In short order, we’ll be taking a look at some of the Yankees that Cashman & Co. have to made decisions on. However, before we do, here’s some names that you should familiarize yourself with, if you aren’t aware of them already. These are four prospects that could factor heavily into the decision-making process this offseason.

David Adams, 25, RHB 2B/3B (2008 3rd Round Draft Pick)
Why he’s a factor: Arod Insurance — either if Rodriguez is traded or stays & is hobbled by injuries

Adams had problems staying healthy over the past couple years, but he is a highly-regarded hitter and put it all together in 2012. In 86 games at Double-A, Adams hit .306/.385/.450. Primarily a second baseman for most of his minor league career, the Yankees moved him to third base for part of last season. Little did they know (or did they?) that his transition to third base might pay dividends rather quickly, especially if Arod is traded.

Year Age Tm G HR SB CS BB SO 2008 21 Staten Island NYPL A- 67 297 4 8 2 32 57 .257 .350 .393 .743
2009 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ 132 569 7 11 8 61 88 .286 .373 .443 .816
2009 22 Charleston SALL A 67 304 0 8 4 35 49 .290 .385 .394 .779
2009 22 Tampa FLOR A+ 65 265 7 3 4 26 39 .281 .360 .498 .858
2010 23 Trenton EL AA 39 173 3 5 2 18 31 .309 .393 .507 .900
2011 24 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A+ 29 121 1 2 3 9 18 .370 .421 .509 .931
2011 24 Yankees GULF Rk 17 64 1 2 1 5 10 .429 .469 .643 1.112
2011 24 Tampa FLOR A+ 12 57 0 0 2 4 8 .308 .368 .365 .734
2012 25 Trenton EL AA 86 383 8 3 1 38 53 .306 .385 .450 .834
5 Seasons 353 1543 23 29 16 158 247 .295 .378 .448 .825
AA (2 seasons) AA 125 556 11 8 3 56 84 .307 .387 .468 .855
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 77 322 7 3 6 30 47 .286 .361 .473 .835
A (1 season) A 67 304 0 8 4 35 49 .290 .385 .394 .779
Rk (1 season) Rk 17 64 1 2 1 5 10 .429 .469 .643 1.112
A- (1 season) A- 67 297 4 8 2 32 57 .257 .350 .393 .743
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Generated 10/23/2012.


Ronnier Mustelier, 28, RHB UTIL (International free-agent)
Why he’s a factor: Ability to play multiple positions could make him next year’s Jayson Nix…except maybe with a bat.

Referring to a 28-year old as a “prospect” isn’t typical, but Mustelier has only been in the organization for 2 years since being signed out of Cuba. He’s moved very quickly, hitting at every level, and ended last season with a .303/.359/.455 in 89 games at Triple-A. During his 2 seasons with the Yankees, he’s played LF, RF, CF, 3B, and 2B.

Year Age Tm G HR SB CS BB SO 2011 26 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-Rk 36 157 3 9 2 9 17 .356 .397 .527 .925
2011 26 Yankees GULF Rk 5 21 0 3 1 1 2 .500 .524 .550 1.074
2011 26 Tampa FLOR A+ 31 136 3 6 1 8 15 .333 .378 .524 .902
2012 27 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA 114 499 15 10 6 35 68 .314 .371 .488 .859
2012 27 Trenton EL AA 25 114 5 3 4 9 19 .353 .412 .598 1.010
2012 27 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre IL AAA 89 385 10 7 2 26 49 .303 .359 .455 .815
2 Seasons 150 656 18 19 8 44 85 .324 .378 .497 .875
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Generated 10/23/2012.


Corban Joseph, 23, LHB 2B (2008 4th Round Draft Pick)
Why he’s a factor: Trade chip

We wrote a bunch about Corban Joseph last season and even interviewed him. Joseph had a breakout year at AAA in 2012, hitting .266/.366/.474. The problem for Joseph is that Robinson Cano is blocking his promotion to the bigs. The Yankees haven’t tried Corban at any other position besides second base, so there’s not much else he can do if he stays with the organization. Theoretically, they could stash him in Triple-A for another season in case Cano’s contract demands become too insane. But, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Joseph traded this offseason.

Year Age Tm G HR SB CS BB SO 2008 19 Yankees GULF Rk 50 183 2 2 5 20 24 .277 .359 .434 .793
2009 20 Charleston SALL A 100 436 4 8 5 49 61 .300 .381 .418 .799
2010 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA 129 567 6 6 8 58 107 .283 .362 .415 .776
2010 21 Tampa FLOR A+ 98 437 6 5 8 43 74 .302 .378 .436 .814
2010 21 Trenton EL AA 31 130 0 1 0 15 33 .216 .305 .342 .647
2011 22 Trenton EL AA 131 564 5 4 3 59 104 .277 .353 .415 .768
2012 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA 107 488 15 0 1 68 70 .276 .375 .465 .840
2012 23 Trenton EL AA 23 102 2 0 0 15 13 .314 .412 .430 .842
2012 23 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre IL AAA 84 386 13 0 1 53 57 .266 .366 .474 .840
5 Seasons 517 2238 32 20 22 254 366 .283 .366 .428 .794
AA (3 seasons) AA 185 796 7 5 3 89 150 .272 .353 .405 .758
A (1 season) A 100 436 4 8 5 49 61 .300 .381 .418 .799
Rk (1 season) Rk 50 183 2 2 5 20 24 .277 .359 .434 .793
AAA (1 season) AAA 84 386 13 0 1 53 57 .266 .366 .474 .840
A+ (1 season) A+ 98 437 6 5 8 43 74 .302 .378 .436 .814
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Generated 10/23/2012.


Mark Montgomery, 22, RHP (2011 11th Round Draft Pick)
Why he’s a factor: He puts up video-game strikeout numbers, likely member of the 2013 bullpen

The Virginia native has blown through the organization, showing no mercy to opposing hitters. Between A+ and Double-A in 2012, he struck out 99 hitters in 64.1 IP (13.8 K/9). He’s now doing the same in the Arizona Fall League (9 K in 5 IP). The comparisons to David Robertson have been fast and furious. If he doesn’t join the big league club right out of spring training, he’s sure to be in the Boogie Down soon thereafter. If Rafael Soriano does leave for a multi-year deal, the addition of Montgomery has the potential to make the shirt-untucker a distant memory.

Year Age Tm G SV IP 2011 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A- 1.91 26 15 28.1 1.165 6.4 0.0 4.1 16.2 3.92
2011 20 Staten Island NYPL A- 2.25 4 1 4.0 1.250 6.8 0.0 4.5 22.5 5.00
2011 20 Charleston SALL A 1.85 22 14 24.1 1.151 6.3 0.0 4.1 15.2 3.73
2012 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA 1.54 46 15 64.1 0.886 4.9 0.1 3.1 13.8 4.50
2012 21 Tampa FLOR A+ 1.34 31 14 40.1 0.967 5.1 0.0 3.6 13.6 3.81
2012 21 Trenton EL AA 1.88 15 1 24.0 0.750 4.5 0.4 2.2 14.2 6.33
2 Seasons 1.65 72 30 92.2 0.971 5.3 0.1 3.4 14.6 4.29
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Generated 10/23/2012.