I have written extensively on the talented group of prospects that are currently on the roster of the Yankees’ low-A club, the Charleston Riverdogs. On a daily basis, the Riverdogs feature legitimate prospects at pretty much every position, including slugging catcher Gary Sanchez, athletic outfielder Mason Williams, power-hitting 3rd baseman Dante Bichette Jr, and fireballing righty Jose Campos. Consequently, they have become a very big draw for scouts and people who cover the minor leagues, who get the chance to see a plethora of prospects in action on a given day.
Last night, Mike Newman of Fangraphs was in attendance, and wrote up his impressions in a post today. The entire article is worth reading, but I’ll summarize some of Newman’s impressions here. In a few ways, Newman’s timing was not especially fortunate. Gary Sanchez had a day off, and Newman also missed Bryan Mitchell and Jose Campos, who both were dominant in their most recent outings. However, there was plenty of prospecty goodness on display last night, as the Riverdogs beat up on a rehabbing Tim Hudson and the Rome Braves. I asked Newman if there was a team in the minors with more legitimate prospects than the Riverdogs, and he could not think of one.
Dante Bichette, who had 3 hits on the evening, impressed Newman with his approach at the plate and ability to hit to all fields. Mason Williams drew raves for his speed and raw tools, though Newman didn’t see a lot of lift in his swing, and worried about his propensity to swing and miss. Angelo Gumbs impressed with what Newman said was “some of the best bat speed I’ve ever seen from a prospect” and better-than-expected defense, but also an over-aggressive approach that led to several big whiffs. Tyler Austin, who hit 2 homers on the day, impressed with his power, though Newman acknowledged that they were hit off of mistake pitches.
Cito Culver was less impressive, as the switch-hitting shortstop drew some concerns about his awkward left-handed swing, and also about whether his physique would allow him to last as a shortstop long-term. Neither of these are particularly new criticisms, but one would hope that Cito was working hard to fix his swing. However, based on his early struggles (and Newman’s assessment), it would seem that he still has plenty of work to do.
The Riverdogs will continue to be an exciting team to follow throughout the minor league season, and I’m hoping to read more scouting reports over the course of the season, to track improvements and changes. This is definitely an intriguing group of prospects, and they have the potential to become the next wave of homegrown impact players that could propel the Yankees to another dynasty.
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