Estevan Florial
21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Yankees A+
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There is roughly an 85% chance the Yankees or a dynasty-league manager could trade Florial this offseason and never regret it. On the flipside, if he reaches his absolute ceiling, anyone who traded him would retire in shame. Watching him leg out a triple with his plus speed is a thing of beauty, and his plus raw power is tantalizing. Unfortunately a broken hamate bone in his right wrist cost him two months in the middle of the season, and he never really got going at the dish before or after. He also struggled mightily (.178/.294/.260, 29:12 K:BB in 73 AB) in a return trip to the Arizona Fall League. Florial has trouble recognizing offspeed pitches and was given a steady dose of them in the AFL. His 2019 production will likely depend on whether the Yankees set him up for success with a return to High-A, where he has 96 career games, or give him a significant challenge with a bump up to Double-A. If he ever learns to hit for a high average, he could be a star. Read Past Outlooks
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Big first game back
OFNew York Yankees  A+
June 4, 2019
Florial went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run for High-A Tampa on Tuesday.
Making his 2019 season debut after coming off the injured list with a fractured wrist, Florial wasted no time making his presence felt, hitting a single and cranking a three-run homer in his first two at-bats back in High-A. Florial's raw talent isn't in question, so now that he's seemingly fully healthy after missing extended time over the past two seasons with wrist problems, it will be interesting to see if he can start living up to his potential with the Tarpons.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
There are reasons to be skeptical about Florial’s breakout campaign, but his enormous tools are too much to ignore. A 19-year-old with plus-plus raw power and above average speed who dominates the Midwest League and doesn’t skip a beat after a late-season promotion to the Florida State League needs to be taken very seriously. That said, he whiffed at a 31.1 percent clip across both stops and posted batting averages on balls in play of .431 and .404 at Low-A and High-A, respectively. Florial’s hit tool is below average at present, but that doesn’t mean he won’t improve in that department. He already shows a willingness to work the count (10.5 percent walk rate), and if he can learn to take what pitchers give him and hit the ball to the opposite field more often, we could be looking at a five-category monster in the Alfonso Soriano mold. His ceiling is up there with any prospect not named Ronald Acuna, but the risk involved leaves him outside the top 20, for now.
Florial is a teenager from Haiti who started the season in the rookie-level Appalachian League and ended the year at High-A Tampa. Of course, the ascension is a bit misleading, as Florial hit just .225 with 78 strikeouts in 60 games for Pulaski before a brief bump to Low-A Charleston. Florial went 6-for-20 over that subsequent five-game span before finishing the season with two games at High-A. Florial is a left-handed center field prospect who should hit double-digit home runs and swipe double-digit bases in the coming seasons. He must cut down on his strikeouts and prove he can hit for average, but that intriguing power/speed combination makes him a prospect to watch for the Yankees. He should start the 2017 season back at Low-A.
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Activated from IL
OFNew York Yankees  A+
June 3, 2019
Florial (wrist) has been activated from the 7-day injured list and will join High-A Tampa.
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Visits specialist
OFNew York Yankees  A+
March 18, 2019
Florial (wrist) underwent an MRI and visited a hand specialist Monday, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
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Won't need surgery
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March 18, 2019
Florial said that he won't require surgery to address the non-displaced fracture of his right wrist he suffered Saturday, George A. King III and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports.
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Set to visit specialist
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March 17, 2019
Florial (wrist) will visit a hand specialist Tuesday, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
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Suffers wrist fracture
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March 16, 2019
Florial was diagnosed with a non-displaced right wrist fracture Saturday, Bryan Hoch of reports.
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