2014 New York Yankees

C – Jerry Seitz – DSL Yankees1 – 19 yo;  – (2013 – International FA signee-VE) –
  • .333 – 4HR – 33RBi – 22R –  .406/.565/.972 slash  –  – PAG: 3.67
  • Baseball America -NR  –  MLB Pipeline-NR  –  Baseball Prospectus-NR
1B – Mike Ford – LoA Charleston/HiA Tampa – 21 yo;  – (2013 – undafted FA) –
  • .292 – 13HR – 56RBi – 47R – 2 SB –  .383/.458/.842 slash  –  – csPAG: 3.12
  • BA-NR  –  MLB Pipeline-NR  –  BP-NR
2B – Welfrin Mateo – DSL Yankees1 – 18 yo;  – (2013 – International FA-DO) –
  • .293 – 4HR – 27RBi – 34R – 12 SB –  .393/.419/.812 slash  –  – PAG: 3.42
  • BA-NR  –  MLB Pipeline-NR  –  BP-NR
3B – Miguel Andujar – LoA Charleston – 19 yo;  – (2011 – International FA-DO) –
  • .267 – 10HR – 70RBi – 75R – 5 sB –  .318/.397/.715 slash  – – PAG: 2.97
  • BA/#18  –  MLB Pipeline-NR  –  BP-NR
  • When you do the number crunching that Jim and I do, sometimes you see something that stands out, yet is difficult to define why. It just does. It’s hard to place a concrete definition on gut feeling.  The 6’0 – 200 lb. Andujar is one of those intriguing cases for me. Taking a closer look at his stats, he owned a 30% extra-base hit percentage, a respectable (1:2.37) K:BB ratio and was successful in 5 out of 6 stolen base attempts.  However his core stats speak volumes as a prospect playing amongst competition nearly three years his senior. His 25 doubles ranked 3rd among all UTR age- qualifying  Yankee hitting prospects (including AA & AAA); and lead the LoA Charleston squad in total bases with 192.  I have a feeling if Andujar can squeeze in his K:BB ratio, improve his plate discipline and focus on making contact instead of power, his natural swing will produce more home runs and his batting average could skyrocket.
SS – Angel Aguilar – GCL Yankees2 – 19 yo;  – (2012 – International FA-DO) –
  • .311 – 7HR – 31RBi – 34R – 8 SB –  .373/.536./910 slash  –  – PAG: 4.31
  • BA-NR  –  MLB Pipeline-NR  –  BP-NR
LF – Mike O’Neill – LoA Charleston – 22 yo;  – (2013 – 3rd round) –
  • Every Yankee hardcore and baseball fan alike has probably heard of O’Neill’s uncle, 5-time All-Star and 5-time World Series champion Paul. Personally, one of my favorite all-time players.
  • .256 – 10HR – 57RBi – 80R – 42 SB –  .333/.384/.717 slash  –  – PAG: 3.17 
  • BA-NR  –  MLB Pipeline-NR  –  BP-NR
CF – Carlos Vidal – DSL Yankees2 – 18 yo;  – (2014 – International FA signee-Columbia)-
  • .361 – 1HR – 35RBi – 65R – 13 SB –  .482/.498/.979  –  – PAG: 4.71 
  • I’m very anxious to see where the Yankees assign Vidal to begin 2015. He showed off advanced bat stats and superior defense in both center and left in foreign rookie ball. A definite prospect to keep a very close eye on.
  • BA-NR  –  MLB Pipeline-NR  –  BP-NR
RF – Aaron Judge – LoA Charleston/HiA Tampa – 22 yo;  – (2013 – 1st round) –
  • When running stats for the AL East I knew I’d eventually run into a player like the gargantuan 6’7 – 255 lb. Fresno State grad.  Judge lost the entire 2013 season to injury, yet his 2014 performance (his debut season basically) is the reason why I chose to relax my off-season UTR criteria; and allow top prospects on my Organizational All-Star lists. Kids like him cannot be ignored. He collectively chewed up and spit out LoA and HiA pitching and in my humble, yet obscure opinion, could be the next great home-grown power hitter to play in Yankee Stadium. He should easily enter 2015 as New York’s top position prospect and rightfully so after posting a LoA Charleston PAG score of 3.77, then a HiA Tampa PAG of 3.63. I love this kid and everything about him.
  • .308 – 17HR – 78RBi – 80R –  .419/.486/.905  –  – csPAG: 3.63
  • BA/#6  –  MLB Pipeline (mid-season)/#5  –  BP/#10
 
