ONLY YANKEE TO GO TO THE MINOR LEAGUE ALL STAR GAME SINCE ROBINSON CANO SURE STAR STARTING THIS YEAR IM GETTING ALL THAT GREEN FOR THIS FACE IT HATERS
Zoilo Almonte, Outfield
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Josh Hamilton is a phenomenal player; there is no doubt about that.
But in order to get Hamilton or any other big name outfielder to replace Swisher, a lot has to happen to make room for a big contract and keep the Bombers under the luxury tax threshold.
It has also been made known that Ichiro Suzuki’s return to New York isn’t as definite as many thought.
This all means that Almonte will have a shot to be playing in the Bronx next year.
As the Yankees’ seventh-ranked prospect, Almonte is their best player projected to arrive in New York in 2013.
The switch-hitting outfielder hit .277 last year in Trenton, while hitting 21 home runs and knocking in 70 runs.
Almonte also had 23 doubles and swiped 15 bases.
If Cashman follows his previous winters and doesn’t commit to any big name outfielders, Almonte has a serious chance to be on the roster next year.
At only 23 years old, he can provide a needed young spark to a team full of veterans.