Minor Lg Profiles: Bichette, Williams, Gumbs, Santana, Culver

The Yankees have wrapped up their signings from their 2011 Draft class and it seems they had a clear goal going into this Draft/Signing period.     On the pitching side, they continued their recent trend of going with high upside HS arms while also adding experienced college power bullpen arms.  They appeared to focus on adding some good young High School hitting prospects, kids with good size & power upside  but athletic ability that will limit them to corner IF/OF types. This is what many believe to be a weakness within the organization so guys like Dante Bichette, Jake Cave & Greg Bird are welcome additions.

Last year there was a clear focus on athletic, up the middle type position players in the Draft and many of those players are off to good starts in their professional careers. Now that the 2011 Draft class is complete, this is a good time to take a look at how some of the prospects added since last year’s Draft are progressing.

CF – Mason Williams, 19 – 6’0″ 150

Williams is a wiry athlete with plus speed, a plus arm and a smooth left-handed stroke. He was a 4th-rd pick in 2010 but got the team’s highest signing bonus ($1.45M) and he is paying immediate dividends with a whopping .425 wOBA! Mason’s ripping up the NY-Penn Lg, leading the league  in BA (.369), hits (75), Total Bases (105), Triples (6) and is in the top 5 in SB’s (20), OBP% (.414), SLG%(.517) & OPS(.932). Be prepared to see Williams in everybody’s Yankee  Top 10 prospect lists this year and with his skill set he could rocket through the system. He’s shown the ability to make hard contact so it will be interesting to see how much power he can generate as he starts to add more strength and weight to his 6’0″ 150 lb frame.

G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
51 226 32 75 9 6 3 26 20 15 31 .369 .414 .517 .932

2B – Angelo Gumbs, 18 – 6’0″ 175

Gumbs is another athletic, up the middle defender taken by the Yanks in the 2010 Draft. He got a $750,000 bonus as the 2nd -rd pick and has flashed all of the tools the team paid for. He has great bat speed which he’s used to post a solid .368 wOBA, .442 SLG% & .800 OPS. With 11 SBs & 4 triples he’s demonstrated his wheels

G PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
40 176 154 43 8 4 3 26 11 19 43 .279 .358 .442 .800

 3B – Dante Bichette, Jr., 18 – 6’2″ 215

Bichette was the top pick for NY in the 2011 draft. He’s a strong 6’1 215 pound corner IF who is currently playing 3B but profiles as a probable corner OF down the road.  This was another  criticized pick but Dante signed quick and reported to the GCL immediately to try to prove the pundits wrong. Unfortunately he got off to a terrible 3 for 26 start but since July 1st he has hit everything that moves. He’s got a .446w OBA & 175 rc+.He’s shown a very advanced feel for the strike zone (14.5% walk rate) which is a great skill to have for a young power hitter and contributes to his gaudy .344-.458-.519-.976 line.  I’m excited to see how he fares against more advanced pitching as he gets more strikes to hit.

G PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
42 197 157 53 13 3 3 41 3 28 36 .338 .452 .516 .968

OF – Ravel Santana, 19 – 6’2″ 160

Santana spent the last 3 years in the Dominican Lg and made his U.S. debut in the Gulf Coast Lg this summer with a bang. He’s a 6’2″ 160 athlete with speed and power. He showed both these tools with a .273 ISO, .425 wOBA and 9 HRs and 10 sbs in just 40 games. Unfortunately, his awesome season was cut short 2 days ago as he broke his ankle and tore ligaments sliding into 2nd base. Hopefully he will be 100% by next spring because he has that rare power/speed combo that is coveted in young players.

G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
40 184 43 48 11 3 9 29 10 17 40 .298 .363 .571 .934

SS – Cito Culver, 18 – 6’0″ 185

Culver got a lot of boos when the Yanks took him with their 1st pick in 2010. He wasn’t a sexy pick but he’s been exactly what we thought so far  He’s exhibited a solid approach at the plate with solid walk (10.7%) and strikeout rates (17.4%)  hitting .283 with a .358 OBP with  glimpses of power potential when he gets stronger.  Cito’s a raw switch-hitter with solid all-around ability but must cut down on his 14 errors.

G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
53 242 34 60 12 2 2 31 5 26 42 .283 .358 .387 .745

About fishjam25

Was a 4-yr Pitcher and Communications Major at Seton Hall University in the 90s. His knowledge & opinion of the game comes from his background as a player and ardent lifetime Yankee fan. However, Fishjam also incorporates sabermetrics and statistical support to form a well-rounded view of the game.

Posted on August 17, 2011, in Minor League Updates, Player Analysis and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Good stuff Fish. I love following the young guys.

  2. That Santana injury just sounds brutal from what I heard. That much damage to the ankle is not a “good” injury to have.

  3. The 3 SI Yanks guy u have profiled Fish I have seen in person a handful of times and they play so well at the top 3 of the order. Williams constantly gets on-base, Gumbs has some pop, and Culver + Gumbs are an awesome double play combo in the field.

    Its going to be exciting to see Dante Bichette Jr. here next year

    • Ricky since you have seen the 3 SI guys play who impresses you the most of the 3 and why?

    • Ricky – I was with my nephew this week and wanted to see a game but they were on the road all week. What do you think of their pitchers….Mitchell & DeLuca specifically?

      Their bullpen has been shutting people down all year. Pinder’s been a lights out closer…and Montgomery & Nuno were dominating and earned their promotions.

  4. My ranking would be

    1. Williams – dude has solid speed and never seems to get out

    2. Gumbs – give him the edge over Culver due to his gap hitting

    3. Culver – would like to see a little more in the offensive department, plus the defense is similar to when I saw Nunez play on SI – not good! I do like his patience at the plate especially since Williams is on all the time

  5. Nice Ricky. Thanks for all the insight.

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