If you follow the Yankees’ minor leagues at all and if you’ve read any of our minor league recaps at all, you may notice all Peter O’Brien does is absolutely rake. O’Brien started with Tampa and now finds himself in Double-A Trenton. Well, with Trenton, going into yesterday’s game, he’s hitting .259 with four homers and 10 RBI in just six games. So how can he come up to the show in 2015?
Well, first of all he has to continue to hit. If he stalls out, this whole thing goes out the window. Secondly, he hast to field well. O’Brien is a catcher but the Yankees have quite a few of those. He’s played third base and also has started to play corner outfield as well.
Well the Yankees may need some help at third. I don’t know if Alex Rodriguez will ever play again. Is Yangervis Solarte the long term answer? We don’t know that either. In the outfield, I don’t believe Alfonso Soriano and Ichiro Suzuki will be back next year. Carlos Beltran will need more time at DH as he ages. Zoilo Almonte may take Ichiro’s spot on the bench. Slade Heathcott won’t be ready and we don’t know about Ramon Flores. If the Yankees want to use their money towards starting pitching in the free agent market, the could reach to a prospect like O’Brien to help.
What’s interesting is O’Brien wasn’t even on MLB.com’s Top 20 Yankees’ prospect list. Meanwhile, he’s performing better than Mason Williams who is number two. If O’Brien keeps raking, he’ll be on that list and maybe even in the bigs in 2015.