Tyler Austin – 25-years-old, RF/1B, RHB – Since his return from the injury, Austin has done well in eight games. He’s 8/29 (.276) with a double and two homeruns since his return (.517 SLG). He also has three walks (.344 OBP, .861 OPS). That brings his season line to .310/.381/.577/.959 with six homeruns, 14 doubles, and three triples in 40 Triple-A games. He’s picked up right where he left off, and if a need arises he’ll be ready to contribute to the major league team.
Mason Williams – 25-year-old, CF, LHB – He’s not really in the outfield picture at this point, but he’s had a nice run for the past five games, going 8/23 (.348) with a walk and two stolen bases. He has 18 SB on the season, and he is a candidate to be placed on the 40-man roster to be a pinch runner when rosters expand. He’s also a candidate to be DFA when the season ends unless he catches fire to end the season.
Jake Cave – 24-years-old, OF, LHB – Cave has cooled off in his past 10 games, but it’s not like he’s in a slump (he’s still batting .268 in those games). He’s hitting .316/.364/.588/.952 with 18 homeruns, 24 doubles, and five triples this season. He’s having a monster year and has changed perceptions of the Yankees Administration. He’ll likely be added to the 40-man roster this offseason to prevent losing him. With the glut of outfielders the Yankees have between the majors and Triple-A, it’s gonna be hard to find a place for him, but after this season he certainly deserves a spot.
Billy McKinney – 22-years-old, OF, LHB – Speaking of players who have resurrected their value, Billy McKinney is another. He has continued his hot play into the last 10 games, where he’s hitting .289/.307/.684/.991 with four homeruns and three doubles in that span. Something seems to have clicked for him on June 13th, when he completely turned his season around. Since then, he has taken his average from .206 to .280, and has hit 13 homeruns in 50 games. His season line is now .280/.348/.519/.867, and he has put himself back on the prospect map, and possibly back in the top 100 prospects. He’s another who will probably be added to the 40-man roster, and the Yankees might have to find a way to get him at bats next year if he continues to swing the bat this well. If not, they could always get big value for him in a trade.
Miguel Andujar – 22-years-old, 3B, RHB – Andujar continues to swing a hot bat. He is 12 for his last 40 (.300) with three walks (.349 OBP), two doubles and a homerun (.425). On the season he is hitting .314/.350/.505/.855 with 33 doubles, a triple, and 14 homeruns. He has been awesome this year, especially for a third baseman. If he can clean up a few things on the defensive end, he could be a cheap replacement for Todd Frazier next season and possibly be a heavy bat at third base. He too is knocking on the door of the top 100 prospects.
Caleb Smith – 26-years-old, LHP – Major league debut aside, Smith has been hot for his last 10 appearances in Triple-A. He has 66 K and a 1.86 ERA in his last 10 games over 58 innings. At this point, it is my belief that he is at least a major league reliever, with the possibility to start if needed. My best guess is that he is a member of the bullpen next season.
Chance Adams – 23-years-old, RHP – Adams has been one of the most consistently awesome pitchers on the farm. He’s probably the best pitcher this farm has to offer. Over his last 10 games he has 52.2 innings pitched, a 2.22 ERA, and 44 K. He’s still struggling a bit with the strike zone, but that may be because he is still experimenting with new pitches. For him to be this successful while experimenting is extremely impressive. I expect him to be ready early on next year for the majors, and he might even start the season in the major league rotation. If not, he’ll be up with the first injury. He’s gonna be an exciting arm to watch once he hits the majors. On the season he’s thrown 128.1 innings, has struck out 120 while walking 50, and has a 1.96 ERA. Hopefully they can build up his innings the rest of the way so he can take on a big workload next season.
Luis Cessa – 25-years-old, RHP – He has quietly been one of the best pitchers on the farm over his last six starts. He’s thrown 33.1 innings, walked seven, and struck out 37. He seems to struggle in the majors whenever he gets called up, which could mean he’s a AAAA type. Hopefully he can take the next step and become an effective major leaguer soon.
Domingo German – 25-years-old, RHP – After a brief cameo in the majors where he more than held his own, German has come back down to Triple-A and dominated. On the season, he has a 2.93 ERA with 95 K in 86 innings, while walking 25. He has thrown a total of 96.2 innings this season including the majors. Over his last 10 games he has been consistent, with 57 K in 53 innings, and a 2.89 ERA. He’s another one who will compete for a spot in the rotation next season, but he’s already shown he can be useful in the bullpen if that falls through.
Ben Heller – 26-years-old, RHP – Heller has been hella consistent this season (see what I did there?), even in his major league cameo. On the season he sports a 2.87 ERA, a .179 average against, and 66 K : 17 BB in 47 innings pitched, with 2.1 additional scoreless innings in the major leagues. I don’t know when he will become a permanent fixture in the Yankees’ bullpen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was next season.
Giovanny Gallegos – 25-years-old, RHP – Aside from his major league cameo, where he struggled mightily, Gallegos has let up just one run in his last 14 appearances in Triple-A. Over his last 23.1 innings, he has 35 K : 3 BB and a 0.389 ERA. He has clearly mastered the minors, and it’s just a matter of him translating that into major league success.
Nick Rumbelow – 25-years-old, RHP – Few have had more success limiting runs in the minors than Nick Rumbelow this season. Since returning from injury, he has 31.2 innings and a 0.85 ERA. To go along with that, he has just eight walks, 35 K, and a .147 average against. Those numbers are dominant. The only question is whether the stuff is back. If it is, he’s a surefire major leaguer, maybe even a September call-up.