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    Quote Originally Posted by nyyfan4life View Post
    My top 50 prospects w/ some info and some ML-comparisons. Note: Comparisons are just based of scouting videos and tools of the prospects. I don't want to hear how a "guy that compares to Ryan Zimmerman is lower than a guy who's comparison is AJ Burnett" or anything like that.

    1- Mason Williams CF: Plus hitting ability and plus speed…plus defensive potential…developing power…average arm. There are some maturity concerns but that should improve with time...Super talented and athletic...

    2- Gary Sanchez C: Plus power and plate discipline… improving defense, strong arm… needs to make more consistent contact and recognize breaking pitches better… has become a better leader. MLB Comp: Brian McCann

    3- Slade Heathcott CF: Plus speed, plus defensive skills, plus plate discipline with a developing overall offense....aggressive player, sometimes self-destructive. MLB Comp: Jon Jay

    4- Tyler Austin RF: Strong overall offensive player who has found a home at RF. Consistently squares the ball…shows good instincts in the outfield and on the base-paths. MLB Comp: Jayson Werth

    5- Manny Banuelos LHP: Plus fastball, plus change-up, above average curve-ball (borderline plus). TJS was a bummer but hopefully he bounces back strong in 2014. MLB Comp: Cole Hamels

    6- Jose Campos RHP: Plus fastball velocity and command…needs to learn to spin the breaking pitch a bit better (curveball has shown plus potential)…has a nice, easy delivery. MLB Comp: Roy Oswalt

    7- Rafael DePaula RHP: Highest potential upside out of anyone in the system. Plus fastball, curveball combo…Needs to develop the change…Ideal pitcher’s frame, clean delivery. MLB Comp: Felix Hernandez

    8- Angelo Gumbs 2B: Best overall athlete in the system...Possesses plus speed and defensive skills…very quick, amazing bat speed...MLB Comp: Howie Kendrick

    9- Brett Marshall RHP: Good sinker 91-93 with a borderline plus change-up (rated as the best in the organization according to BA)…Slider is still inconsistent but improving…MLB-ready…Durable since coming back from TJS. MLB Comp: Justin Masterson

    10- Ty Hensley RHP: Big, strong kid…Already throws a mid 90’s fastball with a strong curveball..both pitches rate at a near plus level for the future…needs to improve command and show that the shoulder abnormality is a non-issue.

    11- Ramon Flores CF: Plus plate discipline...above average speed…average defensive CF…improving power…Very solid overall player who gets it done…Consistent performer...Limited ceiling, high floor. MLB Comp: David DeJesus

    12- Austin Romine C: ML-ready…Average contact/plate discipline…Shows gap to gap power…Strong throwing arm with above average receiving skills…Plus intangibles..

    13- Bryan Mitchell RHP: Plus fastball velocity with arguably the best curveball in the system (BA rated it as the best curveball in the system)…Poor command is holding him back…He threw a career high in innings in 2012 and next year will be a big year for him. MLB Comp: Edinson Volquez

    14- Corban Joseph 2B: Very good all-around hitter…Good plate discipline, good power (for a MIF) and consistently makes hard contact…Average defender with average defensive tools. MLB Comp: Neil Walker

    15- Greg Bird 1B: Plus offensive potential especially in the power department. He has the tools to be at least an average defensive 1B…Still developing into his body…A guy to keep an eye on in 2013… MLB Comp: Todd Helton (post 2005)

    16- Nik Turley LHP: Good command and pick-off move…Has an above average fastball (sitting 91) with 2 above average secondary pitches (change and curve)…The curve has shown the most progression… Tall, lanky build…Near ML-ready. MLB Comp: Ross Detwiler

    17- Jose Ramirez RHP: Big fastball that consistently sits 92-94 with some 96’s…BA rated it as the best FA in the organization…He has 2 strong secondary pitches in a power change and a power slider and both show plus potential at times…MLB Comp: Max Scherzer

    18- David Adams 2B: Very strong overall hitter…Makes consistent contact, with above average plate discipline and gap to gap power…Average defender at both 2B and 3B…ML-ready…MLB Comp: Jeff Keppinger

    19- Mark Montgomery RHP: Solid fastball (sits around 90-91) with an amazing slider…Best in the organization according to BA…A legit swing and miss pitch…Needs to improve fastball command if he wants to be anything more than a set-up man…MLB Comp: Sergio Romo

    20- Dante Bichette Jr 3B: Had a very disappointing year offensively in 2012…Made tremendous strides defensively…He still projects to be a good offensive prospect due to above average pitch recognition, plate discipline, hitting ability and power…Has a strong arm and soft hands defensively with solid range…MLB Comp: David Freese

    21- Adam Warren RHP: Had another solid year…Looks like a long-term reliever…He throws 2 good fastballs, an average (sometimes above average) slider and a change-up…Good control of his pitches…Not much projection left…

    22- JR Murphy C: Another player that had a disappointing year offensively…Has developed into a very good defensive catcher and his leadership skills are second to none on this list…He has good plate discipline and shows gap to gap power offensively…Needs to bounce back…

    23- Cito Culver SS:…Plus plate discipline and defensive ability with average speed (for a MiF)…Shows above average range and elite arm strength defensively…Needs to make more consistent contact, work on swing mechanics and be more aggressive earlier in the count…MLB Comp: Nick Punto

    24- Nick Goody RHP: Brilliant 2012 (14.6 K/9 and a 1.12 ERA in 32 IP) year after being drafted…Power reliever…Plus fastball (93-96) consistently with an above average slider…Strong command for a power pitcher…MLB Comp: Grant Balfour

    25- Dellin Betances RHP: Awful 2012 season…Inconsistent command/delivery…Needs to regain form…Time is running out…Pure stuff is still as good as any…Power fastball (93-95) with movement and a knockout curveball…MLB Comp: AJ Burnett

    26- Matt Tracy LHP: Had a breakout 2012 year…Got all the way to AAA in his first full season…Older guy (24 right now) he is near ML ready and shows a good 3 pitch mix…Fastball is in the 91-94 range and has average secondary pitches (CB and CH)…MLB Comp: Jon Niese

    27- Daniel Camarena LHP: Solid 3-pitch mix…Fastball sits around 90 mph and throws both a curveball and change-up…Both are solid pitches but nothing great…Has tremendous command of all three pitches…He has a small stature and not much projection left…Looks like a steady prospect…MLB Comp: Wandy Rodriguez

    28- Ravel Santana OF: Had a disappointing overall season in 2012 after coming back from a horrible ankle injury…He still has some of the best raw tools in the system and 2013 will be a big year for him…He has legit 20-20 potential…

    29- Corey Black RHP: Power arm…Fastball velocity sits around 93-95 and has hit 100 on occasion…He commands it well but has minimal movement…Change-up is his best secondary pitch…Can’t spin a breaking ball and has a small stature…

    30- Evan Rutckyj LHP: Big pitcher (standing 6’5) and former hockey player…Fastball sits around 91 comfortably and has really improved his slider…Command needs work but has made tremendous strides and had a solid 2012 campaign…

    31- Pater O’Brien C: Big catcher (6’4 and about 225 lbs) and has big time power from the right side…He has plus arm strength but projects to be a 1B/COF/DH as he progresses forward…Offensively, he was compared to Pat Burrell during the draft…Needs to improve his plate discipline, however.

