Meet the two pitching prospects the Yankees got for Brian McCann

The Yankees’ youth movement took its next step on Thursday when the team traded catcher Brian McCann to the Astros for pitching prospects Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. Here are looks at the two righties.

Albert Enmanuel Abreu

Position: Pitcher

Born: September 26, 1995 (Age: 21)

Birthplace: Guayubin, Dominican Republic

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Bats: Right Throws: Right

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 175

What you should know: Was ranked the Astros’ No. 12 prospect after the 2015 season. According to Baseball America, Abreu has mid-90s fastball that can reach up to 99 mph and has three secondary pitches, including a slow curve and above-average changeup. His biggest issue will be consistency with his delivery. His slider is a work in progress and control can be a problem. The hard-throwing righty split 2016 between A-ball’s Lancaster JetHawks of the California League and Quad City River Bandits of the Midwest League. For Lancaster he was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 11 Ks in 11.2 innings. With Quad City he went 2-8 with a 3.50 ERA and collected four saves. Was signed as international free agent by Astros on Aug. 5, 2013.

What they’re saying: “His blow-em-away approach and his currently fringy control screams reliever, but there is nothing in his arsenal or delivery that would keep him from developing as a starter,” says Baseball America.

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Jorge Guzman.

Jorge Guzman.

(Greenville Astros via MiLB.com)

Jorge Guzman

Position: Pitcher

Born: Jan. 28, 1996 (Age: 20)

Birthplace: Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic

Bats: Right Throws: Right

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Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 182

What you should know: Has explosive fastball in the 101-103 range, Aroldis Chapman territory. Though according to Baseball America, he’s at his best when he dials it back to an easy 97-99 range. Control issues abound when Guzman lets it fly. Guzman spent 2016 in Single-A in the Astros organization with the Gulf Coast League Astros and Appalachian League Greeneville Astros. In the GCL he was 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA with 25 Ks in 17.1 innings. With Greeneville, he went 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA.

What they’re saying: “Most scouts expect he’ll end up as a power reliever in the long-term, but one who could challenge Mauricio Cabrera and Aroldis Chapman for the crown of hardest-throwing big-league reliever,” says Baseball America.

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