I’ve done this for four years now, and this is probably the worst list of prospects that I’m written since before Chamberlain and Kennedy were drafted. That said, there’s a lot of interesting promise on the list, and some names should produce immediate dividends for the Yankees.
The good: We finally have some decent LHPs on the list. The Yankees have a ton of depth at catcher.
The bad: More than ever, this list is dominated by pitchers. The Yankees haven’t had much luck developing hitters lately.
After the jump – the ranking.
- 1. Jesus Montero, C - He’s not going to win any gold gloves, but there’s a pretty good chance he sticks behind the plate. If he does, he’s an all-star or better.
- 2. Austin Jackson, CF - A little bit of a disappointment this season, but at least he’s shown that 2007 wasn’t a fluke.
- 3. Andrew Brackman, RHSP – He’s moving slower than his major league contract necessitates.
- 4. Zach McAllister, RHSP – Had a major break out season. Just 21 walks in 151 innings.
- 5. Dellin Betances, RHSP – Started to finally show his potential for the first time since just after he was drafted in last year’s 2nd half.
- 6. Mark Melancon, RHRP - One of the top relief prospects in the minors. Pitched a ridiculous 95 innings this year.
- 7. David Robertson, RHRP – Got beat up in the majors, but still struck lots of batters out, and did excellent at Triple-A.
- 8. Jairo Heredia, RHSP - Shows all the signs of becoming a great prospect instead of just a great-for-his-age prospect.
- 9. Jeremy Bleich, LHSP – Was fantastic in winter ball. Lefties with control are high-percentage prospects.
- 10. Austin Romine, C – Solid all-around hitting skills and potentially gold-glove defensive ability.
- 11. Brett Marshall, RHSP - You can’t teach 96, but he’s still very raw.
- 12. Wilkins De La Rosa, LHP - The Yankees probably made him a starter just to expedite his development. Still, he’s a Mike Gonzalez type.
- 13. Francisco Cervelli, C - Only needs to hit for below-average power to be an asset.
- 14. Bradley Suttle, 3b/1b - Nagging injuries hurt his numbers, but he showed enough to give us confidence.
- 15. Brandon Laird, 3b – Lots of power, but will the strikeouts hurt him?
- 16. J.B. Cox, RHRP – Lack of strikeouts became a problem after the elbow surgery.
- 17. Brett Gardner, CF - I still think he can be an average starting CF.
- 18. Juan Miranda, 1b - Now useless with Teixeira.
- 19. Humberto Sanchez, RHRP - Disappointing AzFL, despite the good scouting reports.
- 20. Alan Horne, RHSP – Injury status is starting to be too much.
- 21. George Kontos, RHSP - He’s still striking a lot of people out.
- 22. Phil Coke, LHP - More than just a token lefty.
- 23. Alfredo Aceves, RHSP – Solid 5th starter.
- 24. Ryan Pope, RHSP – Very hittable at times, but showed flashes of plus-plus control.
- 25. Kyle Higashioka, C - Catcher #4
- 26. Chase Wright, LHSP – Solid lefty reliever, might be able to be a 7th starter.
- 27. Carmen Angelini, SS- Jackson was terrible in his Single-A debut too.
- 28. Corban Joseph, INF - Solid debut, solid tools.
- 29. Christian Garcia, RHSP – My hope is dwindling.
- 30. Abraham Almonte, CF – Was overwhelmed at Single-A this year.
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