Aaron Judge tops Baseball Prospectus’ top ten Yankees prospects list

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Judge putting a hurtin' on a baseball. (MiLB.com)
Judge putting a hurtin’ on a baseball. (MiLB.com)

The crew at Baseball Prospectus is currently in the middle of their annual top ten prospects series breaking down the best young minor leaguers in each organization. They published their top ten Yankees prospects list yesterday, though it is behind the paywall. You can see the list itself for free, but you have to pay for the scouting reports and everything else. Here’s the top ten:

  1. OF Aaron Judge
  2. RHP Luis Severino
  3. C Gary Sanchez
  4. LHP Ian Clarkin
  5. SS Jorge Mateo
  6. 2B Rob Refsnyder
  7. 1B Greg Bird
  8. CF Leonardo Molina
  9. LHP Jacob Lindgren
  10. C Luis Torrens

Nine of those ten names are fairly straight forward and not surprisingly included in a Yankees top ten in whatever order. The one surprise is the 17-year-old Molina, who hit a weak .193/.267/.260 (58 wRC+) with one homer, six steals, and a 23.5% strikeout rate in 53 games with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Yankees this summer. That was his pro debut after signing for $1.4M in August 2013, making him the team’s top international pickup during the 2013-14 signing period.

Needless to say, the BP gang is very high on Molina. They grade all five of his tools as at least average — in fact, only the hit tool is average, everything else is above-average — and say the “tools are very loud, though far from being polished and playing together collectively as a group.” The write up also says Molina’s emergence as a top prospect “should be more subtle” rather than one huge breakout year. “It’s a boom-or-bust prospect, for sure, with a heavy serving of risk on the plate, but there’s a feel this one is going to start emerging over the next couple of seasons.”

Also in the article, 3B Miguel Andujar, RHP Austin DeCarr, and RHP Ty Hensley are listed as three prospects on the rise. Andujar and DeCarr are just starting their careers while Hensley is returning from hip and hernia surgery. RHP Jose Ramirez, RHP Danny Burawa, and OF Tyler Austin are listed among the non-top ten prospects who could have an MLB impact in 2014. And, finally, BP ranks the organization’s ten best players age 25 and under. It’s basically the top ten prospects list with SS Didi Gregorius sandwiched between Severino and Sanchez. RHP Michael Pineda is no longer eligible because he turns 26 next month.

“This system is thinner in the upper levels with potential impact talent, where the near-term contribution is likely to be more modest, but a wave brewing in the lower levels is starting to breathe some life and offer more promise,” said the write-up, summing up the state of the system. Every club has interesting prospects in the low levels, but I do think the Yankees have more than most, especially following their huge international free agent spending spree this summer. It’ll be a little while before those players begin to make a name for themselves and emerge as top prospects, of course.

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  • blake

    Prospect hug engage

    • Chip

      If the Yankees sign Lester or Scherzer, could they pass on McCarthy (or anyone really) for the mid/back of the rotation with an eye on having Phelps/Warren hold it down until around July and then promote Severino?

      Odds are he starts the year in Trenton and, given how he progressed last year, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility but that strikes me as awful aggressive for the Yankees.

      • mitch

        really doubt that. I’d think he’s well Mitchell and Banuelos in terms of prospects that could make starting appearances next season

        • Chip

          I agree that Mitchell and Man Ban will factor into the season. I said it on the earlier thread – if they sign Lester it’s possible that even without considering Severino, they let Warren, Phelps, Banuelos and Mitchell duke it out for the final spot in the rotation and go from there.

          But if they believe that Nova will be ready in July and that they could potentially have Severino ready for show time – that could make their decision even easier.

  • Chip

    While it’s nice to see Judge at the top of that list, for me it’s possibly more important to see 3 guys make the list who could have an impact on this year’s team: Refsnyder, Lindgren and Bird (with an outside shot for Severino).

    • YakaTanaka

      I would probably also say Sanchez and Judge have an outside shot. I’d probably rank it: Lindgren (no obstacle besides himself given how many BP spots there are), Refsnyder (potential for no obstacles or serious obstacles depending on Headley/another acquisition, ARod, and Pirela), Severino (again, lots of P spots on the roster and Yankees tend ti be aggressive with advanced young arms), maybe a tie between Judge (3 OF spots, granted there are some other options but he could earn a spot) and Bird (Tex and ARod uncertainty, Roller is potentially in front of him), then Sanchez (needs two or three guys to go down and still might not be ready to handle an MLB P staff even then). Plus non-top 10 guys.

