Yankees top-30 prospects Part 1; a short look

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No. 24 Cody Carrol

Another reliever, Carroll can bring the heat and has a good delivery. He has a fastball rated 75 to go along with a 60 slider, giving him the stuff to be a competent reliever.

However, a consistent lack of control ever since his professional debut weighs him down. As a 25-year-old in Double-A, he can still overpower opposing batters without needing much control. But this cannot be done in the majors.

Until Carrol figures his control issues out, he will never make the big leagues. Barring a significant turnaround, Carroll will likely find himself off this list by the end of next year.

No. 23 Donny Sands

As opposed to Carroll who is trending downward, Sands is trending up. Drafted in the 8th round back in 2015, Sands’ original position was third base.

However, the Yankees moved him behind the plate shortly after. While his defense is still in the early phases of development, his bat is what receives the most praise.

MLB.com scouts wrote that he has a “smooth right-handed stroke.” They also said “he has a great feel for the barrel and makes repeated line-drive contact. ”

Having reached High-A Tampa for the first time last season, Sands looks to continue his upward trend.