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6 years ago  ::  Jan 01, 2016 - 9:36PM #2881
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For the next month the website "Pinstriped Prospects" will be counting down their Top 50 Yankees prospects. I'll post them as I get to them as well as any other lists I see as we get ready for Spring Training.

Welcome to Yankees Top 50 Prospects Month

The New Year is here! And in Pinstriped Prospects tradition January brings the Pinstriped Prospects New York Yankees top prospects list. This list is prepeared by Pinstriped Prospects writers, with all of the writers having input. In addition, we talked with scouts, players, coaches and more to work on our rankings.

Beginning today and all throughout the month of January we will reveal which Yankees prospects made our Top 50 prospect lists with profiles on every player. Each day this month at least 2 profiles will be released per day with the Top 2 prospect profiles being released on January 31. After Top Prospect Month ends we will release our brand new Top Prospect Tracker for 2016.

We hope you enjoy the profiles on the Yankees top 50 prospects.

6 years ago  ::  Jan 01, 2016 - 9:42PM #2882
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Yankees Top Prospect #50 - Jhalan Jackson

Drafted in June 2015 in the seventh round of the First-Year-Player Draft by the Yankees out of Florida Southern College, right-fielder Jhalan Jackson had an impressive professional debut. He showcased big raw power, something that is increasingly difficult to find in baseball.

In college Jhalan hit .417 during the 2015 season for Florida Southern with 20 home runs, 13 doubles and 2 triples in 175 at bats. He walked 16 times over 45 games was hit by a pitch 10 times. After signing with the Yankees he was immediately assigned to the Staten Island Yankees where he was penciled in as their regular right-fielder.

In his first professional season Jackson impressed with 2 home runs in his first 2 games, including a monster home run in his second game that cut through MCU Park like nothing as well as driving in 6 runs. "The first thing that stands out is his power," Staten Island manager Pat Osborn told us during the season.

Jhalan went on to hit .266 in his first professional season with 5 home runs, 14 doubles, 2 triples, 34 runs batted in and 4 stolen bases over 49 games. It was a solid professional debut for the power-hitting prospect but he battled through several injuries including a thumb injury early in the year and back soreness in the second half. In the post-season he returned to action with a home run in his only appearance.

While older than most in the league, Jackson will turn 23 in Feburary, he showed the ability to make adjustments on the fly as well as hit the ball to all fields but his real strength is raw power. During games he displayed a good eye at the plate, letting tough pitches go by while he worked the count to find the pitch he needed to drive the ball deep. He routinely hit the ball out of the ballpark during batting practice and before the injuries was displaying that power in game action.

In the field Jhalan was no slouch either, in right field he used his size and good speed to cover a lot of ground in right field and when runners attempted to advance he showed off his above-average arm. Though he was older than most at his level Jackson has a floor higher than most. It will not be surprising to see him skip Low-A Charleston and instead open up the 2016 season with the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League.

6 years ago  ::  Jan 01, 2016 - 9:45PM #2883
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Yankees Top Prospect #49 - Dermis Garcia

The New York Yankees signed Dermis Garcia for $3,000,000 as part of the huge international free agent haul the Yankees got in 2014. At the time Garcia was ranked as the 9th prospect in the IFA class by Baseball America as well as the #1 prospect in the class by MLB.com and many felt that he was the best home run hitter in the class.

Originally a shortstop, the Yankees moved Garcia over to third base to start his professional career, one that got delayed due to an injury. He skipped the Dominican Summer League and made his professional debut as a 17-year-old in the Gulf Coast League. In his first game on July 24, 2015 against the GCL Braves he went 2-for-3 with 1 run scored and 2 RBI. He went on to struggle though, hitting just .159 in 23 games with 11 hits over 69 at bats and 2 doubles and 9 walks. He has yet to hit a home run as a professional.

Dermis has a lot of raw talent that cannot be discarded. He possesses good bat speed, natural raw power and the raw tools that could see him develop into at least an above-average defender at third base. Scouts liked what they have seen out of him but he just needs to show it in game action. His struggles this year could be attributed to missing time due to injury. He struck out 25 times in the season, a number that is troubling. At 17-years old he is still young and could likely find himself repeating the Gulf Coast League in 2016.

