Three Yankees prospects saw the field during Wednesday’s Arizona Fall League action between the Scottsdale Scorpions and Peoria Javelinas.
Thairo Estrada went 1-for-5 while starting at shortstop and batting cleanup for Scottsdale, increasing his slash line to an impressive .340/.386/.434 through 13 AFL games. Estrada is ranked as the Yankees’ No. 17 overall prospect, and as a candidate to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason due to Rule 5 draft eligibility. The 21-year-old slashed .301/.353/.392 in 122 games for Double-A Trenton in 2017.
Billy McKinney, yet another candidate for addition to the 40-man, batted behind Estrada and started in left field. He had a 2-for-3 day for the Scorpions, and continues to lead the league with 18 RBIs. McKinney’s stint in the AFL is rather interesting because he was originally listed as a first baseman. The former first-round pick is looking to gain versatility and showcase his bat after an impressive second half with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The last Yankee to appear in yesterday’s game is relief pitcher Cody Carroll. The right-hander has been lights-out so far in the league known for being hitter friendly. He recorded his fourth save of the season thanks to two perfect innings. Of the six outs he got, three of them came via the strikeout.