While many of the New York Yankees’ young hitters came into their own last season in the low minors, the organization once again demonstrated an inability to develop pitching prospects.
Expected to contribute in the major leagues last season, top pitching prospects Manny Banuelos (Tommy John surgery) and Dellin Betances (demoted from Triple-A to Double-A) took steps in the wrong direction, while Jose Campos—a potential steal acquired in the Michael Pineda-Jesus Montero swap—missed most of the year with an elbow injury.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned prospects weren't the only ones hampered by injuries, as both Mason Williams (shoulder surgery) and Angelo Gumbs (elbow surgery) ultimately missed the final months of the minor league season.
The good news is that the organization has a fine assemblage of high-upside position players steadily working their way up the minor league ladder. And if all goes as planned, the Yankees could ultimately feature one of the better homegrown lineups in recent memory, with Gary Sanchez, Gumbs, Dante Bichette, Jr., Williams, Tyler Austin, Slade Heathcott and Ramon Flores all expected to arrive in the major leagues between the 2014 and 2016 seasons.
Although the Yankees will likely continue to rely on free-agent signings and acquisitions via trade for at least two more seasons, there is an end in sight for their prospect dry spell.