6 years ago  ::  Jan 01, 2016 - 9:50PM #2884
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Yankees Top Prospect #48 - Carlos Vidal

Carlos Vidal was signed by the New York Yankees as an international free agent out of Lorica, Columbia as an 18-year old in May 2014. As an under-the-radar type signing there was little to no fan-fare. He immediately went to the Yankees complex in the Dominican Republic to begin his career.

Carlos played in 56 games in the Dominican Summer League in 2014 for the DSL Yankees 2 team and impressed with a batting average of .365 over 219 at bats. He had 80 hits with 13 doubles, 7 triples and 1 home run while driving in 35 runs and scoring 65 himself. Throughout the season he walked 42 times while striking out 32 times. The performance was impressive and he went on to make his debut in the United States that September as part of the 2014 Florida Instructional League.

Vidal's performance in the Dominican Summer League as well as his time in the instructional league impressed the Yankees enough to have him skip the Gulf Coast League completely and spend the 2015 season with the Pulaski Yankees in their inaugural season. With the Pulaski Yankees he impressed many more, hitting .303 over 60 games with 74 hits in 244 at bats. Of those 74 hits, 15 were doubles, 2 were triples and 9 were home runs. He drove in 46 runs while scoring 49 himself. His performance during the season earned him a spot on the Appalachian League post-season All-Star team.

On the defensive side Carlos has been playing mostly centerfield but in the long-term profiles more as a left-fielder. He has earned comparisons to former New York Yankees prospect Ramon Flores except with more power potential. He has good speed and has the tools to be an above-average defender in the outfield, the question would be his bat and if it continues to stay hot as he is challenged at the higher levels of the farm system.

Vidal is slated to begin the 2016 season with the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League, where he will most likely be their regular centerfielder.

6 years ago  ::  Jan 25, 2016 - 10:39PM #2885
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New York Yankees Top 20 prospects for 2016

John Sickels (SB Nation)

The list and grades are blending of present performance and long-term potential. Comments are welcome, but in the end all analysis and responsibility is mine. Full reports on all of the players can be found in the 2016 Baseball Prospect Book. We are now taking pre-order for the book, so order early and often!

All of these grades are preliminary and subject to change.


Grade A prospects are the elite. In theory, they have a good chance of becoming stars or superstars. Theoretically, most Grade A prospects develop into stars or at least major league regulars, if injuries or other problems don't intervene. Note that is a major "if" in some cases.

Grade B prospects have a good chance to enjoy successful careers. Some will develop into stars, some will not. Most end up spending several years in the majors, at the very least in a marginal role.

Grade C prospects are the most common type. These are guys who have something positive going for them, but who may have a question mark or three, or who are just too far away from the majors to get an accuarte feel for. A few grade C guys, especially at the lower levels, do develop into stars. Many end up as role players or bench guys. Some don't make it at all.

Finally, keepin mind that all grades are shorthand. You have to read the full comment in the book for the full analysis about a player, the letter grade only tells you so much. A Grade C prospect in rookie ball could end up being very impressive, while a Grade C prospect in Triple-A is likely just a future role player.

1) Gary Sanchez, C, Grade B+: Age 23, hit .274/.330/.485 with 18 homers, 29 walks, 78 strikeouts in 365 at-bats in Double-A/Triple-A, threw out 37% of stealers with significant reductions in passed ball and error rates as receiving improved. Can stay behind the plate, getting to his power more often, and seems to have matured emotionally after previous problems.

2) Jorge Mateo, SS, Grade B+: Age 20, hit .278/.345/.392 between Low-A and High-A with strong run late (.321/.374/.452 for Tampa), stole 82 bases, 43/98 BB/K in 449 at-bats. Top-shelf speed and uses it well, may or may not develop more power, tools fit at shortstop but needs more polish as you'd expect given his age. You can make a good case to rank him ahead of Sanchez and I may ultimately do so when the Top 150 prospects list comes out in March.

3) Aaron Judge, OF, Grade B+/B: Age 23 (24 in April), hit .284/.350/.516 with 12 homers in 250 at-bats in Double-A then .224/.308/.373 with eight homers in 228 at-bats in Triple-A. Huge 6-7 wingspan and the power to match, has some pure hitting skills though Triple-A pitchers were able to contain him more often than not, an under-rated fielder. Impact powre but still uncertain what his batting average and OBP will look like.

