NY Yankees: Stock Up, Stock Down for Yankees' Top 10 Prospects for Week 7
The Yankees were able to win five of their eight games last week.
Curtis Granderson’s return was a first step in New York getting their roster back to normal, after it has been riddled with injuries since before spring training.
This week also brings a change from last week in the order of our list.
With some of these young players injured and another coming off an injury, it’s time for a welcome change.
So let’s check out how these prospects did.
All stats taken from MiLB.com, unless otherwise indicated, and are current as of May 19, 2013.
10. Dante Bichette, Jr., 3B
Stats: 38 G, .190 BA, 26 RBI, 10 BB, 40 K, .541 OPS
As the season goes on, it is becoming harder and harder for Dante Bichette, Jr. to push his numbers up.
This week he had six hits in his six games and only struck out three times.
Bichette also had a home run and four RBI last week, all of which are signs that he might be starting to turn things around.
The third baseman had an OPS of .900 and over in four of the six games from last week.
Time and time again this season, Bichette has struggled with plate discipline, but not this week.
His power numbers have been there all season, and now with his average going up, all signs are pointing forward for the former first-round pick.
9. Jose Campos, RHP
Stats: 8 G, 3.86 ERA, 25.2 IP, 9 BB, 26 K
In his first appearance on this list to help replace the voids left by Manny Banuelos and Ty Hensley, Jose Campos had an overall solid week.
Campos only appeared in two games last week, but went four innings giving up only one hit against the Savannah Sand Gnats.
The young righty then started a game on Saturday, but only last three innings and gave up an earned run.
He totaled only two walks in his seven total innings of work this week.
At only 20 years old, Campos has an above average fastball and a solid changeup, and if he keeps proving to be reliable, he may work his way up to the next level this season.
8. Ramon Flores, Outfield
Stats: 42 G, .246 BA, 9 2B, 2 3B, 23 BB, 3 SB
Also in his first appearance in our top-10 list is outfielder Ramon Flores.
Flores is in his second season with Trenton, but this past week wasn’t good for the 21-year-old.
The outfielder struck out six times last week and collected only three walks and four hits.
Overall, Flores has shown speed and aggressiveness running the bases this season with 11 extra-base hits and three stolen bases.
But four hits doesn’t cut it for the usually consistent Flores.
Next week he needs to get back to the things he does best, which is stealing bases and scoring runs.
7. Zoilo Almonte, Outfield
Stats: 40 G, .272 BA, 10 2B, 23 RBI, 28 K, .756 OPS
This week wasn’t great for Zoilo Almonte, but he did have two monster games against Toledo.
Over the two games Almonte had five hits, four RBI, two doubles and he stole two bases.
But aside from these two games, Almonte only had one hit across the other four games.
With Curtis Granderson back in the Bronx, the pressure switches back to Almonte to be productive from the outfield.
The young outfielder struggled to pick up a hit in most of the games last week and struck out five times.
Still, the production against Toledo in the middle of last week was enough to put his stock up.
Almonte is a talented athlete, but the Yankees have such a talented group of outfield prospects that he sometimes is pushed to the side.
This shouldn’t happen; Almonte can bring the lumber and showed that this week.
6. Mark Montgomery, RHP
Stats: 12 G, 1.35 ERA, 20 IP, 10 BB, 27 K
Mark Montgomery had a tough end to last week.
He only appeared in two games this past week, but on Sunday he was scorched for three earned runs in one and a third innings of work.
Montgomery also uncharacteristically only had one strikeout over his time last week.
This is not good news for the young reliever who has sat and watched as numerous other pitchers from the bullpen in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre have been called up.
Montgomery will need to come back strong next week.
5. Angelo Gumbs, 2B
Stats: 12 G, .185 BA, 3 2B, 4 SB, 11 K
Angelo Gumbs is finally back after going through extended spring training to rehab a hand injury.
In his first full week playing with the Tampa Yankees, the young second baseman came out very strong.
Over this past week Gumbs collected seven hits and scored five runs.
Gumbs added two stolen bases and three doubles as well.
The return of Gumbs is good news for New York’s organization, but the fact that he came out hot is great news.
He has the potential to be a strong middle infielder in the future, which is something New York will be looking for.
4. Slade Heathcott, Outfield
Stats: 34 G, .221 BA, 15 RBI, 40 K, 4 SB, .611 OPS
This past week Slade Heathcott did something that he hasn’t been able to accomplish all season: stay consistent.
Batting as mainly a designated hitter, Heathcott hit safely in all six of his game this week.
Heathcott also belted his second home run of the season and picked up his second triple.
All of this is great news for the young outfielder that was struggling to stay about .200 last week.
Heathcott is a hard-nosed player, but he has struggled for most of the young season.
It’s good to see the 22-year-old is starting to put things together, and if he can string together two consistent weeks, Heathcott can push his numbers up even more.
3. Tyler Austin, Right Field
Stats: 41 G, .253 BA, 23 RBI, 43 K, .723 OPS
Much like Heathcott, Tyler Austin added a consistent week in Trenton.
Austin picked up five hits and four RBI this past week while striking out four times.
This lackluster performance week in and week out has turned into the norm for Austin, who hasn’t jumped off the page yet this season.
The 21-year-old is producing with the Double-A Thunder, but it just isn’t enough for a top-three prospect.
His stock hasn’t dropped from last week, but Austin needs to start pushing his production up.
The Yankees will have openings in their outfield in the coming years, and if Austin wants to ride that wave into the Bronx, he needs to start getting better this year.
2. Mason Williams, Outfield
Stats: 37 G, .242 BA, 8 2B, 20 BB, 28 K, 5 SB, .686 OPS
Mason Williams looks to be turning things around in Tampa.
This past week Williams picked up six hits, including a two-hit, two-RBI performance on Sunday.
Another good sign is that Williams swiped two bases in his last two games of the week.
His average may not be there yet, but Williams’ OPS and strike out numbers tell the tale of a hitter that is starting to break out.
Williams already spent part of last season in Tampa, and if he wants to move up again this year, he will need to keep this kind of production going week to week.
He has the tools to be a speedy outfielder in the big leagues, and this week was a step forward.
1. Gary Sanchez, C
Stats: 39 G, .273 BA, 9 2B, 7 HR, 33 RBI, 31 K, .824 OPS
Gary Sanchez is continuing to work back towards his red-hot start at the beginning of the season.
The catcher picked up his seventh home run this past week along with six RBI.
Another key to Sanchez’s rising stock is that he only struck out twice while walking three times.
Sanchez is young and extremely talented.
He has the tools to be power hitter with a great arm in the big show, but he needs to get there first.
Sitting around smacking home runs in Single-A won’t get Sanchez any closer.
It’s no secret that both manager Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman favor a defensive catcher over one with a great bat, but the line needs to be drawn somewhere.
Sanchez needs to move up in the coming years and make it to the Bronx by 2016.
Sitting in Single-A trying to refine his defense while he smokes pitchers may not be the best option.