The Evil Empire is on the rise again. After a youth movement led the New York Yankees coming within one win of a World Series berth, and Brian Cashman masterfully weaved a way to both get under the luxury tax and trade for last year’s National League MVP, Giancarlo Stanton, before the bountiful 2019 summer, the future looks as bright as ever.
The Bombers have a strong core of mostly cost-controlled players, which should only improve with top prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres projected by Fangraphs to make contributions to the big league club in 2018.
Torres has serious pedigree, as a Baseball America top 10 prospect in the last 2 seasons, after moving to the Yankees’ organization in the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs. According to Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs, he projects as a plus hitter, especially for second base, with a 60 grade future hit tool and 55 grade future game power (20-80 scale). Overall, they peg Torres as a 60 grade future value prospect and the 12th best prospect in all of baseball.
Andujar, the 14th ranked prospect in baseball, should be another welcome addition to the Yankees’ young core. He’s got a crazy arm (70 grade) at third base, along with 55’s for his future hit and game power tools. He had an 5 game cameo with the big league club in 2017, and raked, albeit in a tiny sample size. With the addition of Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks, he has a little bit of leeway with regard to when he gets called up, which increases the likelihood of one or both staying down in Scranton for a couple of weeks so that they have an extra year of service time.