4) James Kaprielian, RHP, Grade B+/B: Age 21 (22 in March), first round pick out of UCLA, ace of the staff there, good curve, good slider, good change-up, throws strikes, main question revolves around fastball which was 88-92 in college but hit 93-96 in the New York-Penn League. Very polished; an Aaron Nola-like rapid rise is possible under the right conditions.

5) Domingo Acevedo, RHP, Grade B: Age 21, posted 1.69 ERA with 53/15 K/BB in 48 innings in New York-Penn League, huge guy (6-6, 240) with huge fastball (95-100 mph, peaking at 102-103 according to some reports), good change-up, breaking ball is inconsistent. Questions about command and long-term role, could be dominant ace-type if breaking ball comes along, perhaps a closer if it doesn't.

6) Rob Refsnyder, 2B, Grade B-/B: Age 24, hit .271/.359/.401 in Triple A then .302/.348/.512 in 43 major league at-bats. Not toolsy but knows how to play, solid hitter with surprising pop and decent strike zone judgement, main problem is finding a place in the lineup given mediocre glove at second base. Has college experience in the outfield, could be versatile roster asset with nice bat.

7) Wilkerman Garcia, SS, Grade B-: Age 17, hit .281/.396/.347 with 25 walks, 19 strikeouts in 121 at-bats in Gulf Coast League, signed for $1,350,000 in 2014 as part of huge Yankees international class, definitely the most advanced of the lot at this point as several of the others (notably Dermis Garcia, Juan De Leon) have been disappointing or mediocre so far. Wilkerman shows excellent strike zone judgement, runs well, may develop some power, has tools for shortstop but needs experience. Could plausibly be at the top of this list within 12 months.

8) Dustin Fowler, OF, Grade B-/C+: Age 21, hit .307/.340/.419 in High-A then .289/.328/.370 in Double-A, stole 30 bases. Good athlete with nice swing from left side, speed, good reviews for his defense, main question is power projection. Some risk of tweenerdom and more likely a role player, albeit a good one, than a regular in my view.

9) Kyle Holder, SS, Grade B-/C+: Age 21, first round pick in 2015 from University of San Diego, hit disappointing .213/.273/.253 in New York-Penn League. Fine athlete and major league-ready with the glove, could be Gold Glove eventually if he hits enough to play regularly, which is a serious question. Makes contact but lack of power was a big problem in NY-P.

10) Ian Clarkin, LHP, Grade B-/C+: Age 20, missed season with sore elbow but pitched in Arizona Fall League and looked rust. When healthy, throws strikes with lively fastball, curve, change combination and looks like a number three starter, maybe more. Big question is durability.

11 Jacob Lindgren, LHP, Grade C+/B-: Age 22, hard-thrower was in the majors within a year of being drafted out of Mississippi State, closer potential but went down in June with bone spurs. Command, durability key concerns.

ANALYST NOTE: Grade C+ prospecs in the 12-20 slots can be ordered in many different ways with good logic. Consider this more of a tiered approach in comparison to the top 11 rather than an exact ordering.

12) Tyler Wade, INF, Grade C+: Age 21, hit .280/.349/.353 with 31 steals in 368 at-bats in High-A but just .204/.224/.265 in 113 at-bats in Double-A, strike zone got away from him at higher levels (two walks, 24 strikeouts). One of many interesing infielders but lacks the ultimate ceiling of Mateo or Garcia, doesn't have Holder's glove or Refsnyder's bat. Best attribute is speed.

13) Abiatal Avelino, INF, Grade C+: Age 20, hit .252/.309/.321 with 38 steals in High-A, best attribute is defense, solid at shortstop and excellent at second base, steals more on instinct than pure speed. Like Wade, he is very interesting but doesn't have the broad skill base of Mateo or Garcia.

14) Mason Williams, OF, Grade C+: Age 24, just as everyone was giving up on him he turned career around with .318/.397/.398 run through high minors, promoted to majors, played eight games (.286/.318/.571) then hurt his shoulder. Skills looked much better until the injury. Attitude questions have been his biggest problem, not tools. Impossible to predict, your guess is as good as anyone else's. My guess is that he's a fourth outfielder.

15) Ben Gamel, OF, Grade C+: Age 23, breakout season in Triple-A with .300/.358/.472 line, 28 doubles, 14 triples, 10 homers, 13 steals, 46 walks, 108 strikeouts in 500 at-bats. Has never hit like this before although scouts have respected his swing since high school and he has bloodlines as Mat Gamel's younger brother. Does not have Williams' athletic gifts but could have similar value as fourth outfielder.

