Yanks rank 11th in Baseball America’s preliminary farm system rankings

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Earlier this week, Baseball America’s Jim Callis published his personal list of baseball’s top ten farm systems. He had the Cardinals in the top spot, following by the Mariners and Marlins. No real surprises there.

In a follow-up question on Twitter, Callis said he and the publication’s other three contributing editors each ranked the Yankees’ system as the 11th best in baseball. I figured they would rank somewhere in the middle-third, but I honestly through it would be closer to 15th or so. Few teams have a quartet on par with OF Mason Williams, OF Slade Heathcott, OF Tyler Austin, and C Gary Sanchez though, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Baseball America’s official organization rankings are released during Spring Training.

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  • Blake

    Good season from those 4 and they could be top 5 a year from now

    • Gonzo

      Don’t forget the comebacks. Could be a big swing in the right direction.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Or they could go belly up like so many other Yankee prospects.

        • Joel

          And an asteroid could kill us all tomorrow!!

          • Jim Is Bored

            Might as well stay in bed!

        • morris

          I agree with u. Also lets not forget that for the last two years we have had no prospects to call up from AAA and AA. we have had to pick up the likes of Steve Pearce, McGhee,etc.Thats embarising.

          • All Praise Be To Mo

            Yea, we didn’t get a chance to call up someone like that kid David Phelps. I wish we had someone like that last year.

            • morris

              Any positions players?

  • LK

    This is a big year for the farm, as the top position player prospects are reaching levels where they can have serious trade value, which I think will have to be a big part of successfully navigating the 189 budget.

  • Andrew Brotherton

    I really think the team will be at least #6 or higher by midseason, The four should be double A by then, and Depaula and Helmsley and Aune along with Andujar should definitely boost it as well.

    • Jacob

      a stretch but not impossible by any means

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      You mean “Hensley.”

      Hopefully Hensley, Aune, and Andujar play well, but that’s far from guaranteed.

      • NYinTX

        You didn’t know we drafted George Jefferson?

        • nsalem

          George is the official dry cleaner of the NY Yankees though.

          • trr

            and it costs him a preeeeetttty penny, beleive you me

          • Bo Knows

            The Yankees farm is moving on up, to the East side of the AL, all the way to that deluxe apartment in the sky. They will finally get the piece of that respect pie.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I’m not saying they’re the same person, but I’ve never seen Randy Levine and Marla Gibbs together.

      • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

        I think the number 11 ranking as opposed to 15 stems completely from the emergence of Slade Heathcott late this season. After what he did in the AFL he’s a shoe-in for the top 100 prospects and I think that alone took the Yankees from the middle of the pack to the front of the middle of the pack.

        I don’t think Hensley, Aune, and Andujar are even the names to watch out for. It’s likely that all three will be in short season leagues and success at that level doesn’t do much as far as national rankings go, especially baseball america. It’s good for depth but it’s major league close talent that gets all of the attention. Guys like Jose Campos, Rafael DePaula, Bryan Mitchell, Ramon Flores, Angelo Gumbs, Dante Bichette Jr., and whoever starts the season in Charleston as a starting pitcher that could really make some noise and end up in the top 100.

        The crazy thing is I could ring off about 15-20 names of guys who could emerge as top 100 talents if they have breakout seasons. That’s a brand new phenomenon in Yankee land and it has not been the case since I started following prospects.

        • RetroRob

          The emergence (re-emergence?) of Heathcott certainly helped, yet the collapse of Betances, the lost 2012 and now 2013 for Banuelos, and the injury to Campos more than offset Heathcott.

          Some years a system will have more injuries and setbacks than others. The Yankees had a mix.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

          Yeah, I agree with all of this. I’ll be paying attention to Hensley and all of the short season league guys, but what they accomplish won’t be nearly as important/impressive as some of the higher level guys.

      • The Doctor (formerly known as G formerly known as Matt Smith fornerly known as David Tennant formerly known as etc)

        “Thank you Helmsley thank you.”
        “It’s not HELMSLEY, it’s HENSLEY. Ty Hensley.”

    • Robinson Tilapia

      TIME TO PLAY THE GAAAAAAME!

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    I hate the idea that these kids could be used as trade chips before they make it. If two of those four make it to the majors, that’s an even BETTER budgetary result.