    32- Giovanny Gallegos RHP: Nice, easy delivery…Great pitchability and command…Already shows a very strong fastball/curveball combo…Fastball sits around 92…Mexican signee who the Yankees apparently really like…1.67 ERA and a 22/2 K/BB ratio in 27 IP.

    33- Tommy Kahnle RHP: One of the most talented arms in the system…Explosive fastball that regularly sits in the low-to-high 90’s…His change-up is a borderline plus pitch…His command has improved in 2012 and he will look to build on that…

    34- Melky Mesa CF: Has some of the best tools in the organization…Plus arm strength, defensive skills, speed and above average power…He can’t make consistent contact and that’s his Achilles heel…Had a brief cameo at the ML level in 2012…Could make a fine 4th OF given his skills...

    35- Branden Pinder RHP: Power stuff…Strong fastball/slider combo…Fastball that sits around 95 mph and a high 80’s slider…Incredible stuff but too often misses his location…Needs to be more consistent with his command…

    36- Austin Aune SS: Very high offensive potential…Already has shown quick bat speed, the ability to hit the ball with authority and above average plate discipline…Has well above average speed, plus arm strength and plus athleticism…Has plus defensive skills but really needs to improve his defense and utilize his physical attributes.

    37- Chase Whitley RHP: Big, strong kid…Had a very nice 2012 season in AAA (3.25 ERA)…ML ready…Has a 3 pitch repertoire which includes a fastball (around 90-93), change-up (best pitch) and slider (average offering). He’s more finesse than power but knows how to pitch…

    38- Zoilo Almonte OF: Strong 2012 season in AA overall… .277 BA, 21 HR and 15 SB…Has nice tools…Needs to hit lefty pitching better and improve his plate discipline…Very average defensive player…Still fairly young at 23 and he should be ML ready soon…

    39- Anderson Feliz 2B: Played through a lot of injuries in 2012…One of my sleeper prospects for 2012…Has plenty of tools including an above average hit tool, above average speed, plate discipline and plus defensive potential…Hit .279 across 2 levels (low-A and hi-A) with a .370 OBP in 2012…Should be a full-time player in Hi-A in 2013…

    40- Angel Rincon RHP: Came over from the Dominican this past year…Strong debut (2.57 ERA and sub 1 WHIP in 9 games (6 starts))…Showed a strong fastball-curve combo…Fastball sits low 90’s and he commands it very wall…Has shown the ability to be a plus strike thrower…

    41- Gabe Encias RHP: Poor 2012 year…Numbers don’t tell the entire story…His stuff has improved tremendously since being drafted…Sat 93-94 with his fastball (around 91 pre-velocity spike) and showed a much improved power curveball…He had trouble harnessing his improved pitches in 2012. 2013 will be a big year for him…

    42- Jack Cave OF: Sleeper candidate…I see him being a top 10 organizational prospect by this time next year…Missed all of 2012 after he busted his knee cap in ST…6th round pick out of a Virginia HS in 2011 (got the highest signing bonus, I believe)…Is a strong and skilled overall prospect…Above average runner and plate discipline…Plus arm strength (ran his FB upto 94 as a prep pitcher)…Has shown the ability to hit the ball all over the field in instructs…MLB Comp: Nick Markakis

    43- Miguel Andujar 3B: Youngest prospect on the list (doesn’t turn 18 till March)…Poor statistical season at GCL…Has a lot of good tools…Solid hit tool, shows good patience and has good defensive potential with above average speed…Power isn’t there yet but scouts believe he has 20 HR potential down the road. He has a chance to be an overall impact player and really move up in the rankings in the coming years…MLB Comp: Ryan Zimmerman

    44- Zach Nuding RHP: Big guy (6’4 – 260)…Had a productive 2012 year (3.50 ERA and 1.3 WHIP) mostly in Hi-A…Big fastball (92-95, any given night), but with spotty command and very average secondary pitches…He needs to improve either his change or slider if he wants to ever make it to the ML.

    45- Rookie Davis RHP: Pitched well in his debut season (sub 3.00 ERA)…Has an above average fastball-curveball combo at his disposal…Fastball sits in the low-90’s when right…Still very young…Needs to be more consistent with his stuff and improve his other offerings…

    46- Ben Gamel OF: Has a strong hit tool (career .300 hitter)…He has slightly above average speed and above average defensive skills…Very aggressive player…Brings plus intangibles…Doesn’t have much power nor much physical progression left…

    47- Ronny Bautista LHP: 6’7 Dominican lefty who had a very strong debut season for the GCL Yankees…His fastball was a bit disappointing (reportedly 93-97 in the DSL) at only 89-90 in 2012…He did make strides in improving his command and secondary pitches…If he can regain the lost velo, he’d shoot up the rankings…

    48- Jordan Cote RHP: Very good statistically in the brief games he played in last season…Cote still has tons of projection left…Fastball was disappointing (sitting around 90 mph) last season…He needs to work on getting stronger and continue developing both his fastball velo and secondary pitches…

    49- Shane Greene RHP: Some of the best power stuff in the system…Plus fastball velocity and movement, a borderline plus slider and an above average change-up…The guy also has some of the worst command in the system..He’s an older guy and he hasn’t cut it as a starter…He can make some strides and open some eyes with a shift to the bullpen…

    50- Caleb Cotham RHP: Near ML-ready…Solid 4 pitch mix…FB (90-92), slider (85mph, best pitch), curveball and change-up…All 4 pitches grade out to be at least average and he commands them all well (best control in the organization according to BA)…Came back strong following his injury…MLB Comp: David Phelps
    Great list dude. Very few disagreements. I think I'd have Flores in the top 10 and Gumbs outside of the top 10. Bryan Mitchell and Greg Bird a bit lower, and J-Ram a bit higher. The rest is pretty on point. Outside of the top 20, I've always felt that picking these guys is just picking favorites. There are so many players all very close together. 20-50 are usually all players who could break out and become top 15 guys in just one season.


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    BBDP: Yankees Top 10 Outfield Prospects

    Outfield prospects have not been a strong suit for the Yankees organization since Brett Gardner and Melky Cabrera were coming up. Now there is a new batch of prospects knocking on the door and the organizational depth at the position is actually pretty extraordinary. Hopefully, somewhere in there lies a replacement for Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson. Hopefully that replacement arrives soon. There is an expectation both within the organization and with scouts that at least one or two of these outfielders will work out, and the Yankees will save a ton of money.

