The New York Yankees have what is unanimously considered one of the best farm systems in baseball. As of this writing, they also have the best record in the MLB. Their ability to spend money certainly has its advantages, but Brian Cashman and the rest of the front office have done a great job rebuilding the farm while continuing to compete for pennants. More tinkering is likely between now and the trade deadline. Here are a few names from down on the farm that could be on the move.
Clint Frazier, OF
Likely the Yankee prospect that needs the shortest introduction. Frazier has had a few cups of coffee at the Major League level since coming over in the Andrew Miller trade with the Cleveland Indians in 2016. Known for his lightning fast bat and athleticism, he’s been rumored in potential trades in the past, most notably for Gerrit Cole, but the Yankees have been hesitant to move him. He’s the most Major League ready prospect they have and provides capable insurance for the oft injured Aaron Hicks and veteran Brett Gardner. He would likely only be available for a Madison Bumgarner quality player in return.
Justus Sheffield, LHP
That Andrew Miller to Cleveland trade strikes again. Sheffield, a lefty, projects to be a middle of the rotation starter in the near future. He could be a rotation fixture as early as 2019, or the Yankees could use him in a trade to help them this season. He’s struggled with control in AAA this year but still grades out as a top 50 prospect on most sites. It’s very likely that he would need to be included in any trade for a top flight starting pitcher.
Estevan Florial, OF
A 20 year old outfielder with a very intriguing upside. He’s unlikely to help a team at the Major League level for a few more seasons, but his future appears bright. Consistently being one of the youngest players at each level he’s reached so far (A+ currently), he’s produced an OPS of .804, stole 53 bases, and totaled 98 extra base hits in 270 minor league games. Strikeouts have been a weakness, but the raw potential will be tantalizing to teams in rebuild mode.
Other Names To Consider
Brandon Drury, Corner IF- Acquired in the offseason from the Arizona Diamondbacks, he’s lost his Major League job to Miguel Andujar since being injured.
Chance Adams, RHP- Starter who has struggled in 2018 after a great 2017, also projects to be a middle of the rotation starter someday.
Tyler Wade, Middle IF- His bat has been solid in the Minors but hasn’t translated during his few stops in the Majors thus far. Has plus speed and provides plus defense up the middle.
Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP- He underwent Tommy John Surgery in 2016, but is now at Double A Trenton with a combined record this year of 6-0 with a 2.30 ERA.