The top four levels of the Yankees minor league system began action late last week. Let's take a look at some of the early returns.
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 13, 2017.
Class A - South Atlantic League Southern Division - Charleston RiverDogs
Record: 6-2, T-1st place
Charleston leads the league in runs scored (59) and is second in team batting average (.289). The RiverDogs pitching staff leads the league in strikeouts (100) in 78 innings.
No. 3 (No. 35) - Blake Rutherford (OF) - Rutherford has started with a bang, going 8-for-26 with three doubles and five RBIs. Rutherford has scored six runs and stolen three bases in three attempts.
No. 11 - Albert Abreu (RHP) - Abreu struck out 17 batters in 9 2/3 innings across two appearances. Abreu has a 0.92 ERA and has held batters to a .156 batting average.
No. 17 - Estevan Florial (OF) - Florial is hitting just .232, but is tied for second for the team lead in runs scored (8).
No. 27 - Donny Sands (C) - Sands is off to a slow start going 3-for-20 with three RBIs.
No. 29 - Frecier Perez (RHP) - Perez has allowed a whopping 14 runs (five earned) in 5 1/3 innings across two starts.
Advanced A - Florida State League North Division - Tampa Yankees
Record: 5-4, 3rd place, 1.0 G
Tampa has won five of their last six after opening with three straight losses. Tampa's offense has been dismal, hitting a collective .210, scoring just 26 runs. Tampa's hurlers own a combined 2.24 ERA and lead the league with 94 strikeouts in 88 1/3 innings.
No. 5 (No. 45) - Jorge Mateo (IF/OF) - Mateo is off to a strong start with 10 hits in 31 at-bats. He has stolen nine bases in 10 attempts and scored a team leading five runs.
No. 6 (No. 56) - James Kaprielian (RHP) - Kaprielian will undergo Tommy John surgery on April 18, putting his 2018 season in jeopardy.
No. 14 - Domingo Acevado (RHP) - Acevado has allowed eight earned runs in just 10 1/3 innings, but has struck out 15 batters.
No. 20 - Nick Solak (2B) - Solak is just 7-for-31 with one extra-base hit and one RBI.
No. 21 - Ian Clarkin (LHP) - Clarkin won his start this week, allowing one run in five innings of work. He struck out four and walked three.
No. 23 - Zack Littel (RHP) - Littel has started one game in which he allowed two runs (one earned) in four innings. Littel allowed nine baserunners in the game.
No. 25 - Kyle Holder (SS/2B) - Holder is off to a horrendous start with one hit in 30 at-bats. The one knock was a home run.
No. 30 - Taylor Widener (RHP) - Widener has made two starts, the second better than the first. He owns a 5.59 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.
Double-A - Eastern League Eastern Division - Trenton Thunder
Record: 4-3, T-2nd place, 1.0 GB
Trenton owns a three-game winning streak heading into today's contest. The Thunder bats are working well in the early going as the team owns a .824 OPS. The pitching staff is a little behind the hitters, registering a 4.37 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.
No. 1 (No. 3) - Gleyber Torres (INF) - Torres shows no signs of slowing down. He is 8-for-26 with a .438 on-base percentage.
No. 7 (No. 76) - Justus Sheffield (LHP) - Sheffield made his first start of the season, twirling 5 2/3 innings of one run (unearned) ball. Sheffield allowed just two hits and struck out six.
No. 8 - Chance Adams (RHP) - Adams has dominated in his two starts. He won both games and is pitching to a 0.79 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
No. 10 - Miguel Andujar (3B) - Andujar is 9-for-30 with team highs in homers (2) and RBIs (11).
Triple-A - International League North Division - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
Record: 3-4, 4th place, 2.0 GB
The RailRiders have won three out of their last four after suffering a three-game sweep in Buffalo. The RailRiders have scored just 25 runs this season, which is the second lowest in the league. RailRiders' pitching has a collective 4.34 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 65 strikeouts in 56 1/3 total innings.
No. 2 (No. 23) - Clint Frazier (OF) - Frazier is struggling to start the season. He is hitting just .217, but has three doubles and four RBIs.
No. 9 - Dustin Fowler (OF) - After a dazzling spring training, Fowler has hits the skids. Fowler is 4-for-24, though two of his hits have left the yard.
No. 12 - Tyler Wade (UT) - Wade remains red hot going 12-for-24 to start the regular season along with three stolen bases. Wade has become a player to watch as he might find his way onto the major league roster this season.
No. 22 - Chad Green (RHP) - In two starts (one with Single-A Tampa), Green owns a 4.00 ERA in nine innings. Green has struck out 13 batters and walked just one.
Extended spring training
No. 15 - Dillon Tate (RHP)
No. 18 - Wilkerman Garcia (SS)
No. 19 - Nolan Martinez (RHP)
No. 24 - Drew Finley (RHP)
No. 28 - Jorge Guzman (RHP)