Here’s something that the folks at FanDuel shared with me that may interest you…
As the Yankees age, more and more fans are looking towards what the future holds for the Bronx Bombers. After all, the homegrown talent of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte can only last for so long, right? Here’s a look at the next trio of potential stars for New York, who could get their feet wet in the majors as early as this season.
While Gary Sanchez is still listed as a catching prospect, there continues to be speculation on where he will actually play on a consistent basis in the major leagues. Few will doubt his bat, which is one of the best in all of baseball at the minor league level, but can he take control of a pitching staff in the same way Jorge Posada or even Joe Girardi were able to?
In 2012, he hit .290/.344/.485 with 18 home runs, 85 RBI and 15 stolen bases while reaching Tampa in A ball. He is considered right now to be a guy who will not be ready for the big club until late 2014 or early 2015, but he does seem to be the frontrunner as far as the next Yankee homegrown star coming through the system.
A center-fielder named Williams in the future for the Yankees? For fans of Bernie, the comparisons might be a bit premature, but they could continue if he produces at the level he has so far. Williams is already a superb defender, but his main focus going forward will be to improve his approach at the plate.
His statistics in 2012 were solid for a player in his first full seasons at the professional level. He was hitting .298/.346/.474 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI and 20 stolen bases before injuring his left (non-throwing) shoulder trying to make a diving catch. Health should not be a concern heading into 2013, meaning he too could be on a path to the big leagues by late 2014, early 2015.
While Tyler Austin is talented in his own right, Slade Heathcott seems to be the slightly better corner outfield prospect for the Yankees right now. He has made a name for himself based on his hustle, but his skill level is pretty impressive as well.
After posting a .302/.380/.461 batting average with 5 home runs and 19 steals a season ago, the Yankees pretty much know by now what they are going to get from him. He might never become a star, but he is a guy who can get the job done and produce at a high level.
Due to his style of play, he tends to get banged up a bit. His hustle and determination though should be looked at as a positive, not a negative. He is a plus defender and base stealer, which makes him a possible everyday player in a couple of season. He is the most likely to get a call up during the 2013 season, and so may be one to consider in a fantasy baseball draft, but injuries elsewhere would have to happen.