    • LK

      Depends on how good they are, and what they’re traded for. If they’re ML players but below average starters, or even bench pieces, they could easily produce more value for the team (even taking the budget into account) in a trade.

    • trr

      +1

    • Havok9120

      That’s way too generalized a statement. It always depends on what the return is.

      It’s perfectly fine to prospect hug: we all do it and it’s a very fun part of baseball. But there’s no objective logic behind breaking out the torches and pitchforks automatically if a guy gets moved, and that’s what we all like to do with our favorite farmhands.

    • Bo Knows

      They really can’t afford to gut the system completely, anymore. Prospect hugging aside, they want to make budget they have to produce more prospects to take over several positions over the next few years.

      The cheap rotation is still very much in play as well, and if even a one or two of the OF, or catchers make it then that clears up a ton of issues as well.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      This is why you have prospects. Some you play. Some you flip. That’s life.

      • nsalem

        Some you flip and some you scale.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I’m the biggest hugger but if there’s a good trade you do it. I didn’t like the Jesus for CLiff Lee but it’s a damn good return. Jesus for Pineda is another thing entirely.

      • bigBadFrAn

        Easy to say now, you loved it at the time

  • Evan3457

    buh…bbuh…buhbuh…the farm system is barren, totally devoid of anything tradeable.

    That’s what BBWAA™ members keeping telling, and I always believe BBWAA™
    members; they wouldn’t lie.

    • trr

      (grunting)

  • trr

    11 huh? not so bad…and it does seem like the system is on the way up…we gotta have hope!

    • Steve (different one)

      And this was after a bad year for the system heathwise….lot of talent moving up this year. If Campos and DePaula make progress? System could be stacked next year. Things have to break right of course

      • jjyank

        Absolutely. I’m thrilled with #11 when you consider that DePaula hasn’t been stateside yet, Campos and Banuelos got injured, and Betances continued to fall apart. If a few things break the right way and a few other guys continue on their current trajectory, the farm could easily be top 10 by mid-season.

      • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

        2012 was basically the worst case scenario as far as injuries and regressions go. Personally, I smell a regression to the mean coming, and this season should be a big one for the farm. I don’t think an advancement to 5 or 6 is anywhere near out of the question.

        • YanksFanInBeantown

          Look at the 2011 Royals farm system. Where they are now is the worst case scenario.

          • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

            My point is they suffered more injuries and regressions than I can ever remember happening. I don’t see a repeat coming close to happening this year, and I see far more potential break out candidates than usual.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    If Campos, Banuelos and Betances return to form we could be top 5 next year.

    • Yogiism

      No joke. They could have been top 4 going into this year, had those arms not been injured. Add in Romine, another recent top 100’r and had be been healthy and likely played like he has, there is no way anyone can tell me the Mariners or even the Marlins would have a better system at that point. Sure, the Mariners have some very high ceilings arms, but it pretty much ends there.

      …and I just noticed that the Red Sox are #5?? grumble grumble grumble. I entirely disagree. This is a farm that was 21-25 a year ago. They’ve produced little outside of Ellsbury and perhaps Youk on the offensive side in many years. Lester has been their gem. Looking forward, I think ranking them #5 is bull shit. They have 1 outfielder who looks good. The Yanks have 3, so? The Yanks have one of the best catching prospects in baseball in Sanchez and not including Romine, the Red Sox have zero. Bogearts? Yah for them. They might actually have a player in a premium position that works out. That’s something unusual in itself for the Sox. Pitching? Matt Barnes? Until 1 year ago he wasn’t that good and he had a great year, in fact, if you read some reports on him, almost too good. We’ll see in 2013. But in comparison the Yanks have Campos, Banuelos, De Paula and shit even Pineda who is not a prospect any longer, but sure to be at the farm for a little while again.
      #5 is insulting and I actually want someone to challenge me on this so at least I can hope I am wrong with my rant…Piece of shit farm run by a bunch of idiots on the Red Sox that were among the worst in baseball last year and now #5?

      • YankeeGrunt

        Yeah 5 was way too high. Webster is a good prospect but had an average (to be charitable) year at AA. Callis likes Cecchini and Swihart’s a decent prospect, but outside of Bogaerts the Yankees have better prospects (and more legit prospects) at just about every position and probably more high-upside guys on the mound.

      • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

        I agree. I can’t think of a position the Red Sox are better at in a farm to farm comparison.

