Josh Norris’ Double-A Trenton & High-A Tampa scout notes


In his latest look at the minor league system, Josh Norris spoke to a scout who recently covered both Double-A Trenton and High-A Tampa. The scout sang the praises of OF Slade Heathcott, saying he prefers him to OF Mason Williams because he’s a more disciplined hitter. He also sees LHP Nik Turley as a future big league starter and raved about C Gary Sanchez‘s opposite field power. LHP Matt Tracy also received a positive report while others like OF Zoilo Almonte and OF Tyler Austin weren’t so lucky. The post is well worth your time, make sure you check it out.

Categories : Asides, Minors
  • Rich in NJ

    I think Sanchez is the most untouchable because of the sad state of their ML catching.

    • Laz

      agree, catchers across the board struggle to hit, and sanchez seems like an amazing hitter.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    Good news overall but that’s one of the very few times I’ve read of someone not being impressed by Austin.

    • Hammertime

      I agree, he’s saying the most consistant hitter in the system is too inconsistant for him.

    • Gonzo

      Isn’t that two articles in a row dinging Austin?

      • Laz

        Yep, yet he still keeps hitting. He may not be viewed as an everyday guy, but he keeps hitting, and until he really struggles he is fine.

      • RetroRob

        Isn’t that the same scout quoted though?

        • Gonzo

          I have no clue. Does anyone know?

        • RetroRob

          Sorry, I mean isn’t that the same reporter. I’m guessing it’s the same scout since the review seems the same on all players.

      • CountryClub

        Yeah, a couple of scouts have said they think he’s a 4th outfielder.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Slade Heathcott is no joke. Dude can flat-out play baseball.

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    If Slade can stay healthy, he’s going to be something special.

    • Laz

      Why I have viewed him more as the longterm LF guy, I think it will be easier on him out there.

  • Preston

    I’m a big Slade Heathcott fan, but I would take Mason because of the difference in K rate. Mason can learn a little patience, but it’s harder to learn how to make contact.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      I haven’t had the chance to see Mason play yet, but Slade is crazy good. I’m thrilled that they are both in the system. Plenty of room to be had in that Yankee outfield in the next couple of years. The future is bright for the Bronx.

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      It’s just great that the Yankees have both of them. Haven’t seen many outfield prospects come out of the system in a long time.

      Now the Yankees have some interesting guys with Mason, Heathcott, Austin, and Flores.

      • CountryClub

        Gardner and Austin Jackson. I mean those are 2 starting OFers in the past 5 years. Not too bad.

        •!/AngeloInNY Angelo

          Man, I didn’t even think of those. How could I miss them.

    • Laz

      28% K rate in A+ is a bit of a concern for long term ability. But Slade has demonstrated a better ability to take walks, when they have similiar power.

  • jjyank

    Good read. Let’s just hope Slade stays healthy!

  • RetroRob

    First report I’ve seen on Pirela. Unfortunately it wasn’t good. The rest of the reports are fine, with Austin being the one that doesn’t fit what we’ve been hearing. Good to see that Heathcott has re-established himself as a prospect.

  • The Real Greg

    The Yankees are quietly beginning to develop some starting pitching behind the 2 B’s. Nuno, Marshall, Turley, and Tracy.

    • The Real Greg

      And of course, David Phelps

    • Bo Knows

      Nuno is not that good, it’s more of a case of him beating up younger hitters

  • pat

    He hit the nail on the head regarding Turley, from my perspective. He may not be blowing people away with sheer stuff, but he has gotten better every year he’s been a pro. That’s a great sign developmentally.

    • J

      As a former Mr. Irrelevant (last pick of the draft) anything we get out of Turley would be great.

  • Reggie C.

    Austin’s put together an eye opening season so when scouts view him as a 4th OF let’s remain aware that that is always subject to change, especially should Austin keep hitting in Trenton. Austin isn’t the same caliber of athlete as Heathcott or Williams, but that’s hardly a strike against Austin. Yet, in prospect analyses I’m sure athleticism counts a heck of a lot more.

  • Stu H

    I think the upside of Slade Heathcott is Johnny Damon. Understand, that’s an incredibly high upside. A CF in his prime with good power. But the shoulder injuries are going to eventually take a toll, and he’s going to have to move to left as a result. Still, a LF with great range and a weak arm has always played well in Yankee stadium.