Top 10 Yankees Pitching Prospects

Rafael Depaula31. Rafael DePaula: “RDP” RHP, 6-foot-3, 212-pounds, 21 – Looking forward to seeing what this guy can do now that he finally has a full season under his belt. He tired towards the end of the year last year but that was most likely because he had never come close to throwing that amount of innings. He still has phenomenal stuff but his control faultered towards the end of the year. Look for him to have a much better season in 2014 and to carry his success much deeper into the year.

2.  Jose Ramirez: ”J-Ram”: RHP,  6-foot-1, 185-pounds, 23 – Health is clearly the most important thing for him. That, and showing some consistency with the slider. If he can do those two things he will be an effective major league starter. He really does have front end stuff so he will be a fun guy to watch. He will get a shot at the rotation eventually and he may come out of nowhere to surprise a lot of people with his talent. The slider is key to his success though.

3.  Jose Campos: “J-Cam”: RHP, 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, 20 – Gil Patterson states that his innings will still be limited next year. The main thing that could limit his innings is his health though. He should be primed to throw about 137.0 innings next year if all goes well. That’s basically a full season. His arm seems to be back to full strength since about the second half of the season in 2013. When healthy, he is a top prospect and may end up on some top 100 lists with a healthy, effective season next year.

4. Luis Severino: “Lu-sever” RHP 6-foot-0, 195-pounds, 19 – He finished his first stateside season with a 2.45 ERA in 44.0 innings. He struck out 53 during that time. At just 19 he held his own in Charleston and continued to strike out more than one batter per inning while demonstrating pinpoint control with just 2.0 BB/9. He absolutely has top prospect potential and will likely start next year in Charleston. He has fantastic stuff and will be a forcec to be reckoned with in this farm system going forward.

5.  Manny Banueolos: “ManBan”: LHP, 5-foot-11, 200-pounds, 22 – It seems that Manny has lost his luster to most as a prospect. Not me. I am eagerly anticipating his return to action which will happen next season. Still young for his level, still has ace potential. The guy is a beast when healthy, which will be his main concern going forward. He has great stuff and a great makeup. Control and health will be the major issues going forward.

6. Ian Clarkin: “IC” LHP, 6-foot-2, 206-pounds, 18 years old – He’s a polished young left hander who already sits in the 90′s with his fastball and has some secondary pitches which he of course will need to work on. He disppointed a bit in his limited debut with the GCL, but he’ll have 10 years to erase the memory of his debut, and the sample size means absolutely nothing. Anytime you have a lefty of this caliber in your system it’s a major positive. Now it’s time for their development team to prove they can take raw talent and turn it into an ace.

7. Rookie Davis: RHP, 6-foot-4, 235-pounds, 20 – In 52.0 innings this season, he had 11 earned runs, 13 walks (2.2 BB/9), and 47 K (8.1 K/9). He had a 1.90 ERA. It’s a long road ahead for this kid but he’s only getting better. He truly has front of the rotation potential. Now up to 95 on the velo, and his stuff is legit. The secondary stuff still has some work but has been steadily improving. If he can continue to improve the secondary offerings he will become a guy with front end potential.

8. Nik Turley: “Turley Bird” LHP, 6-foot-6, 230-pounds, 22 –  Finished strong in Double-A and managed to throw a career high 145 innings this year. He has struck out 8.8/9 innings, and got his ERA down to 3.79 by the end of the year. As a 6-foot-6 lefty who sits low 90′s, he’s got a shot to make an impact as a major leaguer. Probably the most major league ready lefty in the system outside of Vidal Nuno, but he also has the size and the stuff to be a third starter.

9. Ty Hensley: RHP, 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, 19 – We were all disappointed to hear about Ty’s season ending surgery, but the good news is that it wasn’t his arm and other pitchers have come back to their baseline after similar surgeries. Hopefully this is the end of his injury bug and he will enjoy a long and healthy career. He apparently lived his whole life with decreased flexibility in that hip, and the surgery will increase that flexibility. It’s possible he could actually be better now than before. I will take a wait and see approach with Ty in the meantime.

