Rival scouts chime in on several Yankees prospects 3


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In years past, a big Achilles heel for the Yankees was their farm system; in fact, not many players came from their farm system only to have long, successful careers since the Core Four. The most recent names that come to mind are Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera, Austin Jackson and their very own Brett Gardner, who is currently in his eighth year with the Bronx Bombers. But within the last year, the Yankees have dramatically improved their farm system, and now have some of the best top prospects in baseball. Luis Severino and Aaron Judge are two of the top prospects in baseball, but six rival scouts spoke to Joel Sherman of the New York Post and were impressed with a few other prospects the Yankees have been developing.

INF Jorge Mateo: “Jorge Mateo is the best prospect they’ve got. He has speed and his speed plays. He has instincts, no fear and a great first step. I consistently got 4.0 times to first for a righty hitter. He has plus range and a plus arm. He plays hard and has a feel for the game.”

“He has a chance to be a star. He reminds me of [Edgar] Renteria at the similar age. He can run. If you watch batting practice you will see he has more than speed. The ball jumps off his bat for a young kid. You can say he is [an Alfonso] Soriano comp or a baby Hanley Ramirez. He has a chance to be special.”

INF Tyler Wade: “He is a long-limbed guy with a weird release from his ear. But the ball gets to first. I think he can be a No. 2 hitter and his makeup is off the board.”

RP Luis Severino: “He has as easy a 95-97 [mph] as you will ever see. His offspeed stuff needs more consistency, but it is in there and he is still just 21. He’s got No. 2 upside and should at least be a quality No. 3 starter. Hands down the best starter in the system.”

“I love the stuff, the poise, the feel for pitching and the ability to throw down in the zone. There is zero doubt he is better than guys who are in the [Yankees] rotation now.”

INF Aaron Judge: “To me he is Jay Buhner. He is going to hit for power with tons of strikeouts and have a power right field arm.”

“I love the kid’s makeup, but there are just so few 6-7 players to comp him against that I hesitate to guarantee he will be a star. The power is outrageous.”

OF Jake Cave: “I know a lot of scouts will put him in as a backup outfielder. But he is a smart, confident player who, I think, will develop some power and start.”


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