The Yankees have one of the most stacked farm systems in baseball. Who are their top 10 prospects?
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The Yankees are one of the most storied franchises in baseball. They have won 27 World Series titles, more than any other team in baseball. They have also fielded some of the greatest players in the history of the game, including Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter.
The Yankees have always been known for their stockpiling of talent, and that is evident in their farm system. They currently have one of the best farm systems in baseball, according to most experts. In this article, we will take a look at the Yankees’ top 10 prospects.
Gleyber Torres is the New York Yankees’ top prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. The 21-year-old shortstop is ranked No. 4 overall in baseball.
Torres was acquired by the Yankees from the Chicago Cubs in 2016 in the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago. He made his major league debut last season and hit .271/.367/.480 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs in 34 games.
Torres is expected to be the Yankees’ starting shortstop this season after Didi Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery.
Frazier was acquired by the Yankees in the Andrew Miller trade with the Indians at the 2016 deadline and made his Yankee debut that September. The 23-year-old owns a .762 OPS in parts of two big league seasons.
Frazier is ranked as high as No. 2 (MLB Pipeline) and as low as No. 7 (Baseball America) among Yankees prospects. He’s coming off a down year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting .265/.317/.390 with 11 homers and 13 stolen bases in 122 games.
Chances Adams was ranked as the Yankees’ top pitching prospect and the 25th best prospect in baseball by MLB.com heading into the 2018 season. The right-hander made his Major League debut in 2018, starting four games for the Yankees and posting a 2-0 record with a 4.50 ERA.
Adams was a fifth-round draft pick by the Yankees in 2015 out of Dallas Baptist University. He has rocketed through the Yankees’ system, reaching Triple-A in just his third professional season. In 2017, he split time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, combined to go 15-5 with a 2.45 ERA in 27 starts.
Sheffield, a left-handed pitcher, was acquired by the Yankees from the Indians in 2016 as part of the Andrew Miller trade. He made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2018, appearing in 12 games (one start) and posting a 1-2 record with a 6.69 ERA. He began the 2019 season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and was called up to the majors on April 20. Sheffield made four starts for the Yankees before being optioned back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 14.
Here are the Yankees’ top 10 prospects, according to MLB.com:
1. outfielder Estevan Florial
2. third baseman Miguel Andujar
3. right-handed pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga
4. left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield
5. right-handed pitcher Chance Adams
6. first baseman Luke Voit
7. catcher Jorge Saez
8. right-handed pitcher Domingo Acevedo
9. shortstop Thairo Estrada
10. left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos
1. Estevan Florial, OF
2. Deivi Garcia, RHP
3. Clarke Schmidt, RHP
4. Michael King, RHP
5. Luis Gil, RHP
6. Antonio Cabello, OF
7. Roansy Contreras, RHP
8. Ezequiel Duran, 2B
9. Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP
10. Albert Abreu, RHP
Jonathan Loaisiga is a right-handed pitcher from Nicaragua who signed with the Yankees as an international free agent in 2016. He made his professional debut in 2017, pitching for the Yankees’ rookie-level affiliate. In 2018, he pitched for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs and the Class A Advanced Tampa Tarpons. Loaisiga made his major league debut on June 15, 2018, and pitched to a 2.89 ERA in 13 innings pitched. He was placed on the disabled list in early July with a right shoulder strain and did not return to the majors for the rest of the season.
Luis Medina is a right-handed pitcher in the New York Yankees organization. He was signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2015.
Medina made his professional debut in 2016 with the Gulf Coast Yankees, going 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 starts. He struck out 46 batters in 36 innings pitched. In 2017, he split time between the Staten Island Yankees and Charleston RiverDogs, posting a combined record of 3-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 21 starts. He struck out 109 batters in 103 innings pitched.
Medina began the 2018 season with Charleston and was promoted to the Tampa Tarpons midway through the season. In 23 starts between the two teams, he went 8-6 with a 3.08 ERA and struck out 143 batters in 124 innings pitched. He was named a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star.
The Yankees added Medina to their 40-man roster following the 2018 season.
Domingo Acevedo is a 6’7″ right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic. He was signed by the Yankees in 2012 as an international free agent. Acevedo made his professional debut in 2014 with the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League. He spent the 2015 season with the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League and the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League.
Acevedo pitched for Team USA in the 2015 Pan American Games, helping them to a gold medal. He also participated in the 2016 Futures Game, where he pitched a scoreless inning.
Acevedo began the 2017 season with Trenton Thunder of the Double-A Eastern League. He was promoted to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on June 16, 2017.