Friday, September 25, 2015

Pulaski Yankees Represented in Appalachian League Top 20 Prospects List

Minor League Baseball is officially in the books with all minor league affiliates in teams schedules over so let me officially welcome you to post-season prospect list season. We started the season a bit early about a week or so ago posting our Post-Season Top 10 Prospects List, SEEN HERE, and Baseball America began their season recently by releasing the Appalachian League's Top 20 Prospects for free, no subscription needed HERE.

The Appalachian League is a part of the Rookie level of the minor league system and the Yankees have one minor league affiliate there, the Pulaski Yankees. In BA's Top 20 prospect list the Yankees had one of their Yankees from Pulaski make the cut, shortstop Hoy Jun Park who ranked #12.

Here is the write up for Park from BA:

“Park is a rangy shortstop with quick feet, slick actions and smooth glove work … he could develop into an outstanding defender,” said the subscriber-only scouting report. “His swing has some length to it, but he creates intriguing torque with long levers and quick hands … He showed the ability to punch the ball to the opposite field or pull the ball over the fence.”

Park, just 19-years old, was one of the lesser names in the Yankees international signing spree that left the team with spending restrictions for the next two signing periods. Park garnered a $1.16 million bonus and rewarded the team by hitting .239/.351/.383 with five home runs and 12 stolen bases in his professional debut season.

The Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker, the fifth overall draft pick from the 2015 MLB First Year Players Draft, took home the top spot while the Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley and the Minnesota Twins shortstop Jermaine Palacios rounded out the top three.

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