Tyler Austin (OF): Austin had a breakout season this year, hitting .320/.405/.598 in 70 games for Charleston, before getting the call up to Tampa and even making an appearance in Trenton. He had a team leading fourteen homers, along with seventeen stolen bases and five triples.
Ben Gamel (OF): Gamel hit .306/.342/.394 over 110 games. He lead the team in RBIs (61) and was second to Bichette in doubles (23).
Mason Williams (OF): After a breakout 2011, Williams continued to impress. He hit .304/.359/.489 before being promoted and then having season-ending shoulder surgery.
Gary Sanchez (C): Upon the trading of Jesus Montero, Sanchez took over the role of most exciting catching prospect for the Yankees this season. He lived up to the billing, hitting .297/.353/.517 for Charleston. He had thirteen homers, nineteen doubles and even eleven stolen bases (let’s see Montero do that…). Still just nineteen, Sanchez ended the season in Tampa, where he hit .319 over 26 games in August.
Players to Watch:
Angelo Gumbs (SS): After an abysmal April, Gumbs quickly turned his season around and was hitting .389 over his last ten games when his season ended due to injury on June 26th. After hitting .208 in April, Gumbs ended the season with a .272/.320/.432 slash line. He led the team with 26 stolen bases, leading the team despite not putting on his cleats since June.
Dante Bichette, Jr. (3B): The Yankees top pick last season had an incredible start to his young professional career in 2011, so the front office sent Bichette to Charleston this season, virtually skipping Staten Island and another year of rookie ball. It was a frustrating season for the young infielder at times, starting slow in April and going through a big slump in July, but he showed flashes of what the Yankees hope he will become. Bichette hit .248/.322/.331, with three homers, 24 doubles and 46 RBIs.