Gary Sanchez ranks 16th on Keith Law’s updated top 25 prospect list

The CC Sabathia Problem
2013 Draft: Jonathon Crawford

Keith Law posted an updated ranking of the top 25 prospects in the minor leagues today (subs. req’d), with the top spot belonging to Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras. Rangers SS Jurickson Profar was baseball’s top consensus prospect coming into the season, but he is ineligible the updated list because he’s currently in the big leagues. Twins OF Byron Buxton and Red Sox SS Xander Boegarts round out the top three.

C Gary Sanchez, who ranked 18th on Law’s preseason list, climbed two spots to 16th. “Although there’s still some question of whether he will remain a catcher long term, I think he’s going to stay there, as he’s enough of an athlete to become an adequate backstop in time — and his bat will be MVP-caliber for that position,” wrote Law. Sanchez is hitting .271/.345/.475 (131 wRC+) with eight homers in 199 plate appearances for High-A Tampa this year, and he’s in line for a midseason promotion to Double-A Trenton. That is probably a few weeks away. No other Yankee farmhands made the updated top 25.

email
The CC Sabathia Problem
2013 Draft: Jonathon Crawford
  • http:/www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    So what is the general consensus of Law’s prospect rankings? Are they fair or does he tend to favor some teams prospects more than others?

    • rbi baseball

      You hear that? That’s the sound of Keith Law killing a kitten.

      • Rahul

        Keith Law is pretty fair, he favors tools however.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          He must love our game threads, then.

          • Short Porch

            +1

        • Gonzo

          I agree. He loves tools and loves upside.

    • Hassey

      Isn’t “Keith Law” only his porn name? I didn’t think he used it for his day job also

      • MannyGeee

        Which would explain his affinity for “plus tools”…

        (sorry if double post… this got lost in the ether last time potentially. Totally worth reposting though)

  • Hassey

    I’d love to see the Yankees have a Dirty Sanchez behind the plate for 15 years

    • trr

      sss-swipe! Ole!

      Me too….

      • Hassey

        Now that, mi amigo, is disgusting

        • trr

          ¡Disculpen!

    • JLC 776

      Jorge used to urinate on his hands. I guess a Dirty Sanchez is only natural.

  • DERP

    He really only maintained his spot since two guys ahead of him on the original list (Profar, Fernandez) weren’t eligible. Not bad though.

    That is a really impressive jump for Buxton though.

    • jjyank

      True. Still good to see him play well enough to hold such a high spot, though.

      • RetroRob

        Right. That high a ranking for an A-ball player says quite a bit about his upside.

    • Gonzo

      Considering the talk was that Buxton was going to be kind of raw coming out of high school, it’s really amazing what he’s doing.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Sanchez’s triple slash is almost like Jorge’s just not quite there on OBP. I think that’s a fair ceiling for him.

    • http:/www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

      I don’t think a comparison to a border-line HOF is a fair ceiling/comparison to anyone.

      Let him get to AAA before we start calling him the next anything.

      • emac2

        You should stay home where it’s safe.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        As long as its not the internal expectation of Yankee brass, or anything that can actually get to the kid, he can compared to Yogi Berra on here for all I care.

        He now has to perform up to Yogi, or else.

      • MannyGeee

        In fairness, “..and his bat will be MVP-caliber for that position” from Keith Law is pretty lofty expectations in themselves.

  • Joe

    Higher than D’arnaud now!

  • Gonzo

    I’m surprised we haven’t had a Xander Boegarts hater spotting yet. I’m impressed

    • your mom

      Xander’s middle name is Jan.

    • pat

      I had one written up about how he’s not having that great of a year and is likely moving to 3B in the future, but then said fuck it I’m getting too old for this crap.

      • Gonzo

        That’s awesome.

  • D-Lite

    I think he’s unnecessarily low on Sanchez’ defense. He’s become more than adequate back there.