Today we’ll highlight the hottest players in the farm system right now. Feel free to tell us who you think is the hottest player on the farm in the comments. Who’s the next Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez? Who’s the next Luis Severino or Jordan Montgomery? Who’s the next Dellin Betances or Jonathan Holder?
Tyler Wade – 15 for his last 41 (.366) with two homeruns, two doubles and four walks (.422 OBP, .561 SLG, .983 OPS) in his last 10 games. Wade continues to prove that he is very close to ready for the major leagues. He already matched his career high in homeruns and we’re not even halfway through the season. He also is on pace for a career high in doubles. His power output has greatly improved, and that was the only major knock on him.
Clint Frazier – He went through a cold spell recently, but he already appears to be turning it around. He’s 10 for his last 33 (.303) with seven walks, two doubles, two homeruns, and three stolen bases. That’s good for a .303/.425/.545/.970 line. He’s on pace for a career high in homeruns, and he’ll come close in stolen bases too.
Caleb Smith – He has been one of the great surprises of the minor leagues this season. Over his first 60 innings, he has 61 strikeouts and 17 walks with a 2.7 ERA. He’s always had above average stuff for a lefty, and it seems like he is finally putting it all together. Seems like he could at least be a major league reliever at this point in his career, and might even be able to break in as a starter soon.
Chance Adams – Also off to a tremendous start, we may soon find out whether it will be him or Smith who gets the first call to the majors. With the way Tanaka is pitching, it seems like it may only be a matter of time before he goes on the DL. Adams has thrown 64 innings and struck out 66 while walking just 26. He has a 1.55 ERA over that time, and a .168 average against. He has major league stuff and if he’s not in the rotation by the end of this season he will almost definitely be a part of the 2018 rotation barring injury.
Tyler Webb – Webb is having his best year as a pro in 2017. He has been nearly untouchable over his last 13 appearances. During that time, he’s thrown 23 innings and let up just one run and struck out 32. That works out to a 0.39 ERA. He also has just one walk the entire season over 29.1 innings. One walk! I’m not sure what his stuff is looking like this year, or if there has been an uptick in stuff. One thing is for sure though, his walk rate has vastly improved on top of what was already good control. I don’t see how the Yankees can keep him out of the major leagues any longer. He should get an opportunity this season and be a full-time fixture by next year in my opinion.
Brady Lail – He got off to a really rough start, but he has really come on in his last six starts. He has thrown 36.1 innings and allowed 11 runs while striking out 14. The strikeouts still have a long way to go, but he’s getting outs. His ERA is 2.72 during that time. Still just 23, he seems to be finally figuring out Triple-A.
Domingo German – He’s one guy who has been great all year. He seemed to have come out of nowhere to suddenly be a guy who’s knocking at the door for the majors. Prior to this season, the highest level he pitched at is High-A. He’s already in Triple-A now in the young season. In his first 10 starts, he has been stellar overall. He has thrown 59.1 innings with a 3.34 ERA and 65:17 K:BB ratio. He too finally appears close to being a major contributor.
Ben Heller – His last 10 outings have been spectacular, with a 1.17 ERA and 18 K in 15.1 innings, while walking six. That brings his season line to a 2.77 ERA and 33 K in 26 innings. He has a .191 average against. Seems pretty close to contributing in the majors.
Thairo Estrada – 15 for his last 48 (.313) even after an 0/4 night. He’s been the model of consistency for the farm system, and has one of the best quad slashes in the system (.325/.397/.433/.830).
Zack Zehner – 13 for his last 34 (.382) with seven walks (.487 OBP), and four doubles (.500 SLG) in his past 10 games. That brings his season line to an impressive .315/.395/.431/.826.
Miguel Andujar – 14 for his last 40 (.350) with one homerun, five doubles, and three walks over his last 10 games. That’s a .350/.409/.550/.959 line for the past 10. On the season he’s now up to .296/.326/.477/.803 with six homeruns and 19 doubles.
Mike Ford – After a frustratingly slow start in Double-A, Ford has raked over his last 10 games. He’s 10/34 (.294) with three homeruns and eight walks in his last 10 games. His season line is .291/.412/.518/.929 with nine homeruns, 16 doubles, and a triple between Double and Triple-A.
Yefrey Ramirez – Prior to going on the 7-day DL for a fingernail injury, he was on fire. Aside from his first outing of the year, he has a 1.78 ERA with 53 K in 50.1 innings. He does have 20 walks in that time, so control will have to improve. He’s been awesome though.
