Baseball Intellects’ Top 15 Yankees prospects

Open Thread: Comparing Aces
No close plays on the big screen

The crew over at Baseball Intellect have posted their list of the Yanks’ top 15 prospects (here’s 1-5 and 6-15), going against the grain and naming Jesus Montero the top dog. Each player comes with an in depth scouting report, so I highly suggest you check it out. (h/t Big B for the email)

Open Thread: Comparing Aces
No close plays on the big screen
  • Mike Pop

    Romine is a bit low, no?

    • A.D.

      Coke is a bit high

      • Mike Pop

        Montero is perfect? haha

        • AndrewYF

          Woosh.

  • Jake H

    I’m liking our prospects. I do think McAllister can be better then they think thou. Guy has crazy control of his pitches. I mean 21 bb’s in 151 innings is amazing.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Yeah, he’s something of a sleeper. Doesn’t have overpowering stuff and pitches to contact, so he gets a “back of the rotation” tag right away. But he gets his ground balls and you can pitch successfully in the bigs doing that. Good prospect, and very likely to be a solid MLB pitcher at this point. Also has something of a Baseball pedigree (Dad was a MLB scout) so that helps as well.

      • K.B.D.

        Count me as one of the people who love McAllister. While everybody salivates over seeing Betances or Brackman, I just want me some Z-Mac.

        • Mike Pop

          The Mac Attack!!!!!

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          The reality is that MLB is filled with pitchers like Z-Mac, and the big upside strikeout machines like Betances and Brackman are few and far between.

          If you had one dollar left in your pocket, and had to bet on one of those 3 making it to the bigs, the smart bet would be on Z-Mac.

          • Mike Pop

            Agreed sir. Z-Mac has more upside than Kennedy or no?

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              I’m an IPK fan, and I still believe he will be a fine MLB pitcher someday. Haven’t seen Z-Mac, so I really can’t say who’s better IMO.

              • DreDog

                Z-Mac has a bigger body that IPK. I think that helps to confuse hitters if he can get his release closer to the plate than IPK.

                He reminds me of Joe Blanton. I’ll take that any day of the week.

                • DreDog

                  I mean if you change the K’s for Blanton for GB’s for Zach. Gotta love that frame though.

            • John

              well kennedy was” a safe bet to be #2 as he’s had success on every level”

              • http://poormansanalyst.wordpress.com/ dan

                No, he was a safe bet to be a #4. People who said #2 looked only at his numbers.

                • John

                  i was quoting a scouting report i saw…

              • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                I think he still has a shot to be a #2, but it just may take longer than Yankee fans are willing to wait. He has terrific command (avg control) of 4 quality pitches. Guys like that don’t grow on trees, and often have lots of room to grow.

                As he matures, he’ll learn to add little wrinkles to each pitch, effectively expending his repertoire and meaning a hitter can go an entire AB without seeing the exact same pitch. Also, I think his lack of a plus fastball can be made to work FOR him. What will make him tough is that everything appears to look the SAME. That makes hitters uncomfortable against him because they never know what’s coming. That was Maddux’s secret, and he was IPK’s idol.

                • http://evizions.com eVizions

                  I couldn’t agree more. I think both Hughes and Kennedy will be quality starters for many years in this league. Hughes definitely has the potential to be a number 1, but Kennedy very well could be a legitimate number 2 or 3, similar to Wang. It isn’t going to happen overnight and he may need a few years to realize that ceiling, but it’s definitely there.

  • John

    I like ALL of our prospects and think they will all become good MLB players :)

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      I like Jennifer Connolly but unfortunately that falls in the same category.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    NoMaas has finally weighed in on The Torre book.

    http://www.nomaas.org/

    • http://www.YouTube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

      They had to take a shot at Pedroia’s brother

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Oh good. Glad they did the right thing and compared a bunch of tabloid notes (with zero direct quotes from Torre) to child molestation.

      Because, you know, child abuse is hysterical.

      • Mike Pop

        I told ya’ll they would take a shot at Pedroia’s bro somehow. Not the right decision Nomaas.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          I agree.

          • inman

            nice picture of joe though

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Yeah, that went over the line for me too. But the “Classless Joe” headline and rest of the post

        “Joe Torre, always cited for his dignity and class by the uninformed masses, has shown once again how unprofessional he really is. Torre has decided to insult former players and front office personnel in what looks like a petty tirade from a spoiled old man with a perceived sense of entitlement. What makes this news even more disgusting is that Torre is still an active manager.”

        . . really hit the nail on the head with me. I don’t disagree with a word of that. The only thing that really changed here was that Torre did this himself (yes, himself) he used to have his lackeys in the media do his dirty work for him. But similar stuff went on for years here during his tenure.

        BTW-The 3rd person narrative stuff is being bought by no one. Torre distancing himself from his own book isn’t going to fly here or anywhere else.

        • George

          i agree

        • http://twitter.com/OldRanger Old Ranger

          I’ll buy into that also.
          Some people never know when to man-up. Let’s face it, if you or I didn’t do as our boss asked…we would be fired. So when he was offered a contract he didn’t like, off to the derogatory spin of journalism. The book makes mention of other sources (players etc.) saying many things about some players on the team. I would venture to say, it was just like the news people say when they want to interject their opinion; “A un-named source said….”
          It’s a shame, he was the right guy at the right time, now…we will remember this book.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Because, you know, child abuse is hysterical.

        Child molestation jokes = “Roundtine” jokes

    • La Costco Nostra

      That’s just pure awesome.

  • Tripp

    Excuse me for being uninformed, but what did Pedroia’s brother do?

  • christopher

    too bad it wasnt pedroia himself that got arrested

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Stop it. It’s too bad anyone had to get arrested in the first place. He didn’t steal a bunch of laptops or something relatively harmless, it’s an inexcusable and deplorable act.

    • inman

      dude, that’s not right. as a matter of fact it’s inexcusable and in no way somewhat amusing. those kids are probably messed up for life [ allegedly ]

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      too bad it wasnt pedroia himself that got arrested

      Your comment was A) not funny, B) not helpful, C) not clever, D) not dignified, E) not fit for grownup conversation.

      You should be ashamed of yourself.

  • Kilgore Trout

    Good post. Keep the prospect profiles coming.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Best handle ever.

    • Arin

      Agreed. Such an interesting character.

  • http://evizions.com eVizions

    Very well put together list/reports. Didn’t necessarily agree with order, but I like the fact that they didn’t take the easy route and hand the top spot to AJax just because everyone else is doing it. Looks like I’ve got a new site to bookmark…

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    The Yankees will give Montero every chance they can to make the relationship between Montero and catcher work. His value receives an enormous boost should he remain at the position. Should he have to move, third base would be the next best option, followed by first base, where his bat would play, but would be much closer to average than at the other two positions. Even a move to third base would be difficult because it’s unknown if he has the feet for the position.

    Hmmm, hadn’t considered that before. You guys think Montero could really hack it at 3B?

    Yankees 2014 lineup:

    Austin Jackson, CF
    J.J. Hardy, SS
    Alex Rodriguez, DH
    Mark Teixeira, 1B
    Jesus Montero, 3B
    Robinson Cano, 2B
    Derek Jeter, LF
    Austin Romine, C
    Melvin Croussett, RF

    • Reggie C.

      Large guys have manned that position before. Troy Glaus. Miguel Cabrera (he could still man it imo). There’s got to be others…

      Montero would have to stay at 225 though. I think he’s done growing vertically. Cabrera is probably around 240 and the dude struggles with his weight. Honestly, Montero doesn’t offer much position flexibility.