The Yankees farm system took a hit Friday as No. 2 overall prospect outfielder Estevan Florial will require hamate surgery on his right wrist, per George A. King III of the New York Post. The team has yet to officially confirm the injury.
Florial had left Thursday night’s game with a sore wrist after Class-A Advanced Tampa Tarpons’ manager Patrick Osborn noticed some “funky” swings from the 20-year-old. The surgery essentially requires the doctor to remove the hamate bone from the wrist.
“I figured something must be bothering him, so I made the switch to take him out, and later, we got word from the trainer that was working on him that it was soreness in the right wrist,” Osborn told MiLB.com.
After being promoted to Double-A Trenton for the Eastern League playoffs last season, Florial began 2018 back in Tampa. He broke out in 2017 to a .298/.372/.479 line in 110 games between Low-A Charleston and Tampa. He then went on to hit .286/.383/.414 in 19 Arizona Fall League games.
Prior to the injury, Florial carried a .246/.353/.343 slash-line in 36 games with Tampa. It’s worth speculating that Florial’s average and on-base percentage could be down because he was attempting to play through the injury, which could have sapped some of his power.
It appears likely that Florial will return to the Arizona Fall League to make up for the time he misses because of the surgery. The Yankees transferred Dom Thompson-Williams from Low-A Charleston to Tampa to replace Florial. Thompson-Williams was deserving of a promotion regardless, hitting .378/.425/.811 with five home runs in 10 games.