• Yankees Who Stood Out In AFL

    Posted by on November 20th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    Via Tommy Verducci -

    Mark Montgomery, 22, Yankees, RHP

    MLB comp: Carlos Marmol

    He will be pitching out of the Yankees bullpen at some point next year, perhaps even at the start of the season. Montgomery has a slider that has such fierce spin and late break that it would rank among the best in the majors right now. Said Yankees catching prospect Austin Romine, “Never seen anything like it. With two strikes the hitters know it’s coming and they can’t touch it.”

    The Yankees found Montgomery in the 11th round in 2011 out of Longwood University. His career strikeout rate is 14.6 per nine innings and he has allowed only one home run in 99 2/3 innings. And if righthanded hitters sit on that slider away, he can run a 92-mph fastball in on their hands.

    Slade Heathcott, 22, Yankees, OF

    MLB comp: Josh Hamilton

    The comparison is bit unfair because Heathcott should not be expected to put up MVP numbers the way Hamilton has done. But it’s apt because Hamilton is Heathcott’s favorite player and Heathcott shares a profile with Hamilton that includes a power lefthanded bat, plus speed and the skills to play centerfield. The Yankees took him four picks after the Angels took Trout, New York’s pick if Trout were still on the board at 29.

    Heathcott’s development has been slowed by two shoulder injuries, and though his power hasn’t translated into games quite yet, when you watch him take batting practice you see the bat speed and the ability to backspin balls are there. And there is one more skill to like: he plays with an all-out intensity in the vein of Trout and Harper. On an otherwise routine out at the plate in a fall league game, Heathcott plowed over the catcher.

    David Adams, 25, Yankees, INF: Can flat-out rake, like Michael Young, though an ankle injury may have reduced speed and range just a bit.

    Of course, none of these three have ever appeared in a Triple-A game yet. So, take what Tommy is saying and file it away while these guys prove that they can handle it in Scranton before punching their ticket for New York.

    Comments on Yankees Who Stood Out In AFL

    1. Scout
      November 20th, 2012 | 5:23 pm

      And I’d deal all three for one healthy, bona fide #1 starting pitcher prospect at AA or above.

    2. November 20th, 2012 | 5:28 pm

      Good question, at this point, who is the Yankees best SP prospect at AA or above? Brett Marshall?

      Geesh…

    3. MJ Recanati
      November 20th, 2012 | 5:49 pm

      Scout wrote:

      And I’d deal all three for one healthy, bona fide #1 starting pitcher prospect at AA or above.

      I wouldn’t. While two of the three of these guys have question marks due to their health, I’d still rather have the position players.

    4. Raf
      November 20th, 2012 | 7:25 pm

      I’m still concerned about Heathcott’s shoulder as well as Adams’ ankle. Adams seems to have been around forever.

    5. November 21st, 2012 | 11:04 pm

      David Adams is an old 25, he will be 26 in May, in other words it’s put up or shut up time.

    6. Raf
      November 21st, 2012 | 11:34 pm

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      David Adams is an old 25, he will be 26 in May, in other words it’s put up or shut up time.

      I’m a bit concerned that he hasn’t hit AAA yet.

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