Saturday, November 25, 2017
8. Estevan Florial, OF, Scottsdale (Yankees): The second-youngest regular (age 19) in the Fall League behind Acuna, Florial similarly can impact the game in a multitude of ways. He’s still raw and gets overly aggressive, but he has well above-average raw power and arm strength to go with plus speed.
9. Justus Sheffield, LHP, Scottsdale (Yankees): Some scouts preferred him to Keller among AFL pitchers. He’s left-handed, owned the league’s best slider and one of its best changeups, and his 92-96 mph fastball ain’t bad either. He led Fall League starters with a 0.84 WHIP.
10. Albert Abreu, RHP, Scottsdale (Yankees):Then again, there are some evaluators who will argue that Sheffield wasn’t even the best Yankees mound prospect in Arizona. At his best, Abreu can demonstrate command of three quality pitches in a 92-98 mph fastball, hard curveball and fading changeup.
15. Thairo Estrada, SS, Scottsdale (Yankees): Though he gets overshadowed in a deep Yankees system, he has the range and arm to play anywhere in the infield and the bat and speed to be useful offensively.
23. Cody Carroll, RHP, Scottsdale (Yankees): Like Munoz a potential closer, Carroll topped the Fall League with four saves while working with a 96-98 mph fastball and often-plus slider. Righties went 0-for-19 and the league as a whole batted .056/.122/.083 against him.
Five of the top 25? That works for me.
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