Yankees: Thoughts on top five pinstriped prospects
From Florial to Sheffield
Florial struck out 31% of the time in 2017, which shows what a wide gap there is between his ceiling and his floor.
His double-plus speed somewhat makes up for his strikeout rate, as he could be a 30-30 player if he adds the necessary polish to his game.
Florial had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .303 with two home runs, two doubles, two triples and was six-for-seven in stolen base attempts for High-A Tampa after he was promoted there on August 1.
In 91 games for the Low-A Charleston Riverdogs, Florial hit .297 with 11 home runs, 21 doubles and five triples. He also stole 17 bases in 24 attempts.
Randy Miller of NJ.com has said:
"Florial has developed into one of the best prospects in baseball."
Yankees fans will have an opportunity to see him play in Spring Training this year as he has received an invitation to Tampa from the big league club.
Justus Sheffield profiled at No. 3 on the Pinstriped Prospects top 75 list. The 21-year-old Sheffield came over in the Andrew Miller deal back in 2016. The left-hander is one of the most highly regarded and exciting pitchers in an organization stacked with talent.
Sheffield put up a 3.12 ERA with 88 strikeouts and 34 walks in 98 innings of work between the Gulf Coast Yankees and Trenton Thunder. From July 5 to August 25, Sheffield was sidelined by an oblique injury.