Yankees: 7 Prospects New York Can Afford to Trade in Blockbuster Deals
By Ryan Doyle
7. Estevan Florial
The Yankees can ship out a top outfield prospect if a team comes calling.
For years, Estevan Florial has been frequently mentioned as one of the premier talents in the Yankees farm system. Unfortunately, Florial has tumbled down prospect rankings due to injury concerns.
For the past two seasons, right wrist injuries have limited the 22-year-old. However, he’s still very young and has already proven to be a fantastic fielder with a cannon arm.
At the plate, Florial’s biggest flaw is his strikeout rate. In 301 plate appearances, he struck out 98 times (32.6%). The power is there and if he improves his approach at the plate, he could be big-league ready in a season or two.
While Florial may not be viewed by general managers around the league as a centerpiece, he’s definitely a good complement, especially if he proves himself if he happens to get playing time with the Yanks in 2020.
Although Brett Gardner’s career is winding down, the Yankees have their outfield set for the long-term. Aaron Hicks is signed a seven-year deal in 2019; Aaron Judge is the supposed face of the franchise; and Clint Frazier and Mike Tauchman are under club control for quite a while.
Losing the top outfield prospect in the organization likely won’t hurt New York at this time.