New York Yankees Farm System Report 2015

New York Yankees Farm System

Rank #19 heading into the 2015 season
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Hands down, Luis Severino is by far their best prospect. After that it’s a tremendous drop-off in talent. The Yankees are not known for a lucrative farm system that produces everyday big leaguers. In fact, they did not have a first round pick in the 2014 draft. However, they were able to add depth to parent club. Severino hits 94-96 regularly with his fastball with potentially three MLB average offerings profiles as a 3-4 guy in the rotation. He tended to let his emotions get the best of him on the mound a little bit last season which tells us that his composure is a work in progress.

The Yankees plucked Jacob Lindgren 55th overall (2nd round) in the 2014 draft out of Mississippi State. Lindgren progressed all the way to Double-A in his first season. Used exclusively out of the ‘pen, Lindgren profiles as an effective bullpen arm. With three quality pitches he may become a short reliever as soon as this season. 2013 first rounder Ian Clarkin is a lefty who one of their better arms in the system does not have much of a high ceiling.

Catcher Gary Sanchez is one of their better hitting prospects. With a strong and very accurate arm, base runners are hesitant to run on Sanchez. As far as his hitting, a .270 clip last season in Double-A with 13 homers is decent but he does not do anything consistently.

Mason Williams and Tyler Austin are both guys who the Yankees farm guys scratching their heads trying to figure out how to get these guys to perform. Williams suffered through a shorten season in 2014 and managed to only hit .223 over 507 abs. Tyler Austin improved at the plate in Double-A but still has troubles driving the ball.