16) Drew Finley, RHP, Grade C+: Age 19, third round pick in 2015 from San Diego high school, posted 3.94 ERA with 41/19 K/BB in 32 innings in Appy League. Advanced curveball and change-up for his age, fastball average at this point but may pick up, good reputation for makeup, pitchability.

17) Hoy Jun Park, SS, Grade C+: Age 19, hit .239/.351/.383 with 12 steals, 34 walks, 50 strikeouts in 222 at-bats in Appy League. $1,000,000 signing out of Korea, another guy with shortstop tools and fairly polished for his age, lacks strength with the bat but showed a decent eye, has potential to improve as a hitter.

18) Cale Coshow, RHP, Grade C+: Age 23, easy to miss as season was split between three levels but posted combined 2.45 ERA with 97/28 K/BB in 114 innings, 85 hits, finished well in Double-A. 94-97 fastball, some reports at 99-100, plus slider as well, command took a step forward. Change-up need more work, huge guy at 6-5, 260. Intriguing sleeper prospect.

19) Miguel Andujar, 3B, Grade C+: Age 20, hit .243/.288/.363 in High-A, which was league-average production for power-starved Florida State League. Season was virtually identical to Low-A campaign in 2014, including cold start, hot finish, and erratic defense. Hard to give up on very strong arm at third base but needs a lot of polish.

20) Luis Torrens, C, Grade C+: Age 19, missed season with labrum tear, tough injury for a catcher. Before injury showed above-average tools as both hitter and defender but we need to see how his recovery looks in the spring.

OTHER GRADE C+: Chance Adams, RHP; Jeff Degano, LHP; Jordan Montgomery, LHP; Nick Rumbelow, RHP.

OTHERS OF NOTETrey Amburgey, OF; Luis Cessa, RHP; Domingo German, RHP; Isiah Gilliam OF-1B; Nick Goody, RHP; Chad Green, RHP; Slade Heathcott, OF; Jhalan Jackson, OF; Brady Lail, RHP; James Pazos, LHP; Carlos Vidal, OF. 

6 years ago  ::  Jan 26, 2016 - 3:04PM #2886
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MLB.com is also releasing their top 10 prospects at each position daily. So far Gary Sanchez came in as the 2nd best catcher prospect in baseball and Rob Refsnyder as the No. 9 second base prospect. Their scouting reports:

Gary Sanchez Rank: 2

Position: C

Bats: R Throws: R

Signed: July 2, 2009 - NYY

ETA: 2016

Age: 23 DOB: 12/02/1992

Height: 6'2" Weight: 230 lb.

Scouting grades: Hit: 45; Power: 60; Run: 30; Arm: 70; Field: 45; Overall: 55

"Five years ago, the Yankees had the top two consensus catching prospects in baseball in the similarly tooled Jesus Montero and Sanchez. But Montero turned into a bust after getting traded to the Mariners and Sanchez seemed to be following in his footsteps as scouts questioned his receiving skills, work ethic and maturity. He turned it around in 2015, however, capping a strong year by making his big league debut in September and starring in the Arizona Fall League.

Sanchez earned a $3 million bonus when he signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2009 thanks to two standout tools: huge raw power and an exceptionally strong arm. Both were evident in the Fall League, which he led in homers (seven) and throwing out basestealers (62 percent). Sanchez's combination of bat speed, strength and loft in his right-handed swing allow him to drive balls great distances.

Sanchez can still get overly aggressive at the plate, which hampers his ability to hit for average, and his receiving and blocking still need more polish. But he did show improvement in those facets of his game and played with more passion in 2015. If Sanchez stays behind the plate and realizes his power potential, he can be an All-Star."

Rob Refsnyder Rank: 9

Position: 2B

Bats: R Throws: R

Drafted: 2012, 5th (187) - NYY

ETA: 2016

Age: 24 DOB: 03/26/1991

Height: 6'1" Weight: 205 lb.

Scouting grades: Hit: 55; Power: 40; Run: 50; Arm: 50; Field: 40; Overall: 50

"The Most Outstanding Player at the 2012 College World Series, Refsnyder hit .476 with two homers to lead Arizona to the national title. A corner outfielder for the Wildcats, he lacked the power to profile there as a pro, so the Yankees moved him to second base during instructional league following his pro debut. Refsnyder's defense is still a work in progress, but he homered in his second big league game last July and was on New York's AL Wild Card Game roster in October.

