Which prospect should Yankees fans keep tabs on now that Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler, Jordan Montgomery, and Miguel Andujar have debuted this season? The obvious answer is shortstop Gleyber Torres, but he’s out of action until 2018 after undergoing TJ on his left elbow. Fortunately there’s a 1a in 20-year-old outfielder Blake Rutherford, who’s currently slashing .278/.343/.384 in A ball.
The numbers exactly don’t jump off the page, but no one’s really worried about that — Baseball America has him ranked 37th in their midseason Top 100 list. Odds are you’ll see him at next year’s Futures Game.
hit .351/.415/.570 in 114 at-bats in rookie ball, 13 walks, 30 strikeouts; was rumored as high as first-overall but dropped to 18th due to bonus demands and being a bit older than typical high schooler, plus there was some prospect fatigue since he had been on the radar for so long; pure hitter with a good eye, above-average power, polished for his age; arm grades vary between 45 and 55 depending on source, should be solid defensively due to instincts but hitting is the main draw; ETA: 2020.
Sadly for prospective NY jersey chasers, Blake is already dating USC graduate Abby Brewer. It looks like she works at Fox Sports so we might be seeing her sometime soon.