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NY Yankees’ top prospects could be involved with Luis Castillo trade talks with Reds

New York Yankees infielder Oswald Peraza leaves the dugout for batting practice during a spring training baseball workout, Sunday, March 13, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

NY Yankees infielder Oswald Peraza leaves the dugout for batting practice throughout a spring training baseball workout, Sunday, March 13, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Tuesday’s report from SNY’s Andy Martino that the Cincinnati Reds and NY Yankees are engaged in trade conversations about right-handed pitcher Luis Castillo left Reds fans wondering whether Cincinnati might turn to acquire the Yankees’ top prospects in trade for the two-time National League All-Star.

Martino said his educated guess is that the Yankees will be ready to trade shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza for Castillo, however, not fellow shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe.

Castillo enters his start Wednesday night contrary to the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park with a 2.77 ERA and 1.077 WHIP in 13 starts this year. He’s allowed just five home runs through 78 innings pitched.

MLB Pipeline ranks five Yankees prospects among its latest top 100. Volpe is ranked No. 7, and Peraza is ranked No. 37. Outfield phenom Jasson Dominguez, 19, ranks one spot behind Peraza at No. 38, but may or may possibly not be available.

Here’s more about all five, making use of their ranking, position, age plus some MLB Pipeline analysis:

No. 7 Anthony Volpe, SS, 21

Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 60

The Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.) featured a couple of future first rounders in 2019, with Volpe signing for $2,740,300 because the 30th overall pick that summer and Jack Leiter going No. 2 overall this past year after two seasons at Vanderbilt. Mononucleosis limited Volpe to 34 game in a ho-hum pro debut but he blew away all expectations in his first full pro season in 2021. MLB Pipeline named him the Hitting Prospect of the entire year after he batted .294/.423/.604 with 27 homers and 33 steals in 109 games between Low-A and High-A while topping the Minors in runs (113) and ranking second in OPS (1.027) and ranking third in extra-base hits (68).

No. 37 Oswald Peraza, SS, 22

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 60 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

Though NY was in the international spending penalty box in 2016 and limited by bonuses of only $300,000, it still landed a solid crop that included Peraza ($175,000 out of Venezuela), right-hander Yoendrys Gomez and trade pieces Jose Devers (delivered to the Marlins in the Giancarlo Stanton deal) and Roansy Contreras (shipped to the Pirates in a package for Jameson Taillon). Club officials have touted Peraza’s ceiling for a long time and he broke out in 2021, reaching Triple-A at age 21 while batting .297/.356/.477 with 18 homers and a system-best 38 steals in 115 games. He’s got louder physical tools than fellow Yankees shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe, should get to the big leagues first and may push him to second base.

No. 38 Jasson Dominguez, OF, 19

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 55

Probably the most hyped international prospects ever, Dominguez signed for $5.1 million out from the Dominican Republic in July 2019 after drawing comparisons to famous brands Bo Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Mike Trout. Also referred to as “The Martian” due to his out-of-this-world tools, he previously his pro debut delayed once the coronavirus pandemic destroyed the 2020 Minor League season. He spent the majority of 2021 in Low-A Southeast, not dominating but holding their own because the circuit’s second-youngest position player, and participated in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

No. 70 Austin Wells, C, 23

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Run: 45 | Arm: 40 | Field: 40 | Overall: 55

The Yankees have an affinity generally for offensive-minded catchers and specifically for Wells, whom they drafted in the 35th round from the NEVADA senior high school in 2018 and 28th overall in the initial round out of Arizona 2 yrs later. He won the Pacific-12 Conference freshman of the entire year and Cape Cod League top prospect awards in 2019, his lone full college season, before signing for $2.5 million as a sophomore-eligible. He posted an .867 OPS with 16 homers so when many steals while advancing to High-A in his pro debut, then continued to rake in the Arizona Fall League.

No. 71 Ken Waldichuk, LHP, 24

Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55

Following a dominant sophomore season at Saint Mary’s in 2018, Waldichuk scuffled the next spring as he tried to throw harder, allowing the Yankees to draft him in the fifth round. He’s got found more velocity since turning pro and hit 98 mph while training by himself through the pandemic shutdown in 2020. That resulted in a magnificent full-season debut in 2021, when he opened the entire year by not allowing a run in 30 2/3 innings in High-A. He finished fourth in the Minors in strikeouts (163 in 110 innings) and strikeout percentage (36.0).

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