Aaron Hicks may have just signed a seven-year extension for the New York Yankees but they have reason to be excited about future centerfielder Estevan Florial.
Spring training doesn’t just give fans an opportunity to see their favorite New York Yankees players and cop a few autographs. It also gives them a unique look at the bright future coming to the Bronx.
This year, Yankees fans are blessed to see the number one prospect in the farm system light up the Grapefruit League.
Estevan Florial may be the youngest player at camp this year but he’s making big-league waves. The 21-year-old may not be ready for the big show just yet but he’s showing incredible promise for the future.
As a non-roster invitee to camp, he’ll likely spend the start of the season in Double-A Trenton. However, that doesn’t mean the Yankees won’t be keeping a careful eye on this young phenom.
So far this spring, Florial is batting .286. Perhaps the most impressive aspect to his game is his blinding speed, allowing him to stretch singles into doubles. Although he got thrown out attempting to turn a double into a triple the other day, he’s showing he’s ready to take risks on the base paths.
General manager Brian Cashman sees big things ahead for the young stud, despite Florial’s unfortunate broken hand in 2018.
“He’s raw and he’s missed some development time clearly because of the injury,” Cashman said according to The Daily Record’s Pete Caldera. “But he’s got exciting tools. He looks the part, he plays the part. It’s nice to see him have some success after missing some time. He’s got a chance to be a good one.”
That’s high praise from a general manager who has been around for quite some time.
Even before the injury, Florial batted .255 in High-A Tampa in 75 games. While he has room to improve, he’s well on the way to a great career in the Bronx.
In the future.