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Brian Cashman’s system: high school scouting

This is a five-part series detailing the success and failure of the Yankees farm system during Brian Cashman’s time as GM. In these posts, we’ll look at how the organization has fared with different types of scouting (high school, international, and college), prospect development time, and the success of prospects by position. Check each post to see specific trends during Cashman’s 19 year reign.

Part One: high school scouting
Part Two: coming soon
Part Three: coming soon
Part Four: coming soon
Part Five: coming soon

Overview

For Part One of this series, we’re going to look at every high school prospect from the Yankees organization that has appeared in the MLB while Brian Cashman has been GM.  The sections below show players that had their debut in that year. I’ve included the major stat lines for every player’s career, which were found at Baseball Reference.  At the end of the post, there’s a detailed breakdown of Cashman’s history with high school prospects.

(Note: the posts on scouting also include players that started in the Yankees system and made their debut with another team, but this hasn’t happened with the high school prospects.)

*note: on mobile, turn device sideways to view stats

2016

Position Players

Name/position G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Ben Gamel OF 33 57 9 9 2 0 1 5 0 6 .188 .278 .292 .569
Tyler Austin 1B 31 90 7 20 3 0 5 12 1 7 .241 .300 .458 .758

Pitchers

Name ERA G GS W L SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Jonathan Holder 5.40 8 0 0 0 0 8.1 8 5 5 1 4 5 1.440

 2015

Position Players

Name/position G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Greg Bird 1B 46 178 26 41 9 0 11 31 0 19 .261 .343 .529 .871
Mason Williams OF 20 51 7 14 4 0 1 5 0 2 .292 .320 .438 .758
Slade Heathcott OF 17 30 6 10 2 0 2 8 0 2 .400 .429 .720 1.149

Pitchers

N/A

2014

Position Players

N/A

Pitchers

Name ERA G GS W L SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Bryan Mitchell 4.52 28 8 1 5 0 65.2 73 40 33 5 31 47 1.584

 2013

Position Players

Name/position G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB BA OBP SLG OPS
John Ryan Murphy C 141 374 35 82 17 1 5 27 0 22 .238 .283 .337 .620
Corban Joseph 1B/2B 2 7 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .286 .333 .619

Pitchers

Name ERA G GS W L SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Brett Marshall 4.50 3 0 0 0 0 12.0 13 6 6 3 7 7 1.667

 2012

N/A

2011

Position Players

Name/position G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Austin Romine C 139 359 36 74 21 0 5 37 2 16 .222 .256 .329 .586

Pitchers

Name ERA G GS W L SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Dellin Betances 2.16 225 1 14 10 22 254.2 155 71 25 16 100 404 1.001

 2008-2010

N/A

2007

Position Players

Name/position G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Bronson Sardinha OF/3B 10 12 6 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 .333 .417 .333 .750

Pitchers

Name ERA G GS W L SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Tyler Clippard 2.95 558 8 46 35 56 625 436 220 205 75 256 684 1.107
Phil Hughes 4.41 253 200 84 76 3 1204 1268 623 590 168 290 970 1.293
Chase Wright 7.20 3 2 2 0 0 10 163 8 8 5 6 8 1.800

 2006

Position Players

N/A

Pitchers

Name ERA G GS W L SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Matt Smith 2.55 35 0 0 1 0 24.2 11 7 7 0 23 22 1.378

 2003-2005

N/A

2002

Position Players

Name/ position G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Drew Henson 3B 8 9 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111 .111 .111 .222

Pitchers

N/A

2001

Position Players

Name/ position G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Nick Johnson 1B 832 3316 430 723 173 5 95 398 29 522 .268 .399 .441 .840

Pitchers

N/A

1998-2000

N/A

Success

In the past few years, the Yankees have seen a good return on investment with some high school prospects. The best of the bunch appears to be Greg Bird, but we’ll have to wait and see if he can rebound from his injury and be the future at first base. If not, hopefully Tyler Austin can pick up the slack. This group also boasts some talented outfielders that have done some nice things when given the opportunity. There isn’t much to praise about the pitching prospects recently, but maybe Bryan Mitchell can claim the fifth starter spot this year.

When all is said and done, Dellin Betances may go down as the best high school pitching prospect to emerge from Cashman’s farm system to date. While he did fail as a starter, he’s been one of the top relievers in the game since entering the league.

The year of 2007 was “the year of the pitcher” for high school prospects in the Yankees farm system. Tyler Clippard and Phil Hughes are the only pitchers on this list that have sustained 10+ year careers.  Clippard has made a nice living as a reliever, and Hughes has been a reliable starter with a few really good years.

Speaking of 10+ year careers, Nick Johnson has had a hell of a career. It’s crazy to think his career OPS is .840. It makes you wonder what he could have contributed if the Yankees had hung on to him for longer and if he could have stayed healthy.

Failure

The biggest problem with the high school prospects is that there isn’t enough. There have only been 19 of them under Cashman’s watch. That’s one per year that have actually made an appearance in the big leagues. There are also huge time lapses where there were none at all. It appears that there is an issue with consistency in the high school scouting department. It could be because of the more volatile nature of high school prospects, but there’s probably more at play here.

Regret

This section is reserved for prospects that have made their debuts in a different uniform. Surprisingly, not a single high school prospect has done this during Cashman’s time as GM. Bravo, Cash, bravo.

Conclusion

Overall, the Yankees success with high school prospects is a little underwhelming. Sure, they’ve hit on a few of ’em, but there could always be more.  As you will see in subsequent posts, the high school scouting department  has yielded the least amount of big league players under Cashman. Here’s hoping our current crop of high school prospects can turn the tide.

 

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