The best pure hitter in the Yanks' system, Refsnyder batted .290/.380/.432 in his first four Minor League seasons and put up even better numbers in his initial exposure to the Majors. He recognizes pitches and manages the strike zone better than most players. Refsnyder's compact right-handed stroke yields line drives to all fields and he projects to top out at 12-15 homers per season.

While Refsnyder has improved at second base, he's not a smooth defender and likely won't ever be more than adequate there. He's not suited for the left side of the infield, though he has the average speed and arm strength to get the job done on an outfield corner."

The shortstop rankings come out today and I expect Jorge Mateo to be on there so I'll post his scouting report as well. Aaron Judge could also be on the outfield list which comes out Thursday. The top 100 prospect rankings come out Friday.

6 years ago  ::  Jan 29, 2016 - 10:05AM #2887
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Jorge Mateo was left off of MLB.com's list of Top 10 shortstop prospects. Aaron Judge did come in at #8 on their outfield prospect list. And while they didn't give him much of a scouting report or mention his second half struggles at all here is the report:

Aaron Judge Rank: 8

Position: OF

Bats: R Throws: R

Drafted: 2013, 1st (32) - NYY

ETA: 2016

Age: 23 DOB: 04/26/1992

Height: 6'7" Weight: 275 lb.

Scouting grades: Hit: 50; Power: 60; Run: 50; Arm: 60; Field: 50; Overall: 55

"At 6-foot-7 and 275 pounds, Judge looks like he'd be at home on a football field (he had college football offers to play tight end) or a basketball court (he physically resembles NBA star Blake Griffin). As a high schooler, he drew interest as a right-handed pitcher. But Judge's destiny is to become a slugging right-fielder, and his upside landed him $1.8 million as the 32nd overall choice in the 2013 Draft.

Built along the lines of Giancarlo Stanton, Judge has similar strength, leverage and huge raw power. He focused on working counts and the middle of the field during his 2014 pro debut, but he started to turn his right-handed swing loose more often last season. Depending on how much Judge balances power versus discipline, he could be a higher-average hitter with 20 or so homers per season or more of a masher who delivers 30-plus long balls.

An excellent athlete for his size, Judge has average speed and a strong arm. He has spent the bulk of his pro career in right field, but could play left and fill in in center if needed."

6 years ago  ::  Feb 26, 2016 - 11:08PM #2888
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Yankees top 30 prospects according to MLB.com along with age and highest level of experience.

1. Jorge Mateo SS (Age 20) (A+)

2. Aaron Judge OF (Age 23) (AAA)

3. Gary Sanchez C (Age 23) (MLB)

4. James Kaprielian RHP (Age 21) (Short Season A)

5. Wilkerman Garcia SS (Age 17) (Rookie)

6. Dustin Fowler OF (Age 21) (A+)

7. Domingo Acevedo RHP (Age 21) (Short Season A)

8. Tyler Wade SS/2B (Age 21) (AA)

9. Rob Refsnyder 2B (Age 24) (MLB)

10. Ian Clarkin LHP (Age 21) (A+)

11. Jacob Lindgren LHP (Age 22) (MLB)

12. Luis Torrens C (Age 19) (A)

13. Ben Gamel OF (Age 23) (AAA)

14. Hoy Jun Park SS (Age 19) (Rookie)

15. Miguel Andujar 3B (Age 20) (A+)

16. Drew Finley RHP (Age 19) (Rookie)

17. Mason Williams OF (Age 24) (MLB)

18. Slade Heathcott OF (Age 25) (MLB)

19. Brady Lail RHP (Age 22) (AAA)

20. Jordan Montgomery LHP (Age 23) (A+)

21. Chance Adams RHP(Age 21) (A+)

22. Cale Coshow RHP (Age 23) (AA)

23. Kyle Holder SS (Age 21) (Short Season A)

24. Jeff Degano LHP (Age 23) (Short Season A)

25. James Pazos LHP (Age 24) (MLB)

26. Bryan Mitchell RHP (Age 24) (MLB)

27. Leonardo Molina OF (Age 18) (Rookie)

28. Thairo Estrada 2B/SS (Age 20) (Short Season A)

29. Donny Sands 3B (Age 19) (A)

30. Trey Amburgey OF (Age 21) (Short Season A)

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