dominguez (OF) ... 5-10, 190 ... B/R ... 19 ... 2019 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021FCL Yankees (Rk_FCL)20.200/.407/.20023701.000/2
2021Tampa (A2_SE)186.258/.346/.39810640.315/7
Comments: Stocky, muscular switch-hitter made much anticipated pro debut and held on during aggressive mid-season assignment to Low-A. Similar open stance from both sides. Hit tool more advanced from LHH side. Plus-plus raw power. Puts on highlight show during BP; 30+ HR if it verifies. Average runner with plus reactions on bases and in CF.

Development Path: Dominguez got better and better as his season wore on. A hard-worker, Dominguez likely will be sent out to High-A to spend the season.

Fantasy Impact: So, Dominguez isn't the next coming of Mickey Mantle. However, there is potential still to impact the game in a variety of different categories, just not in the run game, especially if he slows down further. 30+ HR and a .280 BA is possible.

Upside Grade: 9E

3. Oswald Peraza (SS) ... 6-0, 176 ... R/R ... 21 ... 2016 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2019Staten Island (NYPL)79.241/.294/.3546890.562/5
2019Charleston (Sc) (SAL)183.273/.348/.3338850.572/18
2021Hudson Valley (A1_East)111.306/.386/.53210780.505/16
2021Somerset (AA_NE)326.294/.348/.4667750.2812/20
2021Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA_East)28.286/.323/.3937820.401/2
Comments: MIF prospect lauded for hard contact adjusted swing trajectory to become complete hitter. Slight open stance with easy trigger. Short, compact fluid swing. Calmed aggressive approach some; will still chase breakers. Uses leverage to get to power; 25+ HR possible at maturity, especially with EV rates. Plus runner; 20 HR/20 SB potential.

Development Path: Peraza was performed across three levels in 2022, including a late season cup of coffee in AAA. He'll likely return to Triple-A where he'll be close to helping the NYY out in the infield.

Fantasy Impact: Pereza's tools are likely to be above-average across the board. His defensive ability will allow for opportunities and the bat capable of carrying three IF positions. Should produce solid BA, HR & SB numbers.

Upside Grade: 8C

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4. Austin Wells (C) ... 6-2, 220 ... L/R ... 22 ... 2020 (1) Arizona
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2020Arizona (Pac12)48.354/.516/.60424751.252/1
2021Tampa (A2_SE)236.258/.398/.47918740.829/11
2021Hudson Valley (A1_East)146.274/.376/.47312620.367/5
Comments: Offensive-skilled, LHH C prospect was consistently solid in pro debut across A-ball levels. Upright, quiet stance with smooth energy transfer to swing. Patient approach, tough AB. Short compact swing geared towards lofted contact. Works gaps well with line drives and has HR power to RF & CF. Below-average defender; may not stick behind plate.

Development Path: Wells performed well in Low-A, High-A and the AFL. He's ready to perform with the bat in Double-A. Hopefully, the glove is ready.

Fantasy Impact: Plus eye, above-average BA & HR potential who profiles best behind the plate. However, athletic enough to potentially end up in OF or 1B. Think .270 BA & 25 HR at projection with solid OBP skills.

Upside Grade: 8C

5. Trey Sweeney (SS) ... 6-4, 185 ... L/R ... 21 ... 2021 (1) Eastern Illinois
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2020Eastern Illinois (OVC)57.351/.439/.45612840.891/2
2021Eastern Illinois (OVC)170.382/.521/.71221861.9214/3
2021FCL Yankees (Rk_FCL)5.600/.778/1.20044602.001/1
2021Tampa (A2_SE)110.245/.357/.51814740.626/3
Comments: A solid, instinctful profile across the board. LHH with a wiggle in his load. Short, compact swing with spray tools. Patient, works counts. Impacts the ball at consistent high EV. Average power plays up due to ability to drive middle-in pitches. Average runner with heady instincts on bases. Plug-and-play defensive MIF skills.

Development Path: While the BA wasn't completely there, Sweeney handled a Low-A assignment after the draft. He'll head out to High-A for 2022.

Fantasy Impact: Sweeney has already made adjustments in pro ball & could be headed towards a break out, especially if he quickens his bats reaction skills. At worst, he's a high floor UT player. At best, solid .270 BA, 20 HR bat with some OBP & SB.

Upside Grade: 8C

6. Luis Gil (RHP) ... 6-1, 160 ... 23 ... 2015 FA (DR)
2019Charleston (Sc) (SAL)83.02.391.1904.
2019Tampa (FSL)13.04.851.4605.
2021Somerset (AA_NE)30.22.641.2073.814.73.9.207
2021Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA_East)48.24.811.3775.912.42.1.193
2021New York (AL)
Comments: Hard-throwing, physical RHP struggled with command but made MLB debut, pitching reasonably well. 3/4s delivery achieves solid extension. Three-pitch pitcher; FB sits mid-to-high 90s with arm-side run and riding action. Tight SL is best pitch; has short 2-plane break. Struggles to get separation on firm CU. Control may push profile to RP.