      • Chip

        Sanchez’s “advantage” will be that not only will he be at AAA but if Murphy wins the job then that means Austin Romine is gone and that would leave Sanchez as the only other catcher currently on the 40 man roster.

        Bird, obviously, would require an injury to Tex and even in that scenario Tyler Austin (again by virtue of being on the 40) probably has a leg up on him.

        • http://batman-news.com Thunderfingers

          Austin also has a leg up on Judge due to being on the 40-man (as well as positional flexibility).

          • Chip

            Also being in AAA while Judge will likely open in either Tampa or Trenton.

            • chris hines

              I hope they put Judge in AA to start the year, he destroyed both A ball levels, let prove himself against some real pitching competition.

      • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

        There may be no bullpen spots by the time Spring training starts, if the Yankees sign a “proven closer” and two starters (moving Phelps to the pen).

        • YakaTanaka

          I don’t think that’s the case. Lindgren (or whoever else) can potentially unseat someone. Someone will probably get hurt somewhere on the staff as well, and RPs are pretty notorious for their volatility.

          • Mandy Stankiewicz

            Or you ride guys without options like Esmil till the wheels fall off, then you have guys (like Jacob) in AAA, waiting for an inevitable call-up in 2014. We all know how the pen evolves through the year, and even if he doesn’t make the pen in April, we’ll surely see him during the season.

  • Monterocouldstillbedinero

    Looks like a young ARod with just the chin on steroids.

  • dkidd

    all rise…

  • Coolerking101

    Anyone else think Judge looks like a young A-Rod in that pic?

  • YakaTanaka

    List looks reasonable to me.

    I think the thin at the top mantra is getting overstated at this point. I know it’s referring to more than the top 10, but 6 of these guys will start in AA or AAA. 3 in AAA. Plus there are others like Murphy, Austin, Flores, Pirela, Mitchell, Jagielo, Banuelos, Cave, Dugas, Camarena… who will be in AA or AAA and have a legit chance to contribute to MLB in the next year or two.
    The upper levels aren’t stacked, but they’re fuller than they’re been for the Yankees in a few years. I don’t know exactly how it compares to all 29 other orgs, but unless they were last by a mile before they have to be rising in the upper minors depth rankings.

    • Scott

      That’s a great point YT. It seems the further up the minor league chain a player goes the more his prospsect shine wears off. It makes sense, his flaws get exposed more to better competition and larger sample sizes. However that doesn’t mean he can’t be a useful player in the majors.
      After reading yesterday’s post about the December 2007 hot stove rumors, I am trying to distance myself from these prospects a bit. Going through the prospect names bantered about for trades it seems that perhaps the best value you can get from a prospect is trade value.

      • YakaTanaka

        Sometimes it is, and sometimes it’s also a matter of the prospects who work out not being the guys who were the most highly rated by the media.

        This is just a surface level analysis, but I’d argue media prospect rankings are heavily influenced by upside and may at times undervalue probability.

        • mitch

          there are definitely some outlets that weigh ceiling more heavily than floor. It’d be nice to see separate lists for each category.

          • YakaTanaka

            I’d like to see ranking that try to quantify the drivers behind the prospect rankings.

            • chris hines

              Sickels does that in his rankings, he doesn’t tend to have one set philosophy for ranking prospects but he certainly explains his reasons whether they be floor, ceiling, or whatever. He just added a new part to his ranking system this year for guys who are still young or haven’t really produced but have that extreme upside.

              • YakaTanaka

                Yeah, it’s not easy to do but I’d like to see at least a formal table qualitatively grading each prospect somehow in different key categories if not a rating system driven entirely by a semi-quantitative analysis. I don’t know thtlat you can just use stats, but maybe input some more subjective metrics like tools grades and rankings on other top 100 lists.

            • edb

              Not sure if this is relevant but hockey prospects are graded on a number and letter system. The number denotes upside and the letter probability. For example a 7.0 B prospect has a good chance to be a good player while and 8.0 D player could be a star if everything works out but is far from a finished product. I’d like to see those types of rankings in baseball.

              • YakaTanaka

                Very interesting, I wasn’t aware of that.

