With the New York Yankees’ offseason taking a massive halt here in January, ESNY turns its attention to a handful of under-the-radar prospects.There is a wave of youth and excitement for the New York Yankees as the movement to get younger is in full swing.
Some have already made household names for themselves as “prospect fever” is finding its way across Yankee-land.
This fever started with Gary Sanchez, who was called up (for good) on August 3 of last season and hit 20 home runs in 52 games including a four-game span in which he smashed a home run in each of them — a feat accomplished by just two other catchers in Yankees’ history since 1990.
Even before the Kraken, however, it was Greg Bird in 2015.
Earning his promotion via a Mark Teixeira broken leg, Bird hit the most home runs (11) in Yankees history by a rookie that played in less than 50 games.
Tyler Austin, another Baby Bomber, is sixth on that same very list.
Among them, there are other highly touted Yankees’ farmhands who haven’t had that same impact quite yet. You know: Luis Cessa, Chad Green, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, James Kaprielian and Jorge Mateo.
Then, beyond all the kids getting all the attention, there are under-the-radar prospects that may not be the sexiest of names in the Yankees’ system, but have the potential to make a major league impression down the road.
They won’t make much noise, but their performances have been undeniable. ESNY breaks down who has put up the numbers without the acknowledgment they merit.