For the first time since the beginning of the Jeter Era, the New York Yankees have shifted away from signing big-name free agents, and have begun the process of building from the bottom up. With the future in mind, Yankees General Manager and Vice President, Brian Cashman, made what could become his best move yet. By dealing Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman to the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs respectively, the Yankees intelligently made big time investments to improve their farm system. Through trading these two star relievers at last year’s trade deadline the Yankees received high potential young guns in outfielder Clint Frazier, pitcher Justus Sheffield, pitcher Adam Warren, and shortstop Gleyber Torres, to name a few. With all this in mind, the Yankees managed to scoop up flame-throwing closer, Aroldis Chapman, again off of free agency. Thus, they dealt Chapman for top end prospects just to get him back in a few months, incredible decision-making.
With these key additions to the Yankees farm system it now ranks second in the league, behind only the Atlanta Braves. With seven Top 100 prospects, five in the Top 50, the Yankees have begun building the foundation to be serious contenders for years to come. Most notably lead by twenty-year old shortstop, Gleyber Torres, the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball. Torres has the potential to be a strong mix between Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Correa. He is a 5-Star player with speed on the base paths, power and contact at the plate, a smooth glove, and a gun of an arm. A player like Torres will not just be a role player, but a cornerstone for the franchise.
I am sure by now you have heard of the term “Baby Bombers,” relating to the young Yankees stars already making a splash in the MLB. With a bigger frame than Giancarlo Stanton, twenty-four year old, Aaron Judge has shown the league his tremendous power. He has hit three long balls in his last five games, and has done so with ease. Hard throwing, right handed starting pitcher, Luis Severino, has just come off a career high 11 strikeout win, not to mention, he is only 23 years old. Then comes twenty-four year old Gary Sanchez, last year he hit .299 with 20 home runs and 42 RBIs in only a 53 game campaign. Stellar numbers. With guys getting it done in the show already, and more to come up through the minors, proves the Yankees have a scary arsenal on the horizon.
The New York Yankees have drifted away from signing stars past their primes and have started building a strong farm system. This method has proved successful, 2016 and 2015 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals, are perfect examples. With such deep youth, the Yankees are one big move away from being as dominant as they were in 2009. In the upcoming years look for a name like Manny Machado, Bryce Harper or Mike Trout to sign a big time deal with the Bronx Bombers.