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Stock Up, Stock Down for New York Yankees' Top 10 Prospects in Week 22

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIISeptember 2, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for New York Yankees' Top 10 Prospects in Week 22

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    The time for rosters to expand is here, and the weekly stock report on the New York Yankees' top 10 prospects has undergone a slight change as a result.

    Catcher J.R. Murphy, No. 10 on last week's rankings, has received the call to the big leagues and will be left off the Week 22 rankings. In his place, a newcomer has joined the ranks.

    September is usually the time that prospects can make the biggest impact on their respective clubs. Pitchers often get work in an effort to rest the veteran members of the bullpen, and reserve catchers sometimes catch the later innings of games in order to get experience.

    The Yankees may not do this all that often, though. Joe Girardi's club is in the thick of the playoff race, and he will need his established guys to keep on winning games. Now is not the time for prospects to learn on the fly.

    The fact that the call-ups were deemed useful enough to have a chance at playing time speaks to their talent, though. It won't be long before they have a real impact on the Yankees.

10. Nik Turley, LHP, Double-A Trenton

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    2013 Stats: 28 G (27 GS), 11 W, 8 L, 3.79 ERA, 145.0 IP, 76 BB, 141 SO

    Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 2 W, 12.1 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 7 BB, 12 SO

    Overview: J.R. Murphy's promotion created room for a newcomer to the rankings, but left-handed pitcher Nik Turley beat out right-hander Jose Ramirez for the No. 10 spot in the rankings. It was a pretty easy call seeing as Turley was great in Week 22.

    He racked up two wins in two games started while striking out 12 in 12.1 innings. His best start came on August 27 when he allowed just one unearned run over 7.1 innings.

    Turley walks a few too many batters and needs to work on his command before a trip to the bigs is in his future. He doesn't throw all that hard, so locating his pitches and working the zone is important. He walked seven this week, but was lucky enough to avoid damage by limiting big hits.

    Stock: Up

9. Mark Montgomery, RHP, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

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    2013 Stats: 29 G, 2 W, 3 L, 3.38 ERA, 45.1 IP, 41 H, 59 SO, 25 BB

    Last Week's Stats: Did not play

    Overview: Mark Montgomery is lucky that Nik Turley is new to the top 10. It's difficult to put a new member of the rankings ahead of a prospect that's been there all season, so even Montgomery's lack of health doesn't drop him from No. 9.

    There isn't much left to say about Montgomery that hasn't been said in previous weeks. Once considered the heir apparent to Mariano Rivera, Montgomery's injury and down performance this season hurt his chances to grab the role in the future.

    He'll have to be healthy and dominant in 2014 to regain those expectations.

    Stock: Even

     

8. Angelo Gumbs, 2B, Single-A Charleston

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    2013 Stats: .213 BA, 91 G, 20 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 37 RBI, 86 SO, 21 BB

    Last Week's Stats: Did not play

    Overview: Angelo Gumbs has had a terrible season—period.

    A very streaky hitter, Gumbs has been disappointing more often than he's been productive. The second baseman has speed to burn, but his inability to get on base has hindered his ability to make an impact on the bases.

    He'll need to show major improvement in 2014, otherwise the Yankees need to look at developing another prospect at second base. Robinson Cano won't be around forever.

    Having not played since August 21, it's safe to say that Gumbs' season is probably over.

    Stock: Even

7. Rafael De Paula, RHP, High-A Tampa

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    2013 Stats: 24 G (23 GS), 7 W, 5 L, 4.29 ERA, 113.1 IP, 53 BB, 146 SO

    Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 1 L, 5.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 2 HR, 1 BB, 4 SO

    Overview: The last time Rafael De Paula had a really impressive start was way back on July 30. Since, he has allowed 15 earned runs in just 21.1 innings. Last week featured the same trend.

    De Paula, the only Yankee to be represented in the MLB Futures Game, allowed 11 baserunners in five innings pitched. It was good that he struck out four times as many batters as he walked, though, as that had been a problem for him in previous outings.

    De Paula may be getting tired as the season comes to a close, and 2014 will have high expectations for the hard-throwing righty. Look for him to start making moves through the organization in the future, even if his control issues continue.

    Stock: Down

6. Jose Campos, RHP, Single-A Charleston

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    2013 Stats: 26 G (19 GS), 4 W, 2 L, 3.41 ERA, 87.0 IP, 16 BB, 77 SO

    Last Week's Stats: Did not play

    Overview: Jose Campos did not pitch a single game last week, and with the regular season over on September 2, his season is likely over as well.