    10. Adonis Garcia – 27 years old. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. 5-foot-7, 190-pounds. This Cuban outfielder doesn’t have a standout tool and is short, but he is an advanced hitter. He has shown in limited action that he can hit for power, and appeared to improve when he moved from High-A to Double-A and the competition got better. With four homeruns and an .817 OPS in Trenton, he could be an in house option for right field next season. He batted .288/.325/.492 for Trenton. He’s a bit old for his level, but he just got to the USA so he could be a great find.

    9. Ronnier “Musketeer” Mustelier – 28 years old. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. 5-foot-9, 210-pounds. Aside from having one of the coolest names in the organization, Ronnier Mustelier can flat out hit. In two years he’s skipped across all six levels, and he’s hit every step along the way. His latest challenge in Triple-A resulted in a .303/.359/.455/.815 quadruple slash. He had 15 homeruns across two levels in just 114 games. How this would translate to the major leagues is the bigger question, especially given his age. He hasn’t found his level yet, and I’m not gonna be the one to bet against him.

    8. “Honest Abe” Abraham Almonte- 23 years old. Bats: Both. Throws: Right. 5-foot-11, 185-pounds. Actually has a great swing for such a speedster. Almonte does everything you want a leadoff guy to do. He gets on base, he steals bases, and he can bunt. He bats from both sides of the plate, and still has some power projection if he’s able to stay healthy. He’s certainly had his struggles with average and consistency over the years, but that’s very common in switch hitters. He had a solid season in Double-A last year with a .276/.350/.392/.742 year, and will look to build on that in Scranton this season.

    7. “It’s Gam-Time” Ben Gamel- 20 years old. Bats: Left. Throws: Left. 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. You already know I like him because he is one of my 2013 breakout candidates, but guys who can hit for average AND get on base are worth a lot in my book. If Ben Gamel can develop some power, he’s gonna be a guy. He’s only 20 so he’s got plenty of time to accomplish that. He’s a hard worker with a major league pedigree (his brother), so he knows what he has to do. He also has decent speed. .306/.342/.394/.737 was the quadruple slash, and he had 19 stolen bases. He’ll likely start in High-A this season.

    6. Melky Mesa ”Melkman 2.0″- 26 years old. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. 6-foot-1, 190-pounds. Hit .264/.325/.480/.805 this season in Double-A and Triple-A. Melky struggled a bit in Triple-A but still had an OPS of .794. It’s approaching make or break time for him, but he’s also on the brink of the majors and has outstanding tools. He is a definite 4-tool player with the chance to become a 5-tool guy. He has power, speed, arm strength, and defense. The hit tool is not there yet but it’s coming around. If he can continue to improve his strikeout totals, he could be a major league regular.

    5. Zoilo “Zee” Almonte – 23 years old. Bats: Both, Throws: Right. 6-foot-0, 205-pounds. Zoilo Almonte is still young and has some excellent power to all fields. He had a good season in Double-A this year, continuing his consistent upward trajectory through the minors. A .277/.322/.487/.808 hitter last season, he also hit 21 home runs over the course of the season and stole 15 bases. He has the speed to continue stealing bases, and has the ability to be an excellent fielder. Unfortunately his fielding is one aspect of his game that is inconsistent. He has good tools and good natural abilities, but he has had trouble sometimes with routine plays. Defense is one of those things that can improve if you work hard enough at it, especially if you have the tools. If he is able to do that, he could end up being a late bloomer with everyday outfielder potential.

    4. “Ray-Flo” Ramon Flores- 21 years old. Bats: Left. Throws: Left. 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. Recently added to the 40 man roster to protect him from a Rule 5 Draft selection. Everybody’s favorite sleeper, Flores ranked #10 on BBDP’s top 50 prospect list. He often gets lost in the shuffle because the top three outfielders get all of the notoriety, but he’s a legitimate candidate to become the next super prospect. The last element of his game waiting to come through is the power. He already has the swing for it, so it’s just a matter of developing his man strength. Some guys never get it, but there’s a strong belief that Flores will. A solid fielder in addition to his great hit tool, he hit .303/.370/.425/.796 last season in High-A. He’ll start in Double-A, and the sky is his limit.

    3. Slade Heathcott- 22 years old, Bats: Left. Throws: Left. 6-foot-1, 190-pounds. After this season Heathcott has been the subject of a lot of buzz. Drawing comparisons to Mike Trout will certainly do that. So will tearing the cover off the ball in the Arizona Fall League, and batting .302/.380/.461/.841 in High-A last season. He also had 5 homeruns and 19 stolen bases in just 265 at bats. An argument could be made that he is actually the Yankees top prospect now that Banuelos is injured and Mason Williams has undergone surgery as well. Personally, I will reserve that honor until he can stay healthy for a full season. His tools are off the charts. He has a great hit tool, power, speed with ability to steal bases, a cannon for an arm (although I’m not sure if the arm strength has fully returned after his surgeries yet), and excellent fielding ability. After 2013 he’s probably the most likely player to supplant Mason Williams as the Yankees #1 prospect. After his performance in the AFL, I can’t envision him starting any lower than Double-A this season, so he could help the team as soon as 2014.

    2. “Stone Cold” Tyler Austin- 21 years old. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. 6-foot-2, 200-pounds. Tools wise Heathcott is the better prospect, with the exception of the hit tool and the power tool. Performance wise Tyler Austin is the better prospect. As a 20 year old over three levels this season, he hit .322/.400/.559/.960. He hit 17 homeruns and stole 23 bases. The base stealing is unlikely to continue as he moves up to better pitcher moves and better catchers, but the hitting is real. He has serious power and he also has superior patience. He’s not afraid to take a walk. Austin switched to right field this season and that actually improved his stock. His defense at third base was spotty, while his defense in right field is solid. Another young phenom outfielder starting in Trenton.

    1. “Mad Mase” Mason Williams: 21 years old. Bats: Left. Throws: Left. 6-foot-0, 195-pounds. Just 150-pounds when he was drafted, Williams has bulked up significantly without losing any speed. He had a major break out season in 2012. He hit .298/.346/.474/.820 last season, and is another 5-tool outfielder for the Yankees. His shoulder injury is a concern, but it is apparently similar to Slade Heathcott’s, and is in his non throwing shoulder. He has a cannon arm, phenomenal hit tool, good patience, developing power, and great speed. He only stole 20 bases and go caught 13 times this year, but with his speed he will be learn to read pitchers better with time. Definitely the most hyped Yankee prospect of the moment, he deserves the hype because he is that good. When he comes back from the injury, he’ll likely start in Tampa and if all goes well he’ll see some time in Double-A before the season is over.

    As you can see with this system outfield depth is one of the major strengths. The Yankees have an excellent blend of major league close talent, extremely high upside talent, and long term projects. It will be interesting to see how these guys pan out, but all of them show significant promise and could help the major league team in one way or another soon.

