NY Yankees: Stock Up, Stock Down for Yankees' Top 10 Prospects for Week 17
The New York Yankees received a pleasant surprise on Sunday when Derek Jeter homered in his first at-bat since coming off the disabled list from a quad strain.
It was the first home run by a right-handed hitter for the Yankees since before the All-Star break.
Along with Jeter’s return, other Yankees such as Jayson Nix and Curtis Granderson are progressing towards coming back as well.
That is great news for the Yankees, who had seemed to be deflating since the All-Star break.
But as the Yankees' veterans continue to return, we are reminded of the importance of the future, more specifically, who can replace those aging veterans in the coming years?
The New York organization hasn’t been a hotbed for top talent since Jeter came through, along with Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte.
Let’s check out how the future of the Yankees is coming along with the weekly stock report of New York’s top minor league prospects.
10. Jose A. Ramirez, RHP, Triple-A Scranton
2013 Stats: 16 GS, 2 W, 6 L, 3.67 ERA, 10 HR, 78 K, 36 BB
Last Week’s Stats: 1 GS, 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 K, 1 BB
Overview: Jose Ramirez’s struggles on the Triple-A level have continued.
The right-handed starter appeared in only one game last week, giving up three runs on five hits through three innings.
Ramirez has barely stayed on this list after his first appearance, and he seems to be on his way off it.
He is still young and getting valuable experience in Scranton, but Ramirez needs to find that success that earned him the call-up.
If Ramirez doesn’t have another solid outing next week, he may find himself back in Double-A.
9. Jose Campos, RHP, Single-A Charleston
2013 Stats: 18 GS, 1 W, 3.50 ERA, 72 IP, 16 BB, 68 K
Last Week’s Stats: 1 GS, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 3 BB
Overview: Over the past two weeks, Jose Campos has been building on his solid starts.
The young right-hander has lowered his ERA and has given up no more than two hits per start in his last four starts.
Campos only goes four innings per start, he made his start count last week. The only blemish to his game was allowing one earned run and three walks, an uncharacteristically high number of walks for Campos.
Campos hasn’t been a really exciting prospect this summer, but he is continuing to improve. The Venezuelan has a chance to move up to Tampa next season if his improvement continues.
8. Ramon Flores, Left Field, Double-A Trenton
2013 Stats: 102 G, .244 BA, 15 2B, 37 RBI, 80 K, 6 SB
Last Week’s Stats: 6 G, 6 H, 0 RBI, 1 3B, 3 K
Overview: Ramon Flores had a decent showing at the plate this past week.
The left-handed outfielder collected six hits in six games, hitting safely in all but one and only struck out three times.
Aside from his one triple, Flores mainly collected and had a minimal impact for the offense.
Flores has been a mediocre hitter throughout this season and this week was no exception.
He has maintained a batting average around .250 with 37 RBI in 102 games. That kind of production will keep him in Double-A for another year if things don’t change.
7. Mark Montgomery, RHP, Triple-A Scranton
2013 Stats: 25 G, 2.95 ERA, 39.2 IP, 37 H, 51 K, 22 BB
Last Week’s Stats: 1 G, 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
Overview: Mark Montgomery is back.
The short-relief specialist appeared with Scranton on Saturday for first time since June 17 and fanned two while allowing no runs in two innings.
That was great news for both the Yankees and Montgomery, especially with the July 31 major league non-waiver trade deadline coming up.
If Montgomery is healthy again and returns to his usual dominance at the Triple-A level, he may get a chance with the Yankees this year.
With trade rumors surrounding Joba Chamberlain, as reported by NESN.com, his possible departure can open a hole for Montgomery.
A key for Montgomery will be to remain healthy because if his shoulder gives him more problems, his stock will plummet.
6. Angelo Gumbs, Second Base, Single-a Charleston
2013 Stats: 67 G, .237 BA, 16 2B, 18 BB, 58 K, 14 SB
Last Week’s Stats: 3 G, 3 H, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 HR
Overview: Angelo Gumbs has continued to slowly push his average towards .250.
