By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on April 22, 2014
Joe Girardi is all too familiar with the walk out of the dugout to an injured player on the field. That being said, the New York Yankees are very prone to injury. Because of the injury to Austin Romine, John Ryan Murphy got called up, despite not being a finished product as a hitter. The Yankees have a decent farm system where a few players have realistic MLB potential. Here is the latest stock up, stock down for the Yankees' top five prospects.
Aaron Judge has been tearing it up for Charleston Riverdogs so far in the 2014 season. In 15 games, Judge has a batting average of .296. He has 16 hits in 66 plate appearances, and he's walked 12 times. Judge is an interesting player because he is a 6-foot-7 outfielder. He has long arms, which can hurt him. Judge needs to get the bat around better. He is still relatively raw, but he could very well be in the Bronx by the start of the 2016 season.
The clock is ticking for Tyler Austin. He is in his fifth season in the Yankees' farm system, and he has been pretty slow out of the gate in the 2014 season. In 11 games, Austin has a batting average of .238. He's struggled against Double-A competition, which is scary because the level of toughness only goes up from here. If Austin does not pick up his game, the Yankees could very well trade him.
There will be a time in the near future when Mark Montgomery will be the set-up man for David Robertson in New York. He simply is that good. Montgomery has been terrific at every level he has pitched in, and he is now on the Triple-A team. It is good to know that he is only one step away from the MLB. Montgomery is a big pitcher who has a rocket for a arm. Don't be surprised to see him as a Yankee by the season's end.
After acquiring Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury, it doesn't look like Mason Williams will be in the Bronx for awhile. He is extremely thin, but Williams is quick and he's great at small ball. In 16 games, Williams only has 16 hits at the Double-A level. Williams is not the best hitter, but he can bunt and use his speed. The Yankees would love to see Williams flourish, but he will need to improve before making the next step to Triple-A.
Gary Sanchez will be a star for the Yankees one day. Brian McCann was signed to a five-year deal, but McCann could also play first base. Sanchez will be on the Yankees by the end of the 2015 season, and he will probably be the everyday catcher. He has a strong arm and he has a stout bat too; he could very well be a 20-home run type of player. Sanchez will likely be called up in September, so we will see his ability against the MLB then.
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