Meet the Yankee drawing comps to Gary Sheffield

January 19th, 2023

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The newest name to know in the Yankees organization is Brando Mayea.

This past week, the Yankees agreed to an estimated $4.35 million deal with the powerful outfielder from Havana, Cuba, who has been compared to a “mini Gary Sheffield” by one talent evaluator. Mayea was rated as the No. 9 prospect on MLB Pipeline’s International Top 50 list.

The Yankees, who have a base signing pool of $5,284,000, have not confirmed the agreement. The deal is pending a physical.

Mayea, 17, is considered a premium athlete with advanced tools for his age, uncommon bat speed and power. He is aggressive in the batter’s box and is gaining a better understanding of the strike zone.

According to MLB Pipeline, Mayea has a mature frame with plenty of upside because he is strong and twitchy. Once a shortstop, scouts believe Mayea could remain in center field, but he could also move to a corner outfield spot.

Mayea figures to soon join the top big-money international talent in the Yankees’ farm system, a group that includes No. 2 prospect Jasson Dominguez, a switch-hitting outfielder who signed for $5.1 million in July 2019. The club is also closely watching No. 11 prospect Roderick Arias, an 18-year-old switch-hitting shortstop who signed with the club for $4 million in January.