July 28, 2021

A look at the Yankees’ second base prospects (Pinstripe Alley)

The second base position has been a revolving door since Robinson Cano left the organization following the 2013 season. Some of the options have been good like Starlin Castro, Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu. Others have left a lot to be desired like Brian Roberts, Stephen Drew, Tyler Wade and a host of others who have filled the role in short stints. With Gleyber Torres penciled in at shortstop this season and DJ LeMahieu entering the last year of his contract, it is a natural time to look at what the organization has coming through the pipeline for the second base position.

The top rated second base prospect in the Yankees system is 21-year-old Ezequiel Duran. Signed as an 18 year-old by the Yankees he immediately showed his potential producing a 1.169 OPS in the Dominican Summer League. After struggling through a two level jump to Rookie-Advanced Pulaski in 2018, Duran showed again in 2019 why he may have a major league future.

Playing for Short-Season A Staten Island, Duran produced a 143 wRC+ on the season. He led the NY-Penn League in home runs with 13. He posted elite exit velocities averaging 91.9 mph, a number that would rank inside the top 20 at the major league…

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