4 Rule 5-eligible Yankees prospects who could be traded at 2022 deadline

Future New York Yankees catcher Anthony Seigler (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images)
Future New York Yankees catcher Anthony Seigler (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images) /
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Anthony Seigler #74 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

1. Anthony Seigler

Finally, four years after the Yankees selected the catcher/pitcher hybrid off Team USA with their first-round selection, Anthony Seigler is living up to the billing.

So are second-round catcher Josh Breaux and 2020 first-rounder Austin Wells, however.

Good news: the race to replace Gary Sánchez is over, and Jose Trevino won. Bad news: there still can’t be too many Yankees catchers of the future, and the powerful Breaux and resurgent Seigler still fall in line behind Wells for the honor (who might be a future first baseman … nobody’s sure).

With Breaux AND Seigler both eligible to be swiped after this season, it’s likely fans see some movement soon, like the way the Bombers treated Donny Sands last year and shipped him off the Philadelphia after popping him on the 40-man.

The 24-year-old Breaux has finally reached Triple-A, mashing a hilarious .750 in his first three games at the level after hitting .204 with 13 bombs in 53 games with Somerset. He hasn’t quite broken out the way Sands did, but the pop remains obvious. Seigler, just 23, is further away from the bigs, but has put together more sustained dominance in 2022. After being promoted to High-A Hudson Valley, he’s hit .272 with a remarkable .442 OBP and .889 OPS.

Trading Breaux might be prudent, considering he’s closer to the bigs and likelier to be stolen, but Seigler is finally providing power and patience after years of being entirely absent from the discourse. Trading him now would be the definition of selling high, and merits monitoring.