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Yanks land 4 players on Top 100 Prospects list

Sheffield, Florial, Loaisiga, Abreu appear on MLB Pipeline's re-rankings
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NEW YORK -- After MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list was re-ranked on Thursday, the Yankees found themselves well-represented as four players made the cut.

Left-hander Justus Sheffield came in at No. 28, outfielder Estevan Florial is ranked No. 47, right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga sits at No. 77 and righty Albert Abreu is at No. 79.

NEW YORK -- After MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list was re-ranked on Thursday, the Yankees found themselves well-represented as four players made the cut.

Left-hander Justus Sheffield came in at No. 28, outfielder Estevan Florial is ranked No. 47, right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga sits at No. 77 and righty Albert Abreu is at No. 79.

As the Yankees tried to find a replacement for Domingo German in the starting rotation after his demotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier this month, manager Aaron Boone had mentioned that Sheffield, 22, was inching his way closer to being considered for a callup. In 12 games, including 11 starts, for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year, the left-hander has gone 3-3 with a 2.44 ERA.

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MLB Pipeline has also ranked Sheffield as the No. 3 left-handed pitching prospect. Here's what MLB Pipeline says about the Yankees' No. 1 overall prospect: "Sheffield could have three plus pitches when all is said and done. His 92-97-mph fastball features some run and sink and is his most consistent offering, though his mid-80s slider may have more upside. His changeup isn't as reliable as his first two options, yet he still shows the ability to miss bats with it."

Florial, 20, has slashed .240/.332/.329 in 43 games for Class A Advanced Tampa this season. MLB Pipeline says that the 6-foot-1 outfielder's raw power, speed and arm strength are all above average, but he will need to "tone down his aggressive approach and make consistent contact after posting a 31 percent strikeout rate last season and a 36 percent mark in the Arizona Fall League." Florial was sidelined from mid-May until July after needing surgery on his right hamate bone.

Originally ranked the club's 14th-best prospect coming into the season, Loaisiga, 23, made a big jump up to No. 3 in the midseason re-ranking. Much of this could be credited to Loaisiga getting the callup to the Majors when Masahiro Tanaka landed on the disabled list in June. The rookie went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts over 18 innings in his four big league starts.

Video: NYY@PHI: Loaisiga K's 8 in 1-hit gem vs. the Phillies

Abreu, 22, has gone 3-3 with a 4.28 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings for Tampa. MLB Pipeline's scouting report is as follows: "When Abreu is at his best, he exhibits command of three pitches that all grade as plus or better. His fastball usually runs from 93-98 mph, tops out in the triple digits and features sink and run that generates both swings and misses as well as weak ground-ball contact. His power breaking ball looks like a curveball at times and a slider at others, more often the former, and he also can miss bats with his fading changeup."

This date in Yankees history
July 27, 2015: On his 40th birthday, Alex Rodriguez hit a sixth-inning solo home run at Texas to become the fourth player in Major League history to homer in his teens and his 40s (Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield).

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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