        • Chip

          Agreed. Just look at Gary Sanchez vs. John Ryan Murphy. Sanchez has the potential to be an all-star but Murphy is more likely, right now, to be a regular major league player.

        • Alexandernevermind

          Is Clarkin a starter or reliever?

          • Wave Your Hat

            A starter right now.

          • YakaTanaka

            Starter at the time and has a decent chance of remaining that way. Has barely pitched above low A, though, so plenty of time for him to fail as a starter and end up in the pen…

      • Bpdelia

        You know what? All the talk about this 2007 thing. I was actually pleasantly impressed looking back.

        Melky cabrera has become a borderline all star type player. Phil Hughes has had SEVERAL excellent seasons as a starter and is only 28. Kennedy is now officially a useful major league pitcher. Chamberlain is a useful major league pitcher They produced several back up and utility players that are scattered throughout the league. Jackson became a useful starting major league player. Cervelli became a useful major league player.

        Looking back just confirms that prospect watching always leads to Perle deciding success or failure WAAYYYY too soon. That mid to late 2000s system produced a bunch of good players. The 2008-14 group has been very disappointing but going forward I’m extremely confident.

        The next 8 years or so at set up fantastically and all it takes is hitting on one super star to make all the difference in the world.

        Sign moncada no matter what and this team is looking very good going forward. The first wave will be established by 2017 when almost all the old guys are finished and off the books and behind them will be this years IFA class coming through between 2018-2022.

        It’s looking up.

  • craig

    This is nice. I am actually pretty high on the Yankees farm system and think it is a bit underrated.

    Prospects!!!

    Uhh…anybody know how to clean off a keyboard? Where’s Bigdan when you need him?

  • Wave Your Hat

    There are a few warning signs in the list, though. They think Severino’s ceiling may be as a late innings reliever and they aren’t convinced Sanchez will make it behind the plate. On the other hand, they describe Mateo and Molina as possible future all-stars.

    • YakaTanaka

      I think that’s just a reality of all prospects rather than warning signs. All the guys who are top prospects and not hyper-elite have both upside and risk to varying degrees.

      • Wave Your Hat

        Can’t argue. I was just adding some color to the list. I liked seeing a couple of the IFA’s described as future all-stars. In all likelihood it won’t turn out that way, but it’s been a while since that sort of upside crept into the farm discussion.

        • Chip

          well the Yankees just went bat crap crazy in the international market so my guess is that you’ll start hearing a lot about those guys in the near future.

    • chris hines

      Severino’s frame is always going to lead to “future pen arm” labels until he proves otherwise.

      • Wave Your Hat

        In Severino’s case, frame + mechanics + slider not there yet.

      • mitch

        or any guy with only two plus pitches is going to be considered a future reliever pending a 3rd pitch

        • chris hines

          He was 19 last year, how many pitchers have 3 developed pitches at that age?

          • Wave Your Hat

            20 last year. Born in February 1994.

            • chris hines

              You’re right, point still stands.

              • Wave Your Hat

                Wasn’t arguing with your point.

                • chris hines

                  Wasn’t saying you were, I was giving you credit for being right while stating it doesn’t change my opinion.

                  • Wave Your Hat

                    OK then. ‘Nuff said.

    • RetroRob

      I don’t have access to BP, but I’m surprised they said Severino’s “ceiling” is as a late innings reliever. He may turn into that, but as of today, his ceiling is as a front-end starter, but he may not achieve that and end up as a late-inning reliever. The ceiling refers to the outermost level he might achieve. Right now, that remains a starter.

  • Billy

    “This system is thinner in the upper levels with potential impact talent,
    where the near-term contribution is likely to be more modest, but a wave
    brewing in the lower levels is starting to breathe some life and offer
    more promise,” – How long have we been hearing this? I feel it’s a vicious cycle of waiting for lower level guys to bust out who only go on to get hurt or flame out…

    • pfoj

      Well, the international free agent crop they signed this summer is unprecedented for them, so I think there’s more reason to believe in the lower levels than normally.

      • Billy

        Agreed, but I guess my point was directed more towards the lack of high impact talent in the upper levels. It seems for the better part of the past decade we’ve had high impact talent in the lower levels but they rarely (if ever) turn into something worthwhile in MLB. In fact most of the times they flame out in the upper levels causing them to lose their prospect shine and continue the vicious cycle of “lack of upper level impact talent”

    • bardos

      vewy twue

    • YakaTanaka

      That’s true to a greater or lesser extent in every system.

