Which three Yankees’ prospects could we see in 2020?
1. Clarke Schmidt
Clarke Schmidt was drafted by the Yankees with the 16th pick in the 2017 draft. The Yankees drafted him knowingthat he had tremendous upside despite having Tommy John surgery. It’s possible they would never have had the chance to draft him in the first place if other teams didn’t shy away from drafting him due to the surgery. While at South Carolina, he showed flashes of a pitcher that could go in the top ten. Clarke Schmidt has rocketed through the Yankees’ farm system, and now he’s knocking on the door of joining the big league rotation. One injury could be all it takes for him to land a spot in the rotation. He was awarded the 2020 James P. Dawson Award, an award given each year to the most outstanding Yankees’ rookie in Spring Training. He uses a two-seam and four-seam fastball combo to keep hitters guessing. The two-seam features late sink, while the four-seam has a cutting action to it. His changeup and curveball are developingas plus pitches as well. If he can stay healthy, which has been a concern based on his frame and mechanics, then he should be a lock to see time with the Yankees at some point this year.
2. Deivi Garcia
Whether he makes it in the rotation as a starter or the bullpen is yet to be determined. However, Deivi Garcia has tremendous potential, it just needs to be harnessed. A knee-buckling curveball, and a fastball with a high spin rate would be a devastating combo in the bullpen. He has one of the best curveballs in the minors, with 12-6 depth. He needs more time to develop it, but he is making leaps and bounds despite only being 21 years old. Yes, that’s correct. He’s only 21, and already drawing comparisons to Pedro Martinez. Will he live up to those lofty expectations? Hard to say, but he could find himself getting a taste of major league action in 2020, and could be a solid innings eater in the bullpen to help start his career.
3. Albert Abreu
Often forgotten from the Brian McCann trade with the Houston Astros. Albert Abreu has a fastball that can touch triple digits. The biggest issue with Abreu has always been his health, and his command of pitches. Lots of questions remain on his durability, which is a good reason why his future will likely be in the bullpen. High velocity and a curveball that’s more of a slurve could make him a devastating force in any bullpen role. It may save his arm from injuries, too. This is another name to watch out for who could make an immediate impact with the bullpen.