It is February, but the free-agent market stays frozen. Because it stands, the Yankees are set to enter spring coaching with Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar at second and third, although it is attainable that might change.
This is a scout’s tackle the duo:
“I feel he will be actually particular. He initiatives as an eventual middle-of-the-order bat with energy. He is received unimaginable wrists, hits to all fields and would not strike out quite a bit. His protection is not horrible, but it surely’s inconsistent. He is received an ideal arm.”
Andujar had 17 errors within the minors final season, however posted an .850 OPS and struck out 71 occasions in 522 plate appearances. He had 4 hits in eight plate appearances throughout his extraordinarily brief stint with the Yankees in 2017. It is attainable the group might need him to complete off his defensive growth within the minors.
“He is received good fingers and a plus arm within the discipline, however he is a below-average runner. He is a line-drive, gap-to-gap hitter who initiatives at round 15 homers. He would not actually profile at third base, however he’ll hit and he has good instincts and really feel for the sport. It would not shock me in the event that they held him within the minors at first of the 12 months to get one other 12 months of management.”
Torres has recovered from Tommy John surgical procedure on his left elbow, however the Yankees have been brining him again slowly.
It is thought that they will give him each alternative to win a beginning job, but it surely’s definitely believable they do what they did final season, and permit him to get extra seasoning and knock out rust within the minors earlier than calling him up.
Granted, if he has one other big spring, who is aware of.
The Bombers have depth behind the children in Ronald Torreyes, Thiaro Estrada, Tyler Wade, Jace Peterson and Danny Espinosa. However they may additionally use extra of a longtime veteran presence, which is why names like Todd Frazier, Neil Walker and Mike Moustakas make sense.
The Yankees are loaded with right-handed, power-throwing pitching prospects, however one scout believes Frecier Perez, a 6-foot-Eight righty who turns 22 in March, might have the largest upside of all of them. Perez went 10-Three with a 2.84 ERA in 24 begins at Class A Charleston final season, slicing down on his walks (45) whereas posting 117 strikeouts in 123.2 innings.
Perez has drawn comparisons to four-time All-Star Dellin Betances, who struggled with mechanics/supply as a starter/reliever within the minors earlier than discovering his approach as an influence arm with an ideal breaking ball in reduction, due to his top.
“The most important distinction between them is Perez is tremendous athletic, does it with none effort and has nice mechanics. He will get up there – 96-100 – and is ready to flash you 4 plus-pitches: curveball, slider and alter. He must tighten it up and get extra consistency, however he has a really feel for pitching, and he is received a excessive ceiling if all of it comes collectively.”
The scout believes Likelihood Adams profiles as a reliever.
“He is an aggressive bulldog who kilos the strike zone. His fastball is a bit true although he does find fairly good and he is received a reasonably good breaking ball. His out-pitch is his slider. I do not see him as a starter long-term, extra within the bullpen.”
Extra scout takes:
OF Estevan Florial
“He is a five-tool man, a possible 30-30 man. He is so thrilling, has unimaginable upside and performs laborious.
SP Justus Sheffield
“He is taken super strides, he is extraordinarily athletic, he simply wants to enhance his fastball command.”
SP Albert Abreu
“He is received electrical stuff, 4 pitches, he simply wants to have the ability to command and find them.”
SP Taylor Widener
“I actually like him. He got here out of nowhere in a approach. His command and pitchability actually improved.”