    Honorable Mention: Taylor Dugas, Rob Segedin


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    Quote Originally Posted by CostanzaNumba0 View Post
    At this point would you consider Montgomery to be our best pitching prospect in general? I just don't see a lot of potential outside of a handful of longshots at the lower levels (DePaula, the big kid from New Hampshire, Campos if he ever pitches again)
    He'd definitely the closest prospect we have to a "sure thing." The reason he's probably not our best pitching prospect in general is twofold. He is a reliever, and relievers aren't as important as starters in the major leagues. Secondly, many of the starters in our organization have stuff that could translate to the bullpen and possibly be even better than Montgomery.


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    5 non-prospects (more than likely organizational guys) that I like

    1- Taylor Dugas - 5'8 / 170 lbs / 23 / Bats: Left, Throws: Left
    Code:
    G	PA	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB	CS	BB	SO	BA	OBP	SLG	OPS	TB	GDP	HBP	SH	SF	IBB
    59	276	209	38	64	9	1	1	15	5	2	51	35	.306	.465	.373	.838	78	4	12	3	1	0
    8th round pick of the Yankees this year. Plus K-Zone discipline, advanced approach at the plate, solid hit tool (career .360 hitter in college as well in the SEC) carry him offensively. He has little to no power. Defensively, he has above average speed and arm strength. He has a ceiling of a 4th OF, maybe a starter on a lower-tier team. His intangibles and competitiveness are all off the charts. He's probably an organizational guy but I really like his game.

    2- Rob Segedin - 6'3 / 220 / 24 / Bats: Right, Throws: Right
    Code:
    G	PA	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB	CS	BB	SO	BA	OBP	SLG	OPS	TB	GDP	HBP	SH	SF	IBB
    121	508	455	60	117	27	1	10	54	9	4	42	86	.257	.323	.387	.710	176	5	5	0	6	2
    3rd round pick of the Yankees in 2010. Segedin played 3B/LF/RF this year in Hi-A and AA ball. He's a contact oriented hitter. He has an advanced approact at the plate and takes the ball the other way pretty well. He has a strong throwing arm and is an an average defender at both 3B and in the outfield. He doesn't have the necessary power to play either a corner OF or INF position which limits his ceiling.

    3- Saxon Butler - 6'2 / 239 / 22 / Bats: Left, Throws: Left
    Code:
    G	PA	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB	CS	BB	SO	BA	OBP	SLG	OPS	TB	GDP	HBP	SH	SF	IBB
    61	258	227	38	62	18	1	13	45	0	0	20	51	.273	.345	.533	.878	121	9	7	0	4	1
    Drafted by the Yankees in the 33rd round of this year's draft. The guy can mash. He makes consistent contact with the ball and hits it hard. No value on defense or in the running game. His numbers took a hit after he was promoted to Charleston mid-season.

    4- Ryan Pope - 6'3 / 205 / 26 / Bats: Right, Throws: Right
    Code:
    ERA	G	GS	GF	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	IBB	SO	HBP	BK	WP	BF	WHIP	H/9	HR/9	BB/9	SO/9	SO/BB
    4.64	46	4	20	0	0	8	64.0	84	44	33	8	14	2	66	2	0	4	290	1.531	11.8	1.1	2.0	9.3	4.71
    Time's running out for him. He had some bad BABIP luck in 2012. Gave up a bit too many hits. His other peripherals (specifically K/9, BB/9 ratios) were elite. Fastball sits 91-93 and he commands it well. Has a change-up and curveball that he commands well, though neither are anything more than average pitches. He might have the best pitching deliver in the entire system. Quick, effortless, efficient.

    5- Cody Johnson - 6'4 / 240 / 23 / Bats: Left, Throws: Right
    Code:
    G	PA	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB	CS	BB	SO	BA	OBP	SLG	OPS	TB	GDP	HBP	SH	SF	IBB
    59	253	221	29	54	11	1	16	37	0	0	30	90	.244	.336	.520	.856	115	3	1	0	1	2
    Former 1st round pick of the Braves in 2006. He has tons of power from the left side, especially against right handed pitching (.512 SLG and .864 OPS against RHP last season in AA). Still fairy young. Doesn't offer anything else though especially defensively or on the basepaths. Needs to improve plate discipline. Pinch hitter / platoon player is his ceiling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoba Chughes View Post
    BBDP: Yankees Top 10 Outfield Prospects

    Outfield prospects have not been a strong suit for the Yankees organization since Brett Gardner and Melky Cabrera were coming up. Now there is a new batch of prospects knocking on the door and the organizational depth at the position is actually pretty extraordinary. Hopefully, somewhere in there lies a replacement for Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson. Hopefully that replacement arrives soon. There is an expectation both within the organization and with scouts that at least one or two of these outfielders will work out, and the Yankees will save a ton of money.

    10. Adonis Garcia – 27 years old. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. 5-foot-7, 190-pounds. This Cuban outfielder doesn’t have a standout tool and is short, but he is an advanced hitter. He has shown in limited action that he can hit for power, and appeared to improve when he moved from High-A to Double-A and the competition got better. With four homeruns and an .817 OPS in Trenton, he could be an in house option for right field next season. He batted .288/.325/.492 for Trenton. He’s a bit old for his level, but he just got to the USA so he could be a great find.

    9. Ronnier “Musketeer” Mustelier – 28 years old. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. 5-foot-9, 210-pounds. Aside from having one of the coolest names in the organization, Ronnier Mustelier can flat out hit. In two years he’s skipped across all six levels, and he’s hit every step along the way. His latest challenge in Triple-A resulted in a .303/.359/.455/.815 quadruple slash. He had 15 homeruns across two levels in just 114 games. How this would translate to the major leagues is the bigger question, especially given his age. He hasn’t found his level yet, and I’m not gonna be the one to bet against him.

    8. “Honest Abe” Abraham Almonte- 23 years old. Bats: Both. Throws: Right. 5-foot-11, 185-pounds. Actually has a great swing for such a speedster. Almonte does everything you want a leadoff guy to do. He gets on base, he steals bases, and he can bunt. He bats from both sides of the plate, and still has some power projection if he’s able to stay healthy. He’s certainly had his struggles with average and consistency over the years, but that’s very common in switch hitters. He had a solid season in Double-A last year with a .276/.350/.392/.742 year, and will look to build on that in Scranton this season.

    7. “It’s Gam-Time” Ben Gamel- 20 years old. Bats: Left. Throws: Left. 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. You already know I like him because he is one of my 2013 breakout candidates, but guys who can hit for average AND get on base are worth a lot in my book. If Ben Gamel can develop some power, he’s gonna be a guy. He’s only 20 so he’s got plenty of time to accomplish that. He’s a hard worker with a major league pedigree (his brother), so he knows what he has to do. He also has decent speed. .306/.342/.394/.737 was the quadruple slash, and he had 19 stolen bases. He’ll likely start in High-A this season.

