1903 and I came to an agreement that a new prospect discussion thread was needed. The old one was old and created over a year ago.
Anyway, I'll be posting my top 50 prospects list here. This list is almost completely subjective so feel free to disagree, offer criticism, etc.. If there are grammar/spelling issues, please give me a break. Bear in mind, I'm not a scout but a fan like everyone else here and I make these every year to help people get some sort of a snapshot of what's happening down on the farm.
So here it goes... Btw those, I believe, are opening day ages. Severino and Bird both graduated this year. Stats via b-ref, height/weight via milb.com. No DSL-only players were considered.
1- Aaron Judge RF 23 Bats R / Throws R 67 / 245
2015 Stats (AA/AAA) 124 Games BA .255 / OBP .330 / SLG .448 / OPS .777 20 HR / 72 RBI
Report: Top Yankee Prospect and one of the premier OF prospects in baseball. Prototypical RF profile with big power. Struggled in AAA but offers high upside. Needs to continue to work on his approach. The popular opinion is that he will be an impact player soon.
2- Jorge Mateo SS 20 Bats R / Throws R 60 / 188
2015 Stats (A/A+) 117 Games BA .278 / OBP .345 / SLG .392 / OPS .737 2 HR / 40 RBI / 82 SB
Report: Quick twitch athlete with top class speed. Mateo had a strong finish to the season in Tampa. Tremendous bat speed and above average everywhere defensively. Comp: Rafael Furcal
3- Gary Sanchez C 22 Bats R / Throws R 62 / 230
2015 Stats (AA/AAA) 93 Games BA .274 / OBP .330 / SLG .485 / OPS .815 18 HR / 62 RBI
Report: Former big bonus baby. Big time power and big time arm. Really good year between AA and AAA. Improved his receiving and attitude in 2015. Once again hethrew base-runners out at an impressive rate.
4- James Kaprielian RHP 21 64 / 200
2015 Stats (Rk/A-) 5 Games 11.1 IP 3.97 ERA 14 K / 4 BB
Report: 4-pitch mix with strong command. FB sits 91-93 comfortable, plus cuveball, above average change and improving slider. Command, poise, presence and pitching IQ are all off the charts apparently. Comp: Michael Wacha
5- Ian Clarkin LHP 20 62 / 180
2014 Stats (A/A+) 17 Games 75.0 IP 3.12 ERA 75 K / 23 BB
2015 DNP (Arm/Elbow)
Report: Hes currently in the AzFL which means hes finally healthy. Strong 3 pitch mix; fastball sits low 90s, plus curveball is his best pitch and his change-up is improving and above usable. Young and projectable. Comp: Jose Quitana
6- Domingo Acevedo RHP 21 67 / 190
2015 Stats (A-/A) 12 Games 49.2 IP 1.81 ERA 54 K / 16 BB
Report: Plus-plus fastball that sits in the high 90s (hitting 103, I believe last year) with movement in on RH hitters. Borderline plus change and an improving slider. As a tall guy, he just needs to continue to work on consistency. Expecting big strides next year.
7- Wilkerman Garcia SS 17 Bats S / Throws R 60 / 176
2015 Stats (Rk) 37 Games BA .281 / OBP .396 / SLG .347 / OPS .743 0 HR / 18 RBI
Report: Switch hitting youngster with above average tools across the board. Nothing sticks out but he seems to do everything well. Advanced feel in the batters box and on the field. High baseball acumen.
8- Luis Torrens C 19 Bats R / Throws R
2014 Stats (Rk/A-/A) 62 Games BA .256 / OBP .331 / SLG .383 / OPS .714 3 HR / 22 RBI
2015 DNP (Shoulder)
Report: Missed the entire year with shoulder surgery. He was a prospect on the rise who couldve been a top 100 prospect in baseball this year with a healthy and productive year. Hes already a monster defensively with an improving bat. Lets hope he shows the same promise post-injury.
9- Tyler Wade SS 20 Bats L / Throws R 61 / 180
2015 Stats (A+/AA) 127 Games -- BA .262 / OBP .321 / SLG .333 / OPS .654 3 HR / 31 RBI / 33 SB
Report: Not many improved their stock more than Wade this season. He had a very strong season in Hi-A before struggling in AA which lowered his overall numbers. He has strong defensive skills plus a very strong approach at the plate. No power is kind of a bummer though.
