Kevin Goldstein’s Top 11 Yankees Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein posted his list of the top eleven Yankees prospects today (BP subs. req’d), ranking the quartet of Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, Gary Sanchez, and Dellin Betances as five star prospects. That comes at the cost of zero four star prospects, but who cares. Eduardo Nunez, Austin Romine, and Andrew Brackman are among those that check in at three stars. “[No] system in baseball took a bigger step forward last year,” said KG. “The Yankees system had [has?] plenty of talent that can help soon, plenty of talent to dream on at the lower levels, and plenty of pitching that will serve them well in the trade market. This is easily one of the better farm systems in the game.”

The post also includes the team’s top ten talents under the age of 25, and Montero tops that list as will. Phil Hughes is right behind him at number two, and Joba Chamberlain is sixth. David Robertson barely made the age cut-off (by eight days), but fell just short of the list. Goldstein said Joba was tough to rank, unsurprisingly, and would accept an argument for placing anywhere from third throughout ninth. When two established big leaguers and four five star prospects fill the top six spots of your 25-and-under list, you’ve got something good going on.

As for the sleeper KG’s been teasing on Twitter the last few days, that would be Steve Evarts, who the Yankees signed as a minor league free agent earlier this offseason. “A supplemental first-round pick in 2006, Evarts hasn’t played organized ball since 2008 due to injuries and off-field issues,” added Goldstein. “For all that, he’s still just 23, and has the kind of fastball command that the Yankees look for. Again, this is crazy deep as selections go, but there just might be something there.”

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  • squishy jello person

    I like what I see.

  • Steve H

    Pretty bearish on Brackman, no? I’d have to think he’s either a 4 star guy or that Nunez is a 2 star guy, but I don’t see them getting the same grade. I think Brackman at the very least has shown that he has a future in the majors as a reliever with significant upside.

    • Ted Nelson

      Nunez is a major league ready SS. Look at the average starting SS in MLB and tell me Nunez doesn’t have a shot at being a starting SS. However bearish you may be on Nunez, you can’t just ignore that there are hardly any good SS out there.

      • Benjamin Kabak

        Can we please, please wait to draw this conclusion until he’s had more than 50 ABs in the Bigs?

        • Ted Nelson

          I only said he “has a shot at being a starting SS.” And aren’t all prospects about projection? I think 3 stars is justified. Montero has 0 MLB at bats, and he’s a 5 star prospect.

          Also, the lack of quality SS out there isn’t something we need to wait to establish. There were 4 teams that got sub-replacement production from their collective SSs. Nunez doesn’t even have to be good to have value as a SS, which is mostly my point.

      • rbizzler

        Do you work for Nunez as his PR person? You have been banging the Nunez drum pretty solidly for a while now.

        All kidding aside, I do agree with your point that the bar is set pretty low for the SS position these days. What I think turns off most prospectors about Nunez is that he has limited upside and his value to the Yankees is most likely as a trade chip rather than a Yankee regular. In order to crack the Yankee lineup, a prospect must at least flash some elite potential and Nunez doesn’t pass the smell test in that regard. It is tough to get excited about a guy that you know will be traded in the near future.

        • Ted Nelson

          “You have been banging the Nunez drum pretty solidly for a while now.”

          Only because of how often he gets knocked here. Mike didn’t have him on his last top 30 prospects and he’s at 27 on the new one… and this is a guy who could be a MLB starting SS this season.

          I agree with what you say. I’m not particularly excited about Nunez, just trying to judge him objectively rather than bash him because he’s not great. Yankees always need trade chips, and with a SS who will turn 37 this season and fell off a cliff last season having a good B option is really nice.

          Probability also has to be weighted alongside upside.

        • Roy

          just want to point out that Nunez was not seen as a trade chip when the Yankees were negotiating with the Mariners last July for Cliff Lee. I guess the organization likes him. I see Nunez getting one more year in AAA and not riding the bench this year.

  • LawStudent

    Command of the fastball can take you far.

  • Steve H

    The Cardinals have a 19-year-old catcher in their system named Jesus Montero. Not only do the two players share a name and position, but both were born in Guacara, Venezuela.

    Yeah. His brother.

    • radnom

      His brother has the same first name as him? Why?

      • Steve H

        If you were the parents of the Yankee Jesus, wouldn’t you go ahead and name your next child Jesus as well, in hopes that he also became such a super being?

        • Don W

          Or better yet…

          This is my son Jesus, over there is my son Buddha and over there is my youngest son Mohammed.

          Actually Jesus looks a little more Buddhaish.

      • George Foreman

        Why not?

      • Mike M

        The Nogueira brothers in the UFC are both named Antonio Nogueira. It’s probably a family name type of thing, and the middle name is used to differentiate the two.

      • Mike HC

        Names, birthdates, etc … these things don’t seem to be as static in Central America as they are here in the states.

        Or maybe their parents just decided to name their kids with identical names. Who can know for sure?

      • Fair Weather Freddy

        Like Larry and his brother Daryl and his other brother Daryl from the Newhart show in the 80s

        • Roy

          Yeah, the other Darryl burned up Charles Low A last year.

          • Roy

            that was charleston

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    Instead of NY being the Yankees, we’re a replacement level organization:

    Could Nunez start at short?
    I think we saw a post that said Cervelli could still catch.
    Where would Nova be in the rotation?

    The pitcher power of the farm is amazing–when you combine Montero, Romine and Sanchez, we could turn out some amazing catchers over the next few years too.

    Time to start looking for a 3B and an SS…

  • Doug

    Nunez at 5…wow

    • Jamal G.

      I think he was just trolling Axisa.

      • Mike HC

        Ranking Nunez exceptionally low is Axisa’s prospect calling card for the time being.

  • Bryan

    Betances as 5 stars feels a little much IMO.

    • pat

      Two elite pitches with a third that flashes plus and he’s already had his TJ. I don’t think it’s that much of a stretch. His peripheral bear out that he has filthy nasty stuff.. 11.4k/9 to go along with 5.6 H/9 and the lowest walk rate of his career to date. AND he’s 6’8” 245. He has one of the highest ceilings in all of MiLb.

  • John
    • RL

      Yeah, and Joba doesn’t look fat.

    • Mike HC

      Yea. He looks like a bit of a goof from that angle too.

    • Mike Axisa

      He’s like, 40% legs, 40% arms, 15% torso, 5% head. Sheesh.

    • Avi

      My God. That’s a great shot!

    • rbizzler

      Is that Mo in the same group as them?

      Brack looks pretty goofy in that pic and it is not surprising that he is looking like a late bloomer with all of those moving parts.

    • Roy

      Looks like Joba got his jersey at the Big Man’s shop


    i would go:
    5 star: Montero, Banuelos, Sanchez
    4 star: Betances, Brackman
    3 star: Romine, Noesi, Marshall, Warren, Nova, Heathcott, Stoneburner

    • CS Yankee

      They are all 5-star…some just aren’t as bright.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        this :)

  • Fair Weather Freddy

    Whose head is bigger? Joba’s r Michael Kay’s?