The Yankees have a long and storied history of making sure to show up to spring training with an army of prospects.
But the club has been more than willing to play catch up to the rest of the league as well.
Last season, the Yankees had four prospects on the roster and three others who were already under contract for next season.
Now, they have six prospects, and they have another two in the system.
While some of the Yankees top prospects may not be as well-known as some of their fellow clubmen, there’s no doubt that they’re some of this club’s best prospects.
There’s a lot to like about this group of prospects, from their speed and ability to hit, to their maturity and overall physicality.
It’s a good group to be around, especially with a stacked farm system.
If they stay healthy, it’s hard to see the Yankees falling apart in the AL East.
But there are a couple of problems with this group.
First, it would be a stretch to say the Yankees have all of these guys.
That’s just not true.
The Yankees’ first round pick in the 2018 draft, right-hander Jose De Leon, has struggled to a 5.38 ERA in 21 starts for Triple-A Syracuse.
In 2018, De Leon pitched just over 20 innings, allowing 15 hits and six runs while striking out six.
He’s pitched in just two big-league games this season.
The other three are right-handers and righties, with shortstop Aaron Hicks, left-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi and left-hander Tyler Anderson all coming up on the 20-man roster.
That leaves a lot of uncertainty at the top of the rotation.
But if the Yankees were to sign these guys, it wouldn’t be out of the question that some of them could see the big-leagues after this season, too.
The club could also add some left-hand bats to the mix with the likes of Francisco Liriano, Michael Fulmer and Justin Verlander all having shown potential as potential free agents in recent years.
Of course, it will be important to see what these three guys can do after the 2018 season to determine if they’re ready for big-time competition.
Lirianas age and injury history will also be a big factor, especially considering the Yankees will likely have to make some roster changes to get them to the big leagues.
The Yankees also have some other interesting names in their farm system, including left-fielder Josh Johnson, infielder Jose Guzman, infielders Austin Bleyert and Joey Votto, catcher Tyler Flowers and outfielder/outfielder Luis Valbuena.
That might make it hard to get all of the players on the same page, and if there’s one thing the Yankees are known for, it is flexibility.
If the Yankees do sign a few of these players, it could have the potential to change their approach.
The organization can bring in guys to give some of these young prospects some experience and also give them some experience on the big league roster, which is why the Yankees love bringing in their best prospects from the amateur ranks.
But that’s the problem.
They’re going to have to bring in their top prospects, which means they have to put a price tag on them.
They don’t have the luxury of just spending $5 million to sign a young star, so they have a lot riding on their signings.
That price tag will likely increase as the season wears on, and the Yankees might need to bring back some of those players to get to the next level.
It will be up to these guys to do that.