Well, folks, the New York Yankees’ Baby Bombers began their final week of the minor league season with a bang. The bats were alive in Trenton, as the Thunder amassed nine runs in a blowout victory. The Staten Island Yankees won in dramatic fashion with a tenth inning walk-off bomb from budding prospect Chris Breen. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders lost a tight ball game, and the other affiliates had a rest night before they kick off their final week of play.
As the season winds down, we often think back to March, when baseball pundits like Keith Law and Baseball America held little value to our farm system. Now that the season is coming to a close, it’s time to reflect and decide – have the Yankees have accomplished anything this season? The answer is a resounding yes.
Entering this season, the Yankees didn’t have many elite prospects. However, Luis Severino has skyrocketed up the charts and is now one of the Top 50 Prospects in baseball according to some experts. When MLB.com reranked the MiLB systems, four of the Yankees five top prospects came from last season’s draft. Jacob Lindgren, the Yankees first pick in this season’s draft, is on the brink of being a September call-up. The affiliates’ catching prospects are so deep that both catchers in Staten Island had 18-game hitting streaks going on at the same time! Are the Yankees a top five system, yet? No, they aren’t there, but the key word is yet. With the spending spree they made in the International market and some prime pieces in place, the future isn’t so bleak as it once was in the Bronx. So sit back and enjoy the last week of the MiLB season, but first, catchup on all of Monday nights action in today’s Yankees MiLB Roundup.