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Jonathan Holder has a realistic shot of making the All-Star team

Middle relievers have only recently started receiving universal recognition for their individual performance in Major League Baseball, due to the new age of numbers in the sport. Saves are no longer the all-telling, ultimate stat about a reliever’s success and WAR, ERA+, and other metrics have opened the eyes of fans on just how valuable it is for a team to have dominant relievers outside of the ninth inning role. Their widely agreed on importance has led to a lot of non-closer relievers making the All-Star team in recent seasons. The American League squad had two of them in 2017 and 2015, and a whopping four in 2016. If this trend continues, the AL should feature at least one or two non-closer relievers, and possibly more, with the scarcity of lockdown closers in the AL in 2018. The Yankees feature a lot of highly talented middle relievers and the pitcher who has surprised everyone the most, Jonathan Holder, has a very realistic shot of cracking the AL All-Star squad.

BBB Top Prospect Countdown #19: Thairo Estrada

Signed in November 2012 as an international free agent for only $49,000 along with higher touted prospects Jorge Mateo and Luis Torrens, infielder Thairo Estrada is slowly emerging as one of the most underrated members of the Yankees farm system after conquering short­-season ball as one of the youngest members of the New York­ Penn League in 2015 at the age of 19.


Breakdown
Listed at only 5’10” and 155 lbs, Estrada has been playing in the Yankees system for three years now, making his debut as a 17 year old for the Yankees Gulf Coast League team and hitting .278 in 49 games. In 2015, Estrada played for Staten Island and hit .267 with two home runs and 23 RBIs in 63 games. With only four home runs in 504 minor league at bats, don’t expect Estrada to ever hit for power.

Projection
With the Yankees possessing quality middle infield depth across the pipeline, Estrada will likely begin the 2016 season with the full season Charleston Riverdogs and continue to develop as an all­around player looking to find a niche at either shortstop or second base.

You can view his minor league stats here.
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Article by: Julian Bussells
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