How are Yankees’ top 10 prospects performing so far?
4. Jorge Mateo
Stats: .246/.303/.400, 285 AB, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 21 BB, 84 K, 29 steals, 72 games between High-A and Double-A
Outlook: Poor production, alleged attitude issues and the arrival of Torres has ripped the “Shortstop of the Future” title away from Mateo. He has elite speed, but the hits have been sparse, the strikeouts are too high, and the walks are too low, impeding his ability to wreak havoc on the base paths.
Starlin Castro‘s trip to the disabled list with a hamstring injury opened the door for Mateo’s recent promotion to Double-A. The fleet-footed Dominican native has collected four hits, five walks, and a stolen base in three games there. A hot streak right before the trade deadline could recapture interest from clubs.
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5. James Kaprielian
Outlook: Kaprielian’s future is a mystery. The righty spent most of last season rehabbing an elbow injury, thus only pitching 27 innings. The rehab didn’t work, ultimately forcing him to get Tommy John surgery. That’s now two lost seasons of development for Kap.
6. Justus Sheffield
Stats: 7-5, 3.14 ERA, 7.8 K/9, 8.9 H/9, 3.1 BB/9, 1.3 HR/9, 86 IP, 15 games (15 starts) at Double-A
Outlook: Sheffield, brought over with Frazier when the Yankees traded Andrew Miller to the Indians, has posted solid numbers since joining the org. He went 6 1/3 innings in his most recent start with Trenton, whiffing six while allowing one earned run.
In all likelihood, Sheffield’s ETA is 2018. The Yankees are encouraged by his work on the mound, but with fellow prospect Chance Adams a step ahead in Triple-A, they can afford to not rush Sheffield’s development.
7. Chance Adams
Stats: 9-2, 1.74 ERA, 9.1 K/9, 5.2 H/9, 3.6 BB/9, 0.5 HR/9, 82 2/3 IP, 15 games (15 starts) between Double-A and Triple-A
Outlook: In the midst of a big season, Adams isn’t far from reaching the big leagues. Walks and longevity are his Achilles heel, which the Yankees hope get ironed out soon in the Minors. CC Sabathia is nearing his return from the DL, which leaves no room for Adams right now unless another injury strikes or the Yankees go to a six-man rotation.