10- Rob Refsnyder 2B 24 Bats R / Throws R 61 / 205
2015 Stats (AAA) 117 Games BA .271 / OBP .359 / SLG .402 / OPS .761 9 HR / 56 RBI
Report: Struggled a bit relative to last season especially in the 2nd half, offensively. Improved his defense as the season wore on though. Upside remains the same, which is an average regular on a solid team. Steady player who helped the ML club last year
11- Dustin Fowler OF 20 Bats L / Throws L 60 / 185
2015 Stats (A/A+) 123 Games BA .298 / OBP .334 / SLG .394 / OPS .728 5 HR / 70 RBI / 30 SB
Report: Exciting athlete. Good runner, improving CF defense, improved his hit tool and has developing power. Good foot and bat speed. Needs to improve his plate discipline a bit but had a very good overall year in 2015.
12- Mason Williams OF 24 Bats L / Throws R 61 / 185
2015 Stats (AA/AAA) 54 Games BA .318 / OBP .397 / SLG .398 / OPS .795 0 HR / 22 RBI / 13 SB
Report: Pity Williams got hurt. He was in a midst of a revival. Simplified his offensive approach with great results. Elite level CF defense.
13- Jacob Lindgren LHP 22 511 / 205
2015 Stats (AAA) 15 Games 22.0 IP 1.23 ERA 29 K / 10 BB
Report: Missed most of the season with an arm injury. Hes a fastball slider guy. Slider is a plus-plus pitch. Fastball velo was down early in the year possibly due to injury. He sits 89-91 with it and can hit 95. Command needs improving.
14- Drew Finley RHP 19 63 / 200
2015 Stats (Rk) 12 Games 32.0 IP 3.94 ERA 41 K / 19 BB
Report: Good bloodlines with a good 3 pitch mix already. CB is his best pitch, fastball hits 93 and his change is more than just a show me pitch. He gets plus points for his make-up, pitchability and pitching acumen. Safe high-school pick if there ever is such a thing.
15- Bryan Mitchell RHP 24 62 / 200
2015 Stats (AAA) 15 Games 75.0 IP 3.12 ERA 61 K / 37 BB
Report: Big arm talent. When right, his fastball (sits 93-97)-curveball-cutter are all electric with great movement. He has very poor command though. As a full-time reliever I feel he can really take off though.
16- Luis Cessa RHP 23 63 / 190
2015 Stats (AA/AAA) 25 Games 139.1 IP 4.52 ERA 119 K / 36 BB
Report: Former infielder. Fastball sits 92-93 and can hit 96. He has very strong command with his fastball. His second best pitch is his change up and he has an improving breaking pitch. It's either a slurve, slider or curve. There are differing reports on what it is. He needs to improve his secondary pitches.
17- Cale Coshow RHP 23 65 / 260
2015 Stats (A/A+/AA) 33 Games 114.0 IP 2.45 ERA 97 K / 28 BB
Report: Breakout pitcher of the year. He pitched at 3 levels this year and dominated everywhere. Began as a reliever and then got stretched out and started. 93-97 mph fastball that he can hold with great 2-seam action and a slider/cutter are his best pitches. Big frame with a big arm. If starting doesnt work out, he has closer type potential IMO.
18- Hoy Jun Park SS 19 Bats L / Throws R 61 / 175
2015 Stats (Rk) 56 Games BA .239 / OBP .351 / SLG .383 / OPS .734 5 HR / 30 RBI / 12 SB
Report: He had a pretty solid start to his pro career. Very good defensive tools which include a quick first step, strong range, soft hands and decent arm. Showed a good approach at the plate with surprising pop. Needs to work on his hit tool though.
19- Brady Lail RHP 22 62 / 205
2015 Stats (A+/AA/AAA) 28 Games 148.1 IP 3.22 ERA 85 K / 43 BB
Report: Cant argue with the end result but Lails year wasnt as good as the ERA indicated. He doesnt miss bats at all and his stuff isnt overwhelming either. He has 3 average-ish pitches with decent control. His overall command needs to improve.
20- Jeff Degano LHP 23 64 / 215
2015 Stats (Rk/A-) 10 Games 21.1 IP 3.80 ERA 22 K / 9 BB
Report: Yanks 2nd round pick in 15. 90-94 mph fastball that he can command. A plus breaking pitch and a developing change round out his repertoire. Improving his change-up and his command of his secondary pitches are the key.