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.
RHP Albert Abreu (Yankees No. 7) started six games, tossing 27 2/3 innings and pitched to a 2.60 ERA. Abreu struck out 23 batters but walked 14 (4.6 BB/9) and allowed three home runs. Overall, Abreu impressed evaluators in Arizona and is likely to be protected before Monday's Rule 5 Draft and begin the 2018 season with High-A Tampa, where he started nine games in 2017.
RHP Cody Carroll (Yankees No. 25) was spectacular as Scottsdale's closer, locking down four saves. Carroll did not allow a run and batters managed just two hits off him in 11 2/3 innings of work across nine appearances. Carroll struck out 18 batters and walked five. Carroll has a case to be on the Triple-A roster at the beginning of the 2018 season.
Shortstop Thairo Estrada (Yankees No. 17) hit .342 and finished with an .811 OPS, racking up 27 hits in 79 at-bats. Estrada played in the Fall Stars Game and is also expected to be added to the Yankees 40-man roster before the Rule 5 Draft.
Outfielder Estevan Florial (Yankees No. 3, No. 78 overall) hit .286 with a .383 on-base percentage and .414 slugging percentage. Florial's knock remains the number of strikeouts he succumbs to (29 in 19 games). At 20 years old next season, Florial will presumably start at High-A Tampa, the highest level he attained in 2017 and where he played in just 19 games.
Shortstop Kyle Holder, who is considered more glove than bat, went 15-for-45 (.333 AVG) in 11 games for the Scorpions. Holder had five extra-base hits and finished with a .878 OPS. Holder played the entire 2017 season with High-A Tampa, so there is a chance he begins next season at Double-A Trenton.
First baseman Billy McKinney (Yankees No. 23) was sent to Arizona to learn how to play first base, and the experiment was considered successful, which included an appearance in the Fall Stars Game. McKinney capped off a fine overall 2017 season by slashing .279/.373/.426 with seven of his 19 hits going for extra bases. McKinney also drove in 20 runs, which ranked second in the league. McKinney will almost assuredly be protected in the Rule 5 Draft and be a part of the Triple-A outfield in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at the start of the 2018 season.
RHP Andrew Schwaab tossed 11 1/3 innings (nine games), allowing eight runs on 14 hits. Schwaab allowed six of those runs in two appearances. Schwaab finished the 2017 season with Trenton, and it makes sense that he will begin 2018 there as well.
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.