Yankees: 5 Prospects Most Affected by Minor League Season Cancellation

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4. Albert Abreu

Albert Abreu #87 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Albert Abreu of the New York Yankees just lost another year.

Yup, that’s another year gone in Albert Abreu’s quest to provide fruit from the Brian McCann trade.

The 24-year-old Abreu will be available in New York’s 60-man player pool for the 2020 season, meaning he’ll at least get a chance to work out in some capacity and be an option for the Yankees if everything clicks.

But after coming over in 2017 as a near-big-league-ready option with electric stuff, he hasn’t really pitched all that much. He’s posted ERAs of 4.16 and 4.28 at Tampa and Trenton in ’18 and ’19, and has yet to pass 100 innings in a campaign, regularly dinged by injuries (he battled tightness in his biceps in 2019).

Abreu is a top prospect without a role right now, still somehow more known for raw stuff than results at every level. Now another year older, he’ll be 25 and unproven with the 2021 season begins, with plenty of arms in New York’s lower minors now ranking as more highly thought-of. He needed 2020, and he needed to perform.