Where Yankees’ top prospect Estevan Florial goes from here

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Yankees top prospect Estevan Florial only has to look down the dugout to face his cautionary tale. It’s as old as baseball: highly touted up-and-comer has his dream squashed by injuries.

Florial’s manager Aaron Holbert lived it.

“I was a guy that was often injured and it’s tough,” says Holbert, the first-year High-A Tampa manager. “It’s tough, year after year, you set goals for yourself, you have an idea of where you want to end up.”

And then all of a sudden the injured list comes calling.

Holbert, now 46, was a Cardinals’ first-round pick, 18th overall, in 1990. He played one MLB game in 1996, and another 22 in 2005, mostly as a pinch-hitting second baseman. Holbert wasn’t quite the prospect Florial is, though.

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