With MLB Spring Training well underway in Florida and Arizona, farm systems and their prospects are getting an extra look at this time of the year.
51. Clarke Schmidt, RHP, New York Yankees
The Yankees' often injured first round pick from 2017 finally looked healthier last season, after already having Tommy John surgery before the team drafted him and then barely pitching in 2018 due to an oblique strain. Schmidt threw 90.2 innings in the minors and found his way all the way up to Double A ball by the end of the year.
Per Law, "Schmidt will pitch at 91-95 mph, and he already misses bats with his fastball, pairing it up with a power slurve that's 80-85 and is best when it's harder and gets more slider-like tilt to it. He commands both pitches very well for a prospect without a ton of pro experience."
With his delivery looking better now than before his surgery, Law sees Schmidt as a potential fourth, maybe even third guy in a rotation if he can just build up to the workload of a starting pitcher.
67. Deivi Garcia, RHP, New York Yankees
Law had some high praise for Garcia, talking about how he "just keeps missing bats, punching out nearly two men per inning last year in High-A Tampa and then striking out 37 percent of the batters he faced in Double A before finishing with "just" a 25.3 percent strikeout rate in Triple A."
However Law's big knock on Garcia is his size: 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-10, 165 pounds. Because of this, Garcia doesn't deliver the ball with much power from his lower half and that delivery could also inhibit his command.
"He gets a lot of chases in and out of the zone, but his command is below-average, especially that of his fastball. I think he can start, and if he holds up he has mid-rotation potential. But I've also seen him at 93-96 in short bursts, and once through an order he could be devastatingly good," Law said.
99. Jasson Dominguez, OF, New York Yankees
Finally comes the highly touted prospect that has all the Yankees fans awaiting his arrival. Dominguez signed a $5 million dollar deal last July and "earns raves as the most talented player to come out of Latin America since at least Wander Franco, and is more physically mature than most kids who sign at age 16," Law says.
Per Law: "Dominguez has an outstanding swing with superior bat speed, and he's a 70 runner with a plus arm and plus raw power."
His speed both in the outfield and with his swing will be the key to how high his ceiling is, while his 5-foot-10 frame has him physically maxed out.
Dominguez's development will likely all come in the form of "plate discipline, pitch recognition, learning reads in the outfield, and so on." There is certainly some optimism that he'll be ready to play pro ball in the near future.