NY Yankees: Stock Up, Stock Down for Yankees' Top 10 Prospects for Week 9
With Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis back, the rest of the team seems to be cooling off mightily as the team struggles to muster up any runs.
Outside of the Bronx though in the Yankee farm system, a few players had big weeks for their teams as others continued to fade into the land of missed expectations.
Also this week, a new face has been added to the list as Jose Campos pitched his way out of the No. 9 spot.
So as the Yankees try to figure out how end their losing streak, let’s focus on the young players trying to earn their way into the pinstripes.
It’s time to check out the report on how the Yankees’ 10 best prospects did in Week 9.
All stats taken from MiLB.com, unless otherwise indicated, and are current as of June 2, 2013.
10. Rafael De Paula, RHP
2013 Stats: 11 GS, 6 W, 2.48 ERA, 2HR, 22 BB, 83 K
Overview: In his debut on the list this season, Rafael De Paula didn’t disappoint.
De Paula finally made it into the Yankees' farm system after an MLB investigation about his identity and a visa issue.
He made his debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2012, and he is now playing in Single-A Charleston.
De Paula’s 83 strikeouts in only 54.1 innings is a true testament to the raw talent he possesses.
The 22 year-old has an above-average fastball that sits in the mid-90s and a hard curve as well.
Last week, De Paula didn’t get his usual high number of strikeouts but he was still dominant, only allowing one hit through five innings.
This kid is someone Yankee fans should get excited about.
Last Week’s Stats: 1 G, 1 W, 5 IP, 1 H, 3 K
9. Dante Bichette, Jr. 3B
2013 Stats: 52 G, .232 BA, 7 2B, 4 HR, 52 K, .628 OPS
Overview: This past week Dante Bichette, Jr. wasn’t quite his normal self.
Although he is usually either all power or nothing, Bichette collected eight hits last week.
The third baseman has hit safely in his past seven games, while also picking up two RBI and a double last week.
His seven strikeouts aren’t a great sign that Bichette is gaining the plate discipline he needs, but he still had a solid week.
Let’s hope he can keep up this improvement.
Last Week’s Stats: 6 G, .333 BA, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 7 K
8. Ramon Flores, Left Field
2013 Stats: 55 G, .243 BA, 9 2B, 25 RBI, 46 K, 4 SB
Overview: In his first full season with Double-A Trenton, Ramon Flores isn’t doing a bad job as an everyday left fielder.
This past week was pretty mediocre for the Venezuelan lefty who picked up three RBI and a home run, but aside from that produced little else.
Flores hit safely in six of the seven games last week, with a two-hit performance against Erie.
The 21-year-old has been steady all season for Trenton, but can still push his average up.
Last Week’s Stats: 7 G, .241 BA, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K
7. Zoilo Almonte, Outfield
2013 Stats: 53 G, .286 BA, 11 2B, 6 HR, 27 BB, 39 K, .802 OPS
Overview: Zoilo Almonte had a monster week for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
The outfielder had three multi-hit games and two home runs this past week all while driving in six runs.
Almonte only struck out five times this past week as well.
The young switch-hitting outfielder has grown into a big part of the RailRiders’ offense and this past week was no exception.
Last week was very strong for Almonte, it’ll be interesting to see if he can keep this kind of production up.
Last Week’s Stats: 7 G, .393 BA, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI
6. Mark Montgomery, RHP
2013 Stats: 16 G, 2.33 ERA, 27 IP, 26 H, 34 K, 17 BB
Overview: It seems that week to week, Mark Montgomery can’t put two strong appearances together back to back.
This past week the reliever allowed a run on two hits through one inning of work against Durham—not exactly a dominant outing.
But against Norfolk Montgomery was strong, striking out four and walking only one while giving up no runs.
For the most part this year Montgomery has been his dominant self, there seems to be a hiccup every few appearances and that hiccup came this week.
One run isn’t terrible, but for Montgomery to earn a spot in the Bronx anytime soon he will have to be lights out in Triple-A.
Last Week’s Stats: 2 G, 3.2 IP, 2.81 ERA, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K
5. Angelo Gumbs, 2B
2013 Stats: 25 G, .222 BA, 6 2B, 4 BB, 23 K, 5 SB
Overview: It was another solid week for the young Angelo Gumbs.
The second baseman had a big game early last week against Dayton, where he had three hits, two RBI and a stolen base.
Gumbs continues to push his batting average up week to week, and it has been a solid return for him off the disabled list.
Once again though, Gumbs’ strikeout numbers were consistently high with seven this past week.
At only 20 years old Gumbs is still raw and needs to grow offensively.
But Gumbs is someone to look out for; he has the potential to push into the MLB in a few years.
Last Week’s Stats: 6 G, .240 BA, 3 RBI, 7 K, 1 SB
4. Slade Heathcott, Outfield
2013 Stats: 46 G, .246 BA, 8 2B, 27 RBI, 51 K, 4 SB
Overview: What a week it was for Slade Heathcott.
He started off last week with a two-hit game against Bowie, then added his second multi-hit game of the week against Erie with four hits.
Heathcott picked up four RBI last week along with his fourth home run and seventh and eighth doubles.
The 22-year-old is an intense guy, and he fought through a slump earlier in the season.
Now it looks as though Heathcott has broken out of that slump, as he proceeded to hit safely in all but one game last week.
This is the kind of production Heathcott needs to show every week.
Last Week’s Stats: 6 G, .346 BA, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 HR
3. Tyler Austin, Right Field
2013 Stats: 52 G, .258 BA, 11 2B, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 51 K, .758 OPS
Overview: Tyler Austin only played in four games last week, and he was able to have success in all but one.
Austin went 0-for-6 against Erie last Thursday, earning the Golden Sombrero (three strikeouts) and not getting one base even once.
It was a tough day for Austin, who in the previous three games had collected six hits and five RBI.
In fact if it weren’t for his horrible day against Erie, Austin’s stock would’ve been up.
He still was able to hit two home runs and two doubles last week, even though he only hit safely in three games.
It was a monster three days last week for Austin, but an ugly end to his week.
Last Week’s Stats: 4 G, .333 BA, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 2B
2. Mason Williams, Center Field
2013 Stats: 49 G, .237 BA, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 8 SB, .333 OBP, .658 OPS
Overview: Mason Williams simply isn’t doing what he needs to do to remain a top prospect in any team’s organization.
The outfielder is barely hitting above .235 and he just isn’t producing at the plate at all.
This past week Williams had two multi-hit games, but didn’t have a hit in any other games.
Williams has proven to be very inconsistent, showing one game that he can impact a matchup with his quick bat and feet, then showing other times that he can’t get on base much at all.
At only 21 years old Williams is young, but that’s no excuse for a lack of production from a top prospect.
This year is crucial to Williams moving forward towards the Bronx, and he isn’t helping himself out much at all.
Last Week’s Stats: 5 G, .200 BA, 1 2B, 5 K, 2 SB
1. Gary Sanchez, C
2013 Stats: 48 G, .277 BA, 12 2B, 9 HR, 37 K, .824 OPS
Overview: In limited action last week, Gary Sanchez was still able to make an impact.
Sanchez had two multi-hit games, and added his ninth home run against Dayton.
This week his stock sits at even because aside from his home run and lone RBI, Sanchez was pretty mediocre.
He came out of spring training on fire and then cooled off, and now the young catcher needs to catch fire again.
Sanchez has a powerful bat and has continued to show he can hit for both average and power.
If he can push his numbers up a little more, it should help earn him a spot in Trenton.
Last Week’s Stats: 3 G, .286 BA, 1 HR, 2 K, 1 RBI