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Mar 10, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (83) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 10, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (83) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Opening Day may still be six weeks away, but a trio of Yankees hurlers are armed and ready to showcase their talents at the Major League level right now.

RHP Chance AdamsDillon Tate and LHP Justus Sheffield may not be able to find room in the Yankees rotation at the start of the season, but that doesn't mean they aren't ready for what the big leagues has to offer.

"We really do feed off each other," said Sheffield, 22, who posted a 3.12 ERA in 19 minor league starts in 2017. "That's going to push us."

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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As the Yankees have fully embraced the youth movement, it should be no shock that the club will rely on rookies in its effort to return to the postseason. We'll cover five rookies -- including a couple of sleepers -- that may make significant impacts for the Yankees this season.

Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Chance Adams, Chase Headley, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Austin, Chris Carelli
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Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Pitching prospects Justus Sheffield and Chance Adams are among 20 non-roster players the Yankees will invite to spring training.

Sheffield, 21, was ranked the No. 16 overall prospect by ESPN's Keith Law and No. 41 prospect by Baseball America entering the season. Last year, he went 7-6 with a 3.18 ERA in 17 starts with Double-A Trenton.

Adams, whom Baseball America ranked No. 81 in its top 100 list, could compete for a spot in New York's rotation after going 15-5 with a 2.45 ERA across two levels last year. He went 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA in four starts with Trenton before he was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he went 11-5 with a 2.89 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 115 1/3 innings.

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New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres during a spring training baseball workout Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Matt Rourke/AP)
New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres during a spring training baseball workout Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Matt Rourke/AP)

The Yankees had six of their prospects crack Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects for the 2018 season. Here is who was ranked...

Tags: Chance Adams, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Miguel Andujar
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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees and Pirates are reportedly "nowhere" near a deal that would be centered around RHP Gerrit Cole, according to reporter Bob Klapisch.

New York and Pittsburgh have been engaged in trade talks for weeks, and the Yankees have been interested in acquiring Cole since last year's trade deadline, however while both sides had previously expressed confidence a deal could be completed, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, talks have cooled.

The Pirates had reportedly asked the Yankees about top infield prospect Gleyber Torres, however the Yankees had reportedly preferred 23-year-old outfielder Clint Frazier being the centerpiece of the trade. New York likely would have needed to trade another prospect as well in a deal, whether it be third baseman Miguel Andujar or RHP Chance Adams.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Aaron Boone, right, sits with New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman during a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Yankee stadium in New York. Boone was introduced as Joe Girardi's on Wednesday. Boone has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)  (Mary Altaffer/AP)
Aaron Boone, right, sits with New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman during a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Yankee stadium in New York. Boone was introduced as Joe Girardi's on Wednesday. Boone has never managed or coached at any level, working as a broadcaster since last season after retiring as a player in 2009. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

The Yankees seem content, and rightly so, to wait for the price to come down on Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, the market to come back to them on smaller trades or to pursue the free agent market. While it may not be the Yankees' desire, one has to wonder if going into spring training as currently constituted would be all that bad.

The Yankees lineup is stacked to the point that it can sustain two rookies facing an uphill battle against major league pitching. There is enough firepower with the Yankees seven presumed positional starters to not only to withstand the growing pains of rookies, Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres, or potential first-time full-timers, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade, but to balance their own downturns throughout the season...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Ronald Torreyes
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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Yankees and Pirates are still discussing a potential deal for RHP Gerrit Cole but the Pirates are talking to "multiple other clubs" as it's not "Yankees or bust," according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, who says a deal "doesn't appear imminent."

This is yet another twist in the Yankees' pursuit of Cole. Thursday, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reporting Thursday night indicating a deal being completed was "a matter of when rather than if." 

The Yankees and Pirates have expressed confidence they can complete a deal, according to Passan, however no trade package is complete and the two sides appear to differ on which player would be the centerpiece of a potential trade. The Yankees still appear to be favorites to land Cole, though they have competition. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Infielder Gleyber Torres and outfielder Estevan Florial are ranked the Yankees' top two prospects heading into the 2018 season, according to Baseball America.

Torres, who was ranked Baseball America's No. 3 overall prospect in its midseason top-100 list, was limited to 55 games with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery last spring.

A 20-year-old shortstop with 15 games at third base and 18 games at second base, Torres hit .287/.383/.480 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs last year. He entered last season having been ranked MLB.com's No. 3 prospect, Baseball America's No. 5 prospect and Baseball Prospectus' No. 15 prospect.

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(Koji Sasahara/AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | : The Yankees may not have huge holes to fill, but they will be active during the offseason.

They are in the market for a starting pitcher, and would benefit from adding a DH as well, but with some ability for others to occasionally man the role.

Signing Japanese star Shohei Otani could solve the vacancies all alone. A perfect fit rarely sits in front of a team, but Otani seems to be a peg that would slide smoothly into two holes. The kicker - as if the Yankees would need one - is that Otani will come at an incredible bargain as the team strives to stay below the 2018 competitive balance tax.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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There's no silver lining, not when another team is spraying champagne down the hall. It'll take some winter to get to the bright side for these Yankees after losing the AL Championship Series and that's OK.

They should let the sting settle in and fester a little. They failed to take advantage of two chances to eliminate the Astros. No matter how loaded with talent the Yankees are, and no matter how many of their lauded minor-leaguers are vying for high spots on the prospect lists, each trip to the postseason is precious because who the heck knows when the next one is coming.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Todd Frazier, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There's no silver lining, not when another team is spraying champagne down the hall. It'll take some winter to get to the bright side for these Yankees after losing the AL Championship Series and that's OK.

They should let the sting settle in and fester a little. They failed to take advantage of two chances to eliminate the Astros. No matter how loaded with talent the Yankees are, and no matter how many of their lauded minor-leaguers are vying for high spots on the prospect lists, each trip to the postseason is precious because who the heck knows when the next one is coming.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Todd Frazier, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka
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Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees' farm system providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects. This week we will briefly cover the playoff results at each level. We will also examine seasonal results and outlooks for 2018 with the club's Nos. 5 through 1 prospects.

Triple-A - International League North Division - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Record: 86-55, 1st place, 6.5 GA

After winning the International League North Division regular season title and the division series, the RailRiders lost to the Durham Bulls in the International League finals 3-1 in the best-of-five series. The Bulls went on to beat the Pacific Coast League champion Memphis Redbirds 5-3 in the Triple-A championship game.

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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar singles during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar singles during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Aug. 24, 2017, unless otherwise noted.

Tags: Chance Adams, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Chris Carelli
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