Pending Pinstripes Top 30 Prospects


The guys over at my old stomping grounds just wrapped up their four-month long countdown of the Yanks’ top 30 prospects. They made life easy by linking to each player’s profile in this handy dandy wrap-up list, and also linked to oodles of other Yankee prospect links from around the Interweb. Check that shizz out.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. Lanny says:

    You may wants to fix that link, Mike.

  2. Lanny says:

    They love the young guys like Montero and Heredia.

    Would it kill them to get CLippard off there and replace him?

  3. Lanny says:

    Ok 3 in a row but that list is so interesting.

    Betances has great potential but 5? AHead of someone with good stuff and results like Horne?

    Doesnt it feel good to actually have a good system???

    • Mike A. says:

      Yeah, it does feel good. When I first started following prospects and the minors, the Yanks already had a bad-ass system, and I kinda took it for granted. Once 2003-2005 rolled around, it sucked bad. It definitely made me appreciate how important having a good system is. Trust me, it’s scary when players get hurt or suck for the ML team, and you already know there are no better options in the minors. I’m definitely enjoying and appreciating this ride the second time around.

    • Eric Schultz says:

      I had Horne over Betances, but I think EJ and Ashish were bullish on Montero’s ceiling, and probably more worried about Horne’s 2nd-half control problems (and relatively advanced age) than I was.

  4. Lanny says:

    Heres my big flaw with them.

    No Sanchez or Brackman or Melencon?

    If we’re talking upside (and they got Betances 5 and Heredia 9) those 3 HAVE to be on a list.

    • steve says:

      i believe they had stipulations, they didn’t count any of the TJ guys.

      • Eric Schultz says:

        That’s correct. We wanted to see how they came back from surgery before we ranked them. While that might seem like a cop out, we didn’t feel comfortable ranking them until we got some post-surgery track record, or at least some news that their stuff was back.

  5. maximumpotential says:

    if Jackson turns out like Hanley, WOOHOO!

    • Mike R. says:

      Agreed, and if their take on Tabata’s ceiling turns out to be accurate…look out. .320/.400/.550?? That’s Vlad Guerrero territory. That would be a dream come true.

      • RollingWave says:

        Something inbetween Vlad and Bobby Abreu seem to be what Tabata’s ceiling is, but there’s still a chance that he bombs or don’t turn out that good.

        There’s obviously some negatives you can look at

        1. he’s not big: he’s listed height = Melky

        2. he hasn’t shown much pop so far.

        still though, his age context is very very good and his one true lack is something that usually come with age.

  6. maximumpotential says:

    hey, with Jeter’s def (or lack there-of) at SS, does Melky, Henn & Igawa to PITT for Jack Wilson & DeMaso Marte make sense? move Jete to CF…

  7. AndrewYF says:

    MikeA, when did you start following Yankee prospects? Early nineties? Last time the Yanks had a bad-ass system seems to be around the time when Jeter was tearing up the minors.

    • Mike A. says:

      Early ’90s? I was 10 years old back then!

      I started following the minors around the 1999, 2000 season. The Yanks had a great system back then, with Johnson, Soriano, Henson, Claussen, Rivera, Jimenez, lots of talent. BA consistently had them as one of the best systems back then.

      • Greg G. says:

        Oh, Mike, you’re killing me! You mean you have no recollection of the “golden years” when the “big three” meant: Jeff Johnson, Chuck Cary, and Wade Taylor.

  8. mustang says:

    How does Austin Jackson get the 3rd spot ? I have read a lot on him so I know he has skills, but shouldn’t he be a little more tested before you rank him 3rd best prospect in the system.

  9. mustang says:

    Does anyone know what happen to Claussen ?

    • Mike A. says:

      Traded to Cincy in the Aaron Boone deal, and made a bunch of starts between injuries for them. Non-tendered last offseason and signed a minor league deal with the Nats. Got in about 35 minor league innings on his way back from shoulder surgery, will try to make their rotation in ST.

  10. maximumpotential says:

    Mike A,

    with Jeter’s def (or lack there-of) at SS, does Melky, Henn & Igawa to PITT for Jack Wilson & DeMaso Marte make sense? move Jete to CF…

    • Mike A. says:

      Jack Wilson sucks ass. Yes he’s better defensively than Jeter, but I don’t see how he helps the Yanks. Plus he’s super expensive.

      Marte’s nice, a little over-rated, but I’d rather keep Henn and Igawa. If nothing else, I think they can get a better return on Kei. I think the Pirates would make that trade in a heartbeat, which means it’s bad for the Yanks.

    • Ben K. says:

      Please don’t post the same question multiple times in more than one thread. I answered your question earlier in a different thread. There’s no need to post it twice here as well.

  11. mustang says:


  12. mustang says:

    Why do you think Marte is over-rated his numbers seem of the charts. Especially against the lefties batters.

  13. maximumpotential says:

    Damon to TOR for Josh McDonald & Reed Johnson any better? Move Jeter to LF, they get a 4th OF and a TRUE GG-calibur SS. Melky batting 2nd would see his #’s SPIKE DRAMATICALLY

  14. maximumpotential says:

    nevermind that /\, didn’t realize McD was THAT bad with the bat LOL or also 34y/o

  15. Lanny says:

    The guy who wanted Jack Wilson for SS over DEREK FREAKING JETER should be punished by being forced to watch the Pirates all year.

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  17. BrunoAKAmaximumpotential says:

    JUST speaking defensively, how could you NOT want Wilson over Jeter? Look, I love DJ as much as the next fan, but let’s call a spade a spade. Even Mike noted that Wilson is better defensively.

    However, Furcal is a FA after this season and will only be 31. I know that’s not exactly young, but it’s young enough to be 3 years younger than our beloved Captain. Plus Furcal was 2nd, only behind Tulo, in zone rating last year and has a CANNON for an arm. Granted, it would be a stop-gap move, but a VERY good one in my opinion. I’d love to see the Yanks sign him (3yrs/$36-45m?), dump Damon, and move Jeter to LF. The first year of the New Stadium makes perfect “symbolic” sense as the time Jeter should relinquish SS.

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