Continuing our state of the Yankees farm system series, we now delve into the last five of the Yankees top 10 prospects.
Remember, the same disclaimer applies here about any player’s intangibles that have been praised by scouts. Let’s begin:
6. Freicer Perez – SP. Fastball: 65 l Curveball: 55 l Slider: 50 l Changeup: 55 l Control: 50 l Overall: 55.
Freicer Perez was another breakout prospect for the Yankees this past season, and now some scouts think he can be a frontline starter. He is still underrated by others, making it unlikely the Yankees would part with a prospect whose value is still rising.
Physically resembling the giant Dellin Betances, Perez shows a more complete repertoire and polished delivery than Betances did when he was Freicer’s age, something notable given that extremely tall pitchers tend to take longer to refine their mechanics. He can hit triple digits when he lets loose while showing a plus curveball and a slider that looks like a weapon in the future.
Perez began throwing a power changeup that had fade action but he must continue to develop his feel for the pitch. There is still a lot of refinement left, but he has people like ESPN’s Keith Law thinking that he could be an anchor at the front of a rotation, with a floor of a good or potentially dominant reliever. Law says about Perez in his top 100 prospect list:
“You can see a No. 1 or 2 starter in a best-case scenario.”