Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees' farm system providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects. This week we will briefly cover the playoff results at each level. We will also examine seasonal results and outlooks for 2018 with the club's No. 10 through No. 6 prospects.
Rookie - Appalachian League East Division - Pulaski Yankees
Record: 41-26, 2nd place, 4.5 GA
After defeating Bluefield 2-1 to win the Eastern Division Championship, Pulaski lost 2-0 to Elizabethton in the best-of-three Appalachian League Championship Series.
Short season A - New York-Penn League - Staten Island Yankees
Record: 46-29, 1st place, 2.5 GA
Staten Island lost to Hudson Valley 2-1 in the best-of-three first-round series of the league playoffs after winning the McNamara Division.
Class A - South Atlantic League Southern Division - Charleston RiverDogs
First-half record: 34-36, 5th place, 7.5 GB
Second-half record: 42-27, 1st place, 3.5 GA
Charleston lost in the best-of-three league division series to Greenville after winning the second-half title.
Advanced A - Florida State League North Division - Tampa Yankees
First-half record: 39-31, 1st place, 1.0 GA
Second-half record: 46-19, 1st place, 10.0 GA
Tampa won the second-half regular season title to go along with the first-half crown. However, Tampa was defeated by Dunedin, 2-1, in the best-of-three division series. The Florida State League has co-champions this season as the league decided to cancel the championship series due to Hurricane Irma.
Double-A - Eastern League Eastern Division - Trenton Thunder
Record: 92-48, 1st place, 6.5 GA
Despite winning the Eastern Division regular season title and beating Binghamton in the playoffs, Trenton was swept by Altoona in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series.
Triple-A - International League North Division - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
Record: 86-55, 1st place, 6.5 GA
The RailRiders won the International League North Division regular season title. The RailRiders dispatched of Lehigh Valley in the division series. Scranton is down 2-1 to Durham in the best-of-five International League Governors' Cup Championship Series.
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 Sept. 14, 2017, unless otherwise noted.
No. 10: RHP Jorge Guzman
Preseason No. 28
Guzman, 21, was acquired in the offseason trade of Brian McCann. Guzman tossed 66 2/3 innings (13 starts) to the tune of a 2.30 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 88 strikeouts and just 18 walks for Staten Island this season. Guzman boasts an electric fastball (80-grade) that has hit 103, which aided in keeping opponents to .204 batting average. Guzman will most likely begin the 2018 season with Low-A Charleston, but a quick jump to Tampa would not be surprising.
No. 9: 2B Nick Solak
Preseason No. 20; No. 5 second base prospect
Solak, drafted by the Yankees in 2016 (second round, No. 62 overall), made a name for himself in the system this season. Solak is also No. 5 on MLB Pipeline's top 10 second basemen in the minors. In 538 combined plate appearances between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, Solak produced a .297 batting average, .384 on-base percentage and .452 slugging percentage with 26 doubles, five triples and 12 home runs. Solak reached Trenton by August and it seems that will be his starting point in 2018. If Solak, 23 next season, continues to excel, he might find himself one level away from the big leagues by the end of the 2018 season.
No. 8: RHP Albert Abreu
Preseason No. 11
Abreu, who arrived with Guzman in the McCann deal, endured an injury-plagued season, managing just 53 1/3 innings of work across three levels. In 34 1/3 innings with Tampa, his highest level, Abreu generated a 4.19 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, and struck out 31 batters against 15 walks. Abreu will be 22 years old next season and it's likely he will have to demonstrate health at Tampa for much of the season, before getting a promotion.
No. 7: RHP Domingo Acevedo
Preseason No. 14
Acevedo pitched to a 3.25 ERA across 133 innings (23 starts) at three levels of the minors this season. Acevedo was with Trenton for most of his season, tossing 79 1/3 innings (14 starts) generating a 2.38 ERA and 1.03 WHIP while striking out 82 and walking just 17 batters. Acevedo was shut down in mid-August with shoulder soreness. Considering Acevedo's progression in 2017, he might have a short stay in Trenton as his age-24 season begins with promotion to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to hone his skills at the minors' highest level.
No. 6: 3B Miguel Andujar
Preseason No. 10; No. 97 overall; No. 5 third base prospect
Andujar proved his bat was big league ready, hitting .315 with a .352 on-base percentage and a .498 slugging percentage in 522 combined plate appearances at Double-A and Triple-A. Andujar slugged 36 doubles, two triples and 16 homers with 82 RBIs between Trenton and Scranton. He receives criticism for his defense, which may have prevented him for getting a longer view than the very brief cup of coffees he managed this season. The Yankees will have an interested decision to make at the outset of the 2018 season with Andujar, in his age-23 season, concerning his readiness to become the club's third baseman or starting in Triple-A to continue refining his defense.
Check back next week as we profile the Yankees' prospects ranked Nos. 5 through 1.