10.Daniel Camarena: “DanCam”: LHP, 6-foot-0, 200-pounds, 20 – The Yankees had enough faith in this guy to put in him a full season league at the age of just 20. The reason for that is his polish. He’s a lefty with a low 90′s fastball and extraordinary secondary offerings. His hallmark is superior control. The Yankees are huge fans of this kid and there’s good reason for it. He could be an important piece of the future for this club. If he can go up a few ticks on his velocity like Manny Banuelos did he could be a front end starter, but that’s a big if.

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19 Responses to Top 10 Yankees Pitching Prospects

  1. OMGPlease says:

    Cute little nicknames you came up with…adorable.
    But you forgot Ty Hensley !…based on your pattern, that would be "Ty-Hen", right ?

    • gcorcoran says:

      Many have tried to get me to kick the nickname thing, but none have succeeded. You are no exception.

      • OMGPlease says:

        PLEASE I beg of you, come up with something ORIGINAL, not just shortened versions of the first and last name…oh you forgot Rookie Davis. Wait, I'm sure you'll call him "R-Day" or "Roo-Day" or "RD" or "RookDee" or "RookDay" or some sophomoric rendition thereof…PLEASE G-Cork !!..or is it "GeeCork" or "GeeCee" or "Cork-O"…

        • OMGPlease says:

          Wait, how about "RUDY" for Rookie Davis ?…or Rookie "The Veteran" Davis ?
          What do ya say there, CorkScrew ?

      • OMGPlease says:

        PLEASE re-do all the nicknames, but come up with something original..

        • gcorcoran says:

          Your comments are getting a bit excessive here. You have to remember 90% of the nicknames out there come from names. ManBan, J-Ram, and RDP are not names I came up with. They have been around for a long time and people have been using them. Other names are natural or came from players' childhood. For example, Rookie. His real name is William but his nickname has become so prevalent that this is how he is referred to. Can't make up a nickname for a guy like that.

          • OMGPlease says:

            Well, yes you CAN make up a nickname like "Rookie"…you just said someone did. Check your writing.
            And where did you come up with 90% ?…is that an extensive study done over many month…years ?

            Besides "IC" sucks…"ENC" would be better. Bald Vinny would appreciate its rhythm and cadence. He could make it sing in the bleachers.

            Just having some fun with you, Corkscrew…Don't be so senstive.

          • gcorcoran says:

            NBD. What I was saying with Davis is that I personally could not come up with a nickname on a guy who already has one growing up. I'm not broken up about the comments at all.

    • jimmy says:

      Yep. The nickname thing is tired and lame. Give it up

  2. [email protected] says:

    Nobody mentions last years hottest Spring pitcher Gabe Encinas (before injury). What's up with that?

    • gcorcoran says:

      I really wrestled with Encinas for the final spot here, or even the 8th spot. I would say he, Hensley, and Camarena are pretty interchangeable for those last three spots.

  3. Travis L. says:

    Greg, what are you thoughts on a few of the "break out" pitchers that pitched well, but aren't really regarded as anything, such as Eric Wooten, Dietrich Enns, Shane Greene, Matt Tracy, Scottie Allen, Caleb Smith, Gio Gallegos and Cesar Vargas? What about the relivers? Mark Montgomery, Tom Kahnle, Dan Burawa, Charley Short, Nick Goody and Taylor Garrison?

    • gcorcoran says:

      Good question Travis. I'll break it down into four categories. I. True Breakouts. II. Breakouts with a chance to be more. III. Pretenders. IV. Relievers.

      I. Dietrich Enns, Shane Greene, Caleb Smith – These are the guys who have the stuff to become impact players. Enns had a major uptick in stuff this year and tired out towards the end because he wasn't accustomed to the load. Shane Greene has always had excellent stuff but really came around with his control this year and that's why he was successful. Caleb Smith is new to the system and has a ways to go but has excellent stuff and he's showed solid performance so far. All three are potential impact players and guys to keep an eye on next year. They didn't make the top 10 because the Yankees have great pitching depth with impact arms.

      II. Matt Tracy, Gio Gallegos, Cesar Vargas: Matt Tracy had a breakout year in 2012, but regressed in 2013. He has similar stuff to Caleb Smith but will have to control it to be an impact player. He was injured all year so when he returns to health next year I have high hopes for him but he has definite question marks. Gio Gallegos has a ton of potential and is similar to Ivan Nova at the same stage. He's definitely a guy to watch out for and has great control. Vargas is a guy with 3-4 major league average pitches, not the greatest upside but is a solid guy to have in your system.