Last week, Gumbs only played in three games, but hit safely in each game, including ripping a three-run home run on Monday, July 22.
Gumbs has shown repeated success since being sent down to Charleston where he is hitting .270 with four home runs and 22 RBI.
The young infielder has shown impressive speed with 14 stolen bases this year, but still can’t put it together completely at the plate.
This week was another chapter in his slow progression in Charleston.
5. Rafael De Paula, RHP, Single-A Tampa
2013 Stats: 17 GS, 6 W, 3.93 ERA, 5 HR, 33 BB, 119 K
Last Week’s Stats: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 8 K
Overview: Young pitching prospect Rafael De Paula continues to struggle.
In his fourth straight start, De Paula finished with an ERA of over five for the game while giving up three earned runs.
Over this recent four-game skid, De Paula has surrendered at least three earned runs each time out.
Obviously, this isn’t a good thing, but the righty did fan eight batters last week. It wasn’t a good week, but De Paula is capable of bouncing back and will need to finish strong this year.
4. Tyler Austin, Right Field, Double-A Trenton
2013 Stats: 81 G, .254 BA, 15 2B, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 76 K
Last Week’s Stats: None
Overview: Tyler Austin finds himself on the disabled list.
The young outfielder hasn’t played a game at Double-A Trenton since July 12 when he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
As CBSSports reports, Austin was placed on the DL with a wrist injury and there is no timetable for his return.
A break from the field may benefit Austin, who had been struggling at the plate recently. Austin needs to get healthy and back to playing before the end of the season because if he doesn’t, he may slip into the mold of a prospect who is no longer relevant.
3. Slade Heathcott, Outfield, Double-A Trenton
2013 Stats: 92 G, .257 BA, 6 HR, 18 2B, 44 RBI, 98 K, 11 SB
Last Week’s Stats: 8 G, 6 H, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 7 K
Overview: Slade Heathcott had an average showing at the plate this past week.
The young outfielder had two home runs and drove in four runs in his eight games.
Heathcott has been a streaky hitter for most of the year, and this past week was a microcosm of his season. In one game, he struck out three times in three at-bats, and in two other games, he homered in each.
As a quick outfielder with a solid defensive skill set, Heathcott doesn’t need to be a power hitter, but he does need to get on base. His .316 OBP indicates that Heathcott simply isn’t getting on base enough.
Heathcott has been solid, but needs to start picking it up at the plate if he wants to move up anytime soon.
2. Gary Sanchez, C, Single-A Tampa
2013 Stats: 88 G, .259 BA, 21 2B, 13 HR, 61 RBI, 65 K
Last Week’s Stats: 5 G, 3 H, 1 R, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K
Overview: In his first week outside of the top spot in this ranking, Gary Sanchez struggled mightily.
Over the past two weeks Sanchez has been ice-cold at the plate with a .186 average in his past 10 games.
Sanchez’s average is plummeting, as is his run production while his strikeouts are beginning to add up.
This is troubling for the entire organization because what sets Sanchez apart is his bat. It looks as though Sanchez will need to make some sort of change to his approach at the plate.
Yankees fans and the New York organization both hope that Sanchez can start turning it around this week.
1. Mason Williams, Center Field, Single-A Tampa
2013 Stats: 85 G, .276 BA, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 20 2B, 11 SB
Last Week’s Stats: 7 G, 8 H, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 K
Overview: It looks as though top outfield prospect Mason Williams is finally living up to expectations.
The young outfielder has been steadily pushing his average closer to .300 and has stayed consistent since the All-Star break.
Williams’ biggest game last week came on Tuesday when he went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two extra-base hits.
Williams had been up and down all season at the plate until now. He has scored six runs in his past 10 games while striking out only five times.
Williams has really turned it on offensively over the last two weeks.