What Has Caused The Turn Around of the Yankees Farm System?
Not Going To Give Up On You
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Oh how giving up on prospects has come back to haunt us. There are too many to go through to even mention their names, but the Yankees’ habit of losing patience with their young talent has been a killer on the farm for a long time. The front office would often trade off their prospects that are taking too long to develop or not posting numbers they’d like to see and would eventually see that move come back to bite them.
That motto seems to be taking a bit of a turn as of late as some players have been given more and more wiggle room to develop and polish their tools. Third baseman Dante Bichette Jr. felt a lot of heat going into 2014 after two rough seasons. Eric Jagielo was waiting to overtake him and he had lost his ranking on the organization’s top 10 prospect list. But the team stuck with him and it payed off as he batted .264 (A solid 50 points higher than the last season) with 10 home runs and 68 RBI, earning himself a promotion to Double-A Trenton.
Former top prospect Manny Banuelos lost a lot of his mojo after undergoing Tommy John Surgery and struggled greatly early in the season. The Yankees showed a lot of patience with him and his recent outings have been great. The most sterling example of the Yankees recent change of tactics is Dellin Betances, who has transformed himself from a failed starting pitching farm hand into perhaps the most dominant reliever in baseball, a direct result of a long process to keep a guy like Betances in the game. The Yankees will need to keep this going in the future as recent successes would show.