Yankees’ 2021 first-rounder Trey Sweeney off to flaming start to 2022

Lafayette Aviators third baseman Trey Sweeney (2) connects during the fourth inning of a prospect league baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 at Loeb Stadium in Lafayette. The Champion City Kings won, 12-11 in 10 innings.Final Aviators Game At Loeb Stadium
Lafayette Aviators third baseman Trey Sweeney (2) connects during the fourth inning of a prospect league baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 at Loeb Stadium in Lafayette. The Champion City Kings won, 12-11 in 10 innings.Final Aviators Game At Loeb Stadium /
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The New York Yankees‘ top shortstop prospects are so numerous that when you start to list them off, you begin to sound like someone recounting Santa’s reindeer.

You know Volpe, and Vargas, Arias and Peraza…you get the point. You don’t want to get the point, necessarily, but you certainly do.

2021 first-round pick Trey Sweeney should theoretically not be buried in anybody’s system with his superior bat tool, but he’s gotten lost in the Yankees shuffle just a bit.

So far in 2022, he’s letting that bat do the talking in an effort to crack league-wide Top 100 lists like his predecessors in Breaking Out, Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza.

Will Sweeney’s future be at shortstop in the Bronx, if the position stays insanely crowded? Likely not, but that’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Should the Yankees find a role for him if he keeps torpedoing the ball, though? Yes. Absolutely. Look at this rocket.

Yankees shortstop prospect Trey Sweeney is putting the team on notice.

Everyone knew what Sweeney’s bat was capable of, but man, it really hits different when you actually hear that thunk, doesn’t it?

Through just four games of his stint in High-A Hudson Valley, Sweeney posted seven hits in 19 at-bats (23 plate appearances), knocking in seven runs as well. Unfortunately, he went hitless in the two games that followed, but still triple-slashed .250/.344/.571 overall with several highlight-worthy hacks.

He’s already cemented himself in a fearsome trio atop that order alongside Everson Pereira and Austin Wells, two other stud bats the Yankees might need to bend over and find room for in the not-so-distant future. Pereira’s already been protected on the 40-man roster at the age of 21, so anything’s possible, right?

Every Yankee fan has their own personal favorite of the future shortstop stars, and though it does feel like things are getting relatively crowded, we have to preach patience here. After all, don’t you folks remember how difficult it is for even one upper-echelon guy to “make it” at the next level wearing pinstripes?

Sweeney making his case to be considered an elite bat only helps the Yankees’ future by giving them more bites at the apple. So far, so extremely fun.

And, uh … yeah, we might’ve been wrong with this Sweeney list. Sorry, kid.