Pinstriped Profile: Dietrich Enns

Dietrich Enns is a left-handed starting pitcher.  He attended Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, IL before going to Central Michigan University.  That is from where the New York Yankees drafted him in the 19th round of the 2012 MLB June amateur draft.


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Pinstriped Profile: Ian Clarkin

Ian Clarkin is a 6’2 190-pound left-handed pitcher. The New York Yankees selected him in the first round of the 2013 MLB June amateur draft out of Madison High School in San Diego, California. He was the 33rd pick overall, a compensation pick from the Washington Nationals signing visit site to read more]

2017 Prospects To Watch: Luis Medina

Luis Medina was the New York Yankees’  top International signing during the 2015-2016 period.  At the time, the Yankees were under penalty from their excessive spending the previous year.  The maximum they could sign any player for was $300,000.  … [visit site to read more]

Pinstriped Prospects Weekly Roundup: February 19, 2017

Baseball is back!

Pitchers and catchers officially reported to Tampa earlier this week for the New York Yankees. The long offseason has ended. Spring training has started. The 2017 baseball season is here. By Saturday, the position players had joined their teammates and everyone was camp, except Jacoby Ellsbury, whose wife is pregnant and expecting to give birth any day.

The injury bug has already bit the Yankees. Tyler Austin arrived in camp a month early to prepare for the season, in … [visit site to read more]

Billy McKinney Added to Spring Training Roster

The New York Yankees PR department has announced that Billy McKinney has been added to the spring training roster. This move raises a number of players in camp to 66.

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Examining the Yankees’ Positions: The 100 MPH Pitchers

The New York Yankees have one of the best minor league systems in all of baseball. The number of top prospects in the organization rivals all other teams. Beyond that, the depth of talent on the farm in the most impressive collection of young players that the Yankees have had in my lifetime. As we prepare for the start of spring training, let’s look at this depth, position by position. We will examine the organization from top to bottom, focusing on each player’s primary … [visit site to read more]

Analyzing the Yankees Top 50 Prospects

Last week, Pinstriped Prospects released our annual list of top 50 prospects in the New York Yankees’ organization.  This collection of talent is amongst the top in the entire sport.  Now that we know the names let’s dig a little deeper into some of the specifics.

We are going to break down several categories to see how spread out these 50 players range.  These categories will include age, position, how they were acquired, country of origin, the amount of time spent in the system, as well as the highest level reached.

As you can see on the chart, a clear majority of the players on the list are 22-years old or younger.  In fact, 37 have yet to turn 23.  Among the players older than that are Aaron Judge, Mason Williams, Ben Heller, Dietrich Enns, and Kyle Higashioka, each of whom is likely to see much time in the Bronx this summer.  Youth is on these prospects’ side.

The Yankees are represented on the list by players from every position on the diamond.  The positions of highest value are in greatest supply.  Eight of the top prospects are shortstops, while 22 are currently starting pitchers, including four left-handers.

Members of the top 50 prospects represent teams at every level of play, here in the States, from the majors all the way down to the Gulf Coast League.  That would explain why all the full season teams made the playoffs last year, including the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders winning the Governor’s Cup and the Triple-A National Championship.  Also, included on the list is a dozen members of the 40-man roster.  Players will be infiltrating the big-league roster early and often this season.

The Yankees have assembled this group of prospects in just about every manner imaginable.  Most effectively used the MLB June amateur draft, selecting 22 of the prospects. While 14 were acquired as international free agents, 13 have been acquired via trade, including ten since July’s trade deadline.  And one was acquired in the AAA phase of the Rule 5 draft, during the winter meetings.

Five different countries are represented as the country of origin to members of the top 50 prospects.  30 represent the Red, White, and Blue.  An additional 12 hail from the Dominican Republic.  Venezuela boasts six native players.  South Korea and Haiti are each home to one player.

The amount of time that players have been in the system range from mere months to almost nine years.  Jorge Guzman and Albert Abreu were acquired from the Houston Astros in exchange for Brian McCann in November.  Kyle Higashioka was drafted by the Yankees in 2008.  In between, there have been players consistently added to the farm system with tremendous ability.

No matter what ballpark you attend this summer, you will have the opportunity to witness first-hand players that make up one of the deepest and most talented Yankees farm systems ever.  They range greatly in age.  Their background is vastly different.  Their skills vary.  However, put together, this list of Yankees’ prospects represents an opportunity to contend for championships for years to come.

Pinstriped Prospects Weekly Roundup: February 12, 2017

As we approach the beginning of spring training, there has been lots of news regarding the New York Yankees minor league system.  In case you missed anything from this past week, here are each of this week’s headlines.  So sit back with your cup of coffee and get caught up right here with Pinstriped Prospects, your trusted source for independent Yankees minor-league coverage.

Former Yankees Prospect Stenhouse Signs With Angels

On Friday evening, Brandon Stenhouse announced on his Facebook page that he had reached an agreement to join the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  “I’d just like to thank the Angels for the opportunity to keep on chasing the dream… Excited for a fresh start.  Spring training is right around the corner.”

The Australian native had signed with the New York Yankees as an international free agent as a 17-year old on January 18, 2014.  During his time with the Yankees’ organization, he accumulated 38.2 innings, all in the Gulf Coast League.  His ERA during this time was 3.49.  He struck out 44 batters for an average of 10.24 strikeouts per 9 innings.  He only allowed 20 hits but combined with an additional 20 walks for 40 total baserunners and a WHIP of 1.03.

Stenhouse was released from the Yankees last month.  The 20-year old right-handed reliever will probably be heading to the Angels’ rookie league affiliate in either the Frontier League or the Arizona League.  He needs to continue working on his control, but with the fresh start, he may have opportunities within General Manager Billy Eppler’s organization that he would probably not have been afforded with the Yankees.

Also according to the latest transactions former Yankees prospect Icezack Flemming, who was also recently released, has signed with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association.

Yankees Agree to Terms With 1B/DH Chris Carter

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Yankees have come to terms with 30-year old free agent Chris Carter. The agreement is for one year at $3 Million. The first baseman/ designated hitter led the National League with 41 home runs last year. He also led the League in strikeouts with 206.

Carter played last year with the Milwaukee Brewers. He played the season under a contract valued at $2.5M but was released rather than risk the estimated arbitration increase in salary to around $8.5M, which made him a free agent.

The market for power hitters has weakened in this market. The result was a bargain for an elite slugger that the Yankees just could not pass up. Carter is known to spray the ball to all fields with great authority.

With the signing, several questions will arise. First off, who will be the casualty on the 40-man roster? The Yankees’ roster is full, meaning someone will need to be released.

Next, The Yankees have already signed a free agent designated hitter in Matt Holiday. Where does Carter find his at-bats?

Also, as of the signing, spring training is only a week away. Players like Tyler Austin have already been in camp for three weeks. Who will be sent to Scranton after spending the entire winter anticipating a realistic opportunity to make the Major-League roster?

All these questions and more will start to work themselves out in the upcoming days and week in what promises to be a spring training with lots of transition.