New York Yankees Triple-A Infield Will Be Stacked

New York Yankees. Miguel Andujar (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
New York Yankees. Miguel Andujar (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

With a World Series-contending major league roster and one of the deepest farm systems in baseball, the New York Yankees will have an extremely talented Triple-A infield to start 2018.

When Brian Cashman said the New York Yankees were retooling and not rebuilding in 2016, he wasn’t kidding around. He’s quickly built up a loaded farm system and a major league roster with very few holes to fill.

The result for such a talent-filled organization is near major league-ready prospects with established veterans in front of them. This is why the Yankees Triple-A infield is going to be stacked to start 2018.

The Yankees major league outfield has so much talent that reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton will spend most of this season at DH. All that talent has also forced Billy McKinney (Yankees No. 19 prospect) to take up first base. McKinney has had a good spring thus far, but even after switching positions, he’s still stuck behind Greg Bird. McKinney’s best chance at donning the pinstripes is at first base, so he’ll likely continue his transition with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Over at second base, the Yankees have one of baseball’s best prospects in Gleyber Torres just waiting for his chance at the big leagues. Torres (Yankees No. 1 prospect) is just 21 years old and coming off Tommy John surgery so the Yankees aren’t rushing him. They’ve already optioned him to Triple-A. Fellow prospect Tyler Wade and newly-acquired veteran Neil Walker will handle second base duties until Torres forces his way to the majors.

Torres was originally a shortstop but the emergence of Didi Gregorius as a star forced him to switch positions. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will still have a talented shortstop to start 2018, though. Thairo Estrada (Yankees No. 10 prospect) should be the everyday shortstop in Triple-A after hitting .301 in Double-A Trenton last year.

Over at the hot corner will be the man (kid?) who many thought would be the starting third baseman in the Bronx this year; Miguel Andujar. Andujar’s bat is more than major league-ready. This kid can straight up rake. He went 3-4 with four RBI in his big league debut last season and just had a great spring training. The acquisitions of Brandon Drury and Neil Walker, however, filled up the Yankees infield, forcing Andujar (Yankees No. 4 prospect) to start the year in the minors. Like Torres, Andujar was recently optioned to Triple-A.

Projected Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 2018 infield: 

1B Billy McKinney

2B Gleyber Torres

SS Thairo Estrada

3B Miguel Andujar

It’s amazing how deep the New York Yankees are and it makes for an exciting Triple-A infield. All four of these prospects are on the Yankees 40-man roster and could end up in pinstripes before the season is over.

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To start the season, however, these guys will be making plays down in Scranton. You may want to invest in some RailRiders tickets!