New York Yankees: Top five prospects in 2018

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5. Albert Abreu – SP. Fastball: 65 l Slurve: 55 l Changeup: 55 l Control: 50 l Overall: 55.

Yankee fans can thank Gary Sanchez for this potential stud pitching prospect because Albert Abreu was acquired in the offseason trade of Brian McCann to Houston. The move ended up netting the Yankees two top 100 pitching prospects (with Jorge Guzman now on the Marlins) according to some prospect lists.

Abreu impressed in the AFL, with a deceptive delivery and flashed three plus or better pitches with command. His fastball can hit triple digits and his breaking ball resembles something between a slider and a curve, both pitches capable of missing bats and inducing weak contact.

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When at his best, Abreu flashes top-of-the-rotation potential but needs to be more consistent. Still some risk here that he doesn’t pan out as a starter, but if he doesn’t he has the repertoire of a dominant reliever. The Yankees hold Abreu in high regard but may be willing to deal him given his rising prospect status if the acquisition is right.