The Arizona Fall League announced its 2012 Top Prospects team, which is selected by Fall League managers and coaches. Voters are told to consider Fall League performance, but also major league projectability. The Yankees landed two players on the list, but they were also left with two snubs.
Reliever Mark Montgomery and catcher Austin Romine were each chosen for the Top Prospects team.
Romine didn’t have an overwhelming stint in the Fall League — he hit .222/.342/.286 — but still had the second-highest OPS among full-time catchers in the league. Montgomery did his usual strikeout routine, collecting 19 Ks and five walks through 10.1 innings. He allowed a total of five hits.
Of course, this list is missing the names Slade Heathcott and David Adams. Heathcott is especially surprising given his Fall League performance — .388/.494/.612 — and high ceiling projection. Might have been hurt by the fact he missed some time with minor health problems, but I’m still surprised to see him left off. Adams didn’t make the list at either second base or third base and might have been hurt by the fact he wasn’t full time at either spot (also, the guys who made the list ahead of him are pretty good).