Melky Mesa, CF - .251/.323/.436, 9 doubles, 8 home
runs, 30 RBIs
He’s cut his strikeouts a ton, but suffered a
bad break when a sore right shoulder in the middle of May sidelined him for
three weeks. He’d also shown off tremendous range and a deadly throwing arm in
think Melky’s tools get him to the big leagues. I think he’s going to be a guy
who goes up and down and up and down and never secures a spot.”
Earlier in the season, the same scout compared him to a guy
like Justin Maxwell or Greg Golson, a guy who, despite having tools upon tools,
never quite capitalizes on his own potential.
Almonte, RF - .275/.315/.406, 6 doubles, 4 home runs, 25 RBIs
Like Mesa, Almonte missed a chunk
of time this season. In his case, hamstring spasms were the culprit. After a
breakout first half in Tampa in 2011, Almonte earned a spot on the 40-man
roster. His boffo spring training also caught the eye of Yankees manager Joe
“I don’t think he’s a regular in the big leagues, but
I think he’s got enough bat and enough athleticism and can play enough defense
to be an extra outfielder in the big leagues.”
Cody Johnson, DH - .245/.336/.528, 11 doubles, 16 home
runs, 37 RBIs
The book on Johnson is the same
as it ever was: He’s the Double-A version of Adam Dunn. He’ll strike out, take
walks and hit monstrous home runs. He’s in the midst of a nasty slump right now,
but his light-tower power still makes him one of the only true longball threats
in Trenton’s lineup.
I thought he’d made strides and has made himself a
prospect. He’s got unbelievable power. … His velocity off the bat is way above
anybody else. Where he plays is another story, but he’s certainly got some
think he’s better than what I’ve seen with the Braves. I think he’s got a
little bit better load than he did then.
It was a much bigger takeaway, and he’s shortened it up a bit, but I
still am very concerned with the high strikeout rate. … He’s got big-time
power. He just does. You can’t deny the kid that. I just don’t think it plays at the highest
Marshall, SP – 7-3, 2.99 ERA, 84 1/3 IP, 51 SO, 29 BB
Without question the best pitching prospect on the Thunder,
Marshall has done quite well for himself in his first turn at the upper levels.
He’s allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of his 13 starts this year. The
numbers prove that he still has to improve his command and control in order to
advance to the next level and cash in on his potential.
“I don’t think he has a big upside, but I think he
could certainly pitch in the big leagues. He’s probably the most interesting arm
that I saw anyway, at Trenton. For me, he’s a long reliever, spot-starter type
guy. Not a big upside, but there’s some stuff to like there. I think he’s got
the potential to have three average major league pitches and throw strikes.”
“I thought he threw good. I think he could be a
fourth or fifth starter, a back of the rotation guy.”
Those four certainly aren’t the
only players who were mentioned. One scout said he saw a Juan Cruz-like ceiling
for reliever Kelvin Perez. Another noted that outfielder Abraham Almonte had a
little bit of “strength in his swing,” likening that trait to that of current
Yankee Brett Gardner.
For the most part, though, Mesa,
Zoilo Almonte, Johnson and Marshall were the biggest names. And after reading
the quotes from scouts, it should be clear that Trenton, despite its success
over the first half of the season, should not be the team Yankees fans look to
for its next wave of impact players.