The Yankees have been living up to (if not exceeding) their lofty preseason expectations, but it isn’t just the stars doing the work – it’s the young guys. It’s hard to imagine that Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar weren’t in the lineup on opening day… but that speaks to the importance of our prospects.
On episode #243 of The Bronx Pinstripes Show, Andrew Rotondi and Scott Reinen hosted MLB.com’s Jim Callis in a conversation about exactly that – prospects. Callis is a senior writer for MLB Pipeline, which is a branch of MLB.com that focuses on baseball prospect news.
On the show, Callis offered his expertise on a variety of different topics that were both Yankees-specific and MLB-general. He discussed the MLB draft and why it does not get as much attention as the NFL and NBA Drafts, the Yankees current prospects, and more.
Of course, Callis also talked about the Yankees recent draft. Notably, he had high praise for their first-round selection – catcher Anthony Seigler (who’s a switch-hitter and a switch-pitcher if you hadn’t heard).
Callis emphasized that while people mostly talk about Seigler’s ability to switch hit and pitch (like I just did), it’s important to remember that he’s very talented on top of that rare skill. Callis also complimented his athleticism, and compared his play style to Austin Barnes.
“He moves really well behind the plate, he’s got a solid arm and gets rid of the ball pretty quickly. I think you’re feeling pretty good with his athleticism I think he’ll be a good pitch framer. [He’s a] switch hitter, good line drive swing… I don’t think it’s gonna be big power necessarily… I think it’s more of a line drive, hit-for-average than a power guy. This is a guy who can help you offensively and defensively.”
In addition to Seigler, Callis had plenty to say about the Yankees and their other prospects, including Justus Sheffield and Estevan Florial. But if you want to hear more about that, you’ll have to listen for yourself using this link. You won’t regret it.