The budget conscious New York Yankees are going to have to promote from the farm system over the next couple of years to off-set any large salaries on their roster.
Here at Yankees 101 over the winter we will be looking at the top 20 Yankee prospects and give you an idea of who is ready to come up and help the big club in the very near future.
Today we look at the No. 20 prospect Ravel Santana an outfielder who is considered to have plus tools across the board. Santana was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 out of the Dominican Republic. In 2009 Santana was with the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Yankees where he batted .322 with 64 hits 10 home runs 22 steals and an OBP of .440.
In 2011 he played for the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Yankees and batted .296 with 48 hits nine home runs and 29 RBIs. For the 2012 season Ravel played for the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League (NYP) and struggled to adjust with fewer extra-base hits (only 10) and more strikeouts (68) a jump of almost 30 more strikeouts then at GCL Yankees.
The upside for this right-handed 20 year old is excellent bat speed and a pretty good approach at the plate, which means he will hit for average as well as power. The 160 lb 6' 2" Ravel throws right-handed, has a plus arm and is a very good defender with above average speed.
Hopefully, Santana will continue to progress through the Yankees farm system and become a legitimate outfield option in the next couple of years for the Yankees organization.
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