    6. Melky Mesa ”Melkman 2.0″- 26 years old. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. 6-foot-1, 190-pounds. Hit .264/.325/.480/.805 this season in Double-A and Triple-A. Melky struggled a bit in Triple-A but still had an OPS of .794. It’s approaching make or break time for him, but he’s also on the brink of the majors and has outstanding tools. He is a definite 4-tool player with the chance to become a 5-tool guy. He has power, speed, arm strength, and defense. The hit tool is not there yet but it’s coming around. If he can continue to improve his strikeout totals, he could be a major league regular.

    5. Zoilo “Zee” Almonte – 23 years old. Bats: Both, Throws: Right. 6-foot-0, 205-pounds. Zoilo Almonte is still young and has some excellent power to all fields. He had a good season in Double-A this year, continuing his consistent upward trajectory through the minors. A .277/.322/.487/.808 hitter last season, he also hit 21 home runs over the course of the season and stole 15 bases. He has the speed to continue stealing bases, and has the ability to be an excellent fielder. Unfortunately his fielding is one aspect of his game that is inconsistent. He has good tools and good natural abilities, but he has had trouble sometimes with routine plays. Defense is one of those things that can improve if you work hard enough at it, especially if you have the tools. If he is able to do that, he could end up being a late bloomer with everyday outfielder potential.

    4. “Ray-Flo” Ramon Flores- 21 years old. Bats: Left. Throws: Left. 5-foot-11, 180-pounds. Recently added to the 40 man roster to protect him from a Rule 5 Draft selection. Everybody’s favorite sleeper, Flores ranked #10 on BBDP’s top 50 prospect list. He often gets lost in the shuffle because the top three outfielders get all of the notoriety, but he’s a legitimate candidate to become the next super prospect. The last element of his game waiting to come through is the power. He already has the swing for it, so it’s just a matter of developing his man strength. Some guys never get it, but there’s a strong belief that Flores will. A solid fielder in addition to his great hit tool, he hit .303/.370/.425/.796 last season in High-A. He’ll start in Double-A, and the sky is his limit.

    3. Slade Heathcott- 22 years old, Bats: Left. Throws: Left. 6-foot-1, 190-pounds. After this season Heathcott has been the subject of a lot of buzz. Drawing comparisons to Mike Trout will certainly do that. So will tearing the cover off the ball in the Arizona Fall League, and batting .302/.380/.461/.841 in High-A last season. He also had 5 homeruns and 19 stolen bases in just 265 at bats. An argument could be made that he is actually the Yankees top prospect now that Banuelos is injured and Mason Williams has undergone surgery as well. Personally, I will reserve that honor until he can stay healthy for a full season. His tools are off the charts. He has a great hit tool, power, speed with ability to steal bases, a cannon for an arm (although I’m not sure if the arm strength has fully returned after his surgeries yet), and excellent fielding ability. After 2013 he’s probably the most likely player to supplant Mason Williams as the Yankees #1 prospect. After his performance in the AFL, I can’t envision him starting any lower than Double-A this season, so he could help the team as soon as 2014.

    2. “Stone Cold” Tyler Austin- 21 years old. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. 6-foot-2, 200-pounds. Tools wise Heathcott is the better prospect, with the exception of the hit tool and the power tool. Performance wise Tyler Austin is the better prospect. As a 20 year old over three levels this season, he hit .322/.400/.559/.960. He hit 17 homeruns and stole 23 bases. The base stealing is unlikely to continue as he moves up to better pitcher moves and better catchers, but the hitting is real. He has serious power and he also has superior patience. He’s not afraid to take a walk. Austin switched to right field this season and that actually improved his stock. His defense at third base was spotty, while his defense in right field is solid. Another young phenom outfielder starting in Trenton.

    1. “Mad Mase” Mason Williams: 21 years old. Bats: Left. Throws: Left. 6-foot-0, 195-pounds. Just 150-pounds when he was drafted, Williams has bulked up significantly without losing any speed. He had a major break out season in 2012. He hit .298/.346/.474/.820 last season, and is another 5-tool outfielder for the Yankees. His shoulder injury is a concern, but it is apparently similar to Slade Heathcott’s, and is in his non throwing shoulder. He has a cannon arm, phenomenal hit tool, good patience, developing power, and great speed. He only stole 20 bases and go caught 13 times this year, but with his speed he will be learn to read pitchers better with time. Definitely the most hyped Yankee prospect of the moment, he deserves the hype because he is that good. When he comes back from the injury, he’ll likely start in Tampa and if all goes well he’ll see some time in Double-A before the season is over.

    As you can see with this system outfield depth is one of the major strengths. The Yankees have an excellent blend of major league close talent, extremely high upside talent, and long term projects. It will be interesting to see how these guys pan out, but all of them show significant promise and could help the major league team in one way or another soon.

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    I thought Mustelier was an IF.

    Also, why is it that Slade Heathcott has no nickname?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theslick1 View Post
    I thought Mustelier was an IF.

    Also, why is it that Slade Heathcott has no nickname?
    Mustelier was converted to outfield last season, but still can play 3B, which is another advantage he presents. Slade doesn't have a nickname because I don't think it's possible to come up with something better than Slade. Technically his first name is Zachary.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nyyfan4life View Post
    My top 50 prospects w/ some info and some ML-comparisons. Note: Comparisons are just based of scouting videos and tools of the prospects. I don't want to hear how a "guy that compares to Ryan Zimmerman is lower than a guy who's comparison is AJ Burnett" or anything like that.

    1- Mason Williams CF: Plus hitting ability and plus speed…plus defensive potential…developing power…average arm. There are some maturity concerns but that should improve with time...Super talented and athletic...

    2- Gary Sanchez C: Plus power and plate discipline… improving defense, strong arm… needs to make more consistent contact and recognize breaking pitches better… has become a better leader. MLB Comp: Brian McCann

    3- Slade Heathcott CF: Plus speed, plus defensive skills, plus plate discipline with a developing overall offense....aggressive player, sometimes self-destructive. MLB Comp: Jon Jay

    4- Tyler Austin RF: Strong overall offensive player who has found a home at RF. Consistently squares the ball…shows good instincts in the outfield and on the base-paths. MLB Comp: Jayson Werth

    5- Manny Banuelos LHP: Plus fastball, plus change-up, above average curve-ball (borderline plus). TJS was a bummer but hopefully he bounces back strong in 2014. MLB Comp: Cole Hamels

    6- Jose Campos RHP: Plus fastball velocity and command…needs to learn to spin the breaking pitch a bit better (curveball has shown plus potential)…has a nice, easy delivery. MLB Comp: Roy Oswalt

    7- Rafael DePaula RHP: Highest potential upside out of anyone in the system. Plus fastball, curveball combo…Needs to develop the change…Ideal pitcher’s frame, clean delivery. MLB Comp: Felix Hernandez

    8- Angelo Gumbs 2B: Best overall athlete in the system...Possesses plus speed and defensive skills…very quick, amazing bat speed...MLB Comp: Howie Kendrick

    9- Brett Marshall RHP: Good sinker 91-93 with a borderline plus change-up (rated as the best in the organization according to BA)…Slider is still inconsistent but improving…MLB-ready…Durable since coming back from TJS. MLB Comp: Justin Masterson

    10- Ty Hensley RHP: Big, strong kid…Already throws a mid 90’s fastball with a strong curveball..both pitches rate at a near plus level for the future…needs to improve command and show that the shoulder abnormality is a non-issue.

