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Starting spots for Yankees' Top 30 prospects

@JimCallisMLB
April 3, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Yankees' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Yankees' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an impact this year, a prospect who is ready to break out in 2019 and the team's best defensive prospect.

1) Estevan Florial (MLB No. 56), OF -- Tampa Tarpons (A Adv) -- IL
2) Jonathan Loaisiga (MLB No. 65), RHP -- New York Yankees (MLB)
3) Albert Abreu, RHP -- Trenton Thunder (AA)
4) Deivi Garcia, RHP -- Tampa Tarpons (A Adv)
5) Clarke Schmidt, RHP -- Tampa Tarpons (A Adv)
6) Anthony Seigler, C -- Extended spring training
7) Everson Pereira, OF -- Extended spring training
8) Trevor Stephan, RHP -- Trenton Thunder (AA)
9) Antonio Cabello, OF -- Extended spring training
10) Roansy Contreras, RHP -- Charleston RiverDogs (A)
11) Nick Nelson, RHP -- Trenton Thunder (AA)
12) Michael King, RHP -- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA) -- IL
13) Luis Gil, RHP -- Charleston RiverDogs (A)
14) Luis Medina, RHP -- Charleston RiverDogs (A)
15) Josh Breaux, C -- Charleston RiverDogs (A)
16) Garrett Whitlock, RHP -- Trenton Thunder (AA)
17) Matt Sauer, RHP -- Charleston RiverDogs (A)
18) Osiel Rodriguez, RHP -- Extended spring training
19) Thairo Estrada, SS/2B -- New York Yankees (MLB)
20) Chance Adams, RHP -- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA)
21) Frank German, RHP -- Extended spring training -- rehab
22) Anthony Garcia, OF -- Extended spring training
23) Domingo Acevedo, RHP -- Trenton Thunder (AA)
24) Ryder Green, OF -- Extended spring training
25) Josh Stowers, OF -- Charleston RiverDogs (A)
26) Glenn Otto, RHP -- Tampa Tarpons (A Adv)
27) Yoendrys Gomez, RHP -- Extended spring training
28) Juan Then, RHP -- Extended spring training
29) Tanner Myatt, RHP -- Charleston RiverDogs (A)
30) Harold Cortijo, RHP -- Extended spring training
Complete list »

Starting spots for all team Top 30 prospects
AL East BAL, BOS, NYY, TB, TOR
NL East ATL, MIA, NYM, PHI, WSH
AL Central CLE, CWS, DET, KC, MIN
NL Central CHC, CIN, MIL, PIT, STL
AL West HOU, LAA, OAK, SEA, TEX
NL West ARI, COL, LAD, SD, SF
Division Team
Top 100 starting spots

Just missed Top 30: Joe Harvey
One of many Yankees pitching prospects who has added velocity since turning pro, Harvey had a low-90s fastball when he came out of Pittsburgh as a redshirt junior in 2014 and now works in the mid-90s and can reach 99 mph. Using a hard curveball as his second pitch, he posted a 1.67 ERA, .165 opponent average and 68 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings (mostly in Triple-A) last year.

On the shelf: Estevan Florial
Florial, New York's top prospect, is on Tampa's injury list after breaking his right wrist crashing into the center-field wall during Spring Training. Right-hander Michael King is on Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's IL after getting diagnosed with a stress reaction in his elbow in March. Righty Frank German came down with some mild elbow discomfort last week and will spend some time in extended spring training before joining a Class A affiliate.

Impact prospect: Jonathan Loaisiga
Loasiga made the jump from Double-A to the big leagues last year and he should be ready when, not if, there’s a need in New York. CC Sabathia is hurt to start the year, and Loaisiga should be the guy to take his turns for the time being. The right-hander has the stuff to succeed; it’s more a question of durability.

Breakout prospect: Deivi Garcia
Garcia is so polished that he finished his third professional season in Double-A at age 19. The Yankees love high spin rates, and he has them with his curveball and 91-96 mph fastball. He also shows promise with a fading changeup.

Best defensive prospect: Florial
Florial has some of the best all-around tools in the Minors, with well-above-average raw power, speed and arm strength. He continues to improve as a center fielder, projecting as a plus defender, and has an exceptionally strong arm for the position.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.