Baseball America’s Top 20 GCL Prospects

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Baseball America started their annual look at the top 20 prospects in each minor league yesterday, and it continued today with the rookie level Gulf Coast League. Three Yankee farmhands made the cut (no subs. req’d), including Gary Sanchez who ranked as the circuit’s number one prospect. 2010 first rounder Cito Culver placed tenth and Ramon Flores 13th. If you’re a subscriber, you can read the scouting reports here.

Sanchez was noted as having “above-average power to all fields, and with a good approach for a young player, he projects to hit for average as well.” They also wrote the best report of his defense that I’ve seen, saying he “consistently generates 1.8-second pop times [that’s really good] and has the tools to be a solid receiver, but he’s still a work in progress defensively.” Culver projects as  a shortstop long-term thanks to “good instincts, plus range to both sides and an above-average arm.” Offensively, they say “he does have a knack for squaring up balls from both sides of the plate” with speed and a little bit of power. Flores is lauded for his sweet lefty swing and his developing power. Despite playing both corner outfield spots and first base this year, they project him best in right because of his “average speed and range to go with a strong, accurate arm.”

The series continues tomorrow, but the next list you have to worry about is the Short Season New York-Penn League one that comes out next Tuesday. The only Yankee prospects with a chance to make that list are Eduardo Sosa, Kelvin DeLeon, and Mikey O’Brien, but don’t be shocked if they get shut out. That team was an uninteresting as it gets this season.

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  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    Yay, my boys Maquinito and Flores made the cut!

  • larryf

    A 1.8 second pop time. Love it!

    • Thomas

      I initially read your comment as:

      A 1.8 second poop time. Love it!

      I am both happy and sad you didn’t actually type that.

  • steve (different one)

    TWSS! Wait…

  • pat

    Flores has the ill IsoD goin for him too. .303/.390/.419 for the year.

  • larryf

    Montero 1.9 seconds

    A man’s pop time increases with age…


  • larryf

    John Buck and Cervelli have both attempted to throw runners out at second from their knees.

    0.0 second pop time

    Pop time is fun to measure but the subsequent strength and accuracy of the throw are also important variables.

    • YankeesJunkieinMadrid

      Pop time is from when the pitcher catches the ball to when the ball gets to second. Not actually how long it takes them to throw it.

      • larryf

        “when the catcher catches the ball” is what I think you meant. Thank you. It’s impressive for Sanchez.


    my pop time varies depending on how hot she is!

    • icebird753

      TWHS! yea, he