The Yankees are in win-now mode, but New York has accumulated a strong collection of prospects over recent years.
Ahead of the 2020 season, The Athletic's Keith Law went in-depth on the Yankees' prospects, ranking the top 20.
Below is a sampling of Law's rankings, from 1 through 20, including a closer look at the first five.
1. RHP Clarke Schmidt
After a 2019 season in which he climbed his way through the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League, High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, Clarke Schmidt entered spring training with aspirations to make an MLB leap for the Yankees. Schmidt, 24, ended the year by going 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in three starts, allowing five runs on 14 hits (one home run) while striking out 19 and walking just one.
"Schmidt will pitch at 91-95 mph, and he already misses bats with his fastball, pairing it up with a power slurve that's 80-85 and is best when it's harder and gets more slider-like tilt to it," Law said.
2. RHP Deivi Garcia
Ranked as the Yankees' No. 1 prospect in MLB.com's 2019 Prospect Watch, Deivi Garcia follows Clarke for Law. Similar to Schmidt, Garcia flew up the Yankees' farm, going from High-A Tampa into Double-A Trenton before ending with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Of the three, the 20-year-old Garcia was most effective at Double-A Trenton, going 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA and 87 strikeouts to 26 walks in 53.2 innings pitched over 11 starts.
"He does it with mirrors, working 90-95 mph with average spin rates, fooling hitters with a lot of deception in the delivery and the fact that he'll throw any of his four pitches in any count," Law said. "His curveball is 76-79 with two-plane break, and he can throw it for strikes; his change-up comes in in the mid-80s and has good action that fades away from lefties."
3. OF Jasson Dominguez
Signed July 2, Jasson Dominguez's meteoric rise comes after he just celebrated his 17th birthday Feb. 7. A switch-hitting OF, Dominguez enters his first spring in the Yankees organization after inking a $5.1 million signing bonus out of the Dominican Republic.
"He's a center fielder now -- I've now spoken to two teams who wanted to sign him and make him a catcher -- whose chance to stay there will come down to how well he holds his speed as he reaches adulthood," Law said. "He is 5-10 and physically maxed out, so there's no projection here; his development will likely all come in the form of plate discipline, pitch recognition, learning reads in the outfield, and so on."
4. LHP T.J. Sikkema
Selected by the Yankees with the No. 38 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Junde Amateur Draft out of Missouri, T.J. Sikkema made four starts in Short Season-A Staten Island, pitching to a 0.84 ERA over 10.2 innings pitched, Sikkema struck out 13 and walked one while allowing one run on six hits.
"The University of Missouri starter works with three pitches, up to 96 mph with a slider and change, but gets raves for his ability to mix and match, changing slots and using both sides of the plate," Law said of the 21-year-old Sikkema, who went 7-4 with a 1.32 ERA and 101 strikeouts to 31 walks in 88.2 innings pitched over 13 starts as a senior at Missouri last spring.
5. RHP Yoendrys Gomez
With the Yankees since signing for just $50,000 out of Venezuela in 2016, Yoendrys Gomez spent 2019 between Advanced-Rookie Pulaski and Class-A Charleston. Gomez went 4-2 with a 2.12 ERA and 28 strikeouts to 10 walks in 29.2 innings pitched over six starts.
Law said that the 20-year-old Gomez "spent most of the summer sitting 94-95 mph as a starter, sometimes touching 98, although he wore down a little in August," although he has an "average" curveball and some feel for his change-up, despite the tendency to "overthrow" it.
Six through 20 are ranked by Law in the following order: 2B Ezequiel Duran, SS Oswald Peraza, RHP Alexander Vizcaino, SS Alexander Vargas, RHP Miguel Yajure, RHP Roansy Contreras, RHP Luis Medina, OF Kevin Alcantara, RHP Luis Gil, SS Anthony Volpe, RHP Albert Abreu, RHP Mike King, C Anthony Seigler, C Antonio Gomez and 2B/SS Josh Smith.