The Yankees are ready to call up an outfielder Estevan Florialas first reported by Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger (Twitter link). New York will also promote an infielder Oswaldo Cabrera for his major league debut, Daniel Alvarez Montes of El Extra Base reports. Both players are already on the 40-man roster. The Yankees have yet to formally announce the pair of promotions or the corresponding moves that will accompany them, although Cabrera confirmed his first call to the Show on his Instagram.
This is the second call-up to the Majors this year for the 24-year-old Florial and the third season in which he has received some big league action. Despite already receiving several MLB opportunities, however, Florial appeared in just 16 Major League games and took 40 plate appearances as a member of the big league club, hitting just .206/.325/.353 in that time.
That lack of production, of course, came with scant playing time. Florial never got a real look and regular playing time at the big league level, despite being ranked among the game’s top 50 prospects in 2018-19. His stock has dipped since that time — due in no small part to a torrid .218/.315/.404 slash in Triple-A last season. However, Florial is enjoying a much better run in his second Triple-A stint this year, hitting .286/.368/.490 with 14 homers, 26 doubles, a pair of triples and a hefty 32 stolen bases.
Florial’s whopping 30.8% strikeout rate in Triple-A isn’t an improvement over last year’s 30.9%, so the lack of bat-to-ball skills is a clear concern (and another reason he might not be as highly rated as some years). before). However, with the Yankees stumbling through a dismal 3-12 stretch over the last two weeks that includes just nine total runs over their past seven games, they will look to bulk up the lineup and get some fresh faces into the mix in hopes of turning things around. things around.
In addition to Florial, the Yankees will give the 23-year-old Cabrera his first call to the Majors. A switch-hitter who has seen time at second base, shortstop, third base and in the outfield corners this year (though only one game in left and one in right), Cabrera will give skipper Aaron Boone plenty of versatility. He is hitting .262/.340/.492 through 208 Triple-A plate appearances with eight home runs, ten doubles, three triples and ten steals to go along with a 9.4% walk and 26.6% strikeout rate.
While neither Florial nor Cabrera are necessarily among the sport’s overall top-ranked prospects, they are both well-regarded in the Yankees’ system. Baseball America ranks Florial as the team’s No. 10 prospect and Cabrera at No. 12, while MLB.com ranks them back-to-back at Nos. 14 (Cabrera) and 15 (Florial).