        • YanksFanInBeantown

          Xander Bogaerts is 2 tiers above anyone on the Yankees. If Sanchez keeps developing and manages to stick at catcher while Bogaerts has to move to 3B, Bogaerts will only be better than Sanchez instead of much better.

          • YankeeGrunt

            One player though. One player is not the difference between a middling farm system and #5, no matter how good he is. With or without Bogaerts they’re a middle of the pack farm. A fair amount of depth and some good upside guys, but it’s really just Bogaerts, Bradley and Barnes and then mostly guys with so-so ceilings or who haven’t broken out of the low minors.

            • YanksFanInBeantown

              If Mason puts up numbers like Bradley just did next season we will all be going nuts, he’s a damn good prospect. Meanwhile, Barnes, Owens and Webster are each better than any healthy pitching prospect in the Yankees’ system.

              I don’t think they’re a top 5 system: particularly the Rays, but also the Pirates and Twins all seem superior to me, but they are also a damned sight better than the Yankees.

              • YankeeGrunt

                Owens ended the year at Low A, Webster put up mediocre numbers at AA (again, charitable). We have some Low A lotto tickets as well (Campos, Mitchell). Positionally our prospects are deeper at pretty much every position but short. Bradley is an excellent prospect, but Heathcott and Mason Williams are in that conversation too.

                Realistically, the Sox have one elite prospect, two very good prospects, and a mix of upside guys and safer bets.

                Realistically, the Yankees have four very good prospects and a bevy of upside guys stacked at every level from Tampa on down, with a handful of guys with moderate ceilings but a good chance of getting to the bigs at every level from Scranton on down (Joseph, Adams, Murphy, so on and so forth). There are seven or eight orgs that are demonstrably better than ours and a pack of four or five into which we comfortably fall. The Sox are a notch below that. IMO.

              • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

                The Yankees are better and it’s not even close. You can’t judge a farm only on close to major league ready talent. The depth in the Yankees system is astounding. They had to add another GCL team just to get all of the young, high upside players enough innings.

                Aside from that, they have a ton of major league ready talent at the top, and some blossoming stars in the middle levels. There’s nothing to be ashamed of with this system, and the Red Sox system doesn’t have nearly the depth of the Yankees system. Their top 10 can go tit for tat with ours, and might be a smidgen better, but beyond that it’s not even close.

                • YanksFanInBeantown

                  Their top 10 doesn’t go “tit for tat” with ours.

                  It blows it out of the water. Bradley is on the level of Yanks’ Top 4 with a little less upside but much more polish, but Bogaerts is a Top 10 prospect in all of baseball. Meanwhile the Red Sox demolish us in terms of healthy, high upside pitchers with Barnes and Webster.

                  And JBJ is more major league ready than anyone in the Yankees system right now considering his gold glove defense in CF and the fact that he has a better bat than any Yankee farmhand above A-ball last year.

                  I hate the Red Sox as much as anyone, but they do have a better farm system than the Yankees if only because Bogaerts is so, so much better than anyone we have to offer.

                  • YankeeGrunt

                    I’m a little more bullish on Brett Marshall than most, but in Marshall and Turley you do have healthy pitchers above A ball with mid-rotation ceilings. Not quite tit for tat with Barnes and Webster, but when you start factoring in DePaula, Campos and Hensley I’m not sure it’s as cut and dry as regards pitching. Callis puts Iglesias at 9, I just don’t see it. And Marrero hasn’t proven much, an okay but inauspicious debut in A Ball. I’d take Sanchez over Swihart and three, maybe four Yankee OFs long-term over Brentz. Cecchini is better than any infield prospects we have yet, but that’s it.

                    At the end of the day it’s Bogaerts, Bradley and Barnes, by my estimation an A and a couple B+ prospects, and five or six B’s. For the Yankees it is four B+’s and eight or nine B’s. And outside the Top 10 or Top 20 the Yanks have a lot legit prospects around the diamond and on the mound.

                    • YanksFanInBeantown

                      But they have very little data to work with on DePaula, Campos is coming off an elbow injury that caused him to miss almost the entire season and Hensley has 12 professional innings to his name. They just aren’t worth as much as Webster, who was pretty damn good in AA, and Barnes, who I do think is a tad overrated seeing as how all of his sexy numbers came as a 22 year old from a major college program in Low-A.

