Adam Warren (RHP): Originally slated to be the number four or five starter, Warren struggled out of the gate, but eventually became a consistent force on the mound. Warren went 7-8 with a 3.71 ERA over 26 starts. He struck out 107 and walked 46.
Chris Dickerson (OF): Perhaps Empire State’s most solid bat this season, Dickerson went .316/.417/.515 over 69 games. He had seven homers, 24 doubles, four triples and 17 stolen bases.
Ronnier Mustelier (OF): Perhaps one of the more perplexing players in the Yankees system. He is older, so he isn’t looked at much as a prospect, yet the Yankees signed the Cuban outfielder last June and he has done nothing but hit since then. After destroying the competition in Trenton, Mustelier spent the season with Empire State, hitting .303/.359/.455 with ten homers, 21 doubles and seven stolen bases.
Players to Watch:
Corban Joseph (2B): After a strong start with Trenton, Joseph put together a decent season in Triple-A. He hit .266/.366/.474 over 84 games. He hit thirteen homers and 25 doubles. He walked almost as much as he struck out, taking 53 free passes while striking out 57 times. Defensively, his thirteen errors were second only to Brandon Laird‘s 20.
Chase Whitley (RHP): Whitley put together a nice season, going 9-5 in 41 appearances. He had a 3.25 ERA, holding hitters to a .213 average. He struck out 66 and walked 25.
Austin Romine (C): It was not a good season for Romine, who was set to take over as the Yankees closest catching prospect with the loss of Montero. Instead, he was injured during Spring Training, suffered some set backs and finally returned to Triple-A in August. He made seventeen appearances and went .213/.296/.393 with three homers. He will get some extra time in during the Arizona Fall League. Romine is still a good prospect, but you do have to wonder if the back problems are going to be ongoing.