Badler: Yankees may give Gosuke Katoh time at shortstop


Via Ben Badler (subs. req’d): The Yankees may give second round pick Gosuke Katoh some time at shortstop in the future. “I did hear some rumblings about possibly giving him some time at shortstop, but my money’s on second base,” wrote Badler, who ranked the infielder as the 15th best prospect in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League yesterday.

Katoh, an 18-year-old high school second baseman out of Southern California, signed for a straight slot $845,700 bonus as the 66th overall in this June’s draft. He hit .310/.402/.522 (172 wRC+) with a GCL-leading six homers in 215 plate appearances after signing. “Katoh’s an excellent athlete with good range, smooth actions and clean hands. He’s a quality defensive second baseman, but his below-average arm prevents him from playing shortstop, though he does have a quick release,” wrote Badler in yesterday’s subscriber-only write-up. If the Yankees are going to give Katoh a try at short — and there’s no reason not to, really — this is the time to do it. Nice and early in his career.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. John C says:

    GGuess it can’t hurt, but they have a few pretty good SS prospects at same level in Avelino, Estrada and Tyler Wade. HOpefully changing positions doesn’t hinder his development

  2. Kosmo says:

    a nice 3-4 year wait.

  3. Andrew says:

    Gosuke suffered a ligament injury in his left middle finger during instructs but got the ok to continue baseball activities after getting it taped. Also the might be sending him to play in the winter league in the Dominican Republic that start late October.


  4. Buhner's barber says:

    I feel like when he bulks up a bit, and I have no doubt that he will because almost nobody stays that skinny into their early 20s (especially an athlete who is trying to get bigger), his arm strength will improve enough that he can handle SS.

    • hogsmog says:

      It’s possible, but you don’t want to bulk up too much at short. I often wonder how often position players work on throwing mechanics to improve their ability- people talk about tweaking the delivery of pitchers all the time, but I never really hear about it otherwise.

  5. Frank says:

    Just a further indictment as to how over-rated the farm system is.

  6. Were any prominent SS drafted as 2B? I know most guys move from SS to 2B. Not saying this won’t work, just wondering.

    • hogsmog says:

      My impression of low-minors position management:

      “If he’s fast, throw him at shortstop, and move him to 2b or the outfield if he can’t hack it. If he’s slow, throw him at catcher, and move him to anywhere that isn’t 2b or SS if he can’t hack it.”

      Basically, if a guy is playing 2b, I feel it’s typically because they already tried him at SS and he didn’t stick.

      • Bo Knows says:

        For him everything revolves around his arm strength, if his arm gets strongwr than a noodle he’ll be fine

      • LarryM Fl says:

        Foot speed is important at second but short you need more quickness. Maybe he can not circle the ball to assist his arm. I can assure you his tryouts and workouts were at shortstop before he signed. Maybe he’s progressing nicely and some arm strength has developed.

  7. John C says:


    ANy Yankees on Badler’s Top 10 sleeper prospects in this year’s GCL? I assume you’ve seen it

  8. LarryM Fl says:

    You think the catcher has the strongest arm. You think the third baseman has a strong arm. They do. But the shortstop needs a cannon because he gets to the ball away from his position more times than in position.

  9. yooboo says:

    No SS opportunity for Rob Refsnyder? Yankees are moronic.

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