                      I only recently realized how well-regarded the Sox farm system actually is because I, like the rest of us Yankees fans, do not get a raging erection whenever I hear the name “Xander Bogaerts.” I just of Nicholas Brendon. Every other prospect follower of note, however, does so I figure they must have a point.

                    • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

                      I don’t see how Xander Bogaerts is that far ahead of Gary Sanchez. First of all, he’s only one level higher. Secondly, the offensive numbers are almost identical. I don’t know as much about Bogaerts’ defense, but Gary Sanchez has turned himself into a solid defender. Yes, Bogaerts is a better prospect as of now, but it’s not like he completely blows Sanchez out of the water. Besides Sanchez, the Yankees have MUCH better catching depth, which is really what is important in a minor league system. Annointing one player as your system’s savior is extremely problematic, because even the best prospects have a high rate of failure. The Yankees have Murphy, Romine, Peter O’Brien, and Chris Breen in addition to Sanchez. The Red Sox have nothing else.

                      Now you want to talk about Barnes and Webster. Matt Barnes is 22 and hasn’t reached Double-A yet. He’s got good stuff reportedly, but most college pitchers can get guys out until they reach Double-A. I’m still not sold on him. Take note of teh fact that his stats were not all that great in High-A (3.53 ERA and his K/9 decreased by nearly six). As for Webster, I’m not that excited about a guy who posts a 3.86 ERA and a 4.2 BB/9 in AA. Dellin Betances had basically the same season as a 23 year old in Double-A with a better K/9 and a slightly worse BB/9.

                      Finally, the Yankees have several very close to MLB ready pitchers. Warren, Turley, and Marshall are all very close to contributing. They also have the high upside guys to go along with it. Their starting pitching depth is far better than Boston’s. You also can’t discount Manny Banuelos just because he’s hurt this year. Players almost always return to their previous level if not better after Tommy John. His previous level was a Top 30 prospect, and he’ll be just 23.

                      The outfield is not a discussion IMO. The Yankees are much better.

                      In the infield the Red Sox have Cecchini, who hasn’t shown any power yet. The Yankees have major league ready David Adams, they have Miguel Andujar, and Dante Bichette Jr. The extremely high ceiling Christopher Tamarez comes stateside next season too. I’ll admit Cecchini probably has the highest likelihood of any of the above to stick as an everyday third baseman, but Tamarez and Andujar have more upside, and Bichette’s upside is at least as high. Again, I emphasize that the Yankees have more depth.

      • ray-ray

        Get used to it…Boston’s system is always overblown and its something that I’ve been saying since the turn of the century…not sure of the the reasons,but it has been so for quite some time!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003437184364 Ebony

        I agreed with and was glad to see Harvey not stnrtiag in the UConn game. His mood swings just isnt good enough. I think Lawrence and Theodore sharing the point guard position is just going to get better and better.The other position needing the change now is in the Center position. The UConn game shows proof again that Jon Garcia just isnt quick enough and doesnt have the Center moves to compete against the Centers in the Big East.Farrakon Hall is getting better and better and I think he should be sharing that position with Pope with Jeff Robinson coming to share the Power Forward Position with Pope. Then have Garcia come off the bench to deal with the oppositions bench Centers later in the game.He is just not Big East Good enough and is hurting the team. A couple of times you can see Garcia back away from positions underneath the basket where he could have made the easier rebound or block outs.

  • Yogiism

    I’ve been saying this for a while. Our fans and fans of other teams continuously bash the Yankee organization and their prospect generation. While they haven’t produced any big name arms recently, they have always manufactured and draft quality players, which says a lot for drafting since they win every year and always pick last or close to last. They produced David Robertson, who is a top 5 relief arm in the game. They produced Hughes and while we Yank fans have taken the brunt of those “growth pains,” Hughes is a quality pitcher and would be a #3 is some rotations and a really nice arm at the back for the rest. Nova, who is no ace, far from it, is a nice product. Then you Cano, a superstar. The package that brought Arod to the Bronx (Aries, etc) Garder (Crawford lite – for $140mm less), Austin Jackson (used to acquire Granderson) Tabata and others that aren’t that bad and are of value to the Pirates. Romine, who should be a really good catcher (no one needs to agree with me on this one and many will be shown that we are lucky to have him in the coming years). This isn’t even mentioning the names like Mike did above, Williams, Heathcott, Austin, Sanchez. Then there are De Paula, Montgomery, Banuelos, and who knows, maybe Betances will get his jigg together and become something of value again. He was a top 50’r just a season ago. Oh, and Jesus Montero, the #3 prospect in baseball 1 season ago. Nunez isn’t so terrible either. He’s better than any back up options the Red Sox have and they’ve been missing at that position every year. Bogearts should finally break that mold, they hope, but just adds to the comparison. Worth pointing out too that the Yankee farm system is the only one in baseball to produce 5 potential HOF’s in the last 10-15 years. No other team can make that claim. The Braves are the closet thing with their mid 90’s arms and Chipper Jones.

