SCOTTSDALE, Ariz- The New York Yankees have eight prospects playing in the Arizona Fall League(AFL). All here to show their skills against other top prospects from other organizations.
Starting with the Single-A affiliate Charleston Riverdogs with Estevan Florial and staying in Single-A with Tampa Yankees Albert Abreu, and Kyle Holder. Then with Double-A affiliate Trenton Thunder having Cody Carroll, Andrew Schwaab, Justus Sheffield, and Thairo Estrada. Finally at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Billy McKinney.
With four players and four pitchers, we will focus on the players and their production in the AFL first.
McKenney is batting .298 (17-for-57) with a home run, leading the Scottsdale Scorpions with 20 RBI. He is the most polished of the core with him playing at the Triple-A level.
Next is Estrada, as he is leading the Scorpions with a .353 (24-for-68) average with one home run and eight RBI. Currently, Estrada is MLB’s.com 18th ranked Yankees prospect.
Holder is batting .350 (14-for-40) with a home run and six RBI. Round things out is Florial batting .254 (15-for-59) with three RBI. Holder had an eye-opening game on October 19, going 4-for-6 with a home run and three RBI.
Florial is MLB’s.com 78th ranked prospect and number three ranked Yankees prospect. He was a Future’s game participant. In a game on October 12, he went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. During the AFL season, he is batting .254 (15-for-59) with three RBI.
Leading the way in pitching are starters Sheffield and Abreu. Sheffield is 2-2 with an ERA of 3.10 and is third on the team with 20.1 innings pitched. His 22 strikeouts are second on the team. Sheffield is MLB.com’s 79th ranked prospect. Sheffield is the number seven ranked left-handed pitching prospect and number five ranked prospect in the Yankees system.
Abreu leads in innings with 22.2 and strikeouts with 23. His record of 0-2 does not indicate the full potential he has.
The next two are bullpen arms, Carroll and Schwaab. Schwaab has a record of 0-1 and ERA at 6.75. He has been used more of a situational arm which is evident by his 9.1 innings. He does have six strikeouts. Carroll is 0-0 and has yet to give up a run. His 16 strikeouts indicate his power arm and he has converted 4-of-4 in saves.
The major league club is stacked with young talent, and this core could help add depth at the next level and be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.