Which Top Yankees Prospects Could Actually Appear In Somerset This Year?

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<— He probably won’t be one of them.  Not yet, anyway.

But that’s certainly not to say that this year’s Somerset roster won’t be prospect-laden, particularly on the mound, where the starting rotation could contend to be one of the best in the Northeast League.

Using Baseball America’s list of the top Yankees prospect in their annual Prospect Handbook — which is an invaluable asset and you should totally grab this year if you can — as a guide, here’s who you might end up seeing in pinstripes (I mean, there’s no way the yet-to-be-unveiled new jerseys don’t have them, right?) at TD Bank Ballpark this season.

1) Jasson Dominguez

It would take the absolute perfect storm for Dominguez, who is just 18 and has yet to play in an official minor-league game, to reach Double-A this season.  That isn’t doubting a potentially generational talent.  That’s simply pointing out how rare it is for anyone that age and that inexperienced to get there that quickly.  Only one player under 20, Washington’s Luis Garcia, broke a Double-A Opening Day roster last year.

2) Deivi Garcia

Nope.  Garcia’s Double-A days are behind him, as he’s competing for a spot in the Yankees rotation.

3) Clarke Schmidt

I wouldn’t be completely shocked to see him make a short stay here this season.  Schmidt opened camp in contention for that final rotation spot, but a right elbow strain sidelined those hopes immediately.  When he gets healthy enough to return, keeping in mind the 25-year-old only has 25.1 career innings at 2A or above, it might make sense to work him back slowly with a trip to Somerset after Tampa if a rehab assignment is needed.

4) Luis Gil

For sure.  Gil could very well be Somerset’s Opening Day starter, and is so far their first and only player officially assigned to the roster to date.

5) Austin Wells

Most likely not.  Wells, the Yankees first rounder in 2020, will turn 22 this year and could move quickly, but it would be hard to see him getting past Tampa this season.

s-l500-36) Oswald Peraza

Possibly at the end of the season.  Still only 20 years old, Peraza wasn’t at the alternate site last year, and split 2019 between then-short season Staten Island and then-Low A Charleston.  The shortstop will begin his year either back in Low-A in Hudson Valley, or at High-A Tampa.

7) Alexander Vizcaino

Yes.  Vizcaino would seem poised to open this year in Somerset’s rotation.  He’ll turn 24 years old this season, and as a 40-man roster member, could move quickly if performance warrants.

8) Miguel Yajure 

Nope.  Yajure was one of four prospects dealt in the Jameson Taillon deal.

9) Yoendrys Gomez

Most likely no.  Gomez is just 21 years old, and is almost surely going to return to Low-A to start the season.

10) Luis Medina

Medina may get to Somerset at some point this season, but likely won’t be exploring Bridgewater on Opening Day.  The oft-wild righty has just two High-A outings under his belt, and will surely need to prove his command has gotten better before being moved up another level.

11) Roansy Contreras

No.  Contreras was dealt to the Pirates this off-season.

714E1tFc6dL._AC_SY445_12) Estevan Florial

The oft-injured outfield prospect made his big league debut last season before even getting to the Double-A level.  23 years old, Florial would be a perfect fit in Somerset, and should be a staple in their outfield this season.

13) Ezequiel Duran

Probably not.  Duran’s only professional experience came in short season ball in 2019, meaning he’s on track for a Hudson Valley or Tampa assignment this year.

14) Kevin Alcantara

He’s 18 years old.  No.  2023 ETA seems more likely.

15) Alexander Vargas

Vargas is only 19 years old and, like Alcantara, likely a few years away from ever visiting Somerset should he progress that far.

16) Canaan Smith

Smith was one of the key pieces in the Taillon deal.

17) Andrew Volpe

Team officials would love it if Volpe made his way to Somerset sooner rather than later, but it’ll likely be a slow burn for the Jersey-born shortstop.  A slow start in pro ball in 2019 didn’t help his stock in the organization, who may send him to Low-A this year.

front18) T.J. Sikkema

Very, very possible.  Sikkema could move quickly through the organization after the lefty starter blew through New York-Penn League competition in a very small sample size in 2019.  It wouldn’t be shocking to see a Double-A assignment early on to challenge him, but Tampa to begin the year seems far more likely.

19) Beck Way

Probably not?  Way was the Yankees fourth rounder in 2020, and has yet to throw a pitch in their organization, making it a bit hard to project where the 21-year-old could end up.

20) Albert Abreu

Well…it all depends.  Things would have had to have gone pretty poorly for Abreu, 25, to return to Double-A if he remains a starter.  He made his big league debut last year after a full season in Trenton, and the only reasonable way he sees this level again is if the Yankees need a place for him to get some innings if they convert him to a reliever.

21) Matt Sauer

Probably not.  The 22-year-old will likely be brought along slowly after not having thrown a pitch in over two years by the time Opening Day rolls around thanks to elbow surgery in mid-2019.

22) Everson Pereira

No.  Pereira, 20, last played in short season ball with Staten Island and will need to hit the full season Class A levels first in his development before Somerset is in consideration.

