From George King via Baseball America -
Righthander George Kontos could be the best-kept secret in the Yankees system, according to farm director Mark Newman.
“He was named among the top 10 prospects in the Hawaiian league and nobody talks about him,” Newman said of the 22-year-old Kontos, a fifth-round pick from Northwestern in 2006. He completed his second pro season at high Class A Tampa before heading for Honolulu.
“His stuff is really good,” Newman said of Kontos, whose fastball ranges from 90-94 mph. “He also has a quality slider and an emerging curveball. A changeup makes him a four-pitch guy.”
“He is a smart guy who works at it and is committed,” Newman said.
The Yankees are expected to part with young arms for a proven big league starter at some point. But based on Kontos’ first two seasons, they believe he’s at least in the discussion with the likes of prized righthanders Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy.
Hughes, Chamberlain, Kennedy, Horne, Betances, McCutchen, Brackman, Marquez, and Kontos. How many of these guys will actually be with the Yankees in 2012? All nine? Three? None? Anyone want to guess?
You never know. How many people thought, in the summer of 2006, that Tyler Clippard would be gone from the Yankees before the 2008 season?