    11- Ramon Flores CF: Plus plate discipline...above average speed…average defensive CF…improving power…Very solid overall player who gets it done…Consistent performer...Limited ceiling, high floor. MLB Comp: David DeJesus

    12- Austin Romine C: ML-ready…Average contact/plate discipline…Shows gap to gap power…Strong throwing arm with above average receiving skills…Plus intangibles..

    13- Bryan Mitchell RHP: Plus fastball velocity with arguably the best curveball in the system (BA rated it as the best curveball in the system)…Poor command is holding him back…He threw a career high in innings in 2012 and next year will be a big year for him. MLB Comp: Edinson Volquez

    14- Corban Joseph 2B: Very good all-around hitter…Good plate discipline, good power (for a MIF) and consistently makes hard contact…Average defender with average defensive tools. MLB Comp: Neil Walker

    15- Greg Bird 1B: Plus offensive potential especially in the power department. He has the tools to be at least an average defensive 1B…Still developing into his body…A guy to keep an eye on in 2013… MLB Comp: Todd Helton (post 2005)

    16- Nik Turley LHP: Good command and pick-off move…Has an above average fastball (sitting 91) with 2 above average secondary pitches (change and curve)…The curve has shown the most progression… Tall, lanky build…Near ML-ready. MLB Comp: Ross Detwiler

    17- Jose Ramirez RHP: Big fastball that consistently sits 92-94 with some 96’s…BA rated it as the best FA in the organization…He has 2 strong secondary pitches in a power change and a power slider and both show plus potential at times…MLB Comp: Max Scherzer

    18- David Adams 2B: Very strong overall hitter…Makes consistent contact, with above average plate discipline and gap to gap power…Average defender at both 2B and 3B…ML-ready…MLB Comp: Jeff Keppinger

    19- Mark Montgomery RHP: Solid fastball (sits around 90-91) with an amazing slider…Best in the organization according to BA…A legit swing and miss pitch…Needs to improve fastball command if he wants to be anything more than a set-up man…MLB Comp: Sergio Romo

    20- Dante Bichette Jr 3B: Had a very disappointing year offensively in 2012…Made tremendous strides defensively…He still projects to be a good offensive prospect due to above average pitch recognition, plate discipline, hitting ability and power…Has a strong arm and soft hands defensively with solid range…MLB Comp: David Freese

    21- Adam Warren RHP: Had another solid year…Looks like a long-term reliever…He throws 2 good fastballs, an average (sometimes above average) slider and a change-up…Good control of his pitches…Not much projection left…

    22- JR Murphy C: Another player that had a disappointing year offensively…Has developed into a very good defensive catcher and his leadership skills are second to none on this list…He has good plate discipline and shows gap to gap power offensively…Needs to bounce back…

    23- Cito Culver SS:…Plus plate discipline and defensive ability with average speed (for a MiF)…Shows above average range and elite arm strength defensively…Needs to make more consistent contact, work on swing mechanics and be more aggressive earlier in the count…MLB Comp: Nick Punto

    24- Nick Goody RHP: Brilliant 2012 (14.6 K/9 and a 1.12 ERA in 32 IP) year after being drafted…Power reliever…Plus fastball (93-96) consistently with an above average slider…Strong command for a power pitcher…MLB Comp: Grant Balfour

    25- Dellin Betances RHP: Awful 2012 season…Inconsistent command/delivery…Needs to regain form…Time is running out…Pure stuff is still as good as any…Power fastball (93-95) with movement and a knockout curveball…MLB Comp: AJ Burnett

    26- Matt Tracy LHP: Had a breakout 2012 year…Got all the way to AAA in his first full season…Older guy (24 right now) he is near ML ready and shows a good 3 pitch mix…Fastball is in the 91-94 range and has average secondary pitches (CB and CH)…MLB Comp: Jon Niese

    27- Daniel Camarena LHP: Solid 3-pitch mix…Fastball sits around 90 mph and throws both a curveball and change-up…Both are solid pitches but nothing great…Has tremendous command of all three pitches…He has a small stature and not much projection left…Looks like a steady prospect…MLB Comp: Wandy Rodriguez

    28- Ravel Santana OF: Had a disappointing overall season in 2012 after coming back from a horrible ankle injury…He still has some of the best raw tools in the system and 2013 will be a big year for him…He has legit 20-20 potential…

    29- Corey Black RHP: Power arm…Fastball velocity sits around 93-95 and has hit 100 on occasion…He commands it well but has minimal movement…Change-up is his best secondary pitch…Can’t spin a breaking ball and has a small stature…

    30- Evan Rutckyj LHP: Big pitcher (standing 6’5) and former hockey player…Fastball sits around 91 comfortably and has really improved his slider…Command needs work but has made tremendous strides and had a solid 2012 campaign…

    31- Pater O’Brien C: Big catcher (6’4 and about 225 lbs) and has big time power from the right side…He has plus arm strength but projects to be a 1B/COF/DH as he progresses forward…Offensively, he was compared to Pat Burrell during the draft…Needs to improve his plate discipline, however.

    32- Giovanny Gallegos RHP: Nice, easy delivery…Great pitchability and command…Already shows a very strong fastball/curveball combo…Fastball sits around 92…Mexican signee who the Yankees apparently really like…1.67 ERA and a 22/2 K/BB ratio in 27 IP.

    33- Tommy Kahnle RHP: One of the most talented arms in the system…Explosive fastball that regularly sits in the low-to-high 90’s…His change-up is a borderline plus pitch…His command has improved in 2012 and he will look to build on that…

    34- Melky Mesa CF: Has some of the best tools in the organization…Plus arm strength, defensive skills, speed and above average power…He can’t make consistent contact and that’s his Achilles heel…Had a brief cameo at the ML level in 2012…Could make a fine 4th OF given his skills...

    35- Branden Pinder RHP: Power stuff…Strong fastball/slider combo…Fastball that sits around 95 mph and a high 80’s slider…Incredible stuff but too often misses his location…Needs to be more consistent with his command…

    36- Austin Aune SS: Very high offensive potential…Already has shown quick bat speed, the ability to hit the ball with authority and above average plate discipline…Has well above average speed, plus arm strength and plus athleticism…Has plus defensive skills but really needs to improve his defense and utilize his physical attributes.

