How Yankees' Top Prospects Are Faring

Jack Haley
July 03, 2019 - 4:13 pm
Estevan Florial

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As we move into the All-Star break and the halfway point of the baseball season it’s important to take a look at some of the players you may see get their shot on the big stage sometime soon.

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Here’s a look at how the top five Yankees prospects, according to MLB Pipeline, are doing in the minor leagues.

Estevan Florial (Tampa Tarpons, Single-A) 

Rated the top prospect in the Yankees’ system, Florial still has a long way to go. In 23 games in Single-A since returning from a broken wrist, Florial is batting just .222. MLB Pipeline projects the 21-year-old Dominican center fielder won't find his way to the majors until 2021. 


Jonathan Loaisiga (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Triple-A)

The injury bug extended to Loaisiga this year, as he was diagnosed with a right rotator cuff strain and put on the 60-day injured list back in mid-May. The 24-year-old pitcher is expected to be sidelined until at least the middle of July. Before the injury, Loaisiga appeared in four games for the major league Yankees, including three starts, going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA. The right-hander from Nicaragua also had two tough starts for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA. 

Albert Abreu (Trenton Thunder, Double-A)  

Abreu was picked up in the November 2016 trade that sent catcher Brian McCann to the Houston Astros. The right-hander has had an up and down season this year with the Thunder, posting a 4-7 record with an ERA of 4.15. This is not an overwhelming line, but Abreu has racked up 64 strikeouts in 15 appearances (14 starts). The Dominican prospect has given up one or zero runs in eight of his appearances. However he has also given up at least six runs on three other occasions. 

Deivi Garcia (Trenton Thunder, Double-A)  

Garcia was able to move from high-A ball up to Double-A despite an 0-2 record with the Tampa Tarpons. Since his promotion, the 20-year-old righty has a 4-3 record with a 3.00 ERA in 10 appearances. Scouts have said that Garcia’s breaking pitch has so much movement that he will most likely have to dial it down to get more batters to chase it when he moves up to Triple-A and the majors. Fans can catch Garcia during All-Star weekend, as he was selected to play in the Futures Game on Sunday in Cleveland. 

Clarke Schmidt (Tampa Tarpons Single-A)  

Clarke, a right-handed pitcher, is working his back after missing more than a month with an undisclosed injury. The 2017 first-round pick was 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings before the injury. The 23-year-old has made two short starts for the Gulf Coast League Yankees East in the rookie leagues since July 27, posting a 3.86 ERA.