Sanchez tops Baseball Prospectus’ Top Ten Yankees Prospects list


Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus posted his list of the top ten Yankees prospects late last week (subs. req’d),  a list C Gary Sanchez unsurprisingly tops. OF Mason Williams is second and RHP Jose Ramirez sneaks in at three, with Parks saying the “fastball is an impact major-league offering, with plus (to plus-plus) velocity and good life … one source called the changeup a future 7 pitch.” You can click the link to see the rest of the top ten even if you don’t have a subscription.

As for prospects on the rise, Parks lists OF Ben Gamel (“fluid swing from the left side of the plate and good gap pop”) and 3B Dante Bichette Jr. (“[for] a guy that slugged .331, Bichette has plenty of backers”). The list of the team’s top ten players under the age of 25 is exactly the same as the top ten, which is odd. RHP Michael Pineda should be in there somewhere despite the shoulder injury — I’d take him in his current state over a completely healthy Rafael DePaula (#10) pretty easily. Eh, whatever. To each his own.

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  • Brett

    Pineda isn’t a prospect – he’s a big leaguer already

    • jjsabe

      Mike was referring to BP’s top 10 under 25 list at that point.

  • trr

    Bichette is still young enough to improve, I’m curious to see what he does this year.

    • Laz

      For sure. I wouldn’t give up on him, but he did enough in 2012 that he shouldn’t be on the top 10 list.

      • RetroRob (Live from Amsterdam)

        We shouldn’t give up on him anymore than we should annoint him the next superstar as many seemed to after his rookie season. It’s a long road.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    The other plus on Ramirez is that he picks games not covered anywhere under modern technology to royally bite the big one in Spring Training. :)

    Otherwise, I’d love to see his being gaining prospect muscle as a real trend here.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      I love me some Jose Ramirez, but he shouldn’t be a top 5 prospect until he’s shown he can pitch a full season.

  • Steven

    What does a “Future 7 pitch” mean? Don’t believe I’ve seen that term before.

    • pat

      70 out of 80 on the scouting scale.

    • Deen

      It’s a 7 out of 8; shorthand for the scouting 20-80 scale. 50 or 5 is average with each interval of 10 being one standard deviation away from average. Nothing below 20 or above 80 matters because statistically anything more than 3 standard deviations from the norm in either direction is considered unreliable. 80 pitches are best of the best and somewhat rare. What Parks is saying is the the pitch projects as a potential 70, or plus plus pitch. Potentially very, very good.

      • Steven

        Got it. Thanks, I know the 20 to 80 scale but didn’t know the shorthand reference to it. Great to hear a 70 changeup in the Yankees minors

  • Kevib

    Does it mean 7 out of 10 or a future 7th pitch to offer… One is very good the other is very bad haha.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      It means 7 out of 8. That’s an all but elite pitch.

  • Laz

    Don’t think Jose should be #3, especially with the year Austin had. He looks promising, but he has been in the system forever, and still has struggled alot.

    • Barry

      This.. Austin, to me, has the best bat in the system.

      • RetroRob (Live from Amsterdam)

        Agreed. These lists can be sliced and diced many different ways. Each strives to be slightly different. I’ll leave it at that.

      • Laz

        I think he has the highest floor for a bat. Sanchez and Slade could both turn out to be better hitters, but Austin just seems like he will be solid, even if he doesn’t have the power.

  • Barry

    Really don’t understand why some people that Sanchez is improving behind the plate while others say he stinks. Also don’t understand the Ramirez love.

    • Preston

      I think it’s all a matter of perspective. I think a lot of scouts and prospect guys get too caught up in evaluation in a vacuum. So they say that Sanchez doesn’t have great lateral movement and shouldn’t catch. Others realize that the value of having a bat that good at the C spot will outweigh his deficiencies and that he’s probably “good” enough.

  • CONservative governMENt

    With the surprise emergence of Jose Ramirez it seems like we now have two Big 4s: Sanchez, Austin, Williams, Heathcott and Campos, DePaula, Hensley, Ramirez. Banuelos and Gumbs could eventually make it a Big 5.

    If Adams, CoJo, Romine, Warren and/or Turley can become legit contributors or trade bait the system will look pretty strong. The next wave (Aune, Ravel, Bichette, Torrens…) will fill the gaps and we’ll have a homegrown team in four or five years!

    • Laz

      Exciting, but many players need to start proving themselves.

    • Preston

      We need to stop doing this. They aren’t a “Big 4″, they are all individual players who are very far away from reaching the big league level (let alone producing at it). I am very interested and excited in watching that journey, but let’s not put expectations on them until they are somewhere near big league ready, (like at AAA at least). And no, the Yankees will not have a homegrown team in four or five years. They may have a larger portion of the team that is home grown, but far from a majority, and that isn’t a bad thing.

  • Bill

    I wouldn’t put Pineda on the list of top 10 under 25 yet either. shoulder injuries are VERY serious to a pitcher. it’s probably the most serious injury in baseball – like an ACL to a running back or a back injury to a power forward. pitchers can come back from elbow injuries pretty regularly – some even come back better than before after Tommy John surgery gives them a brand new arm. a lot of guys never come back from a shoulder surgery, IF they can come back shoulder surgeries turn dominating fastball pitchers into junk ball pitchers like Frank Tanana. A lot of guys like Mark Prior and Jason Schmidt are never the same and many others like Brandon Webb never come back at all. Pineda will not only have to come back without issues but also will probably have to “learn to pitch” by getting away with much less velocity and relying more on location than over powering stuff. It’s a tough thing for guys with a few years of major league experience to do much less a guy with only one year under his belt where he dominated in the first half and did poorly in the second half when the league adjusted to him. his strikeouts will be down and add that to his ERA going up naturally moving from Safeco Field in Seattle to Yankee Stadium. If and when he does come back the fans will take it out on him if the guy he was traded for (Jesus Montero) is playing well. The added pressure will be immense and will make or break him, especially if he has to come back this year in the middle of a pennant race. hopefully he overcomes the odds and rises to the occasion and is able to get most of his arm strength back and/or learn to do more with less and then I would put him back on the list.