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
Invited to major-league camp
OFNew York Yankees  A+
February 1, 2019
Florial received an invitation to the Yankees' major-league spring training on Friday.
Florial has yet to play above High-A, so his odds of reaching the majors this season are slim. Still, he'll get an opportunity to work with the team's big-league coaching staff as he prepares to climb the ladder ahead of a potential debut sometime in 2020. The 21-year-old outfielder possesses good speed but hit just .255 with three homers in 75 games for High-A Tampa last season.
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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 DL
OFNew York Yankees  A+
July 19, 2018
Florial (wrist) was reinstated from the minor-league disabled list Thursday, Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News reports.
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Begins rehab assignment
OFNew York Yankees  A+
July 12, 2018
Florial (wrist) has appeared in four rehab games for the Yankees' Rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate, going a combined 4-for-10 with a home run and four steals in those contests.
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Out until August with wrist injury
OFNew York Yankees  A+
May 18, 2018
Florial will be sidelined for the next two-and-a-half months as he requires surgery to fix a hamate bone injury in his right wrist, George A. King of the New York Post reports.
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Dealing with wrist soreness
OFNew York Yankees  A+
May 17, 2018
Florial was removed from Thursday's minor-league game with right wrist soreness, Sam Dykstra of reports.
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Back at High-A
OFNew York Yankees  A+
April 5, 2018
Florial will open the season with High-A Tampa,'s Jim Callis reports.
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