Yankees top 20 prospects in 2017

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It took a while to get there, but the Yankees have among the best farm systems in baseball in 2017. Here's a glimpse at the their top prospects this season.
Note: ETAs are according to MLB Pipeline.

1. Gleyber Torres, SS

Status: Out for 2017 season after undergoing Tommy
(Credit: Getty Images / Justin K. Aller)

Status: Out for 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Signed: July 2, 2013 by Chicago Cubs
Born: Dec. 13, 1996 in Caracas, Venezuela
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175 lbs.
ETA: 2018
Torres moved one step closer to the majors on May 21 as the Yankees promoted him from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but that all came crashing down after he suffered an elbow injury on a play at the plate on June 17. It was later revealed that Torres would miss the remained of the season and undergo Tommy John surgery. He's expected to return for spring training in 2018. Torres, the big return for the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman trade at the 2016 deadline with the Chicago Cubs, slashed .273/.367/.496 with five home runs and 18 RBIs in 32 games with the Thunder before getting promoted. The youngster impressed as a 19-year-old in the Arizona Fall League with a .403 average to become the youngest MVP and batting champion in the league's history. He continued to dazzle during the spring with his exceptional fielding ability and a .448/.469/.931 slash line in 19 games in major-league camp.

2. Clint Frazier, OF

Team: Yankees Bats/Throws: Right/Right Drafted: No. 5 overall
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Team: Yankees
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Drafted: No. 5 overall in 2013 by Indians
Born: Sept. 6, 1994 in Decatur, Georgia
Height: 6-1
Weight: 190 lbs.
ETA: 2017
In his short time in the Yankees' organization, Frazier already has been involved in a bit of controversy. First, he put off cutting his long red locks in keeping with the team's hair policy. Then, he was accused of asking if the Yankees would unretire Mickey Mantle's No. 7, a rumor general manager Brian Cashman quickly squashed. Both situations were blown out of proportion. Frazier, who the Yankees acquired in a four-player package from the Indians for Andrew Miller at the 2016 trade deadline, is projected to have 30-homer power and has the ability to play every spot in the outfield. The Yankees called up Frazier from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 1.

3. Chance Adams, RHP

Team: Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders (Triple-A) Bats/Throws: Right/Right Drafted:
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Team: Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders (Triple-A)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Drafted: No. 153 overall in 2015 by Yankees
Born: Aug. 10, 1994 in Scottsdale, Arizona
Height: 6-1
Weight: 210 lbs.
ETA: 2017
After six starts with Double-A Trenton to start his 2017 campaign, Adams was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre on May 12. The converted reliever went 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA and was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week after getting off to a 2-0 start with a 0.79 ERA in 11 2/3 innings with Trenton this season. The move to the rotation after getting limited experience as a starter in college seems to be working for Adams. He led the entire minors in winning percentage (.929) and opponents' average (.169) and finished second in WHIP (0.90), splitting time between Tampa and Trenton last season. The righthander has a four-pitch arsenal, with plus grades on his fastball and slider, and has been heralded for his command.

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4. Justus Sheffield, LHP

Status: Seven-day minor league disabled list Bats/Throws: Left/Left
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Status: Seven-day minor league disabled list
Bats/Throws: Left/Left
Drafted: No. 31 overall in 2014 by Indians
Born: May 13, 1996 in Tullahoma, Tennessee
Height: 5-11
Weight: 200 lbs.
ETA: 2018
The Yankees acquired Sheffield from the Indians as another big piece in the Andrew Miller deal at the 2016 trade deadline. He's been touted by many, including general manager Brian Cashman, as a guy with three above-average pitches: fastball, slider and changeup. Despite being undersized, he stays on top of his pitches. Sheffield initially signed with Vanderbilt, where his older brother Jordan played, but he instead decided to enter the 2014 draft. The one blemish on Sheffield's record is an offseason arrest in his hometown in 2015 for which he pleaded guilty to underage drinking and aggravated criminal trespassing. It was something the Yankees considered when trading for him, but Cashman told the Daily News before spring training that his reputation otherwise has been "nothing but exemplary." Sheffield landed on the seven-day minor league disabled list with a right oblique injury on July 6.

