Baseball America listed their top 100 prospects list and Yankee fans who have been treated to young stars like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Luis Severino should be happy and anxious for more young players on the come.
Six Yankees’ prospects are part of that top 100.
Since Clint Frazier spent some time in the majors last year, he isn’t even listed.
The six are:
#6 INF Gleyber Torres who, if he doesn’t break camp as the Yanks’ 2B, should be called up very early this season for just that purpose.
#38. OF Estevan Florial, who will probably start at High-A Tampa.
#41. LHP Starter Justus Sheffield, probably ticketed for AAA SWB.
#59. 3B Miguel Andujar who could be the Opening Day 3B.
#77. RHP Albert Abreu who will probably start at AA or AAA.
#81. RHP Chance Adams. Probably AAA bound.
Three former Yankees’ prospects made the list as well. These are prospects traded for Sonny Gray and Giancarlo Stanton.
On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame will announce who the BBWAA has selected as their HOF inductees for this year. They will join Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who were selected via committee.
So far, with some polling done, it appears these players will get in, having met 75% of the vote:
Close (over 60%) are
Mike Mussina (tracking around 72%)
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, each around 66%
Curt Schilling, around 60%
Some views of mine: Disappointed in the possible steroid users getting more votes.
And hope Mussina makes it, especially since, as I noted before, you had jerks like the one guy from Cleveland who ONLY voted for two former Indian players (Thome and Omar Vizquel) and no one else.
Cross off a possible landing spot for Jacoby Ellsbury. Although Ellsbury has a no-trade clause, there was hope among Yankees fans that Ellsbury may waive it if dealt to SF, who trains in Arizona and who isn’t far from Oregon, where Ellsbury is from. Of course, how much the Yanks would have to eat as far as that contract is concerned is another matter. Besides, who wants him? And Ellsbury doesn’t want to go anywhere, even if right now he is a 5th OF.
But there was talk of SF, who needed outfielders. Instead SF traded for Andrew McCutchen and today signed Austin Jackson as a free agent. Interesting they went for A-Jax, because Lorenzo Cain is still available.