    • RetroRob

      True, but will always be true for all teams. We can’t compare the current group of high-ceiling prospects in the lower levels with past groups that failed.

      The difference is there is more talent in the lower levels than I can remember in a number of years, AND they actually do have players in AAA who can help the big club and might actually stick. That’s a combination we haven’t seen in a number of years.

      Many of these guys will bust, but hopefully a few will make it up this time.

  • Bo S8

    And flying under the radar is Austin, he of the big second half at AA.

    • Chip

      He and Flores will both have major roles this year – Tex and Beltran won’t get through the season healthy.

      • YakaTanaka

        I don’t think there’s mich justification for lumping Beltran in with Tex. beltran had one discreet injury. There isn’t an injury history of getting hurt every year. That could change, especially at his age, but we have no real evidence to suggest he is nearly as injury prone as Tex (and ARod and CC… and maybe Pineda).

        • Chip

          He’s 38 and has had a history of knee problems.

          • YakaTanaka

            He had knee surgery. He hasn’t missed significant time since due to the knees. “He got hurt one time” and “there’s trend of repeat injuries that portends missing time in the future” aren’t really the same thing.

        • chris hines

          He has had some knee issues in the past, I wouldn’t act like he has no injury history. At 38 any professional athlete is going to be fairly banged up.

          • YakaTanaka

            He had the knee surgery, then had no serious issues with it for four years.

            I acknowledged that age is a factor, but I don’t think there’s evidence that he’s any more likely to get hurt than another player in his late 30s.

  • Tanaka2015CyYoung

    Baseball America likes Mateo a lot too with them ranking him 3rd.

    Luis Severino, rhp
    Aaron Judge, of
    Jorge Mateo, ss
    Greg Bird, 1b
    Gary Sanchez, c
    Ian Clarkin, lhp
    Rob Refsnyder, 2b/of
    Jacob Lindgren, lhp
    Luis Torrens, c
    Miguel Andujar, 3b

    • chris hines

      Pretty aggressive ranking on Bird, I do like him but I’m a bit surprised to see a first basemen with injury history and lack of elite power that high.

      • Rob

        Lack of power? Dude had 20+ HR in 2013 while having over 100 BB…. I’ll take that all day. BTW: Did you see him play in the Arizona Fall League this year? MVP!!!!

        • Wave Your Hat

          The BP concern is that his swing can be taken advantage of by major league pitchers.

        • chris hines

          I said lack of “elite power” first basemen who hit 20 HRs are still a bit underpowered even in this environment. I like Bird, he reminds me of a mix of Lyle Overbay and Nick Johnson, two very solid first basemen without elite power. That said he swings and misses a good bit, plays less than stellar defense, has a history of back problems, and doesn’t project for plus power so that’s a pretty aggressive rating.

      • RetroRob

        They have him rated that highly because they do rate his power as elite.

  • Rob

    Really Flying under the radar is Ramon Flores

    • Chip

      Crushing it in Winter Ball.

      I hope he gets a long look when the inevitable Beltran/Alex injuries hit.

      • Rob

        Oh yeah, he suffered a long-term injury while in AAA but had 7 HR in 68 games which would avg around 20+ HR for a full season. Get’s on base and like you said, him and Pirela are Destroying the ball in Winter League

      • Austinmac

        His average has dropped down to about .310. The guy who has an OPS over 1.000 in the same league is Pirela.

    • Dick M

      I’ve been touting Flores for 2 years now. Saw him play in AA. Really liked his approach and his swing. But what really stuck out was the way he prepared before the game — everything with a purpose. (unlike Slade H who was the exact opposite).

    • Captain Obvious

      Where does he play? He’s not fourth OF material. That’s Chris Young.

      • Rob

        Flores plays in the OF and no, this guy will not be a 4th OF. He will be a starter. Maybe not Mike Trout or Bryce Harper material, but he will be a very good one.

        • Captain Obvious

          Where on this team?

  • Farewell Mo and Jeet

    Let’s hope that Moncada and the (hopefully) 2 first rounders this year make the list next season.