Ronald Herrera – He has been unbelievably good in Double-A. He has a 1.07 ERA and 41 K to nine BB in 50.1 innings. The stuff isn’t as good as Ramirez, but he has better location and can still miss bats. He doesn’t have much left to prove here, but then again there’s not much room for him in Triple-A right now.
Matt Wotherspoon – Though he has been awesome all season, he’s been even better in his last 11 games. He has thrown 21.2 innings, struck out 29, walked just four, and has a 1.27 ERA. Another one who’s as ready as it gets for Triple-A.
Domingo Acevedo – Take away his first two starts of the season, and he has been utterly dominant. In his last nine starts he has 63 K to just five walks in 56.1 innings, and a 2.88 ERA. If he continues this, I’ll be shocked if he’s not on a bunch of top 100 lists by season’s end.
Cody Carroll – Perhaps one of the best kept secrets on this farm, Carroll was a 22nd round draft pick who can light up the radar with his power. He has been great, but even better over his last 10 outings. He has 28 K : 3 BB, and a 0.44 ERA over that time period. On the season he now owns a 1.86 ERA and 42 K in 29 innings. He’s showing he doesn’t want to be in the minors much longer.
Chris Gittens – He’s been hot since coming off the DL to start the season. Over his last 10, he is 12/36 (.333) with two homers and four walks. (.333/.400/.500/.900). The season line is just as impressive, with a .301/.398/.500/.898 line, with seven homeruns and 10 doubles. He’s 23, but he was raw with a high ceiling when they signed him, and now he’s starting to approach that ceiling.
Gosuke Katoh – Here’s a name I never expected to see this year, and he’s really exceeding expectations. He has been getting more action lately and he’s been making the most of it. He’s 9/27 (.333) with two homeruns, four walks, and a SB in his last 10 games. For the season, he has a .290/.366/.468/.834 line with two homeruns, three doubles, and a triple in 20 games. It’s not too late for him, especially with his excellent fielding capabilities.
Nick Solak – He’s 10 for his last 29 (.345) with seven walks (.472 OBP) and one triple (.413) in his last 10 games. He’s hitting .279/.402/.380/.782 on the season.
Zack Littell – He’s just having an unbelievable season so far and even better over his last five outings. He has thrown 34 innings and struck out 34, while walking six. He has a 0.79 ERA over that stretch. On the season he has a 1.76 ERA and 53 K in 66.1 innings.
Ian Clarkin – In eight appearances, Clarkin has 35 K to 15 BB with a 1.56 ERA in 40.1 innings. He’s pitching really well and doesn’t have much to prove in High-A, but there are a lot of arms blocking him in the system right now.
Jose Mesa Jr. – He’s been a monster so far this year while getting 2-3 innings per outing. He has a 33:9 K:BB, a 1.67 ERA and a .121 average against in 27 innings this year. He has the stuff to be a late inning reliever if he continues to develop.
Brody Koerner – After throwing just 34 innings last year, Koerner is going to look to bring that innings total way up in 2017. He only recently made his debut, but has done a nice job so far, with 12 K and a 3.00 ERA in three starts and 15 innings.
Dalton Blaser – The 23-year-old was an 8th round pick last year who hasn’t received much attention. He recently got called up to Low-A, and if he keeps playing like he has in his first eight games people will start noticing him. He’s 10 for his first 27 with three homeruns and a double, and is hitting .370/.452/.741/1.192 so far.
Estevan Florial – Sure, he’s striking out a lot; he’s hitting even more though. In his last 10, he is 13/37 (.351) with two homeruns, three doubles, a triple, four walks, and a stolen base. On the season he is hitting .284/.360/.474/.834 with seven homers, 13 doubles, three triples, and nine SB. He’s a surefire five tool player and is doing a tremendous job in Low-A at just 19-years-old.
Donny Sands – He’s 11/36 in his last 10 (.306). He’s not doing much else but for someone who’s learning to play catcher he’s also a nice contact hitter.
Nick Green – After a slow start Green has been awesome over his last 10. He has thrown 56.2 innings, struck out 49 while walking 21, and has a 2.22 ERA. The Yankees are pretty excited about this kid, although he will probably get shut down at somewhere around 100 innings this year.
Freicer Perez – He has been really good over his last six starts, and appears to now be rolling. During that time he has thrown 31.1 innings, and has 27 K : 8 BB. His ERA during that stretch is just 2.6. If he can finish the season strong you may see him emerge as a top prospect.
Raynel Espinal – He’s one of the more unsung guys in the farm system, but he actually has excellent stuff. He has pitched really well this year, which has been the best of his career so far. He’s got a 1.35 ERA, 37 K : 2 BB, and a .154 average against. Those are the type of numbers that will get you a mid-season promotion.