    • Yogiism

      Forgot Campos (not their product, but counts on the farm nonetheless). Adroylis Viscaino (cubs now), and many others that constitute valuable young players that currently are or recently have been part of the Yankee farm. David Phelps and even Adam Warren. $10.00 says Warren could be a #5 on a few teams and given a very long leash in a place like Houston. Maybe I’m just being overly optimistic, but I just never get when I read or hear the Yanks can’t do this or that or don’t produce players.

      • nsalem

        I think there was a 10 year dry spell between the development of the core four and 2006 where we were making poor choices and giving up man of our top draft picks to free agency. we didn’t develop any starting pitchers of consequence between Pettitte and Hughes and maybe the Yankees are stilling living off that bad reputation. Things have gotten a lot better though

        • Mike HC

          Ted Lilly is the only guy who comes to mind, but I don’t think the Yanks drafted him.

        • Forever Jung

          Eric Milton had some good years for Minnesota.

          • Forever Jung

            And of course–Chien Ming Wang was one of the better pitchers in baseball for a few years.

      • RetroRob

        Why are we supposed to forget Campos? If he makes the majors, then he’ll be a Yankee product. He was down in low A and years off. They will have a critical aspect in his development. This is not the equivalent of developing IPK and then trading him after he already pitched in the Majors.

  • Alkaline

    That’s good news. If you told me we would be one away from being in the top ten after trading Montero, losing Pineda and Campos to injury, Brackman’s regression, and injuries to Banuelos and Romine, I would have laughed.

    I’m definitely one of the optimistic fans, but know our limitations. I probably tend to prospect hug a bit, but even still. This is a nice surprise. Like Mike, I was expecting something around 15-17 due to the above and the higher talent still in the lower part of the system. I think that speaks volumes about what some people think about those guys.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003437128058 Lilith

      Paula Creel / Brew Crew is Back!The Brew Crew had a good win against the Orioles today, 23-4.Ed Vidales pihtced all 7 innings, in the 7th inning striking out 3.Total of 6 home runs, Rob Gonzales 3 in a row himself. Others were Ira, Spencer and Brandon.Good job Brew Crew!

  • Ted Nelson

    All I heard all season on this blog was what a terrible year it had been on the farm for the Yankees…

    • YankeesJunkie

      Banuelos and Campos being out for the entire season combined with Brackman and Betances collapsing set the Yankees back quite a bit.

      • Ted Nelson

        Brackman was in the Reds’ org this season.

        And most people don’t look at the 72 games you lost if their team has a 90 win season.

    • Havok9120

      Most of the known guys started hurt, got hurt, or treaded water (by which I mean “performed as expected”) last season except for Austin and Monty. Pretty much everyone on Mike’s preseason top 10 falls into those categories, except for the ones who imploded or had some other setback. By that standard, it WAS a pretty rotten year down there. We just had enough silver lining to make up for a lot of the damage.

      • Ted Nelson

        The year could have been much better, but on balance it was a solid year. The failures were just so high profile that people overreacted. And elbow trouble for a P isn’t a good thing, but it’s neither particularly unexpected or a kiss of death. Betances was always high risk. Jose Campos really impressed when he did play, and was added to the system this year.

        There aren’t ten prospects in the system, but lets use that sample arbitrarily.

        If you think that Sanchez, Mason Williams, and Slade all treading water as they came back or moved up the ladder is a pretty rotten year I don’t know what to tell you. If you don’t remember Sanchez’s defense and disciplinary problems in 2011, I can remind you. To make no mention of guys like Gumbs, Bird, Cote… signing 2 of the top IFAs, getting DePaula into the system, having what looks like a solid draft on paper.

    • Jim Is Bored

      I’m not sure the two are mutually exclusive.

