New York Yankees: Stock Up, Stock Down for Yankees' Top 10 Prospects for Week 2
So I guess the Bombers going 4-1 last week may have calmed the nerves of some New York Yankee fans.
But it’s still not a far reach to think the Yankees need to start utilizing their farm system instead of signing veterans in the twilight of their careers.
In the second week of the season many of New York’s top prospects were in the action.
Here’s a look at how the Yankees’ top ten prospects fared this past week.
10. Zoilo Almonte, Outfield
Stats: 8 G, .259 BA, 9 BB, 8 K, .296 SLG
Center fielder Zoilo Almonte is having a rough start with the RailRiders in Scranton.
The new stadium and uniforms don’t seem to be helping Almonte get comfortable at the plate, and what is most noticeable are the eight strikeouts in eight games.
Coming into the season with the Curtis Granderson injury, it looked like Almonte had a shot to compete for a job as the fourth outfielder in the Bronx.
Obviously Almonte isn’t quite ready for that yet.
Not a good sign for the 23-year-old.
9. Dante Bichette Jr., 3B
Stats: 11 G, .191 BA, 13 RBI, 2 HR, 15 K
Don’t let Dante Bichette Jr.’s power numbers fool you.
The third baseman does have two homers and 13 RBI in only 11 games, but aside from that he hasn’t done much.
It is a good sign to see the kid is driving runs in, but the 15 strikeouts are a big red flag.
Bichette is continuing to get better after a slow 2012 season.
The power is a good sign; having more strikeouts than hits and walks combined is not.
8. Mark Montgomery, RHP
Stats: 3 G, 5 IP, 1.80 ERA, 1 HR, 9 K, 0 BB
Mark Montgomery is right on the edge of making it to the Bronx.
Even with suffering his first loss with the RailRiders, Montgomery is still dominating.
Montgomery still has yet to walk a batter while striking out nine in five innings.
He’s not big (only 5’11”) and he has a low-90s fastball, but Montgomery is deceptive much like David Robertson.
Montgomery has started the season very strong in these first two weeks.
7. Angelo Gumbs, 2B
Stats: 8 G, .088 BA, 3 H, 6 K, .139 OBP
Angelo Gumbs jumped onto the list of prospects to watch in 2013, but since making that list he hasn’t been able to back it up.
Gumbs is a hard worker with good speed, but he is struggling at the plate with the Tampa Yankees.
With only three hits and one walk, Gumbs has still been able to steal two bases and score three runs - impressive to say the least.
The tough part for Gumbs was actually getting on base.
Still early but Gumbs is ice cold at the plate right now.
6. Ty Hensley, RHP
There isn’t much that Ty Hensley could do to bring his stock up right now.
Hensley underwent hip surgery and will miss two to three months.
Hensley needs to come back strong and finish the summer on his way up in the farm system.
5. Manny Banuelos, LHP
As I said last week, Manny Banuelos’ stock has been steadily dropping.
Even before undergoing the surgery Banuelos was struggling, maybe due to the shoulder injury.
Nonetheless, Banuelos will miss the entire year.
Bad news for the 22-year-old who is becoming less and less of an exciting new prospect.
4. Slade Heathcott, Outfield
Stats: 6 G, .241 BA, 7 H, 5 R, .692 OPS
After a slow first week of the season, Slade Heathcott began to pick it up.
The outfielder pushed his average up and has only struck out once in his last three games.
As many of you may already know, I’m pretty excited about this kid.
Heathcott is in Double-A Trenton which is a typical spot to make the jump into the big leagues.
This guy has elite speed and can cover a lot of ground, and putting Heathcott and Brett Gardner is the same outfield narrows the gaps immensely.
I would love to see Heathcott get a shot either this year or next year – I just love his intensity.
3. Tyler Austin, Outfield
Stats: 10 G, .256 BA, 11 H, 4 2B, 9 RBI, 1 SB
Tyler Austin has been a model of consistency early on in the 2013 season.
The right fielder doesn’t have explosive speed or power, but he still has been getting the job done this season.
Austin has nine RBI with five coming this past Sunday against Richmond.
The Yankees have some very interesting outfield prospects in their farm system.
Austin is a complete player that can do a little bit of everything - he has a homer run, stolen base and four walks.
Solid second week for the 21-year-old.
2. Mason Williams, Outfield
Stats: 10 G, .263 BA, 4 2B, 2 SB, 8 BB, .760 OPS
Mason Williams is continuing to put up solid numbers early on this season with Tampa.
Williams has blazing speed, if the four doubles and two stolen bases weren’t clue enough.
Although he isn’t tearing the cover off the ball, Williams has been consistent over the past two weeks.
He does have 10 strikeouts over the past 10 games though.
If he can keep the strike outs down and raise his on base percentage, Williams may be on the fast track to Trenton.
It’s tough to keep a guy with such speed in Single-A if he is getting on base consistently.
1. Gary Sanchez, C
Stats: 10 G, .350 BA, 4 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, .600 SLG, .995 OPS
Gary Sanchez is really backing up what scouts are saying about his talents.
The 20-year-old catcher has 14 hits in his first 10 games and has scored eight runs.
It’s pretty obvious that Sanchez can rake; it’s the defensive side that is holding Sanchez back.
Sanchez has struggled to become the defensive catcher they need.
But what I’m worried about is Sanchez disappearing into the black hole that all Yankee catching prospects (i.e. Jesus Montero, Austin Romine) seem to go.
I believe that the best way to get Sanchez up to the majors is a position change.
The Yankees will need his bat in the near future, and dominating in Single-A Tampa is no way to get ready to dominate in the majors.