Stock Up, Stock Down for Yankees' Top 10 Prospects for Week 14
As the New York Yankees continue to storm back from a tough West Coast trip, there seems to be good news every day.
Derek Jeter is back to baseball and has been on rehab assignments in Triple-A Scranton.
Others such as Eduardo Nunez and Alex Rodriguez are back to baseball as well.
With all the good news going on with the big club, there were some prospects who had huge weeks down in the minors.
So let’s check out how these guys did.
10. Jose A. Ramirez, RHP Triple-A Scranton
2013 Stats: 13 GS, 2 W, 4 L, 3.08 ERA, 8 HR, 71 K, 29 BB
Overview: Again this week, Jose Ramirez has showed why he was called up to Triple-A.
The right-hander lasted five innings last Friday while giving up only two hits and two runs.
Ramirez didn’t get the win, but he was consistent and showed control.
The Yankees have shown this season that their farm system is full of talented young arms and Ramirez is in that group.
This past week should help build the confidence of the young Ramirez as he continues to gain experience in his first season up in Triple-A.
Last Week’s Stats: 1 GS, 2 H, 2 ER, 6 K, 2 BB
9. Mark Montgomery, RHP Triple-A Scranton
2013 Stats: 20 G, 3.06 ERA, 32.1 IP, 31 H, 39 K, 20 BB
Overview: Mark Montgomery remains on the disabled list to rest his shoulder.
Montgomery has worked through a sore shoulder for much of this year, and this stint on the disabled list is an effort to get his shoulder back to normal.
The right-hander’s fastball hasn’t been up to par this season, and the shoulder problem may have been the cause.
Hopefully for New York, Montgomery’s shoulder heals fully. There will be holes in the bullpen next season and Montgomery may be key to its success.
Last Week’s Stats: None
8. Jose Campos, RHP Single-A Charleston
2013 Stats: 14 GS, 1 W, 4.02 ERA, 56 IP, 12 BB, 53 K
Overview: Jose Campos fought through a tough start last week where he gave up six hits.
The right-hander lasted four innings and only struck out one batter.
Campos hasn’t exactly been lights out this summer, and this past week was another example.
If the young right-hander wants to make any moves forward in the New York organization, he will need to be sharper.
This week he was able to only allow one run, but giving up six hits through only four innings isn’t great.
Next week Campos will need to step it up.
Last Week’s Stats: 1 GS, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
7. Ramon Flores, Left Field Double-A Trenton
2013 Stats: 85 G, .241 BA, 14 2B, 34 RBI, 69 K, 5 SB
Overview: This past week Ramon Flores stayed very consistent.
The outfielder had two multi-hit games and drove in two runs in seven games last week.
Flores picked up after a slow week prior and came our strong with six hits in the first five games of the week.
The young left fielder has been consistent for most of this year, and this week pushed his average up slightly.
If Flores keeps it up, he will be inching closer and closer to hitting .300.
Last Week’s Stats: 7 G, 7 H, 2 RBI, 2 2B, 4 K
6. Rafael De Paula, RHP Single-A Tampa
2013 Stats: 15 GS, 6 W, 3.31 ERA, 5 HR, 26 BB, 105 K
Overview: Rafael De Paula did not have any starts this past week.
The righty’s last start on June 29 didn’t go well and he surrendered six earned runs on seven hits through four innings.
Although De Paula struggled in his most recent start, it isn’t terrible news for the Yankees’ young prospect.
De Paula will need to have a strong second half of the season and continue to improve in Tampa.
If he can dominate in Single-A for the rest of the season, De Paula may get a shot next spring.
Last Week’s Stats: None
5. Angelo Gumbs, 2B Single-A Charleston
2013 Stats: 52 G, .234 BA, 14 2B, 13 BB, 43 K, 11 SB
Overview: This past week second baseman Angelo Gumbs exploded at the plate.
The young infielder had four multi-hit games and blasted two home runs.
This is a welcome change for Gumbs who had been struggling in recent weeks.
Gumbs has had a tough season after being injured and then hitting a slump early on.
The young infielder is exciting and has the talent to keep it up.
Last Week’s Stats: 5 G, 9 H, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 2 SB
4. Tyler Austin, Right Field Double-A Trenton
2013 Stats: 79 G, .257 BA, 15 2B, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 74 K
Overview: It was a down week for Tyler Austin this past week.
The outfielder wasn’t able to pick up more than one hit in the final three games of last week.
Austin had been slowly gaining consistency week to week recently, but this week has dropped his stock in this list.
The young outfielder hasn’t been quite playing like a top prospect this season, and even though this past week wasn’t bad, it’s not top prospect material.
Austin need to pick it up at the plate.
Last Week’s Stats: 7 G, 5 H, 1 HR, 4 K
3. Slade Heathcott, Outfield Double-A Trenton
2013 Stats: 74 G, .250 BA, 14 2B, 33 RBI, 84 K, 8 SB
Overview: Slade Heathcott picked it up this week at the plate.
The outfielder scattered nine hits in six games last week.
Heathcott also collected three doubles this past week and had three multi-hit games.
This past week was a huge step in the right direction for Heathcott, who hasn’t been consistent this season.
If Heathcott can keep these numbers up, his stock will push him higher in this list.
Last Week’s Stats: 6 G, 9 H, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 7 K
2. Mason Williams, Center Field Single-A Tampa
2013 Stats: 69 G, .256 BA, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 14 2B, 3 HR, 10 SB
Overview: Mason Williams only played one game last week, the outfielder had one hit and one RBI and swiped a base in that game.
Williams had a stellar week before at the end of June, and he wasn’t able to continue that this past week.
The outfielder has given fans optimism after a strong couple of weeks recently, and he’ll need to get back to form.
Last Week’s Stats: 1 G, 1 H, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
1. Gary Sanchez, C Single-A Tampa
2013 Stats: 71 G, .269 BA, 19 2B, 12 HR, 55 RBI, 53 K
Overview: The top prospect in the Yankees’ organization had a quiet week.
The catcher played in three games and only added two hits; Sanchez had little production this week.
Sanchez is a talented hitter but still struggles with defense.
The Yankees will need his bat years down the road, and right now is a key time for him to continue to improve.
Last Week’s Stats: 3 G, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 R