  • Rob

    People can bash the Yankees moves all they want. We want to get younger then complain when we don’t sign a 30-yr old for big money or beyotch when we do. If the Yankees stay course, thier bullpen will be just fine without Robertson for example, LHP-Justin Wilson, LHP-Jacob Lindgren, LHP-Andrew Miller, RHP-Dellin Betances, RHP-James Pazos, LHP-Tyler Webb, RHP-Adam Warren. Starting pitching will be a ? mark but in a year or so we could have, Michael Pineda, Manny Banuelos, Masahiro Tanaka, C.C. Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Luis Severino, Ty Hensley, Ian Clarkin. Not concerned with position players either with Torrens, Sanchez, Murphy, Bird, Judge, Austin, Flores, Mateo to add to what will be in place…..I myself Think the Yankees are just buying time until these guys arrive and already restocked the system by spending big time on the international market this season. Be patient, the rebuild is nearing a completion.

    • Captain Obvious

      Why cheer for any prospect when they’ve shown that prospect will likely not be a Yankee for life? We used to never worry about that. Now they’ve let two of the best at their positions walk over money.

      These Yankees let Bernie walk in 1998 to the Red Sox and let Posada walk in 2007 to the Mets. And do they give Jeter a ten year deal?

      • Wave Your Hat

        You only cheer for Yankees for life?

        • Captain Obvious

          Never had to worry about that before. Before 2013, when was the last time they let an excellent homegrown prospect walk? Pettitte? That was to Houston. Who else?

          • Wave Your Hat

            One might argue that when that time comes it is better to let the homegrown talent walk. Some would even say better a year too soon than a year too late.

            • Captain Obvious

              Like Bernie or Posada or Jeter?

              • Rob

                Lifetime Yankees dude……if you were, You would know as the rest of us do that Williams was more FORCED OUT. They didn’t re-sign him, he never retired, he was a free-agent and they never brought him back.

                • Captain Obvious

                  Not under the current regime. Bernie only came back in 1998 cause George paid more than they wanted to. Same deal with Jorge.

                  By the end, Bernie was terrible. Better that than seeing him on the Red Sux.

                  • Rob

                    the majority of these guys in the Yankees front office have been around since Bernie Williams was forced out so, yes, same regime minus George and a couple others.

                    • Captain Obvious

                      Forced out when he was below replacement level. Got it.

                      I’m talking 1998. George overruled them to sign him then.

            • Captain Obvious

              Nah, better to see Bernie playing for the Red Sox or Jorge for the Mets or Jeter for the Dodgers?

              • Wave Your Hat

                Well, the Yanks did trade Babe Ruth, remember.

            • Rob

              well put

          • Rob

            And Pettitte was almost traded in 1999 by George Steinbrenner to the Phillies for SP-Adam Eaton and OF-Reggie Taylor.

            • Captain Obvious

              Imagine if they did that because of his cost…

    • BillyBall

      you forget the next DRob in the kidd Rumbelow

      • Rob

        yeah i did. Nick Rumbelow will be a beast. Sorry for that miss.

    • nycsportzfan

      Well said Rob… I don’t get how people want us to get younger and cry when we don’t sign big ticket players which has rarley worked anyways, either. The Yanks system is looking almost as good as anyones , and thats not even mentioning the huge splash in the International FA group the Yanks made this past yr, and the fact were gonna have a fairly early 1st rd pick, at least from where the yanks are usually picking and get a 1st rd supp pick for losing Drob, and we might sign Mocada! I mean our farm is gonna be freaking awesome.

      Also the Yanks have a pretty sweet 2nd/3rd tier of prospects that could possibly end up helping one way or another in Dan Camarena, Jaron Long, Michael Oneill, Jake Cave, Brady Lail, Ramon Flores, Gosuke Katoh(one good, one bad yr), Rookie Davis, Deitrch Enns, Mike Ford, Caleb Smith, Mark Montgomery , Ben Gamel, Tyler Wade, Jordan Montgomery..etc

      Thats one deep system when you consider that is your 2nd/3rd tier of prospects.

    • Adolf Pol Pot

      I am sorry but this is not a rebuild.. What the Cubs did is a rebuild.. Some of these kids will pan out some won’t.. Once 2016 ends and Teixeira CC and Beltran’s contracts are gone and 2017 when A-Rod and Tanaka’s (if he opts out) contracts are gone you will see the Yankees rebuild..

  • Dick M

    I have a relative who works for a NL team and he’s well-placed. I saw him over Thanksgiving and I asked him if they had an opinion on Judge. What he said just about floored me. He told me that one of their development guys, a guy whose opinion they value, thinks Judge could hit 50 HRs one day.

