There are reasons to be skeptical about Estevan Florial's breakout campaign, but his enormous tools are too much to ignore. A 19-year-old with plus-plus raw power and above average speed who dominates the Midwest League and doesn't skip a beat after a late-season promotion to the Florida State League needs to be taken very seriously. That said, he whiffed at a 31.1 percent clip across both stops and posted batting averages on balls in play of .431 and .404 at Low-A and High-A, respectively. Florial's hit tool is below average at present, but that doesn't mean he won't improve in that department. He already shows a willingness to work the count (10.5 percent walk rate), and if he can learn to take what pitchers give him and hit the ball to the opposite field more often, we could be looking at a five-category monster in the Alfonso Soriano mold. His ceiling is up there with any prospect not named Ronald Acuna, but the risk involved leaves him outside the top 20, for now.
The Yankees reassigned Florial to their minor-league camp Sunday. With less than 100 career plate appearances above the Low-A level to his name, Florial never had a legitimate chance of breaking camp with the Yankees. It's expected the toolsy 20-year-old will open the 2018 campaign in the Florida State League, where he'll look to reduce the 27.6 percent strikeout rate he posted with High-A Tampa late last season. Thanks to his ample pop and above-average speed, Florial is an intriguing entity in dynasty settings.
Florial has been invited by the Yankees to join their major-league camp as a non-roster invitee. Florial won't be competing for a major-league job, as he's yet to reach Double-A, but the invitation is a nice reward for the 20-year-old outfielder's strong 2017 season. He hit .298/.372/.479 in 110 games split between Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa, though that performance did come with a worryingly high 31 percent strikeout rate. He should continue to rise up the minors next season, but it would be a surprise to see him in the majors before late 2019.
Florial has been promoted to High-A Tampa, Pinstriped Prospects reports. Florial is one of the Yankees' top prospects, and it was considered a victory in many circles that they didn't part with him in the Sonny Gray trade. He was hitting .297/.373/.483 at Low-A Charleston as one of the youngest players in the league.
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