The Times-Tribune’s annual countdown of the top 10 Yankees prospects is back. Here’s what happens: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders beat writer Conor Foley ranks 15 prospects, Donnie Collins ranks 15 prospects, and then they’re averaged together. The list takes into account ETA for the big leagues. You’re going to find some guys who might not have ceilings as high as others, but who instead could be in a position to help the Yankees sooner. 

Power, power and more power. Chris Gittens puts on a batting practice show that rivals the Judges and Stantons and Gallos or the world, and he’s shown it in games, too, during the alternate site period. As with any power hitter of his caliber, there’s some strikeout potential, but this month he’s shown that he also has the ability to control the zone. He seems ticketed for Triple-A this year, where he’ll also get to hit big league balls for the first time in his career.

The basics

Position: First baseman
B/T: R/R
Age: 27
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 250
40-man? No
Acquired: Yankees’ 12th-round draft pick in 2014 out of Grayson County College in Denison, Texas.
SWB ETA: 2021

What about last year?

Didn’t get an invite to the Yankees’ alternate site at PNC Field, though he did appear in 12 spring training games, batting .125 (6 for 24) with a home run, four walks and 17 strikeouts. Had the best season of his career in 2019, when he won the Double-A Eastern League’s most valuable player award. In 115 games, batted .281 with a .893 OPS. He launched 23 home runs, 16 doubles, one triple, drove in 77 runs, walked 71 times and struck out 139 times.


Tell me something good

Here are parts of some scouting reports from national outlets:

  • Fangraphs: “… Based on the data I have, he led all minor leaguers in 2019 average exit velo at a whopping 96 mph. …”

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