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.