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ESPN’s Keith Law names 2017 Yankees sleeper prospect

It’s hard to believe there could be a prospect within the Yankees’ system flying under the radar.

With all the hype surrounding the organization’s league-leading seven top-100 prospects, there are a couple guys that simply don’t get the same level of attention.

Prospects like Miguel Andujar and Chance Adams put up solid numbers at Double-A Trenton a season ago, and both boast potentially very high upsides, but they just don’t get the same attention as guys like Frazier, Torres, Judge and Mateo.

ESPN’s Keith Law released his “Sleeper Prospect” for each Major League team, shedding light on each system’s best player that doesn’t get the attention he deserves.

According to Law, there is a potential real difference maker in the Yankees’ system quietly making his case to make it to the Bronx.

It’s not the no. 8 third base prospect in baseball, Miguel Andujar, or the Yankees’ no. 3 pitching prospect, Chance Adams.

It’s 22-year-old outfielder, Dustin Fowler.

According to Law, “Fowler has the right mix of ability, some performance and youth to end up squarely in the top 100 next winter.”

Baseball America currently has Fowler as the Yanks no. 9 prospect, sitting just three spots down from their potential starting right fielder, Aaron Judge.

Last season in his first year at the Double-A level, Fowler filled up the stat sheets, flashing his potential upside as a 20/20 man in the bigs.

In 132 games in Trenton, Fowler hit .281 with 12 home runs and 88 RBI. He showed a very strong mix of power and speed by adding 30 doubles, 15 triples – and possibly most impressively, 25 stolen bases to go along with his 57 extra base hits.

Fowler is just another prime example of a high upside, “toolsy” prospect being given the opportunity to show what he’s got this spring in Tampa. Fowler is one of only two non-roster outfield invitees heading to spring training,  joining the highly touted Clint Frazier.

 

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