Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Yankees Pipeline in 2016

Starters are stretched out; position battles have been won, and we are a mere two weeks away from Opening Day. The Yankees farm system has made a drastic recovery in recent years as the Yankees focused on developing talent for themselves and not trade fodder. The 2015 Yankees had 18 players make their major league debuts, 14 of which were drafted and developed by the Yankees. While some will only be remembered on Sporacle quizzes players like Luis Severino and Greg Bird will look to make an impact in the Bronx for year's to come. The 2016 season will bring more debuts and I've compiled this list of players drafted by the Yankees who are likely to make their debuts this season.

1) Aaron Judge: Judge only got to experience a few months as the Yankees number 1 prospect when Luis Severino graduated to the big leagues. He's been surpassed by Jorge Mateo but don't let that fool you. Judge will continue to marinate in Triple-A this year while he works on hitting breaking pitches. The Yankees have enough outfield depth that he is probably not the first to be called up if an injury strikes though if he puts it all together I wouldn't rule it out. I see him getting a cup of coffee in early September before being handed the keys to RF in 2017.

2) Brady Lail: Lail could be the first starter called up from the minors this season. He's no Luis Severino but he does have the potential to throw some valuable innings for the Yankees this season.

3) Ben Gamel: The Yankees have a ton of outfield depth, in addition to the 4 OF + Dustin Ackley on the major league roster they have Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams who made it to the show in 2015 in Triple-A. None of the outfielders mentioned are the picture of health so there is a good chance will Gamel in pinstripes in 2016.

4) James Kaprielian: Following in the footsteps of Jacob Lindgren who debuted last year Kaprielian could be another Yankee to fast track through the minors and make is debut a year after being drafted. Showing big time poise on the mound, plus command and an uptick in velocity he turned heads in camp and could be on his way to a debut late in the season.

5) Tyler Webb: The Yankees do a good job of churning out serviceable relievers and Webb will likely be one of the players on the shuttle between the Scranton and the Bronx this season. He'll look to separate himself from Nick Goody, Nick Rumbelow, James Pazos and company.

See you soon guys!

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