5. Estevan Florial, OF

Team: Tampa Yankees (High-A) Bats/Throws: Left/Right Signed: March
(Credit: Charleston RiverDogs / Zach Bland)

Team: Tampa Yankees (High-A)
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Signed: March 19, 2015 by Yankees
Born: Nov. 11, 1997 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185 lbs.
ETA: 2020
Florial emerged as one of the top players during the 2014-15 international signing period, but after some controversy surrounding his identity, the Yankees landed him for a fraction of the cost. The youngster has above average power and plus speed, arm strength and fielding grades. Florial has the ability to hit to all fields, but he has a tendency to strikeout, something the 19-year-old should improve upon as he gets more plate appearances. Florial started the season with Single-A Charleston, where he slashed .297/.373/.483 with 11 home runs, 43 RBIs, 64 runs and 17 stolen bases in 91 games before getting called up to Tampa on Aug. 1.

6. Albert Abreu, RHP

Status: Seven-day minor-league disabled list Bats/Throws: Right/Right Signed:
(Credit: Yankees / Mark LoMoglio)

Status: Seven-day minor-league disabled list
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Signed: Aug. 5, 2013 by Astros
Born: Sept. 26, 1995 in Guayubin, Dominican Republic
Height: 6-2 Weight: 175 lbs.
ETA: 2019
The Yankees acquired Abreu from the Astros in November as part of the deal for Brian McCann. After making three strong appearances with Single-A Charleston (1-0, 1.84 ERA, 0.818 WHIP, 22 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings) to begin 2017, Abreu moved up to High-A Tampa, but he landed on the seven-day minor league disabled list after six starts. The righthander has increased the speed on his fastball to the 93-97 mph range, and according to MiLB.com, he reached 100 mph in his final start with Charleston before getting promoted. Abreu also throws a curveball, slider and changeup, but it's unclear which of his secondary pitches is best yet. Control is the biggest question mark for Abreu, who has averaged 4.3 walks per nine innings in his minor-league career.

7. Miguel Andujar, 3B

Team: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A) Bats/Throws: Right/Right Signed: July
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Team: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Signed: July 2, 2011 by Yankees
Born: March 2, 1995
Height: 6-0
Weight: 215 lbs.
ETA: 2018
The Yankees promoted Andujar to the big-league club on Wednesday, June 28, just over a week after he had been promoted from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Andujar had a brilliant debut, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, but was quickly sent back down to Scranton. With Trenton, he slashed .312/.342/.494 with seven home runs, 52 RBIs and 30 runs in 67 games. Chase Headley is signed through 2018, but Andujar looks like the Yankees' third baseman of the future. Andujar has a cannon at the hot corner, with a 70 grade (out of 80) on his arm. And while he's been praised for his defense, the youngster has drawn comparisons to Jose Bautista with his quick hands at the plate. Splitting time between Tampa and Trenton last season, Andujar slashed .273/.332/.410 with 12 home runs, 83 RBIs and 62 runs in 130 games.

8. Tyler Wade, SS/2B

Team: Yankees Bats/Throws: Left/Right Drafted: No. 134 overall
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Team: Yankees
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Drafted: No. 134 overall in 2013 by Yankees
Born: Nov. 23, 1994 in Murrieta, California
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185 lbs.
ETA: 2017
With Didi Gregorius out, Wade fought to make the big-league roster heading into the 2017 season. He had an impressive spring, hitting .357 in 25 games, but ultimately the Yankees reassigned him to Scranton/Wilkes Barre and went with Ronald Torreyes and Pete Kozma as their options at short. But after Starlin Castro hit the disabled list, the Yankees recalled Wade on June 27. He was sent back down to Scranton on July 15 but quickly called back up on July 23. With Gregorius and Castro expected to man the middle infield for the foreseeable future, the Yankees experimented with Wade in the outfield in the Arizona Fall League last season, setting him up to be a super-utility man. Wade leaves something to be desired at the plate, but he's a skilled defender who has the speed to be a threat on the basepaths.

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9. Domingo Acevedo, RHP

Team: Trenton Thunder (Double-A) Bats/Throws: Right/Right Signed: Oct.
(Credit: Yankees / Mark LoMoglio)

Team: Trenton Thunder (Double-A)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Signed: Oct. 17, 2012 by Yankees
Born: March 6, 1994
Height: 6-7
Weight: 190 lbs.
ETA: 2018
Despite posting an inflated 4.57 ERA in seven starts to start the year with High-A Tampa, Acevedo earned a promotion to Double-A Trenton with a 52:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. After impressing with Trenton, Acevedo was promoted to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, but was quickly demoted after posting a 4.38 ERA in two starts. With his size and dominant fastball, Acevedo is like a righthanded Aroldis Chapman. He's touched 103 mph on the gun, and while the Yankees' have predominantly used him as a starter in the minors, there's speculation that he'll eventually be moved to the bullpen, where he could become a top-flight closer. Acevedo's arsenal also includes an above-average changeup, and he's working to develop his slider.

