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New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres throws to first for the out during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres throws to first for the out during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. (Butch Dill/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.

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 April 19, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton/AP)

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The Yankees entered spring camp with at least 80 percent of the rotation set in stone with the fifth piece fairly certain. Once Yankees skipper Aaron Boone wasted no time in naming Jordan Montgomery his fifth starter, it became apparent the Yankees knew all along they would begin the season with the same starting five they ended 2017.

The question becomes: Were the Yankees wise to abstain from what became a severely inexpensive pitching market for proven middle of the rotation starters? For example, Lance Lynn signed for just one year at $12 million, while Alex Cobb remains unsigned.

The Yankees have recently been reported to be both not interested and interested in Cobb, so who knows what's going on there? At the beginning of the offseason, I was of the mindset that it was OK to avoid spending big money on either pitcher, but since the market came down to one-year deals, it forces revisiting.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees announce that they've sent RHP Cale Coshow, RHP Raynel Espinal, LHP Trevor Lane, C Chace Numata, LHP Justus Sheffield and RHP Dillon Tate to minor league camp.

Sheffield, the Yankees' no. 3 prospect, posted a 3.12 ERA in 19 minor league starts in 2017. Sheffield, 21, is expected to start 2018 in Triple-A.

"I don't want him to rush the process. He's going to be a good one,'' manager Aaron Boone said of Sheffield.

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Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

After a strong start from Luis Severino, the Yankees surrendered six unanswered runs en route to a 7-6 loss to the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Steinbrenner Field.

Making his 2018 Grapefruit League debut, Severino allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three.

Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, with Erik KratzGiancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez driving in the Yankees' remaining runs.

After Aroldis Chapman relieved Severino and struck out two of the three batters he faced, Justus Sheffield and Wade LeBlanc each allowed three earned runs to give the Phillies the lead.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino
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Feb 25, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch during the first inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 25, 2018; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch during the first inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Aaron Hicks had two hits and Kyle Higashioka went 3-for-3 off the bench to help the Yankees beat the Phillies on Sunday, 8-3. >> To see the full box score, click here!

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Kyle Higashioka, Ronald Torreyes
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When the Yankees pulled off Tuesday's trade for infielder Brandon Drury, it did more than solidify the team's current roster construction. It provides the team significant advantages with how it molds the organization's structure going forward.

Drury is to be paid at a pre-arbitration rate for the 2018 season (he made $553,900 in 2017, so a fair guess is $600,000 this season), which leaves the Yankees practically all of the $15 million it has been reported they would be willing to take on before the season begins. That value provides a cushion of approximately $5 million for the club to utilize during the season, and would keep the team under the competitive balance tax threshold.

Tags: Chance Adams, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Miguel Andujar
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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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(Butch Dill)

Gleyber Torres highlighted the three Yankees who made Jim Bowden's Top 50 Prospects list as the No. 8 prospect this season.

Torres injured his non-throwing elbow last season, and it required Tommy John surgery to repair. But that didn't hinder Bowden's analysis that see the infielder being an important part of the Yankees' long-term plan. 

"Torres was the headliner in the Aroldis Chapman trade with the Cubs in July 2016," Bowden wrote. "He's capable of playing second, short or third but most likely profiles to the Yankees long-term solution at second base. He had Tommy John surgery to his non-throwing elbow and the Yankees are hopeful he'll be healthy enough to make their team out of spring training. He is a plus defender with soft hands and an accurate arm. He only an average runner, but all of his other tools are above average. he has really quick hands and wrists at the palte and his power should come as he matures..."

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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 second baseman Gleyber Torres against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

ESPN's Keith Law ranked the Yankees' farm system as No. 2 in baseball after he ranked five Yankees prospects in his top 100 list.

Despite trading several big prospects away during last season's trade deadline, the Yankees maintained their No. 2 ranking from last year by keeping their most valuable prospects, including infielder Gleyber Torres.

Torres, 21, was ranked fifth on Law's list, sixth by Baseball America and MLB.com's No. 1 shortstop prospect. Though he has spent most of his career as a shortstop, he is expected to compete for a spot at either second base or third base on the Yankees' Opening Day roster.

Tags: Domingo Acevedo, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, Miguel Andujar
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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...

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Yankees prospect LHP Justus Sheffield is hoping to play a role on the team's big league squad in 2018 after progressing to double-A Trenton last season.

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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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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)

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Most of the New York Yankees' eight prospects who played for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League produced fine results. The Scorpions finished last in their division with a 12-17-1 record and four games back. Here is how each player performed:

Note: Prospect rankings provided by MLB Pipeline.

LHP Justus Sheffield (Yankees No. 4, No. 79 overall) put to rest any doubt that he was fully recuperated from an oblique injury that took away a significant number of innings away from his regular season. Sheffield started five games (20 1/3 innings), posting a 3.10 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. Sheffield struck out 23 batters and walked just three, which helped him earn a spot in the Fall Stars Game. Sheffield could start the 2018 season in Triple-A, and if all goes extremely well, there is a chance he could receive a cup of coffee as a September call-up.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees LHP prospect Justus Sheffield left an Arizona Fall League game on Saturday after a line drive hit him in the left leg.

 

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

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The New York Yankees sent eight prospects to the Arizona Fall League, and almost all are playing well with the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Scorpions (10-9-1) are in second place, 1 1/2 games behind Mesa. Let's see how the individual players are performing as the league gets set for Saturday's Fall Stars Game.

Note: Statistics are through games played Nov. 2. Prospect rankings provided by MLB Pipeline.

LHP Justus Sheffield (Yankees No. 4, No. 79 overall) has been dazzling in his AFL stint. In 19 innings, Sheffield holds a 2.37 ERA, has held batters to a .191 batting average and owns a spectacular 21:2 strikeout to walk ratio. Sheffield, another prize from the Andrew Miller deal from 2016, missed part of the regular season with a right oblique strain and logged just 93 1/3 innings at Double-A Trenton. Sheffield, 21, figures to begin the 2018 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre considering his outstanding effort thus far. Sheffield will join Estrada and McKinney at the Fall Stars Game.

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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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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

Yankees prospects LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Dillon Tate, and OF Estevan Florial are among those heading to the Arizona Fall League, per The Post's Joel Sherman

Sheffield is ranked fifth on MLB.com's top Yankees prospect list. This season with Double-A Trenton, he posted a 7-5 record with a 3.09 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 90 1/3 innings. 

Florial is the fourth-ranked prospect who has spent most of his season in Single-A Charleston. He hit .297 with 11 homers and 43 while also representing the Yankees in the Futures Game during the All-Star break in Miami. 

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