Not having done this in awhile, I put together some lists you all might find interesting to look at. Hitters this time, pitchers next time. These are system leaderboards and as always, the cautionary small sample size warning is given.
If you’ve been following the Staten Island Yankees or GCL Yankees, the top of this list shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Shane Brown is a 2010 draft pick from the 23rd round from Central Florida. Last year Baseball America called him a future utility type although he was drafted as a catcher. After dominating at Staten Island, he’s been called up to Charleston. Chris Austin was a 13th round pick from a Georgia High School from 2010 who can hit. He has some raw power, was drafted as a catcher and now plays mostly 1B or 3B. He recently moved up to Staten Island. Everyone is probably glad to see Dante Bichette handling himself so well in the GCL.
Now here are some other leaderboards to look at.
Like I said before, it’s nice to see Dante Bichette succeeding early on in his career. Although the sample is very small, he’s certainly shown he can handle at least this level. His K% is just as impressive as his BB% for an 18 year old. Some of the usual suspects that have good plate selection show up here, Damon Sublett and Corban Joseph are two who have always been able to draw a walk. For everything that’s been written about Cito Culver already, it’s comforting to see he hasn’t been overmatched by Staten Island as an 18 year old. Again it’s way to early to draw any real conclusions, but it’s certainly nice to see.
As for guys that strike out a lot, these are also some familiar names. Cody Johnson has an absolutely legendary swing and miss skill. Ditto Jorge Vazquez. You may remember that some recent studies have shown it’s better for prospects to have K% under 22% or so, relative to the players age and league. Most of the names here are pretty young. Angelo Gumbs is one of the more raw prospects in the system but that doesn’t mean he isn’t very talented. Again, there’s also small sample problems at work here. The short season leagues, A- and RK (Staten Island and GCL) don’t have enough PA’s where this feels totally comfortable. For prospects like Kelvin De Leon and Melky Mesa we largely already know what we’re getting- the ability to hit the ball far when contact does get made.
This is just a measure of a player’s power. It subtracts all the singles for SLG% so it’s essentially how well a player can hit for extra bases. Isaias Tejeda is certainly having a nice start to his American baseball career. In his first year over as a 19 year old, he’s done more than hold his own so far in the GCL. Truthfully, I don’t know that much about him. He is a catcher and in TrueYankee tradition, he’s not so good- so far this year, 41 stolen bases allowed, only 2 caught stealing. Yikes. Ravel Santana is more familiar. I mentioned him as someone to watch for in my list of prospects a few weeks ago because of his power/speed combination. He’s certainly been able to display those traits early on this season.
This is just a fun statistic that measures some speed components for a player. These numbers are from Fangraphs, and they include in this measure SB%, frequency of SB attempts, triples and percentage of runs scored. Daniel Lopez is another guy I have no idea about. He has 14 stolen bases and only 2 CS so far in 96 PAs which isn’t too shabby. Mason Williams leads Staten Island with 12 stolen bases but has been caught stealing 6 times which is why he isn’t towards the top of this list. Tyler Austin meanwhile, in the GCL was a perfect 11-0 in stolen base attempts.
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