      III. Scottie Allen, Eric Wooten – not much there in the way of stuff. I believe both are minor league free agents which means they have to be signed at the end of every year. As soon as another org gives them a better opportunity than the Yankees they will be gone.

      IV. Mark Montgomery, Kahnle, Burawa, Charley Short, Goody, Garrison. Montgomery showed up to camp unprepared this year and took a major step back. His arm strength was down and he struggled out of the gate. He still did well, which bodes well for him in the future. He still has a top notch slider. Next year will be a big year for him, maybe the difference between him being a big time reliever or not. Kahnle really looked sharp this year and he has great reliever stuff. Control is his issue. Burawa is similar and both are late inning options going forward. I would add Fred Lewis to the list of late inning reliever types. Charley Short is not known for his stuff but you never know when a guy like him will come into his own. Nick Goody had Tommy John so should be back and ready to go this year. He is a late inning type if he is back to full strength but obviously has question marks. He should be a quick mover once healthy. Taylor Garrison is a pitchability guy in terms of relievers but he has a decent repertoire and likely enough to be a high end middle reliever. The relievers were left off the list because their upside just isn't as high as the above players. A few were close to making the list though.

  4. Jeffrey M says:

    I follow the Yankees pretty closely, mostly Pinstriped Bible/Alley 2-3 times a day. What would be helpful to me in this article would be a consistent and therefore comparable listing with these summaries of the top 10 with highest level attained in '13, expected level starting '14, and their Major League arrival estimation — or ceiling. ( but being the top 10 prospects across the whole farm system I would hope they all get to at least an eventual "cup of coffee" in MLB).

    • gcorcoran says:

      Sure Jeffrey, I can do that in my next article. I do those things for all of my prospect profiles, and I'll do it for you real quick now for this list.

      Highest level 13; expected starting level 14; major league arrival estimation; ceiling

      1. RDP – High A; High A; 2016; SP1 (Intermediate likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      2. Ramirez – AAA; AAA; 2014; SP1-2 (intermediate likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      3. Campos – Low-A; High-A; 2016; SP1-2 (low-intermediate likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      4. Severino – Low-A; Low-A; 2017; SP1 (intermediate likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      5. Banuelos – Injured; AAA; 2015; SP1-2 (intermediate likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      6. Clarkin – GCL; Staten Island; 2018, SP1 (intermediate-low likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      7. Davis – Low-A; Low-A; 2017; SP1-2 (intermediate likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      8. Turley – Double-A; Triple-A; 2015; SP 2-3 (high likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      9. Hensley – Injured; Staten Island; 2018, SP 1-2 (low likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      10. Camarena – Low-A, High-A; 2017; SP 3 (high likelihood of reaching ceiling)

    • gcorcoran says:

      Sure Jeffrey, I can do that in my next article. I do those things for all of my prospect profiles, and I'll do it for you real quick now for this list.

      Highest level in 13; expected starting level in 14; major league arrival estimation; ceiling

      1. RDP – High A; High A; 2016; SP1 (Intermediate likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      2. Ramirez – AAA; AAA; 2014; SP1-2 (intermediate likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      3. Campos – Low-A; High-A; 2016; SP1-2 (low-intermediate likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      4. Severino – Low-A; Low-A; 2017; SP1 (intermediate likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      5. Banuelos – Injured; AAA; 2015; SP1-2 (intermediate likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      6. Clarkin – GCL; Staten Island; 2018, SP1 (intermediate-low likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      7. Davis – Low-A; Low-A; 2017; SP1-2 (intermediate likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      8. Turley – Double-A; Triple-A; 2015; SP 2-3 (high likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      9. Hensley – Injured; Staten Island; 2018, SP 1-2 (low likelihood of reaching ceiling)
      10. Camarena – Low-A, High-A; 2017; SP 3 (high likelihood of reaching ceiling)

  5. JSkillet says:

    This is by far the best yankees prospect page I have found..Good job on all the info..would love to hear your opinions on The new guys I.E. O'Neill, Jaigelo, Judge etc. You might have a page that says that already I just havent gotten that far yet = )