10. Tyler Austin, 1B/OF

Status: 10-day disabled list with right hamstring bruise
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Status: 10-day disabled list with right hamstring bruise
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Drafted: No. 415 overall in 2010 by Yankees
Born: Sept. 6, 1991
Height: 6-2
Weight: 220 lbs.
ETA: 2017
Austin had a shot to make the big-league team out of spring training, but he suffered a fractured foot in February that landed him on the 60-day disabled list. He was assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on June 5 after his DL stint, but quickly found himself in the majors after the Yankees designated Chris Carter for assignment on June 24. But Austin landed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury on June 29. Though Austin avoided the DL in 2016, he has missed chunks of time with various injuries every year from 2012 to 2015. Austin, among the Yankees' top hitting prospects, homered in his major-league debut last August and hit five long balls in 31 games with the Yankees in 2016.

11. Nick Solak, 2B

Team: Trenton Thunder (Double-A) Bats/Throws: Right/Right Drafted: No.
(Credit: AP / Timothy D. Easley)

Team: Trenton Thunder (Double-A)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Drafted: No. 62 overall in 2016 by Yankees
Born: Jan. 11, 1995 in Woodridge, Illinois
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175 lbs.
ETA: 2019
In a somewhat surprising move, the Yankees selected Solak in the second round of the 2016 draft. Solak got off to a hot start as a junior with Louisville in 2016, hitting .455 in 22 games before suffering a broken wrist after getting hit by a pitch. But he struggled after returning a month later. Solak's above average bat and speed were enough to impress the Yankees, though, and it has paid off. Solak started the year with High-A Tampa where he slashed .301/.397/.460 with 10 home runs, 44 RBIs, 56 runs and 13 stolen bases in 100 games before getting called up to Double-A Trenton on Aug. 1.

12. Jorge Guzman, RHP

Team: Staten Island Yankees (Low-A) Bats/Throws: Right/Right Signed:

Team: Staten Island Yankees (Low-A)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Signed: June 15, 2014 by Houston Astros
Born: Jan. 28, 1996 in Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic
Height: 6-2
Weight: 182 lbs.
ETA: 2019
The Yankees acquired Guzman and fellow righthander Albert Abreu from the Astros for Brian McCann last November. The hard-throwing righthander lights up radar guns with a rare 80 scouting grade on his fastball, which hovers between 97 and 103 mph, but his control has been a bit of an issue. Guzman has predominantly been used as a starter, but with triple-digit speed on his fastball, he could become a closer down the line.

13. Freicer Perez, RHP

Team: Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A) Bats/Throws: Right/Right Signed: Dec.
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Team: Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Signed: Dec. 15, 2014 by Yankees
Born: March 14, 1996 in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Height: 6-8
Weight: 190 lbs.
ETA: 2019
The Yankees already have two players who stand at at least 6-7 in Aaron Judge and Dellin Betances, and the 6-8 Perez could join the ranks among them in the next couple of seasons. Perez has drastically improved the speed on his fastball, going from the 90-93 mph range in 2015 to the 94-97 mph range in 2016. The lanky righthander has topped out at 99 mph on his plus plus fastball. Perez's two other offerings, a curveball and changeup, are above average.

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14. Matt Sauer, RHP

Team: Gulf Coast League Yankees West (Rookie) Bats/Throws:

Team: Gulf Coast League Yankees West (Rookie)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Drafted: No. 54 overall in 2017 by Yankees
Born: Jan. 21, 1999 in Santa Maria, California
Height: 6-4
Weight: 195 lbs.
ETA: 2021
In his short time as a pro, Sauer has made big gains on his plus fastball. He hovered at 88-92 mph on his fastball in high school, hit 95 mph earlier in 2017 and got up to 97 mph by mid-spring. Now, it ranges from 91-95 consistently. At just 18, he should continue to add speed. Sauer has three other pitches, a slider, curveball and changeup, with his slider being his best secondary pitch.

