As expected, the Yankees did not place any players on Baseball America’s top 20 Triple-A International League prospects list, which was topped by RHP Matt Harvey of the Mets. LHP Manny Banuelos missed basically the entire season with an elbow injury while RHP Dellin Betances just stunk, and they were the squad’s best hope to make the list. In the subscriber-only chat, John Manuel said UTIL Ronnie Mustelier “does have bat speed and he can hit a good fastball,” but otherwise has nothing to offer while dropping Barbaro Canizares and Leslie Anderson as comparables.
The Yankees had five different players crack the various top 20 lists, and all were in the High-A Florida State League or Low-A South Atlantic League. They didn’t have any prospects in the Double-A Eastern League, Short Season NY-Penn League, and Rookie Gulf Coast League. It was a very down year for the farm system and the rankings reflect that.