The Yankees don’t have a ton of young talent ready to impact the major league roster, but these five prospects could help in 2019.
Most of the high-level talent in the Yankees organization currently resides in the lower levels. A rash of call-ups in recent years has the farm system looking a little thin regarding guys who can come up and help in the majors in 2019. Even so, there are some players who can make a meaningful contribution if they get an opportunity.
This piece will examine the five Yankees prospects most likely to help the big league club in 2019. For the record, we’re only considering players that are still listed as prospects by the team. That means players like Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade are not in consideration.
This isn’t a list of the top prospects in the system, instead it’s a list of the most talented players who have a chance to come to the Bronx and make an immediate difference. Estevan Florial is arguably the most talented player in the Yankees farm system, but he’s not coming to New York this season. As such, he isn’t on this list.
We start with a pitch who will begin the year in AA, but has the stuff to become an ace if he can find a way to harness his off speed stuff.
5. Albert Abreu
In terms of pure stuff, Abreu ranks very high among pitchers who reside in the Yankees farm system. He just needs more seasoning before he’s ready to make a big impact in the Bronx.
Abreu currently ranks third in Yankees system according to MLB.com. He pitched some for the team in Spring Training before heading down to minor camp a little before the big leaguers headed north. It would take a rash of injuries to get him to the majors this year, but he’s going to get a real opportunity to break into the Yankees rotation sometime in the near future.