    37- Chase Whitley RHP: Big, strong kid…Had a very nice 2012 season in AAA (3.25 ERA)…ML ready…Has a 3 pitch repertoire which includes a fastball (around 90-93), change-up (best pitch) and slider (average offering). He’s more finesse than power but knows how to pitch…

    38- Zoilo Almonte OF: Strong 2012 season in AA overall… .277 BA, 21 HR and 15 SB…Has nice tools…Needs to hit lefty pitching better and improve his plate discipline…Very average defensive player…Still fairly young at 23 and he should be ML ready soon…

    39- Anderson Feliz 2B: Played through a lot of injuries in 2012…One of my sleeper prospects for 2012…Has plenty of tools including an above average hit tool, above average speed, plate discipline and plus defensive potential…Hit .279 across 2 levels (low-A and hi-A) with a .370 OBP in 2012…Should be a full-time player in Hi-A in 2013…

    40- Angel Rincon RHP: Came over from the Dominican this past year…Strong debut (2.57 ERA and sub 1 WHIP in 9 games (6 starts))…Showed a strong fastball-curve combo…Fastball sits low 90’s and he commands it very wall…Has shown the ability to be a plus strike thrower…

    41- Gabe Encias RHP: Poor 2012 year…Numbers don’t tell the entire story…His stuff has improved tremendously since being drafted…Sat 93-94 with his fastball (around 91 pre-velocity spike) and showed a much improved power curveball…He had trouble harnessing his improved pitches in 2012. 2013 will be a big year for him…

    42- Jack Cave OF: Sleeper candidate…I see him being a top 10 organizational prospect by this time next year…Missed all of 2012 after he busted his knee cap in ST…6th round pick out of a Virginia HS in 2011 (got the highest signing bonus, I believe)…Is a strong and skilled overall prospect…Above average runner and plate discipline…Plus arm strength (ran his FB upto 94 as a prep pitcher)…Has shown the ability to hit the ball all over the field in instructs…MLB Comp: Nick Markakis

    43- Miguel Andujar 3B: Youngest prospect on the list (doesn’t turn 18 till March)…Poor statistical season at GCL…Has a lot of good tools…Solid hit tool, shows good patience and has good defensive potential with above average speed…Power isn’t there yet but scouts believe he has 20 HR potential down the road. He has a chance to be an overall impact player and really move up in the rankings in the coming years…MLB Comp: Ryan Zimmerman

    44- Zach Nuding RHP: Big guy (6’4 – 260)…Had a productive 2012 year (3.50 ERA and 1.3 WHIP) mostly in Hi-A…Big fastball (92-95, any given night), but with spotty command and very average secondary pitches…He needs to improve either his change or slider if he wants to ever make it to the ML.

    45- Rookie Davis RHP: Pitched well in his debut season (sub 3.00 ERA)…Has an above average fastball-curveball combo at his disposal…Fastball sits in the low-90’s when right…Still very young…Needs to be more consistent with his stuff and improve his other offerings…

    46- Ben Gamel OF: Has a strong hit tool (career .300 hitter)…He has slightly above average speed and above average defensive skills…Very aggressive player…Brings plus intangibles…Doesn’t have much power nor much physical progression left…

    47- Ronny Bautista LHP: 6’7 Dominican lefty who had a very strong debut season for the GCL Yankees…His fastball was a bit disappointing (reportedly 93-97 in the DSL) at only 89-90 in 2012…He did make strides in improving his command and secondary pitches…If he can regain the lost velo, he’d shoot up the rankings…

    48- Jordan Cote RHP: Very good statistically in the brief games he played in last season…Cote still has tons of projection left…Fastball was disappointing (sitting around 90 mph) last season…He needs to work on getting stronger and continue developing both his fastball velo and secondary pitches…

    49- Shane Greene RHP: Some of the best power stuff in the system…Plus fastball velocity and movement, a borderline plus slider and an above average change-up…The guy also has some of the worst command in the system..He’s an older guy and he hasn’t cut it as a starter…He can make some strides and open some eyes with a shift to the bullpen…

    50- Caleb Cotham RHP: Near ML-ready…Solid 4 pitch mix…FB (90-92), slider (85mph, best pitch), curveball and change-up…All 4 pitches grade out to be at least average and he commands them all well (best control in the organization according to BA)…Came back strong following his injury…MLB Comp: David Phelps
    Awesome list bro, great job!!! i have a few places i would switch around but it pretty much comes down to personal preference. I would have Depaula above Campos simply because of the overall stuff and the tremendous scouting reports i ve see. Also he has the ability to fly through the system. IMO he's the best RH starter prospect we've had since Joba.

    I'd have Adams ahead of Joesph just because the bat is so much better.

    I'd have J Ram closer to the top 10. The FB & CU are both plus to plus plus. Also the FB regularly sits 95-96 into the late innings and has touched 99 also the slider got a whole lot better at instructs. I think he's got a special arm and if he figures out the slider and stays a starter he could be really really good. I'm really excited to see what our new MILB pitching coach does with him

    one of the guys outside the top 20 i really like is Gabe Encinas. He saw a 3-4 mph uptick with the FB, new grips on both the CB and CU that really improved them and added a cutter with improved command of all of his pitches. He was at or near the top of everyone's standout/ most improved list at both instucts.

    The only other guys i might have mentioned are a couple of the guys we signed in IFA this yr like Luis Torrens who seems to really be making quit an impression. Abiatal Avelino looks like a very promising SS as does OFer Alexander Palma. Their are also some really good pitching talents throughout the lower levels and DSL leagues that could make some noise this yr. We might not have a ton of high ceiling talent thats ready to have an impact immediately but IMO this system is absolutely stacked with tons of high ceiling talent pretty much from high A on down. Lets just hope the coaches can make something out of some of these guys, were going to need as much of it as we can to help rebuild or trade for pieces to help rebuild

    Outside the top 20 i agree with Phoba its pretty much personnel preference
    Again overall great job, one of the better list i ve seen from anyone including BA, BP and Scout.
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    I didn't want to add any IFA's that have yet to play in the states. We have some really nice prospects in the DSL that should be coming over in a year or two.

    One of my personal favorites is Christopher. He signed for 650K out of the Dominican in 2010. Had a horrible 2011 and then dominated the DSL in 2012. .338 / .394 / .504 / .898 with 25 xbh's in 56 games. He has a solid all-around defensive game at SS but will be moving to 3B. He has average speed and plus athletic ability. There's a very good chance he comes over this season.
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    Speaking of the DSL... here's BBD's top 10 DSL players who could come stateside in 2013

    http://bronxbaseballdaily.com/2012/1...eside-in-2013/


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    Yankees add another GCL Team
    This has been rumored for a while, but it’s now official according to MLB.com: the Yankees will field a second rookie level Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2013. The league is expanding from 14 teams to 16 teams as the Bombers double up and the Mets re-join the circuit after a one-year, cost-saving hiatus.