    Campos was shaky in the beginning of 2013 as a starter, but a move to the bullpen at the end of the season rejuvenated the young right hander. He pitched four scoreless appearances out of the pen, with his first appearance resulting in a five-run struggle.

    As the "throw-in" member of the Michael Pineda-Jesus Montero swap, Campos has a real future with the Yankees. He'll look to improve in 2014 and make his way through the system. He rises to No. 6 this week mostly because of Rafael De Paula's shortcomings, but also because of his overall solid season.

    Stock: Up

5. Tyler Austin, RF, Double-A Trenton

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    2013 Stats: 85 G, .265 BA, 86 H, 17 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 40 RBI, 42 BB, 79 SO

    Last Week's Stats: 2 G, 3 H, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 3 SO

    Overview: Last week, I said that Tyler Austin couldn't move down past No. 4 in the rankings because of his talent level in comparison to his colleagues in the Yankees system.

    Well, I was wrong (and I humbly admit it). A ridiculous performance from another Trenton outfielder deserved the recognition of moving up in the rankings—even if his talent level isn't on par with Austin's.

    Austin made his much-awaited return in Week 22, but it comes too little, too late. His season should be ruled as a disappointment in every stretch of the imagination. After destroying the ball in previous seasons, Austin was just average at the dish. He'll look to have a big year in 2014.

    Stock: Down (in the rankings, but not necessarily in terms of production)

4. Ramon Flores, LF, Double-A Trenton

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    2013 Stats: 136 G, .260 BA, 139 H, 25 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 55 RBI, 77 BB, 98 SO

    Last Week's Stats: 8 G, 13 H, 10 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 4 SO

    Overview: Ramon Flores put on an absolute show in Week 22. He benefited immensely from a double-header on August 31, as he totaled three hits and four runs scored on just that day alone.

    For not being known as an impact guy with the stick, Flores has done great in recent weeks. He saw his batting average jump from .251 to .260 in just eight games, recording an astounding 13 hits. Five of those hits went for extra bases.

    An underrated aspect of this week was the fact that he walked more times than he struck out. That's a real sign of when a player is doing well. Even when he's not making contact, he's getting on base and creating opportunities for his teammates.

    Stock: Up

3. Slade Heathcott, OF, Double-A Trenton

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    2013 Stats: 103 G, .261, 22 2B, 7 3B, 8 HR, 49 RBI, 107 K, 36 BB

    Last Week's Stats: Did not play

    Overview: Slade Heathcott put together a decent season in 2013, though there are some aspects of his game that need fine-tuning.

    For one, Heathcott needs to learn how to be patient at the dish and work walks. Accumulating just 36 walks over 399 at-bats isn't really what the Yankees would like to see out of one of their most talented prospects.

    Most important, Heathcott needs to work on minimizing strikeouts. He struck out in over a quarter of his at-bats and failed to keep the line moving on all too many occasions. If he learns to put the ball in play just a bit more, then he could rack up a few more hits and RBI in the process.

    Stock: Even

2. Mason Williams, CF, Double-A Trenton

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    2013 Stats: 117 G, .245 BA, 117 H, 24 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 40 BB, 79 SO, 15 SB

    Last Week's Stats: 6 G, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 SO

    Overview: After coming in at No. 1 last week, Mason Williams put on a pretty bad showing in Week 22. He got on base just four times in six games, striking out six times in the process. His worst game came on August 26 when he was sat down on strikes three times.

    Williams and Gary Sanchez have been flip-flopping for the past several weeks at No. 1, but Williams' bad week was pretty easy to top. The young outfielder has a bright future ahead of him, but he's had much more difficult of a time adjusting to Double-A pitching.

    Next season, expect Williams to start out at Double-A. If he catches fire early on, then another promotion could be in the cards by midseason.

    Stock: Down

     

1. Gary Sanchez, C, Double-A Trenton

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    2013 Stats: 117 G, .253 BA, 115 H, 27 2B, 15 HR, 71 RBI, 41 BB, 87 SO

    Last Week's Stats: 6 G, 7 H, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SO

    Overview: Once again, Gary Sanchez has grabbed the top spot in the Yankees' organizational rankings. Sanchez can flat-out hit, and he showed that once again in Week 22.

    Sure, it wasn't the most impressive of weeks, but he did hit a home run and knock in five. He's had weeks in which he filled up the stat sheet even more, but this week was more than enough to take No. 1 away from Mason Williams.

    Sanchez could be a guy that gets to Triple-A early in 2014. The Yankees aren't exactly in the best shape at catcher, and Sanchez is probably the best guy they have in the organization at the position. If he had a little more experience, he'd be in the bigs right now.

    Stock: Up

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