Top 5 Starting Pitchers – (Mention Points) / TPS
 
1. LHP Caleb Smith – (12) SP/TPS .086
2. RHP Luis Severino – (12) SP/TPS .076
  • 20 years old (LoA Charleston / HiA Tampa / Double-A Trenton)
  • Undrafted – 2011
  • Ranked:
    • #9 – Baseball America
    • “Prospect on the Rise” – Baseball Prospectus
    • #1 – MLBPipeline
  • UTR Mention on April 21st
  • This outstanding young arm should already be on your radar with his fast progression through 3 levels and an appearance in the Futures Game in 2014. Some touters have reservations whether Severino will project as a starter, but scoring a .076 TPS over three levels in 24 starts convinces me otherwise. With his hard throwing and easy mechanics, there is no doubt that we could see him as the next dominant pitcher in the Bronx.
3. RHP Brady Lail – (11) cSR/TPS .106
  • 20 years old (LoA Charleston / HiA Tampa)
  • 18th round – 2012
  • 2-Time UTR Mention (May 11thMay 16th)
  • If you been following my work, you know I just love control-type pitchers; and if my fantasy keeper league was AL instead of NL, Brady Lail would have been on my radar during his time with the GCL Yankees in 2013. He was on my short-list as a breakout candidate for 2014, but I went against the righty because the Yankees “toyed” with him at Hi-A Tampa in 2013 and I was unsure/worried he was going to be rushed. I project him as a solid #3, but he has his work cut out with all the young up-and-comers in the system.
4. LHP Dan Camarena – (11) SP/TPS .110
  • 21 years old (HiA Tampa / Double-A Trenton)
  • 20th round – 2011
  • 2-Time UTR Mention (May 19thJune 19th)
  • Camarena’s TPS took a hit when the organization bumped him back and forth twice between Tampa and Trenton. By the end of May, he looked poised to make 2014 a breakout season at Tampa, but the advanced hitters roughed him up a bit during his stints at Double-A. Camarena is projectable, but needs stable time to hone is already plus secondary pitches.
5.  LHP Miguel Sulbaran – (9) cSR/TPS .118
  • 20 years old (HiA Tampa)
  • Undrafted by the LA Dodgers – 2011
  • 2-Time Mention (May 21stJuly 9th)
  • The young lefty is already on his third club in three years. Signed by the Dodgers in March 2011, the Venezuelan native would have been ranked in the Top 5 on this list in 2012 (4th) and barely missing (6th) in 2013. His TPS rate during that time hovered around .100, which is respectable for pitcher under 20 years old seeing time at LoA. He was the PTBNL in the deal that brought LAD catcher Drew Butera to Chavez Ravine from the Twins on July 31st 2013. The Yankees saw the potential in Sulbaran and traded SS Eduardo Nunez to the Twins in April. I would project him as a bullpen arm in long-relief.
 
Top 3 Relief Pitcher – (Mention Points) / TPS
 
1. RHP Cesar Vargas – (11) RP/TPS .080
2. RHP Nick Rumbelow – (10) RP/TPS .060
  • 22 years old
    • (LoA Charleston/HiA Tampa/Double-A Trenton/Triple-A WB/Scranton)
  • 7th round – 2013
  • An Enigma…..a phrase that Marc and I rarely use when projecting our UTR’s. Oh sure, we see kids that come out of nowhere and could possibly overuse the phrase, but with Rumbelow, it’s the only thing that comes to mind. Before I had a chance to capture his assent, he was already on his way to Double-A which falls off our radar. But here he is….popped-up on my postseason list and he made it all the way to Triple-A. Nobody could have predicted that.  Looking back to 2013, he posted a .092 RP/TPS which was #6 on my list; which didn’t vie for consideration as a breakout candidate. Besides, he came out of LSU with injury-risk potential in his labored delivery and having control issues. Rumbelow could be fun story to watch in 2015.
3. LHP Evan Rutckyj – (6) RP/TPS .080
  • 22 years old (HiA Tampa/LoA Charleston)
  • 16th round – 2010
  • OK..now your thinking, your system is whacked. How does Rutckyj end up at #3? Well, they say the numbers don’t lie and I thought the same as you when things shook out…so I’m aware that this is a risk. Couple things that shore up his mention: (1) I believe Yankees may have gotten it wrong by starting the native of Canada at HiA Tampa in 2014 and (2) at 6’5″ 213 lb there’s more room to fill that frame, plus he’s already throwing a fastball that touches 95 mph. Though he was roughed-up in his 12 Double-A appearances, he did slash his TPS rate by .031 from 2013. He’s a raw, athletic pitcher that could possibly see a breakout in 2016.
Top 5 TPS – Starting Pitchers
 
