NY Yankees: Stock Up, Stock Down for Yankees' Top 10 Prospects for Week 4
For the New York Yankees, it was another week of winning, but it came with a price.
Catcher Francisco Cervelli and starter Ivan Nova have both joined Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list.
Unfortunately for top catching prospect Gary Sanchez, this didn’t mean a call-up from Tampa.
Nonetheless, the prospects in this Yankee farm system continue to wait for their turn in this season ridden by injuries in the Bronx.
Let’s see how these young players did last week.
10. Zoilo Almonte, Outfield
Stats: 20 G, .265 BA, 5 2B, 15 K, .407 OBP
Last week Zoilo Almonte’s stock dropped, but only slightly.
Almonte struck out six times last week, and his on-base percentage dropped by almost 20 points.
The outfielder’s average also dropped 10 points from last week.
Although Almonte didn’t have a great week, he is still having a solid start with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The young outfielder will need to be more consistent if he wants a shot in the outfield in New York.
9. Dante Bichette Jr., 3B
Stats: 23 G, .194 BA, 19 RBI, 6 BB, 28 K
Dante Bichette Jr. has been having a tough time early on in Charleston.
This past week, the young third baseman made a little progress, raising his average and slugging percentage while picking up a few more runs batted in.
Still, the 28 strikeouts to six walks ratio is very alarming.
Obviously, Bichette has a live bat and can drive in some runs, but he needs to mature at the plate.
If he starts getting on base a little more and cuts back on the strikeouts, his stock will soar.
Last week pushed Bichette’s stock up for the first time this season.
8. Mark Montgomery, RHP
Stats: 6 G, 0.90 ERA, 16 K, 4 BB
The 22-year-old Mark Montgomery continues to make his case for the Bronx Bombers early on this year.
In 10 innings, the righty has only given up five hits, and opponents are batting .147 off him.
Montgomery has been impressive with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and should get his turn sometime this season.
If the Bombers are ever in need of a short-inning reliever, Montgomery will be first in line if he continues this dominance.
Montgomery has been one of the better draft picks by the Yankees recently, picking him up in the 11th round in 2011.
7. Angelo Gumbs, 2B
Stats: 8 G, .088 BA, 3 H, 6 K, .139 OBP
It was another week on the disabled list for Angelo Gumbs.
Gumbs has still only played eight games in Tampa and didn’t do much in those games.
Interestingly enough, Gumbs was drafted without a true position.
Although he is listed as second baseman, Gumbs has experience (per Dayne Huber of Bronx Baseball Daily) as a shortstop.
Nonetheless, tough start for this promising young infielder.
6. Ty Hensley, RHP
Surprisingly, Ty Hensley’s stock hasn’t dropped since last week.
He’s still recovering from surgery and has time this year to get back and make some progress after being drafted last year.
Hensley is still young, and this slight bump in the road shouldn’t hurt him too much.
He just needs to get healthy and stay healthy.
The righty is set to return around mid-June, right in time to get a strong second half in the books.
5. Manny Banuelos, LHP
The stock of Manny Banuelos continues to drop every time he misses a start this season.
A missed start means a step back in the progress of the once-promising young prospect.
So like last week, I’ll give a glimpse into a young Yankee pitcher who is not in the top-10 list.
An injury last year and rough start this season has quieted that enthusiasm.
In Single-A Charleston, Campos has no wins or losses in four games started.
His current ERA is 6.00, and he has given up 13 hits with batters hitting .277 off of him.
Campos needs to step it up if he wants to move up.
4. Slade Heathcott, Outfield
Stats: 15 G, .161 BA, 3 RBI, 20 K
Slade Heathcott is struggling in his first season in Double-A Trenton.
The outfielder’s batting average continues to drop as his strikeouts begin piling up.
Heathcott has great tools, but he has struggled to develop them, and it’s beginning to become more and more evident.
Last week, Heathcott struck out five times in five games.
The 22-year-old’s OBP and slugging percentage have both dropped below .260.
This isn’t the kind of production the New York Yankees need from their fourth-best prospect.
3. Tyler Austin, Outfield
Stats: 22 G, .256 BA, 6 2B, 17 BB, 28 K
Once again, Tyler Austin had a solid, but not great week.
Austin’s average only jumped six points, and his OPS jumped three points.
The outfielder isn’t having a standout year, but he has been consistent.
This is Austin’s first full season in Double-A, and his mediocre start this season makes that evident.
His career batting average in the minors is .321, and currently, Austin is nowhere near that.
Austin’s stock is up, but he still needs to continue to improve.
2. Mason Williams, Outfield
Stats: 20 G, .253 BA, 12 R, 5 2B, 16 BB
On the field, Mason Williams isn’t doing bad at all.
His batting average can be higher, but a .379 on-base percentage is a good sign—especially with his elite speed.
But Williams’ stock has dropped this week mainly due to an off-the-field issue.
Early Thursday morning, According to a report by David Waldstein of The New York Times, Williams was reportedly pulled over and arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department.
Williams allegedly failed a field sobriety test and was charged with driving under the influence.
Immaturity is not what the Yankees need from their top outfield prospect.
1. Gary Sanchez, C
Stats: 22 G, .289 BA, 17 R, 17 RBI, .494 SLG
Gary Sanchez came out of the gates on fire this season, but has since cooled off.
Sanchez’s average continues to drop as does his on-base percentage.
Don’t get me wrong, Sanchez is still having a good start, and his power numbers are still there with another home run this week.
But since last week, Sanchez has cooled down, and his average is already under the .300 mark.
Sanchez is only in Single-A Tampa, and he needs to be tearing that league up if he wants to move up this year.
Obviously, he has the abilities to do it, but the young catcher needs to turn it back on this week.