Grading The Yanks' Top Prospects
by James Vlietstra
June 6, 2022
The 2022 Minor League season is roughly two months old. The Yankees have lots of talented players in their system. Some entered the year with lots of preseason hype and talk of being on next year’s top 100 lists.
So far, the Yankees organization has used 70 positional players and 76 pitchers for their four active affiliates. I wanted to do a quick overview of how some of their top prospects are performing. For this exercise, I will be using MLB Pipeline’s top 30.
The season is still very early, but I have given out grades based on their performance to date. The grades are on a sliding scale, based on expectations. An “A” is exceeding. A “B” is meeting and a “C” is below expectations.
These are all talented young men that are striving to reach their dreams, so I did not give out grades lower than a C. To get where they are is quite an accomplishment in itself. And like I said, the season is young and there’s plenty of time to get on a hot streak.
In the list, please note these abbreviations:
SWB - Scranton RailRiders
SP - Somerset Patriots
HVR - Hudson Valley Renegades
TT - Tampa Tarpons
30. Edgar Barclay 24, LHP HVR 15th round 2019
Swing man has started and relieved. 8 G, 24.1 IP, 32 K
29. Estevan Florial 24 CF SWB Was once one of the organization’s top prospects, he has suffered from prospect fatigue. Has the speed and defense to be a star. Played 4 games in MLB. .277/.365/.423/.789
28. Deivi Garcia 23 RHP SWB Also a former top prospect. Is suffering through the same problem that plagued him last year, that’s the inability to throw strikes. 16 BBs in 21.2 IP coupled with 5 HRs has led to an ERA north of 10.
27. Ron Marinaccio 26 RHP SWB/MLB 19th round in 2017
Perhaps a surprise addition to the 40- man roster last fall, has made 7 appearances in the majors and 5 more in AAA.
26. Elijah Dunham 24 OF SP UDFA 2020
Has produced a slash line of .271/.346/.534/.880
25. Josh Breaux 24 C SP 2nd round 2018
.212/.294/.504/.798 Continues to hit for power, but little else.
24. Cooper Bowman 22 SS HVR 4th round in 2021
.237/.371/.432/.803 20 SBs
23. JP Sears 26 LHP SWB/MLB 11th round 2017
In 21.2 AAA he’s allowed 2 ER, in 7 MLB innings 0
22. Justin Lange 20 RHP TT Padres 2020 1st round pick trades for Luke Voit.
Yet to make his 2022 season debut.
21. Beck Way 22 RHP HVR 4th round 2020
Pitched 31.2 innings, struck out 44.
20. Brendan Beck 23 RHP 2nd round 2021
Recovering from TJS.
19. TJ Sikkema 23 LHP HVR 1st round 2019
After not pitching at all in 2020 or 2021, he’s back healthy. In 9 innings, he’s allowed 2 runs and struck out 12.
18. Antonio Gomez 20 C TT
.200/.301/.300/.601 struggling to do anything offensively.
17. Brandon Lockridge 25 CF SP 5th round 2018
.239/.303/.371/.674 Also off to a slow start
16. Alexander Vargas 20 SS TT
15. Randy Vasquez 23 RHP SP
Has allowed 8 runs in 29.2 IP, striking out 26
14. Brock Selvidge 19 LHP 3rd round 2021
Has yet to make season debut
13. Oswaldo Cabrera 23 SS SWB
.186/.255/.337/.593 very disappointing after last year
12. Roderick Arias 17 SS
Yet to make professional debut
11. Luis Medina 23 RHP SP
Just can’t harness control. 32.1 IP, 14 ER, 38 K, 22 BB, 3 HBP
10. Everson Pereira 21 CF HVR
.272/.373/.371/.744 not showing last year’s power but getting on consistently
9. Luis Gil 24 RHP SWB/MLB
Pitched 25.2 unimpressive innings between AAA and MLB before being sidelined by TJS.
8. Yoendrys Gomez 22 RHP
Since 2019 has only thrown 23.2 innings. None yet this year.
7. Hayden Wesneski 24 RHP SWB 6th round 2019
46 IP, 45 K, 18 ER
7. Clarke Schmidt 26 RHP SWB/ MLB 1st round 2017
Graduated from his status as a rookie. 0.8 WAR over 14.2 ML innings
6. Trey Sweeney 22 SS HVR 1st round 2021
5. Ken Waldichuk 24 LHP SP/SWB 5th round 2019
39 IP, 46 K, 4 ER
4. Austin Wells 22 C HVR 1st round 2020
3. Jasson Dominguez 19 CF TT
A month ago he was looking at a C-, a strong May brings his line up to.267/.348/.442/.790
2. Oswald Peraza 21 SS SWB
.207/.272/.342/.614 was supposed to be Major League ready by mid season
1.Anthony Volpe 21 SS SP 1st round 2019
.203/.313/.368/.681 expected to be a top 5 prospect in the sport
Some others of note:
Anthony Seigler 22 C HVR 1st round 2018
.271/.447/.449/.895 finally showing his potential
Jesus Bastidas 23 SS SP
Andres Chaparro 23 3B SP
Anthony Garcia 21 1B TT
Marcos Cabrera 20 3B TT
Ryder Green 22 OF TT 3rd round 2018
Jhony Brito 24 RHP SP/SWB
47 IP, 40 K, 12 ER
Will Warren 22 RHP SP 8th round 2021
39.2 IP, 43 K, 19 ER. Moving through system quickly