Every Yankees Prospect Is Great! Signed, A Yankees Fan
Yankees fans will be angry at me for the title of this piece, but it’s written with a full appreciation of how dedicated they are to prospects in pinstripes. Every Friday, my FanGraphs chat queue overflows with questions about fringe and mid-level prospects in the Yankees organization with an eye on future glory.
in the past week, I’ve seen a number of these prospects on MLB.tv. And while I don’t make a habit of writing from televised looks, it’s a tough time of year for content and New York does have a number of players near ready to break through.
In watching three innings of him against Boston, his stuff seemed nondescript. With an 88-90 mph fastball, he’ll need to develop pinpoint command to have success at the Major League level and it’s not there yet. When down in the zone, his fastball had enough movement to keep him out of trouble, but any pitch above the belt made me cringe.
His mixing in a curveball, slider and changeup was promising, but none of them were good enough to make batters swing-and-miss. A couple of hours after watching him pitch, I had already forgotten more about his stuff than I remembered. Maybe he’s a 5th starter/swing man at his peak, but Warren is a generic right-handed pitcher in every sense of the word.
Ramirez brought back memories of scouting Arodys Vizcaino back in 2010. Big body. Big fastball. Velocity readings in the 90-95 mph range were not dominant as expected, but the natural tail on his fastball — Especially to lefties was impressive.
He paired this with a mid-80’s changeup which was thoroughly impressive. With heavy sinking action, the pitch will result in more swings-and-misses than the average pitcher.
A right-hander who pitches off of a fastball/changeup mix is unlikely to remain a starter, but Ramirez is a future big leaguer for me.
LOL. I don’t know how Yankees fans can watch him flash electric stuff while walking/hitting the park year-after-year. I couldn’t handle it without sedatives.
At this point, Joseph is a man without a position. I don’t really see him as having the range for second or third base, but I continue to be intrigued by the bat. Unfortunately, it’s not enough of a bat to warrant time at first base, left field or designated hitter.
Mesa has come a long way since the uber-raw suspect/prospect scouted in Charleston, but I’m still not sold. On multiple occasions, he gave up on pitches out of the hand and looked completely fooled by anything off-speed. Maybe he surfaces as a fifth outfielder, but I just don’t think he’ll hit enough to be more than a speed/defensive replacement.
On defense, I was happy to see him in center field, but he was pretty rough there.
I didn’t see enough to really have an opinion, but my first reaction was more “whatever” than anything else.
Yankees fans, be excited about Tyler Austin, Gary Sanchez and a handful of other guys. Just understand the “prospects” ready to surface are little more than bit parts who are unlikely to contribute in New York.
24 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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