      • Ted Nelson

        I believe that they are. Things went wrong, but too many things went right for it to be a terrible year on balance.

        • Jim Is Bored

          Well I think if you start off with a bunch of highly touted prospects, enough to be ranked #1(we weren’t but it’s an example), and enough fail that the following year you’re ranked #11, I’d say that the year went terribly, even though the farm system isn’t terrible.

          But I think we’re splitting hairs.

  • kenthadley

    And you point is? Come down from Olympus, King Ted, and share your wisdom with the commoners.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      hilarious

  • Yankee Insider

    Does anyone else think if we trade Warren that he’ll turn out like Kenneddy did? Someone that we definitely can’t trade though is Nik Turley because he’s 6’6 and is the equivalent of a tall Cliff Lee with an average fastball low 90’s a huge curveball ok slider and changeup with good deception. Also I don’t see mason Williams being a Yankee cause I see him being traded. Who we will and definitely keep is Austin, Heathcott, Flores. Flores is really underrated and can basically place his hits and or make sure they get down.

    • Blake

      No….Kennedy is/was a lot better than Warren

    • Barry

      It important not to let prior trades impact future decisions.. kennedy’s success, imo,was largel due o him leaving ny. Didnt ave he fortitude for NY, h was a plant that was getting to much light. Als his success probably makes other teams value our pitching prospects in a more positive way( ability to develop quality pitchers where for a while there our pitching prospects were garbage)

  • Jersey Joe

    Is it just me, or does Williams have a huge chance of becoming a 4th OF type? He has no outstanding skill, except for average, and speed is there, but average plate discipline. I mean everybody is hailing him as our top prospect, but even his fielding isn’t far above average. (Referencing http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....ort-62720/). I mean he really seems like a Justin Maxwell type. I’m sure there have been posts like this before, and have gotten a lot of criticism, but I still think Mason should be considered a trade chip, not someone we really on in the future.

    • William

      Nah……..bj Upton type? If that’s so, we would be thrilled.

    • Coach Potato

      All the more reason to talk him up. Tradeable assets are very valuable.

    • Havok9120

      I’m pretty low on him myself compared to a lot of people here. But even if he turns out as our 4th OF from 2015-2020…that’s really not so bad at all.

    • Preston

      He profiles as an above average MLB CF, he has great speed on the bases, he has elite contact skills (the most important baseball skill) and as he ages could develop more patience and power. What isn’t to like about him? He’s Austin Jackson without the K’s.

    • Dan

      Crapy 300 average center fielders. I hate guys who don’t bat 240 and suck in the playoffs.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Justin Maxwell type? He has literally the exact opposite profile. Maxwell is a guy with 70 Power and 30-40 Hitting. Williams is a guy with 60-70 hitting and 40-50 power. Even if you give them the same grades on fielding and speed, and I do think Williams is a bit faster, they are not similar.

      And a single scouting report from more than a year ago isn’t the be all end all, guys like Keith Law, Kiley McDaniel and Mike Newman love his defense and think he might have 15 HR power at some point. Best case scenario for me is a Shane Victorino who hits ~.300 instead of .275, and that’s a damn good player.

    • Bo Knows

      that was a year old report, everyone I’ve read has said that he can become a 70 grade fielder and is already above average right now. He’s shown a alot of power, far more than they expected this past season. Also If a guys can reach everything, he probably will be a hacker but experience especially in the Yankee system will correct that eventually (sub 10% strikeout rate this past year in the minors btw).

  • TJ

    Not much talk about Cujo or Adams. Hoping for great things this year from those guys. Also rooting for Bichette to have a bounce back year.

  • Barry

    I know this may be an unpopular opinion but i am really looking forward to the yankees getting away from having a team bloated with big free agents.. i guess i just miss the mid nineties. I love the yankees but ive been getting bored withthe big signings, kills the fun for me. (Except c.c. he is a FA that should of always been a bomber)

  • Wayne

    I’m not optimistic about banuelos or betances but very optimistic about depaula. Heathcott looks like he is on the juice. Sánchez looks good, tyler Austin could be our thirdbaseman option. I would keep an eye on depaula in tampa especially and José Ramírez and nik turley in aa. And keep Brett marshall and mikey o’brien cause phil hughes and Iván nova are injury prone.

  • Robert

    Angelo Gumps is a guy to watch in 2013