Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Yankees' top prospects (their MLB.com Yankees Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.
Estevan Florial, OF, Double-A Trenton (No. 1) -- ETA 2021
Florial, 21, despite missing a majority of the 2018 season, sits atop the Yankees prospect rankings. He continues to ride the upside his five-tool ability, though he is getting to the stage where the results on the field will begin to matter more. Florial had an exceptional Spring Training, sticking with the big-league club right through the final week until he suffered a broken wrist after slamming into a wall just before camp broke. When he does get back on the field, the Yankees hope he will pick up where he left off in the spring.
Albert Abreu, RHP, Double-A Trenton (No. 3) -- ETA 2020
Abreu came over to the Yankees in the trade that sent Brian McCann to Houston in 2016. Since then, Abreu has had his ups and downs with injuries continuously slowing down his progression. Abreu has thrown just 173 2/3 innings across the last two seasons, which includes time in the Arizona Fall League and Dominican Winter League. At 23, Abreu would obviously benefit from a full season of innings so that he can potentially become a viable pitcher for the Yankees toward the end of the 2020 season. Abreu allowed four runs on five hits including a home run in his first outing of the season, which lasted just four innings.
Deivi Garcia, RHP, High-A Tampa (No. 4) -- ETA 2020
Garcia moved through three minor league levels in 2019, finishing with a small taste of Double-A ball. While he is starting out with High-A Tampa at the outset of the season, it would not be surprising to see Garcia ascend to Triple-A by the end of the 2019 season or at least show that he can start at that level in 2020. Garcia's first start of the 2019 season demonstrated the high upside (nine strikeouts in just 3 1/3 innings) with the caveat that some work is still to be done (four earned runs on four hits and two walks).
Clarke Schmidt, RHP, High-A Tampa (No. 5) -- ETA 2020
Schmidt was the Yankees first-round draft pick (No. 16 overall) in the 2017 MLB First Year Player Draft despite being in the process of recovering from Tommy John surgery. When Clarke returned to the mound in 2018, he flashed some reasons why the Yanks took a chance on him. Schmidt, 23, tossed five innings of scoreless ball without allowing a baserunner in his first outing of the season. He struck out nine batters in the start.
Anthony Seigler, C, Rookie Pulaski (No. 6) -- ETA 2022
Seigler was the Yanks' first pick (No. 23 overall) in the 2018 MLB First Year Player Draft. He is not only a switch hitter that hits line drives to all fields, he throws both left-handed and right-handed. The Yankees are focused on keeping him as a catcher, where scouts believe he can thrive defensively to match his offensive skills.
Everson Pereira, OF, Rookie Pulaski (No. 7) -- ETA 2022
Pereira was one of the Yankees' prizes in their 2017 international market signing frenzy. At 17 last season, Pereira played 41 games with Pulaski, hitting .263 with a .322 on-base percentage and a .389 slugging percentage (183 plate appearances). He struck out 60 times and walked just 15, something that will likely improve as he matures.
Trevor Stephan, RHP, Double-A Trenton (No. 8) -- ETA 2019
Stephan, a third-round pick (No. 92 overall) in 2017, dominated at High-A Tampa in 2018 (1.98 ERA in 41 innings, 7 starts), but then received a harsh reception from Double-A batters upon his promotion (4.64 ERA in 83 1/3 innings, 17 starts). Stephan's strikeout rate was solid at Double-A (9.8 K/9), but his walk rate increased a full batter per nine innings to 3.1 BB/9. In his first appearance of the 2019 season, Stephan allowed one run on one hit and four walks, while striking out six.
Antonio Cabello, OF, Rookie GCL Yankees West (No. 9) -- ETA 2022
Cabello, 18, was one of the international pivot signings after the Yankees lost out on Shohei Ohtani in December 2017. Cabello hit right away in the Gulf Coast League - .321/.433/.555 with nine doubles, four triples and five homers in 162 plate appearances. Scouts see advanced plate discipline and raw power with advanced speed being products to build on.
Roansy Contreras, RHP, Low-A Charleston (No. 10) -- ETA 2022
Contreras, 19, has been a quick bloomer thus far, reaching Charleston in 2018. In all, Contreras threw 63 1/3 innings in 2018, pitching to a 2.42 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. He demonstrated decent control (3.0 BB/9) and the ability to miss bats (8.5 K/9), though both aspects have room to improve. In Contreras' first start of the season, he tossed five innings of one-run ball, in which he scattered five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six.