CLEVELAND — Even though Brian Cashman sacrificed some prospects in trades with the White Sox and A’s, the Yankees’ farm system remains one of baseball’s best.
MLB.com ranked the Bombers’ system fourth-best in the game at the midway point of the 2017 campaign. The Yankees had the second-best system going into the season.
Cashman traded 2015 and 2016 first-round picks James Kaprielian and Blake Rutherford in deals that netted the Bombers David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, Todd Frazier and Sonny Gray. The Bombers also sent out Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler, Ian Clarkin and Tito Polo.
Still, they have Gleyber Torres (No. 3 in top-100), Clint Frazier (No. 27), Chance Adams (No. 61), Estevan Florial (No. 90), Justus Sheffield (No. 93) and Miguel Andujar, among others.
Yankees’ pitching, not offense, carrying team through second half
Writes MLB.com’s minor expert Jim Callis: “The Yankees had the game’s deepest farm system before (the trades). … They still may have the deepest.”
Callis praised the Yankees for their depth in the infield and their many power arms — including Domingo Acevedo, Albert Abreu, Jorge Guzman, Freicer Perez and 2017 second-round pick Matt Sauer.
The Yankees are extremely high on Florial, the 19-year-old outfielder who was just promoted to Class-A Tampa. Callis expects that Florial will move up on his top-100 list.
Cashman has recently acquired International Signing Bonus money in three trades, signaling that the Bombers want to continue to try and find quality talent such as Luis Severino and Gary Sanchez overseas.
Yankees dominated by Corey Kluber, Indians in Sonny Gray’s debut
Joe Girardi wasn’t surprised by anything he saw from Sonny Gray on Thursday night: “I thought he showed a lot of poise. (It was his) first start here, and there’s been a lot of talk about him. The first inning that we created defensively, it didn’t seem to bother him.” … Girardi felt Jaime Garcia looked “rusty” in his Yankee debut on Friday. … Greg Bird (ankle) and Starlin Castro (hamstring) did some light activity on the field before Friday’s game. “They’re both doing tee and toss, which is a good thing,” Girardi said. “I know Birdie is throwing. Keep trying to do more and more every day.” Aaron Hicks (oblique) and Tyler Austin (hamstring) both played Friday night for Triple-A Scranton as they continue their minor-league rehab stints. Hicks went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts while Austin produced a walk-off, two-run homer. There remains no timetable for the return of either player.
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