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


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


  1. Andrew says:

    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.

  2. Plank says:

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

    Has the Arizona Fall League roster been set?;cid=454

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

  3. bottom line says:

    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.

  4. zs190 says:

    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?

    • 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 says:

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

      • Avi says:

        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.

  5. Avi says:

    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..

  6. Avi says:

    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.

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