15. Nolan Martinez, RHP

Team: Gulf Coast Yankees West (Rookie) Bats/Throws: Right/Right
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Team: Gulf Coast Yankees West (Rookie)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Drafted: No. 98 overall in 2016 by Yankees
Born: June 30, 1998 in Culver City, California
Height: 6-2
Weight: 165 lbs.
ETA: 2020
Initially committed to San Diego State, Martinez signed with the Yankees last June after they drafted him in the third round. Martinez had limited experience as a pitcher entering his senior year of high school but emerged as a top prospect after going 8-2 with a 0.49 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings. At 18, Martinez has a lot of room to grow. His fastball averages between 89-92 mph and tops out at 95.

16. Dermis Garcia, 3B

Team: Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A) Bats/Throws: Right/Right Signed: July
(Credit: AP / Tom Priddy)

Team: Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Signed: July 2, 2014
Born: Jan. 7, 1998 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height: 6-3
Weight: 200 lbs.
ETA: 2020
Garcia is yet another Yankees signee from the 2014-15 international class. He's touted for his power, and while he didn't homer in his 2015 debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees, Garcia finished second in the Appalachian League with 13 long balls last season. Garcia also led the Appalachian League with 79 strikeouts as he searches for consistency at the plate. The youngster slashed .270/.397/.565 with nine home runs, 25 RBIs, and 24 runs in 33 games with the Pulaski Yankees before getting called up to Single-A Charleston.

16. Dillon Tate, RHP

Team: Tampa Yankees (High-A) Bats/Throws: Right/Right Drafted: No.
(Credit: AP / Ron Jenkins)

Team: Tampa Yankees (High-A)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Drafted: No. 4 overall in 2015 by Rangers
Born: May 1, 1994 in Harbor City, California
Height: 6-2
Weight: 165 lbs.
ETA: 2019
Tate, who the Yankees acquired from the Rangers as the big piece in the Carlos Beltran deal at last year's deadline, didn't get an invite to big-league spring training this season after struggling with his mechanics. The righthander was unimpressive as a middle reliever last season with Charleston and then in Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, but the Yankees hope he he can regain his plus fastball and above-average slider that made him the top pitcher off the board in the 2015 draft.

18. Domingo German, RHP

Team: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A) Bats/Throws: Right/Right Signed: May 27,
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Team: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Signed: May 27, 2010 by Miami Marlins
Born: Aug. 8, 1992
Height: 6-2
Weight: 175 lbs.
ETA: 2017
The Yankees acquired German from the Marlins in a trade for Martin Prado and David Phelps in December 2014, but the righthander suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery and kept him out for all of the 2015 season. German returned in 2016 and went 1-3 with a 3.08 ERA, 1.047 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 10 starts over 49 2/3 innings splitting time between Charleston and Tampa. Now in 2017, he's back to full strength and made his big-league debut in June. German mostly has been used as a starter since joining the Yankees farm system, but he came out of the bullpen in his five big-league appearances. Because of his size and unproven durability, that's where he could end up.

19. Kyle Holder, 2B/SS

Team: Tampa Yankees (High-A) Bats/Throws: Left/Right Drafted: No.
(Credit: AP / Gregory Payan)

Team: Tampa Yankees (High-A)
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Drafted: No. 30 overall in 2015 by Yankees
Born: May 25, 1994 in San Diego, California
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185 lbs.
ETA: 2019
The former two-sport athlete is known for his defense with a plus plus fielding grade. Holder played both baseball and basketball at Grossmont Junior College in California before focusing on baseball at San Diego. Holder leaves something to be desired on offense, but after making some adjustments, he slashed .290/.323/.347 in 2016 with Single-A Tampa, up from .213/.273/.253 in 2015 with Low-A Staten Island.

20. Wilkerman Garcia, SS

Team: Staten Island Yankees (Low-A) Bats/Throws: Switch/Right Signed:
(Credit: AP / Tom Priddy)

Team: Staten Island Yankees (Low-A)
Bats/Throws: Switch/Right
Signed: July 2, 2014 by Yankees
Born: April 1, 1998 in Maracay, Venezuela
Height: 6-0
Weight: 176 lbs.
ETA: 2020
Garcia also was signed as part of the 2014-15 international class. The Yankees have said Garcia needs to get bigger. There have been questions about whether he'll stay at shortstop because of concerns with his speed and arm strength, both of which have above average grades. Garcia struggled offensively in rookie ball last season, slashing .198/.255/.284 with one home run, 13 RBIs and 21 runs in 54 games, but the Yankees expect the switch-hitter to turn things around.

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