Sep
28

Baseball America’s Top 20 New York-Penn League Prospects

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Baseball America’s look at the top prospects in each of the various minor leagues continued today with the short season New York-Penn League, and I bring bad news: the Yankees were shut out. Yep, not a single Staten Island Yankee was able to crack the top 20, and this really shouldn’t be a surprise. The team went very high school heavy early in the draft and their top picks from 2009 skipped right over SI. The only players on the team that can even be considered prospects are Eduardo Sosa, Kelvin DeLeon, and Mikey O’Brien, but none of those guys are standouts. Late adds like Cito Culver and Gary Sanchez weren’t eligible for the list since they spend so little time with the team.

The Low-A South Atlantic League list will be revealed on Thursday, and the Yanks won’t be shut out of that one. Slade Heathcott, J.R. Murphy, and Jose Ramirez are all very strong prospects and should place somewhere.

Categories : Asides, Minors
  • Andrew

    I was really hoping Scooter the Holy Cow would have made it onto the list this year. He is after all the most valuable Staten Island Yankee.

  • Plank

    I asked this in another thread but didn’t get any reply. I’ll try here.

    Has the Arizona Fall League roster been set?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/.....38;cid=454

    That has 5 yankees listed, but every other team has seven players.

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

      Manny Banuelos is going as well. That makes six Yankees, which is the minimum. Usually they send seven, but this could just be one the years that they don’t.

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

        Is Corban Joseph really going? There was a rumor floating around that he needed wrist surgery

  • bottom line

    I would think Brett Marshall would be Top 20 SAL too. Very impressive return from surgery. Seems to have made rapid transition from thrower to pitcher.

  • zs190

    I know the list is probably based on talent and not results but man, Bryce Brentz is 13th somehow. he had a horrendous year in NYPL. (.198/259/340 as a 21 yr old college hitter) with really bad pitch recognition (21/76 BB/K, 76K in 262 AB) If you have a choice between Sosa and Brentz, wouldn’t you take Sosa instead?

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

      The tiny sample size of one game of Brentz that I saw he appeared to have discipline and pitch recognition about equal with Kelvin DeLeon…It was not pretty.

    • matt damon wayans

      It turns out the Red Sox drafted so well, results are really unimportant.

      • Avi

        From Aaron Fitt’s live chat on the NYPL top 20:

        JAYPERS (IL): Had they qualified, about where would Taillon, Allie, Machado and Gary Sanchez have ranked on this list?

        Aaron Fitt: Certainly Taillon, Machado or Sanchez would have been No. 1 easily had any of them qualified, and Allie might have been also. It wasn’t a very strong year in the Penn League, and there was no consensus at the top.

  • Avi

    The red sox did have an AMAZING draft. Vitek, Brentz, Ranaudo, Workman, Coyle, Cecchini and Henry Ramos.
    Everyone of those guys have more talent than Cito Frigin Culver..

  • Avi

    Also Rob Segedin can still develop into a major league regular (or possibly better) even though he didn’t crack the top twenty. Was a very good college hitter.