Full name is Thairo Jose Estrada Villegas. Signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on August 2, 2012.
Spent the entire season with Double-A Trenton, batting .301 (149-for-495) with 72R, 19 doubles, 4 triples, 6HR and 48RBI in 122 games…ranked second in the Eastern League in hits, tied for fourth in in runs scored and ranked sixth in batting average…ranked among Yankees farmhands in hits (149, second) and batting average (.301, fourth)…played primarily SS (90G), but also saw time at 2B (23G) and 3B (3G)... At 21 years and two months, was the seventh-youngest player to make a 2017 Opening Day roster in the EL... Was named to the EL Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star teams... Following the season, played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, batting .342 (27-for-79) with 13R, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1HR and 10RBI in 20 games…was named to the league's Fall Stars Game and the AFL's 2017 Top Prospects Team... Was tabbed by Baseball America as the Yankees' No. 9 prospect following the season... Was added to the Yankees' 40-man roster on 11/20/17.
Split the season between Single-A Charleston and Single-A Tampa and hit .290/.346/.391 (132-for-455) with 63R, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 8HR and 49RBI in 118 games…stole 18 bases in 26 attempts (69.2%)…was named an MiLB.com Organization All-Star…ranked sixth among Yankees farmhands in batting average... Began the season by batting .286/.324/.429 (40-for-140) with 11R, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 5HR and 19RBI in 35 games for the RiverDogs before a promotion to Tampa on 5/23... In 83 games with Tampa, hit .292/.355/.375 (92-for-315) with 52R, 15 doubles, 1 triple, 3HR and 30RBI…overall, saw time at 2B (57G/56GS), 3B (47GS) and SS (8G/7GS).
Batted .267 (66-for-247) with 37R, 17 doubles, 2HR, 23RBI and 8SB in 63 games with short-season Single-AStaten Island…was named a NYPL Mid-Season All-Star…reached base safely in 20 consecutive games from7/26-8/22 (G1), hitting .351 (27-for-77) over that stretch…batted .356 (26-for-73) against lefties.
Combined at short-season Single-A Staten Island and the GCL Yankees 1 to bat .272 (22-for-81) with 13R, 3doubles, 6RBI and 7BB in 23 games.
Made his professional debut with the GCL Yankees 2, batting .278 (49-for-176) with 28R, 11 doubles, 5 triples,2HR, 17RBI and 7SB in 50 games…ranked 10th among Yankees minor leaguers in batting average.