    The GCL is lowest domestic minor league level, and it’s usually occupied by recent draftees and internationally signed free agents playing in the United States for the first time. Fielding a second team is a major positive for the farm system, as it’ll provide more innings and at-bats for the young kids. I doubt the two affiliates will play each other (would be neat), but either way this is big and important improvement to the organization’s minor league development system.
    Via RAB

    Good move. We have tons of talent in the lower levels and this allows everyone a fair shot to play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyyfan4life View Post
    Yankees add another GCL Team
    Via RAB

    Good move. We have tons of talent in the lower levels and this allows everyone a fair shot to play.
    Agree. I love the fact that everyone sees ample playing time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueYankee View Post
    Agree. I love the fact that everyone sees ample playing time.
    agreed i think this is a very good move for the Yanks. We have a ton of very good talent from the last couple drafts are especially coming up for the DSL. Their was no way all the talent was going to see enough reps in games to get a really good evaluation. Batting practice, instucts and extended STing play their part but playing against real competition is where prospects really get better. It will be interesting to see how many DSL kids they bring up to fill out those roster.

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    Sickels Top 20 Yankee Prospects for 2013:

    1) Gary Sanchez, C, Grade B+: Youngest of the top Yankee hitting prospects, and plays the most difficult position, showing enough defensive improvement to give decent hope that he can stick there.

    2) Tyler Austin, OF, Grade B+: Tremendous instincts, solid tools, and hits for power and average. How did this guy last until the 13th round?

    3) Mason Williams, OF, Grade B: Borderline B+: Tools are a notch ahead of Austin's, but Tyler wins on current polish and makeup and they are the same age. It is also unclear how much power Williams will develop. Speed and defense should be very valuable.

    4) Slade Heathcott, OF, Grade B: Oldest of the quartet at age 22 and injury history is discouraging, but he's starting to tap his power and I was very impressed with him in the Arizona Fall League. An outfield of Heathcott in left, Williams in center, and Austin in right would be stellar defensively and highly-productive on offense if everyone maxes out their hitting skills.

    5) Brett Marshall, RHP, Grade B-: Marshall is the best pitching prospect by default, thanks to the health problems of Banuelos and Campos, and the simple uncertainty regarding DePaula. Mid-rotation projection, should be a nice inning-eater.

    6) Jose Campos, RHP, Grade B-: First class stuff and he threw strikes in his 25 innings in Low-A, but was shut down with elbow problems. Higher ceiling than Marshall, but will his arm hold up? I'm cautious until we know.

    7) Angelo Gumbs, 2B, Grade B-: What's with all the elbow problems? Lost half the year with a torn ligament but at least it was non-throwing elbow. Turning into a fine defender, uses his speed well, should develop more power. Transition to High-A at age 20 should prove interesting.

    8) Mark Montgomery, RHP, Grade B-: It is tough to rank relief prospects, but this guy has it: outstanding slider, good fastball, good control, excellent performance metrics. Clear closer potential, at least for many organizations.

    9) Ty Hensley, RHP, Grade B-: First round pick from Oklahoma high school ranks, looks like he can develop into a hard-throwing workhorse, assuming that the "shoulder abnormality" revealed by his physical is no big deal.

    10) Manny Banuelos, LHP, Grade B-: Will miss the season recovering from Tommy John. Tough to rank, and he wasn't living up to his press clippings even before he got hurt.

    11) Nik Turley, LHP, Grade B-: Sleeper prospect woke up with sound season in High-A. Mid-rotation upside, and he's still under most radars.

    12) Corey Black, RHP, Grade B-: Got up to 100 MPH after signing out of Faulkner University in the fourth round and command was better than expected in pro ball. Could move very quickly.

    13) Rafael DePaula, RHP, Grade C+: Borderline B-. Very difficult to rank on a list like this. His upside is obvious and he could end up much higher on the list quickly, but he hasn't pitched against remotely appropriate competition and he turns 22 in March. I am in the process of studying him in greater depth and this grade may change considerably before the book goes to press, as well as his ranking on this list. I will let you know what the final decision is.

    14) JR Murphy, C, Grade C+: Defense is improving but bat seems stagnant. Still has time at age 21/22 to grow into his potential.

    15) Ramon Flores, OF, Grade C+: Tweener perhaps but he consistently plays above his tools and does a little bit of everything. Would make a fine fourth outfielder behind Heathcott/Williams/Austin.

    16) Bryan Mitchell, RHP, Grade C+: Above-average curveball and slider give him strong K/IP and H/IP marks in Low-A, but he's got to sharpen his command. Another guy with mid-rotation upside.

    17) Austin Romine, C, Grade C+: Not great against baserunners, but otherwise sound defensively. Bat seems stagnant and back injury didn't help. Should have a long career but not likely to become a star.

    18) Corban Joseph, 2B, Grade C+: Under the radar guy but has shown potent offense in the high minors despite blah batting averages due to patience and moderate power. Not sure how he fits into roster scheme but would make a nice trade chit.

    19) Nick Goody, RHP, Grade C+: The Yankees do good work finding the college relievers and LSU product Goody could follow in Montgomery's footsteps as a bullpen dominator if the early results are any indication.

    20) Dante Bichette JR, 3B, Grade C+: Borderline C. You could slot toolsy-but-impatient outfielders Zoilo Almonte or Melky Mesa here and both will be ready far sooner than Bichette. Both also have significant problems with plate discipline which will likely prevent them from reaching their potential, though they could be useful as reserves. Bichette, meanwhile, is a sound defender at third base who didn't hit nearly as well as expected in Low-A. He will get more chances to live up to his bloodline.

    OTHERS: David Adams, 2B; Zoilo Almonte, OF; Austin Aune, SS; Dellin Betances, RHP; Gregory Bird, 1B; Daniel Camarena, LHP; Jordan Cote, RHP; Cito Culver, SS; Rookie Davis, RHP; Tom Kahnle, RHP; Melky Mesa, OF; Ronnier Mustelier, UT; Vidal Nuno, LHP; Branden Pinder, RHP; Jose Pirela, UT; Jose A. Ramirez, RHP; Rob Refsnyder, OF; Francisco Rondon, LHP; Ravel Santana, OF; Adam Warren, RHP; Chase Whitley, RHP.
    http://www.minorleagueball.com/2012/...pects-for-2013
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    Who has the best chance to be a Yankee for the next 6-7 years after getting called up?

    We need some Bernie's, Jeter's and Posada's to start filtering in at the major league level. I am talking serious talent that has staying power not just minor league star power but a question mark at the big leagues .....A Wil Myers type player?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrzubnyy View Post
    Who has the best chance to be a Yankee for the next 6-7 years after getting called up?

    We need some Bernie's, Jeter's and Posada's to start filtering in at the major league level. I am talking serious talent that has staying power not just minor league star power but a question mark at the big leagues .....A Wil Myers type player?
    We don't have a Wil Myers. Our best prospects are AA or below. There's no current superstar in our system, although that could change in a big way this season.


    Derek Jeter is a lucky man.

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