John Sickels over at Minor League Ball has posted this year’s list of the Yanks top prospects, and went against the grain by naming Jesus Montero the #1 prospect. Usual caveats with the list: some guys are too high, some too low, and it seems heavy on relievers. I don’t like the Eduardo Sosa ranking at all, Dominican Summer League guys are so far away they might as well be sophomores in high school. Phil Coke & Al Aceves … man who saw this coming a year ago?
The fine folks at milb.com have started to release their list of the top 50 prospects in the game. As the title says, Austin Jackson came in at number 27, right alongside some big names like Tommy Hanson, Lars Anderson and Eric Hosmer. Jesus Montero was ranked #40, between Jeremy Hellickson and Adam Miller. No other Yanks’ farmhands are expected to the make the list, which be fully released over the rest of the week.
Baseball America released their top 20 prospects list for Hawaii Winter Baseball today, and two Yanks’ farmhands made the cut: Andrew Brackman at #2, and Jeremy Bleich at #8. Brackman was behind Giants’ first rounder Buster Posey, while he & Bleich were two of just three pitchers in the top 13. Austin Romine and Damon Sublett didn’t make the cut.
Via Steve, who apparently gets his print edition of the magazine a full week before I do:
- Austin Jackson,OF
- Jesus Montero, C
- Andrew Brackman, RHP
- Austin Romine, C
- Dellin Betances, RHP
- Zach McAllister, RHP
- Al Aceves, RHP
- Phil Coke, LHP
- Mark Melancon, RHP
- Bradley Suttle, 3B
Aceves and Coke? Really?
Sure both guys are big league ready, but they’re low ceiling, back-end starter types. Melancon has a much higher ceiling, and he’s just as big league ready as those two guys. Plus he’s about three years younger. Eh, whatever.
No qualms with the rest of the list, although I would have squeezed Jeremy Bleich into the 9 or 10 spot.
Baseball America‘s look into each league’s top 20 prospects continued today with the FSL. Tigers’ uberstud Rick Porcello predictably topped the list, and the only Yankees’ farmhand to make the cut was Zach McAllister at #20. High-A Tampa a prospect wasteland for most of the year, so it’s no surprise the list is short on Yanks’ prospects.
Baseball America’s look into each league’s top 20 prospects hit the South Atlantic League today, and disappointingly (is that a word?) only two Yanks’ prospects made the list: Jesus Montero & Austin Romine at numbers 7 and 8, respectively. No Betances is surprising, but what can you do. The Florida State and Eastern Leagues will be posted next Monday and Tuesday,
Baseball America continued their look into each league’s top 20 prospects with the Short Season NY-Penn League today. Tenth overall pick Jason Castro claimed the top spot, with several other fellow first rounders ranking behind him. The Staten Island Yanks were shut out though, not a single Yankees’ prospect made the list. Can’t argue, it was a deep league and SI’s talent was rather underwhelming.
The next list of interest to Yanks’ fans is the South Atlantic League, which will be released next Wednesday. I’m sure Charleston will be well represented, even though Jesus Montero will have to settle for a spot behind Madison Bumgarner & Jason Heyward.