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Each year, Charleston is a must see team because everybody loves reading about Yankees prospects. This year’s roster had considerably less talent than in 2012. In fact, many of the best prospects were at the same level last season which is never a good sign.
Among old faces, Dante Bichette Jr. has completely overhauled his swing. The third baseman appears to be doing his best Jeff Bagwell impression in the batter’s box. From a wide, low stance, he rocks and fires without much hip turn or power. At this point, I’m not sure what the Yankees can do to turn him around.
In game action, he singled through the 5/6 hole in his first at bat and belted a double off of the top of the left field fence later. However, I’ve found players who opt for a rock and fire approach do it more out of desperation than confidence.
On defense, Bichette Jr. really struggled. If he every makes it to New York, it probably won’t be as a third baseman. If that’s the case, then I just don’t think he’ll hit enough to contribute at the Major League level.
Reymond Nunez also makes a return appearance and looks better this time around. At 22, he’s old for the league, but has the most raw power on the team in batting practice by a wide margin. He probably hit a dozen balls out. In 28 games, the right-handed hitter has more home runs than all of 2012. I’m not sold on him as a legitimate prospect, but the potential is there for him to become a late bloomer.
Jake Cave is a guy I’ve been asked about in chats on multiple occasions. After watching him play, I’m not sure why. He has an accurate arm in center field, but may not have the range to stick at the position. If he can’t stick, then he’s a marginal big leaguer at best.
On offense, he lacks pop, but has a strong feel for contact. However, his speed is more slightly above average than anything. For me, he’s not a fantasy prospect of note.
The best position prospect on the field was Pete O’Brien. At 22, he’s old for the league. Plus, his 2.15 home-to-second times between innings were subpar. However, his bat is strong for the catcher position and may be enough to carry him.
In batting practice, he worked primarily to right field. This carried over to the game as he belted a home run to right-center field. He’s far too advanced for the South Atlantic League. We’ll learn more about his bat once he’s playing against more appropriate competition. I’m not a big fan of owning catching prospects, but he’d be one to speculate on. O’Brien seems like a guy who will be more valuable as a fantasy player than in reality.
On the mound, Jose Campos was supposed to dominate, but didn’t. If a Yankees-homer owner is in your league and convinced Campos is still an impact prospect, let him have the right-hander. He touched 93 once for me and mixed in a decent curveball/changeup mix. He’s good, but I’ve seen much better. Hell, I thought Brett Marshall was much better a few years ago.
25 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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