Development Path: Gil pitched well in 29.1 IP. However, maturation is needed in AAA to get FB command corralled and to improve on a very hittable CU.

Fantasy Impact: Gil showcased two filthy pitches that have dazzled evaluators since 2019. The floor is a late-inning RP, maybe even a closer with the upside as a high-Dom SP3, but refinement is needed to get there.

Upside Grade: 8C

7. Hayden Wesnecki (RHP) ... 6-1, 190 ... 24 ... 2019 (6) Sam Houston State
2021Hudson Valley (A1_East)36.11.490.9082.
2021Somerset (AA_NE)
2021Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA_East)
Comments: Physical, hard-throwing 3/4s RHP overpowered hitters in full-season debut. Jerky, rushed delivery. Uses both four-seam and two-seam FBs, both in mid-to-high 90s with appropriate pitch profiles. SL is tight, plus vertical breaker. Added CT, already an average offering. Hard stuff plays up due to tunneling. Has solid fading CU and so-so CB.

Development Path: Wesneski made it to Triple-A despite not overwhelming in his Double-A stint. Still, he'll likely report to Triple-A with a good chance at getting up to the bigs in 2022.

Fantasy Impact: Watching Wesneski's starts, it's surprising he only had 10.4 Dom between the three levels. Hard-thrower, mixing & matching angles with hard stuff (4S, 2S & CT) with a plus breaking ball & at least an average CU. Consistency only thing holding back to SP2/SP3 outcome.

Upside Grade: 8C

8. Everson Pereira (OF) ... 6-0, 191 ... R/R ... 20 ... 2017 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2018Pulaski (App)167.263/.322/.3898640.253/3
2019Staten Island (NYPL)70.171/.216/.2575630.151/3
2021FCL Yankees (Rk_FCL)8.375/.545/1.00027751.501/0
2021Tampa (A2_SE)72.361/.446/.66712710.485/4
2021Hudson Valley (A1_East)108.259/.354/.67612650.3914/5
Comments: Power-hitting OF made incredible impression during '21 full-season debut. Hit a combined 20 HR across three levels in 49 games. Plus-plus raw power generated by exceptional bat speed and uppercut swing trajectory, uses leverage in lower half well. Expands the zone, crashes K-rate. Overmatched in CF with fringe-average speed.

Development Path: Pereira was kept in extended spring training, debuted in the FCL once their season started & made it up to High-A, hitting HR at every step. He likely returns to High-A to start 2022.

Fantasy Impact: Pereira put up numbers in the lower minors that would have impressed in the juiced-ball environment of Triple-A. It's power over hit but big plus-plus power potential. To get there, he'll need to work on that BA & avoid the high rate of whiffs he had this year.

Upside Grade: 8D

9. Oswaldo Cabrera (SS) ... 5-10, 145 ... R/R ... 23 ... 2015 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017Azl Angels (Ariz)0.000/.000/.0000000/0
2018Charleston (Sc) (SAL)485.229/.273/.3205860.426/4
2019Tampa (FSL)450.260/.310/.3787770.318/10
2021Somerset (AA_NE)437.256/.311/.4928730.3124/20
2021Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA_East)30.500/.583/1.13314700.565/1
Comments: Switch-hitting UT IF made power gains with bulkier physique during '21 season. Plus bat-to-ball skills but can chase and crash OBP. Sells out to power in uppercut swing. Achieves plus power angles off bat. Raw plus power plays above-average in game. Has slowed considerably. Fits best at 2B and 3B as a plus defender.

Development Path: Cabrera performed, in a very limited sample, in Triple-A to end the year. Added to the 40-man, he heads back out there for 2022, with a chance at NY by mid-season.

Fantasy Impact: Cabrera's power gains have created an interesting path to playing time. However, he must calm down approach to get to a solid regular contributor rating. 25+ HR possible with a OBP around .300.

Upside Grade: 8D

10. Randy Vasquez (RHP) ... 6-0, 165 ... 23 ... 2018 FA (DR)
2019Pulaski (App)
2021Tampa (A2_SE)50.02.341.1604.
2021Hudson Valley (A1_East)36.01.751.1392.
2021Somerset (AA_NE)
Comments: Hard-throwing 3/4s RHP posted stellar whiff rates across three levels. Athletic delivery with a fast arm; three-pitch pitcher. Commands mid-90s four-seamer with late cut, up in the zone. Best pitch is sweeping, hard CB; 3000-RPM spinner with incredible horizontal break. 85-88 MPH CU projects as above-average offering if can achieve consistency.

Development Path: Vasquez hit his stride in High-A when his Dom popped at 13.3 before a Double-A promotion where he looked spent. He'll head to Double-A to start 2022.

Fantasy Impact: Vasquez has a three-pitch mix capable of generating whiffs at the MLB level with maturation and more pitchability. Cleaning up the CU will go along way to establishing SP role.

