Aside from 16-year-old wunderkind OF Jasson Dominguez, who is viewed as a future star, the Yankees are lacking sizzle when it comes to most of their top 10 prospects.
RHP Deivi Garcia is one of the names to keep an eye on as far as potential impact in 2020 is concerned, with him being a potential option in the starting rotation or bullpen at some point.
As far as a breakout candidate for 2020, MLB Pipeline gives that honor to RHP Clarke Schmidt, who was the Yankees' No. 5 prospect entering last season.
The 23-year-old Schmidt was picked by the Yankees in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft shortly after he had Tommy John surgery, and tossed just 23.1 innings in 2018 during what was his professional debut.
He excelled in 2019 as the Yankees carefully managed his innings in his first full season back from surgery.
Tossing 90.2 innings across three minor league levels while starting 18 games and making one relief appearance, Schmidt had a 3.47 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 102 strikeouts while allowing just four home runs.
Schmidt finished his season by dominating with Double-A Trenton, where he had a 2.37 ERA and minuscule 0.79 WHIP with 19 strikeouts in 19 innings over three starts.
According to MLB Pipeline, Schmidt could develop into someone who has "four plus pitches."
He currently features a fastball, curveball, and changeup, and already has above average control, according to Baseball Savant.
"Schmidt pitches off of a 92-94 mph fastball that peaks at 96 and generates ground balls with heavy sink," Baseball Savant writes in their scouting report. "While both his low-80s curveball and mid-80s slider can be plus pitches at times, they sometimes lack consistency and he has shelved the slider to focus on improving his curve. There are days when his tumbling changeup is his best secondary offering, though his breaking balls are generally more reliable."
It's likely that Schmidt will open the 2020 season back in Double-A, but with his relatively advanced repertoire, it wouldn't be surprising to see him quickly become a rotation option for the Yankees.
It could be hard for Schmidt to carve out a spot for himself in the rotation soon, though.
With Gerrit Cole, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, and J.A. Happ (who the team has made available via trade), the Yanks are set for now when it comes to the rotation. They'll also have Domingo German returning from his domestic violence suspension in June, and have Garcia, Jordan Montgomery and Jonathan Loaisiga among their depth options.