Yankees state of the system: Second Base

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 27: Tyler Wade
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Gosuke Katoh, who got some love in the first base preview, played all of last season in Tampa. While it’s possible the Yankees start Katoh in Trenton, he might also benefit from a few more games at the High-A level.

Katoh broke out last year. After three mediocre summers in A-ball, he re-discovered how to hit. Katoh posted a .293/.376/.440 batting line, which is sensational for a skinny middle infielder.

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The rare pure second baseman drafted in the upper rounds, Katoh has learned to play all of the infield positions, as well as the outfield, in his time with the Yanks.

He walks, he steals bases, and perhaps most importantly, Katoh has cut down his strikeout each of the last three seasons.

At 23, Katoh is still quite young. A promotion to Double-A is likely in order. If Katoh hits there, he can force his way into big league consideration, at least on par with Avelino.

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The Yankees are extremely deep in the middle infield. Up and down their system, they feature excellent athletes and hot prospects. The major league second base job will likely go to Torres at some point this season. But with Torreyes, Wade and Peterson in tow, the team has plenty of options in his absence.