Bonus Yankees Prospects: Nos. 21-25
There was more upheaval on MLBPipeline.com’s Yankees Top 20 Prospects than there was on any of the lists we recently revamped, all of which can be found at our Prospect Watch. Right-hander Luis Severino vaulted from No. 9 to No. 1, while outfielders Mason Williams (who had been No. 2), Slade Heathcott (No. 3) and Tyler Austin (No. 5) slid toward the bottom of the Top 20. Second baseman Rob Refsnyder and outfielder Jake Cave came from off the list into the Top 10.
I’ve been providing bonus prospects for each of the 10 organizations I wrote up, and New York’s Nos. 21-25 guys below all had some support for sneaking onto the end of the Top 20.
21. Bryan Mitchell, rhp. He has had one of the highest upsides among Yankees pitching prospects since signing for $800,000 as a 16th-rounder in 2009. He’s still just 23, he still owns a mid-90s fastball, power curveball and hard cutter and he’s still trying to figure out how to translate that stuff into throwing strikes and missing bats.
22. Abiatal Avelino, ss. A quad injury has slowed him in his first taste of full-season ball, but he’s holding his own as a 19-year-old in low Class A. Avelino is a solid defender with a very strong arm at shortstop, and he also shows fine instincts for hitting and stealing a few bases.
23. Miguel Andujar, 3b. Another teenager doing a nice job in his first exposure to low Class A, he fits the third-base profile with plus power potential and a rocket arm. Andujar controls the strike zone reasonably well and has good agility too.
24. Dustin Fowler, of. He didn’t draw a ton of attention when he signed for $278,000 as an 18th-rounder in the 2013 Draft, but he’s quickly establishing himself as one of the toolsiest players in the system. Fowler has plus speed, projects as an above-average defender in center field and also possesses some power potential.
25. Ty Hensley, rhp. A first-round pick in 2012, he had his bonus reduced from $1.6 million to $1.2 million after a post-Draft physical revealed shoulder abnormalities, then missed all of last year following surgery to repair an impingment in his hip. At his best, Hensley has a mid-90s fastball and a curveball that grades as an even better pitch, but he must show he can stay healthy.
Newcomer To Watch: Dermis Garcia, ss. MLBPipeline.com’s top-rated prospect on the international market this summer, he signed for a $3.2 million as part of a huge spending spree by the Yankees. Scouts rave about Garcia’s power and arm strength, which have earned him comparisons to the likes of Shawon Dunston, Alex Rodriguez and Miguel Sano.