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Yankees’ prospects named to Baseball America’s Classification All-Star Teams

The minor league baseball season is officially complete.

On Sunday evening, Baseball America announced their Classification All-Star teams for the 2017 season. The teams feature the players from different organizations that had standout seasons in their respective leagues.

The New York Yankees organization had three prospects selected to their respective All Star teams:

Short Season

Jorge Guzman (Staten Island Yankees)

Age: 21

Position: Starting Pitcher

2017 Stats

Games: 13
Wins: 5
Losses: 3
ERA: 2.30
Innings Pitched: 67
Strikeouts: 88
Walks: 18
Opponent’s Average: .212
SO/9 Rate: 11.9

Guzman was acquired by the Yankees as part of the trade that sent Brian McCann to the Houston Astros. In his first season with the Yankees, the 21-year-old Dominican Republic native has been very impressive.

Not only does the right-hander have an impressive strikeout rate, but he also has showed the ability to limit walks. After struggling a bit during his first two seasons with the Astros, Guzman seems to have gotten back on track during his fresh start with the Yankees.


Low Class-A

Estevan Florial (Charleston Riverdogs)

Age: 19

Position: Outfielder

2017 Stats

Games: 91
Average: .297
On-Base Percentage: .373
Slugging Percentage: .483
Hits: 102
Doubles: 21
Triples: 5
Home Runs: 11
Walks: 41
Stolen Bases: 17

This season, Estevan Florial quickly became known as one of the Yankees’ top prospects.

Florial is currently ranked as the Yankees’ No. 4 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline. The 19-year-old spent the majority of the season in Charleston, but was promoted towards the end of the season to High-A Tampa.

With raw power and above-average speed, many around the baseball industry believe that Florial is destined for the big leagues. He still needs time to develop more, but there is a belief that he will one day be an impact player in the Bronx.



Chance Adams (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders)

Age: 22

Position: Starting Pitcher

2017 Stats

Games: 21
Wins: 11
Losses: 5
ERA: 2.89
Innings Pitched: 115
Strikeouts: 103
Walks: 43
Opponent’s Average: .197
SO/9 Rate: 8.0

It’s safe to say that Yankees fans are excited for Chance Adams’ arrival in the Bronx.

Adams is currently ranked as the club’s No. 3 overall prospect. As he is currently at the Triple-A level, the belief is that the right-hander could make his Major League debut as early as next season.

The 22-year-old was used in a relief role early in his Yankees career, and it looked like he would fast track his way to the big leagues. In 2016, the organization decided to try him as a starter, and the move has panned out so far.

Adams utilizes a four-pitch repertoire, including an above-average fastball and slider. The right-hander has also worked on his changeup and curveball, which have become useful in helping get hitters out.

The Yankees had an innings limit on Adams this season, and wanted him to gain more experience at the Triple-A level. Once he’s fully ready, the Yankees believe he will be a quality starting pitcher in the big leagues.