23) Antonio Cabello

Nope.  20 years old, Cabello’s last time on the field was in rookie ball.  Give him a few years to get here.

24) Raimfer Salinas

Also no.  Salinas had a solid showing in the GCL in 2019, but will need a few years before he’s ready for TD Bank Ballpark.

25) Antonio Gomez

Gomez is likely at least two years away from making his way to the Double-A level, and won’t turn 20 until November.

61wqBLcYrvL._AC_SY445_26) Josh Smith

Yes.  Although many places have Smith slotted for Tampa to begin the year, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see him up here on May 4 instead.  Already 23 years old, time is of the essence for the LSU standout, who played exclusively at shortstop for Staten Island in 2019.

27) Anthony Seigler

Maybe.  The Yankees first rounder in 2018, Seigler has struggled at the plate professionally, and hit just .175 with Charleston in 2019.  Injuries have sidetracked him as well.  His defense may continue to earn him opportunities to climb the ladder, but it seems more likely you’d see Josh Breaux here first.

28) Michael King

Nope.  King made nine big league appearances last season, and will surely either be with the big club again or in Scranton.

29) Nick Nelson

No.  Same thing, Nelson is 25 years old and established himself nicely in the Yankees bullpen last season.

30) Brooks Kriske

Kriske, 27, will likely only be an option at the upper levels this year.  He struggled in his brief big league stint last year, but will either end up back there or in Triple-A.

31) Ryder Green

Probably not.  A third-rounder of the Yankees back in 2018, Green has yet to play full season ball, and would seem to be a solid candidate to open up in Hudson Valley.

32) Maikel Escotto

Escotto was sent to the Pirates in the Taillon deal.

33) Trevor Hauver

Hauver was a third-rounder of the Yankees last year out of college and, at 22 years old, could move quicker than others if performance warrants.  Having no pro ball experience, it’s hard to see him anywhere other than Low-A or High-A to start the year.

34) Barrett Loseke

Maybe.  A former Arkansas standout, Loseke is already 24 years old, and performed well in Staten Island out of their bullpen in 2019.  Likely a candidate to open up in Tampa with the chance for a quick promotion.

front-235) Hayden Wesneski

Probably not.  Wesneski, 23, last pitched in Pulaski in 2019, but could potentially pitch his way to Tampa before the season is over.

36) Ken Waldichuk

Same deal as Wesneski, although his stuff and being a lefty may get him here a little bit more quickly.  He’ll need to prove it in A-ball first.

37) Mitch Spence

Another young arm who hasn’t gotten past rookie ball, it seems unlikely he’ll make the jump past High-A this year.

38) Anthony Garcia 

Just 20 years old, the young outfielder is at least a year or two away from getting an opportunity in Somerset, and it would be surprising to see him advance to High-A Tampa this year.

39) Brandon Lockridge

Very possible.  Lockridge, 24, spent the entire 2019 season at Low-A Charleston and performed relatively well.  Especially with Canaan Smith now out of the picture, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him in the Somerset outfield this season.

40) Matt Krook

Krook was taken by the Yankees in the minor league phase of this past winter’s Rule 5 Draft.  A first-rounder of the Marlins back in 2013 who didn’t sign, Krook hasn’t pitched above the Double-A level in his career and could, at 26 years old, be coming here as the organization looks to see what he can do in game action.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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Yankees Assign Somerset Their First Player: Prized Pitching Prospect Luis Gil Heading To Bridgewater

11689After months of speculation on what the Somerset Patriots roster might look like for the 2021 season, their first as the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the first player has finally been assigned here by the big league club.

As part of a bevy of transactions announced on Friday, the Yankees revealed that prized pitching prospect Luis Gil has been sent to Somerset, where he will likely be in contention to take the ball for the club’s inaugural affiliated Opening Day on May 4 against the Harrisburg Senators at TD Bank Ballpark.

Gil is largely a consensus Top 5 prospect in the Yankees organization — Baseball America has him slotted in fourth, while MLB Pipeline puts him one spot lower in fifth — and, barring a meteoric ascension through the system by Jasson Dominguez, will likely be the highest-rated Bronx-bound prospect to set foot in Bridgewater this year.

A hard-throwing 22-year-old righty who was shrewdly acquired during the spring of 2018 from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Jake Cave, Gil earned a spot on the 40-man roster heading into last season thanks to an electric slider-changeup-fastball mix that sees the latter sit between 95-98 miles per hour.

After splitting the 2019 season between Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa, Gil spent his 2020 campaign at the alternate site, and, given that experience, could potentially be a candidate to be a quick mover to Triple-A Scranton if he’s able to continue the trend of lowering a walk rate that’s steadily gone down since joining the organization.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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Somerset Patriots Announce 2021 Home Game Times

Flores HittingBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees Double-A Affiliate, have announced the start times for home games at TD Bank Ballpark for the 2021 season.

The Patriots will play at 7:05 pm for Tuesday through Saturday games and 1:05 pm on Sundays in May, June, and September, while switching to 5:05 pm on Sundays in July and August.

