Yankees Dominican prospect Abe Almonte recently bested the minor league longest hitting streak of the season when he hit safely in his 28th strait game. He recently extended that streak to 30 games. Almonte plays in advanced A for the Yankees, so it will probably be another few years before we see him in the majors...OR the Yankees trade him for an aging veteran to help them win a pennant.
The Yankees have always drafted well and signed lots of good Dominican prospects and Latin free agents. The reason so few of the big league Yankees are home grown talent is that they often trade away their young talent in the quest to win now.
Just last year they sent Jimmy Paredes to Houston in the deal for Lance Berkman (see the story here). Well, Berkman played about 40 games for the Yankees last year, and now Paredes is already starring for the big league club with the Astros. This scene has played itself many times over.
But, somehow the Yankees manage to keep winning with this formula. In some cases they hold on to young Dominican talent, such as with Gary Sanchez, who by all accounts should be a starring everyday catcher soon. The question is, will they have the patience to let him and others Dominicans like Abe Almonte develop?
The Dominican Baseball Guy will be following Almonte and all these Dominican prospects. Almonte is from Santo Domingo, Paredes is from Haina, and Sanchez is from Santo Domingo.