Gary Sanchez ranked among top 20 Sally League prospects


Baseball America’s looked at the top 20 prospects in each minor league continued today with the Low-A South Atlantic League. Gary Sanchez ranked  14th, the only Yankees farmhand to crack a rather stacked list. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, arguably the two best prospects in baseball, topped the list.

In the subscriber-only scouting report, Bill Ballew says “Sanchez’s bat speed and strength ranked among the best in the league, though his swing gets too long at times.” The biggest problem is his defense, “because he stabs at pitches instead of shifting his body.” Sanchez led the league with 26 passed balls in just 60 games behind the plate. “He’s had to adjust to a lot of things both on and off the field,”  said Charleston manager Aaron Ledesma, a gentle little reminder that Sanchez was demoted to Extended Spring Training for a few weeks in the middle of the season because of attitude problems.

The next top 20 list of interest to the Yankees is the High-A Florida State League, which will be posted on Monday. The Tampa Yankees were a pretty weak squad in terms of prospects this year, but it’s a solid bet that Brett Marshall will make an appearance. Jose Quintana and the Almontes (Zoilo and Abe) might sneak on, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    So how many Top 100 prospects will the Yanks have now that Sanchez is off that list ?

    • Rick in Boston

      Sanchez could still make the Top 100, at least in theory. The BA Top 100 is done differently than the league Top 20′s, and the SAL had an amazing prospect crop this season.

      As for Top 100: Montero, Banuelos, Betances are probably locks. Romine maybe on the back end.

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        Hopefully you are walking down Comm Ave in full Yankee Regalia right now :)

      • CountryClub

        Mason Williams will be in the 70-100 range. Romine will drop off.

        • Rick in Boston

          I knew I forgot someone. Williams will be around 75 or 80, mostly due to him not playing in a full season league just yet.

    • Otis

      Montero, Banuelos, Sanchez, Betances and Williams.

  • Gonzo

    That list is stacked. No shame in being #14 on that list. Very respectful.

  • Pants Lendel-stros.

    Safe bet would be 4 … Best case scenario would be 6.