The Yankees had six of their prospects crack Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects for the 2018 season. Here is who was ranked...
INF Gleyber Torres (No. 6)
Some experts consider Torres to be the top prospect in the MLB this season, and he will likely get a shot to prove it. The Yankees are short a third and second baseman right now, and Torres is likely to fill one of those spots for Opening Day.
The 20-year-old split time with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, posting a combined slash line of .287/.383/.480 with seven homers and 34 RBI. Torres' season was cut short, however, after an awkward slide into home required him to undergo Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing arm.
Torres should be ready for Spring Training, but it is worth watching whether or not his arm will affect his play going forward in his early career. If he checks out fine in Tampa, expect to see him in pinstripes this season.
OF Estevan Florial (No. 38)
The Yankees are excited about the 19-year-old's potential, as he showed off his talent last season. Splitting time with Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa, Florial notched a .298/.372/.479 slash line to go along with 13 home runs and 57 RBI.
Working mostly in center field, Florial's speed and above-average arm will be on full display this year as he works his way through the minor leagues. He may not make it to the Yankees this season, but if he continues his rise through the ranks, it may be a possibility in September.
LHP Justus Sheffield (No. 41)
Standing at only 5-foot-10, Sheffield isn't much of a presence on the mound. That is until he starts his windup.
Acquired in the Andrew Miller trade back in 2016, Sheffield boasted a 3.18 ERA in 93.1 innings in 17 starts this year with Double-A Trenton. He also tallied 82 strikeouts and a 1.36 WHIP. At 21 years old, he has electric stuff with a two-seam fastball that sits low-90s, but has topped out at 96 mph. He also flaunts an above-average slider, and a changeup that has developed into a great third pitch.
The Yankees are hoping he can work on his accuracy to the plate, and if he can show consistency in that area, he could get see a call-up later on in the season.
3B Miguel Andujar (No. 59)
Andujar is another top Yankees prospects that could see a start on Opening Day depending on what plays out during Spring Training. The 22-year-old split time in Double-A and Triple-A, and excelled in both leagues. He had a .312/.342/.494 slash line in 67 games with Trenton, and .317/.364/.502 with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
He also saw a few games in the big leagues, going 4-for-7 in eight plate appearances over five games.
If the Yankees want Andujar at third to start the season, they will have to take note of his fielding percentage last season between both leagues. He made 17 errors over 168 attempts for just a modest .899 fielding percentage. However, his bat could be the deal breaker, having notched 54 extra base hits including 16 homers overall last season.
RHP Albert Abreu (No. 77)
The 22-year-old flamethrower was acquired by the Yankees in the Brian McCann last offseason. He spent time in three leagues last season, eventually making his way up to High-A Tampa. In nine starts there, he posted a 4.19 ERA in 34.1 innings.
Abreu did, however, post a 0.65 ERA and .481 opponent OPS in eight bullpen appearances last season. While the Yankees want him to be a starter down the road, converting him to a reliever may not be a bad idea as well.
He has the ability to touch 100 with his fastball. However, his secondary pitches -- which include two variations of breaking balls and a changeup -- are lacking identity.
RHP Chance Adams (No. 81)
A fifth-round pick in 2015 out of Dallas Baptist University, Adams has worked his way through New York's ranks to become a consistent starter for the future.
In 21 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, Adams had a 3.04 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 115.1 innings. He also had 103 strikeouts compared with 43 walks.
He has a lively fastball that sits around 94 and has touched 98. He also touts two breaking ball: a slider that can be sneaky, and a 12/6 curve that is his out pitch. He does own a changeup, but doesn't really use it well.
As long as Adams delivers this season in the minors, he should see a call-up down the road in 2018.