The Patriots will host 60 home games in their inaugural season as the Yankees affiliate in the Double-A Northeast League. Opening Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4th at TD Bank Ballpark against the Harrisburg Senators.

Throughout the 2021 season, the Patriots will take on the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies), New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays), Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox), Reading Fightin’ Phils (Philadelphia Phillies), Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians), Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles), Erie Seawolves (Detroit Tigers), Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals), and Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants).

The team will have more information in the coming weeks regarding the availability of single game tickets and promotions.

About the Somerset Patriots
The Somerset Patriots are the New York Yankees Double-A Affiliate and develop today’s top minor league talent into the pinstriped superstars of tomorrow for MLB’s winningest team. The Patriots compete in the Double-A Northeast League and play their home games at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ, where fans of all ages and levels of baseball fandom get to enjoy the unique experience that is minor league baseball.

To learn more, visit: somersetpatriots.com

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Somerset Patriots 2021 Schedule Announced

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Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, have released their 2021 season schedule. Opening Day on Tuesday, May 4th will mark Somerset’s debut as a Major League-affiliated team and member of the Double-A Northeast League.

“Each step closer to the season makes the past few months since the Yankees announcement seem that much more real,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “Seeing our names alongside these great minor league franchises we’ve admired for a long time is an honor we don’t take for granted. Our fans will enjoy the experiences they’ve come to love at our ballpark, now enhanced by the top prospects of the Yankees. It’s going to be an unbelievable summer.”

The Patriots will play a 120-game schedule designed to greatly improve travel due to the better geographic alignment of clubs. In addition to better working conditions for players and staff, geographic proximity will create exciting new local rivalries for fans.

“The 2021 Minor League Baseball season will preserve the unique local traditions, and the affordable fun and excitement that fans have loved for generations, while introducing more ways for fans to engage with their favorite team. As we strengthen player development, teams will continue to do what they always have: make games fun. We can’t wait for Minor League Baseball’s Opening Days in ballparks across the country,” said Morgan Sword, MLB’s Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations. “This schedule represents a big step forward for our player development system. Under this new alignment and format, travel will be significantly reduced for players and coaches, with an increase in off days. We hope that these new health and wellness improvements will help players in their path to the big leagues.”

The Patriots will host 60 home games at TD Bank Ballpark from May 4th through Sunday, September 19th. Fans will be able to see Somerset take on the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies), New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays), Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox), Reading Fightin’ Phils (Philadelphia Phillies), Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians), Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles), Erie Seawolves (Detroit Tigers), Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals), and the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants).

Every time a team visits TD Bank Ballpark this season, it will be for a six-game series beginning on a Tuesday and ending on a Sunday. Similarly, this will be the case when the Patriots are on the road.

The Patriots are one of just two teams in the Double-A Northeast League that will host 10 different teams at home: Reading being the other.

Game times will be determined and announced soon. More information will be made available in the coming weeks regarding the plans for individual tickets. All dates on the schedule are subject to change.

The excitement of the Patriots partnership with the Yankees has led to over 1,000 new deposits to secure season tickets for the team. With the release of the schedule, Patriots representatives will begin the process of reaching out to the priority list to start reserving 2021 ticket plans shortly.

About The Somerset Patriots
The Somerset Patriots are the new Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots news online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Reach 1,000 New Season Ticket Deposits

Crowd SmallerBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots, the Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced that the team has reached 1,000 deposits for brand new season ticket accounts for the upcoming 2021 season.

“Ever since the announcement was made that we were selected as the Yankees Double-A affiliate, the response has been overwhelming,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “It started out with an incredible amount of requests and has been steady every day since. We are excited to introduce our team to a whole new audience of baseball fans, while also making sure our longtime fans always remain at the top of our list.”

The soon to be released 2021 schedule will allow the team to determine the number of games expected to finalize ticket pricing. However, the Somerset Patriots have been accepting deposits for ticket plans to guarantee fans looking to reserve their spot at the ballpark.

“It’s important for us to continue to be an affordable option for families and businesses looking for a great night out at the ballpark,” added McVerry. “Fans can look for that tradition to be in place as we take our team to a whole new level.”

News broke on November 7, 2020 that the Yankees selected the Somerset Patriots as the franchise’s new Double-A affiliate. The Somerset Patriots were previously a founding member of the independent Atlantic League for 22 seasons, where they were a model of consistency and success on and off the field.

Major League Baseball recently announced that the Somerset Patriots are a member of the Double-A Northeast League and will take on the Bingham Rumble Ponies (New York Mets), Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies), New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays), Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox), Reading Fightin’ Phils (Philadelphia Phillies), Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians), Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles), Erie Seawolves (Detroit Tigers), Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals), and the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants) in 2021.

As a part of MLB’s realignment, many Minor League affiliates will be in significantly closer geographic proximity to the Major League Clubs with which they are associated. On average, Major League Clubs will now be over 200 miles closer to their Triple-A affiliates. By creating better geographical synergy between a Major League Club and its affiliates, more fans will be able to watch an organization’s players progress in their careers from the Minor Leagues to the big leagues in their home region.

About The Somerset Patriots
The Somerset Patriots are the new Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots news online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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