Upside Grade: 8D

11. Elijah Dunham (OF) ... 6-0, 213 ... L/L ... 23 ... 2020 (40) Indiana
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2020Indiana (Big10)59.390/.493/.55916861.381/1
2021Tampa (A2_SE)98.276/.441/.50020771.094/11
2021Hudson Valley (A1_East)241.257/.325/.4488740.359/17
Comments: 2020 undrafted OF had impressive pro debut. Patient approach. Open stance with leg lift and some wiggle getting to hit position. Easy, compact stroke. Average to above-average power in frame/swing, especially to pull field. Above-average runner with great first step. 20 SB potential. Solid defender, likely LF.

Development Path: Dunham went undrafted in the COVID-shortened draft, signing for $20K instead of going back to school. He hit at A-Ball affiliates & in AFL. Double-A is his next challenge.

Fantasy Impact: Dunham is an average to above-average tool set across the board without a carrying offensive skill for a COF spot. Doesn't mean he can't do it, just may end up as a 4th OF type or platoon bat.

Upside Grade: 7C

12. Antonio Gomez (C) ... 6-2, 205 ... R/R ... 20 ... 2018 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2019GCL Yankees (GCL)47.255/.314/.4046850.431/0
2021FCL Yankees (Rk_FCL)95.305/.416/.47414670.522/4
2021Tampa (A2_SE)61.197/.310/.32814700.562/1
Comments: Offensively skilled backstop split time between Florida affiliates in a solid '21 campaign. Open, upright swing with a leg lift, guides hands quietly to hit position. Some length in swing. Mostly impacts ball and can get to power despite linear swing plane. Raw above-average power likely plays. Solid receiver with 80 grade arm.

Development Path: NYY has taken it slow thus far in Garcia's development. He ran into some hard luck in his Low-A debut & will likely head back out there to start 2022.

Fantasy Impact: There's a solid offensive profile here. Don't expect him to ever be plus in one area. However, he could get to above-average power & will stick behind the plate. If it doesn't work out, the arm could transition to the mound.

Upside Grade: 8E

13. Anthony Garcia (1B,OF) ... 6-5, 204 ... B/R ... 21 ... 2017 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2018DSL Yankees (Dsl)16.125/.263/.31216500.380/0
2018GCL Yankees West (GCL)156.244/.320/.51310530.2510/3
2019Pulaski (App)17.294/.417/.70623470.561/0
2021FCL Yankees (Rk_FCL)66.318/.459/.69721620.728/10
2021Tampa (A2_SE)55.291/.426/.65519550.526/5
Comments: Tall, muscular imposing prospect made significant strides with hit tool, allowing power to play. Switch-hitter with more comfort from LH side than RH. Works counts. It's a lumbering swing with swing & miss, but he has cut down its length. Raw 80-grade power, plays to all fields. Solid athlete for size. Profiles best at 1B.

Development Path: Garcia is primed to make the leap beyond the Florida-based NYY affiliates & head out to High-A.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia has some of the best power metrics in the minors and projects as a three true outcomes player. The power is enormous & plays in game. If the bat continues to make strides, there's 40-HR potential.

Upside Grade: 7C

14. Yoendrys Gomez (RHP) ... 6-3, 175 ... 22 ... 2017 FA (VZ)
2018GCL Yankees (GCL)38.22.331.0903.510.02.9.189
2018DSL Yankees (Dsl)
2019Pulaski (App)
2019Charleston (Sc) (SAL)
2021Tampa (A2_SE)23.23.420.9723.411.03.2.165
Comments: Hard-throwing, 3/4 RHP missed significant time in '21 with sore arm (early) & COVID-19 (late). Easy velocity in repeatable delivery. 92-95 two-seasmer features plus arm-side run & some sink. Added four-seamer a tick higher but struggled with strikes. Tight, 2-plane slider with sharp downward break is best secondary. Has feel for CU, seeks convictio

Development Path: Gomez should be ready to go for spring training after battling COVID. On the 40-man roster, he'll likely be pushed to High-A.

Fantasy Impact: Gomez has an attractive assortment of pitches with a chance at an SP outcome. Already into his 2nd option year, he'll need to move quickly to keep on SP track. two-pitch mix is good enough for a middle RP floor.

Upside Grade: 8E

15. Ken Waldichuck (LHP) ... 6-4, 230 ... 24 ... 2019 (5) St. Mary's (CA)
2021Hudson Valley (A1_East)
2021Somerset (AA_NE)
Comments: Deceptive 3/4s LHP piled up Ks via a long arm path with limbs going every direction in delivery. Struggles getting to release point consistently causing command issues. Low 90s FB has natural tail & some carry up. Sweeping SL is best secondary now but CU has more upside due to movement & separation. Slurvy CB is fringe offering.

Development Path: Waldichuk buzz is up there because the swing-and-miss ability in his profile. He'll likely repeat Double-A where he will work on throwing more strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Because of the difficulty to stay on release point, it's hard to see a SP future. However, that is a minority take right now. Stuff plays up Dom in whatever role but likely works best in relief.

Upside Grade: 7C

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