1. RHP Ty Hensley – cSR/TPS .068
  • 20 years old (GCL Yankees / Short-Season Staten Island)
  • 1st round – 2012
  • Ranked #22 by Baseball America
2. LHP Justin Kamplain  – cSR/TPS .073
  • 21 years old (Short-Season Staten Island / LoA Charleston)
  • 18th round – 2014
  • UTR Mention on July 27th
  • Projectable pitcher that could move through system with his plus change-up
3. RHP Luis Severino – SP/TPS .076
  • 20 years old (LoA Charleston / HiA Tampa / Double-A Trenton)
  • Undrafted – 2011
  • Ranked:
    • #9 – Baseball America
    • “Prospect on the Rise” – Baseball Prospectus
    • #1 – MLBPipeline
  • UTR Mention on April 21st
  • This outstanding young arm should already be on your radar with his fast progression through 3 levels and an appearance in the Futures Game in 2014. Some touters have reservations whether Severino will project as a starter, but scoring a .076 TPS over three levels in 24 starts convinces me otherwise. With his hard throwing and easy mechanics, there is no doubt that we could see him as the next dominant pitcher in the Bronx.
4. RHP Moises Cedeno – SP/TPS .081
  • 18 years old (DSL Yankees)
  • Undrafted – 2012
  • UTR Mention on July 30th
  • A very raw talent with some control issues (8 HBP / 8 WP in 53 innings).
5. LHP Ian Clarkin – cSR/TPS .084
  • 19 years old  (LoA Charleston / HiA Tampa)
  • 1st round – 2013
  • Ranked #7 by Baseball America / #9 by Baseball Prospectus
 
Top 3 TPS – Relief Pitchers
 
1. LHP Jonny Drozd – RP/TPS .036
  • 22 years old (GCL Yankees)
  • Undrafted – 2014
  • A ridiculously low TPS is blostered by zero walks vs. 23 strikeouts over 15.2 innings of relief.
2. LHP Jacob Lindgren – RP/TPS .041
  • 21 years old (GCL Yankees/LoA Charleston/HiA Tampa/Double-A Trenton)
  • 2nd round – 2014
  • A starter in college (Miss. St), Lindgren was moved to relief and though each stint was brief, he excelled.
3.  RHP Nick Rumbelow – RP/TPS .060
  • 22 years old
    • (LoA Charleston/HiA Tampa/Double-A Trenton/Triple-A WB/Scranton)
  • 7th round – 2013
  • An Enigma…..a phrase that Marc and I rarely use when projecting our UTR’s. Oh sure, we see kids that come out of no-where and we could possibly overuse the phrase, but with Rumbelow, its the only thing that comes to mind. Before I had a chance to capture his accent, he was already on his way to Double-A which falls off our radar. But here he is….popped-up on my postseason list and he made it all the way to Triple-A, nobody could have predicted that. Looking back to 2013 he posted a .092 RP/TPS which was #6 on my list which didn’t vie for consideration as a breakout candidate. Besides, he came out of LSU with injury-risk potential in his labored delivery and having control issues. Rumbelow could be fun story to watch in 2015.
 
2014 Breakout Grades
The following pitchers were chosen in early March. Their selection was based solely on their previous season’s TPS rating and using the UTRMinors.com criteria for those under the radar.
 
SP Dietrich Enns – I took a flyer on Enns that he would breakout as a starter in 2014. He began 2013 with LoA Charleston’s bullpen and posted a .061 ERA in 19 appearances. The organization promoted the 19th round pick in 2012 to HiA Tampa and switched his role into the starting rotation. Between both stints, he finished the season with the top TPS rate within the organization (.062). That factor wasn’t the only thing drawing attention to Enns. He didn’t far too well at Tampa in his 9 appearances ( 7 starts) when he was tagged with a 5.63 ERA. It was that he accumulated a  K9 rate of 10.1 which signaled a possible breakout candidate. Enns repeated HiA Tampa to begin 2014 and spent more time in the bullpen and racked up two mentions on April 25th and May 22nd. He suffered an undisclosed injury in late May and remained out for the season. Grade C+
RP Stefan Lopez – Lopez had a solid year with Short-Season Staten Island with a 1.09 ERA over 33 innings while striking out 40 and issuing only 4 walks. He began 2014 with LoA Charleston and then was given the opportunity to face hitters within his age grouping at HiA Tampa. The latter didn’t goes so well, as the 2012 16th rounder from SE Louisiana University posted a 8.03 ERA. Grade D
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