2008 Pre-Draft Top 30 Prospects List

The third point of the season isn’t the best time to take stock and assess how the prospects in the minors are doing, but that’s not going to stop me. There’s been a decent amount of movement at the top, which is the result of just about everything: graduation, injuries, ineffectiveness, hissy fits and domination.

Here’s my updated look at the Yanks’ top 30 prospects, as they stand the day before some fresh blood is infused into the system. You can check out my preseason list for comparisons sake.

  1. Joba Chamberlain, RHPright at 50 IP for his career, so he hasn’t passed the rookie limit yet … i think we’re all looking forward to seeing him in the rotation for the rest of the year (or at the least the smart ones are)
  2. Jesus Montero, Csurpassed all expectations for this year, there’s no one in the draft class that can knock him from this spot
  3. Austin Jackson, CFimproved his plate discipline, hitting for power, playing good D … there’s a lot to like here
  4. JB Cox, RHPcame back from TJ like a champ, much better than I expected
  5. Mark Melancon, RHPsee above
  6. Zach McAllister, RHPwent from sleeper to stud thanks to his lights out first half
  7. Dellin Betances, RHPthe walks are high, and the tired shoulder is a minor concern, but he’s doing about all you could ask him to do in his first attempt at full-season ball
  8. Ross Ohlendorf, RHPyep, he’s technically still a prospect, and he’s better than his numbers suggest
  9. Alan Horne, RHP if it wasn’t for the biceps injury, he would probably be in the bigs
  10. Andrew Brackman, RHPtoo much talent to ignore, TJ or not
  11. Jose Tabata, RFif you want to act like a baby I’ll rank you like one … lucky for him he’s just 19
  12. Brett Gardner, CFhitting for enough power to keep pitchers honest, and that’s all he needs
  13. Jeff Marquez, RHPfinding out that Triple-A hitters make you pay when you don’t get the ball down
  14. Carmen Angelini, SSnot the best start to the year, but he’s young for his league and has loads of ability
  15. David Robertson, RHPjust keeps mowing guys down
  16. Dan McCutchen, RHPis he the guy that dominated Double-A, or the guy that’s scuffling in Triple-A?
  17. Abe Almonte, CFflashing all 5 tools and putting up the numbers … stud
  18. Austin Romine, Chaving an impressive year at the dish and behind it, which is more than you can ask from a teenage catcher in full season ball
  19. Chris Garcia, RHPgetting back into game action was step 1, step 2 is putting in the work needed to be great, because he’s got all the talent he’d ever need
  20. Colin Curtis, LFnot flashy, but he does everything just good enough
  21. Jairo Heredia, RHPtoo bad I don’t know what the “upper body injury” was
  22. Humberto Sanchez, RHPstill MIA
  23. Bradley Suttle, 3Bmashed his way into the top 20 between injuries this year after a brutal debut last year
  24. Juan Miranda, 1Bshoulder issues have sapped his power, but it was already clear that he’s a classic platoon first baseman/DH
  25. Kevin Whelan, RHPalmost a forgotten man in the system
  26. Ryan Pope, RHPenigmatic isn’t the right word, but he’s … unique
  27. Frankie Cervelli, Cholding down a spot based on reputation after the injury
  28. Mike Dunn, LHPhopefully he won’t be the top ranked lefty when I do the post-draft list, no offense to Mike
  29. Edwar Ramirez, RHPstill prospect eligible, and still striking out almost 2 batters an inning
  30. Justin Snyder, 2Ball he does is get on base and score runs

2008 Preseason Top 30 Prospects

No fancy intro today, I gave you the schpeel yesterday. The Yanks have a pretty obvious top 4 prospects, and an even more obvious #1. After that though, opinions vary because everybody has their own preferences, and that’s perfectly fine. I’m hear to tell you what mine are. One thing we can all agree on is that it’s a great time to be fan of the farm system, because the system hasn’t been this stacked since the law firm of Johnson, Soriano & Henson roamed the upper levels.

Yesterday I gave you the guys who just missed the cut, today you get the rest of the list. I find the last 8 guys on the list (plus the 5 just misses) to be very interchangeable, which is a good thing because they’re all #23 caliber prospects, not #30 types. Lemme know what you think in the comments. The good stuff is comes after the jump.

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2007 Midseason Top 30 Prospects

I wasn’t planning on putting together a midseason list, but once I saw that everyone else doing it, I figured I might as well join the party. You can catch Fabian’s Top 30 List here and EJ’s here. I’m not going to go into too much detail because not all that much has changed as far as individual scouting reports and stuff like that. You can find my Preseason Top 30 list here, for comparisons sake. List after the jump.

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2007 Preseason Top 30 Prospects

The landscape of the Yanks’ farm system has changed pretty dramatically since last season, thanks to some crafty wheeling and dealing on Cash Money‘s part.  The Sheff and Unit deals landed the Yanks a total of 6 prospects (5 pitchers), all but one of whom jump right into my Top 30. It’s not all good news though, as elbow troubles have set back the careers of 3 of the Yanks’ most promising young arms: Christian Garcia, Mark Melancon, and most recently, JB Cox.

I had planned on giving a scouting report for each player, but Fabian of RLYW and EJ of Pending Pinstripes/Pinstripes Potentials have already done that this offseason, so I’m not going to regurgitate that info. Instead, I’m just going to tell you what I think about the kid. Even though he technically is a rookie and a prospect, I didn’t include Kei Igawa because of his experience in Japan. In case you’re wondering, I would have ranked him #9.Â

So here it is:

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