    • nycsportzfan

      I see a basic stat line of 290 ish 30-34 Hr’s and 100-105 ribs and a 340 ish OBP in his heyday, with a rocket OF arm that rivals anyones in the league.

  • Dan A.

    It’s clear the upper level isn’t great, but it’s definitely improving. No doubt it’s better this year than last, and better last compared to the year before.

  • Captain Obvious

    So basically a whole lot of nothing for 2015. At least they aren’t constrained by player they could sign but can’t afford.

    Oh wait…

  • Bo S8

    Austin lost a year and a half due to injury. To me, AA is the benchmark before the Majors.

  • IVoted4Kodos

    I have nothing productive to add, I just want to profess my mancush on Aaron Judge.

  • TB

    Well go sign Yoan Moncada so he can take over the number 1 spot

    • BillyBall

      sign both Moncada’s and our farm system should skyrocket to a top 10 in 2015!

      • nycsportzfan

        Its going to anyways.

  • PunkPitch

    No Jagielo? Isn’t that special.

  • RetroRob

    BP is totally focused on the high-ceiling players. That means their lists have a higher bust rate.

  • Preston

    I just fundamentally disagree with the thought process behind this list. I love Jorge Mateo, every game he played was fun to follow in DOTF. Problem is he only played 15 games last year. 80 speed and the ability to stick at SS might excite. But posting above average offense in limited time as a 19 yo in rookie ball shouldn’t put you on a top prospect list. Certainly not when a first round pick like Eric Jagielo posted far better offensive numbers in his debut at Tampa. I also think that their is some prospect fatigue with Sanchez. He just finished his age 21 season as a catcher at AA. He posted above average offense while showing improvements in defense (especially in the running game). I don’t know why he’d drop out of the top 100 (where BP had him ranked pre-season) after the season he posted. Judge is a year older and hasn’t made it to AA yet, while playing the less valuable position. I like Judge a lot, but I don’t know that I’d rank him ahead of the more advanced, younger, and more defensively valuable prospect. The idea that Molina after posting a .193/.267/.260 line in rookie ball could be ranked over Tyler Austin after what he did after the All-Star break at AA and at the AzFL is pretty ridiculous.

    • RetroRob

      I hear what you’re saying, but every one of these lists (be they from BP or MLB or BA) focus on different areas. BP is clearly focused on the high ceiling part, and players like Judge and Mateo have a higher ceiling than an Austin. Yet a player like Austin or Refsnyder or Bird may go on to have far more productive MLB careers than some of these players. Maybe most of them. Heck, I remain a big supporter of Taylor Dugas, who is barely ever mentioned and for obvious reasons. He is an OFer has zero power, yet I believe out of all the players in AAA or AA right now, he would probably have the most success initially on the MLB level. I’m not saying long term, but that he would have the best chance of replicating his minor league numbers from day one, meaning he could hit .280+ and have a 350+ OBP. Unfortunately, he’d only hit one HR in the process. Nevertheless, his skill can translate to the majors, which means he’ll never get mentioned on these lists, but there is a better chance he plays in the majors for an number of seasons compared to others on this list.

      • Preston

        I have no problem with betting on upside and scouting. But when you’re talking about only 15 game of a 19 yo at rookie ball, or a very unsuccessful debut for admittedly a very young kid (17) at rookie ball, you’re in crazy town. Projectability is great. But there needs to be at least the hint of production behind it. Especially when we’re talking about guys like Jagielo, Austin or even Flores who are producing at much higher levels or even a guy like Andujar who hit .319/.367/.456 in the second half while playing full season ball as a 19 yo. If you’re going to rate Mateo off of his 15 games, or Molina after his unproductive season, you might as well have Dermis Garcia and Nelson Gomez on this list.

    • nycsportzfan

      I’m not in agreement about Mateo either. If anything he should be at the back end of the top 20 and as he progresses, work his way up the list. I actually got Rob Refsnyder as the Yanks number1 prospect. The guys done nothing but rake since before Arizona and won the WS MVP and continued to excel with almost zero resistance right through the low ranks to high ranks of the Yanks Farm System. The guy almost coulden’t of done better dating back to his college days to now. He hits for avg, some pop, can go oppo field, sick batting eye, can drive in runs.etc And hes got class act character. His defense isn’t horrible either, its just not stellar. That kid is a offensive machine.