Baseball America released their list of the top 100 prospects in the nation today and the Yankees are well represented with six players landing on the list. That’s more than any teams except for the Rays and Royals.
Here are the Yankees on the list and where they rank:
- 3: Jesus Montero, C
- 30: Gary Sanchez, C
- 41: Manuel Banuelos, LHP
- 43: Dellin Betances, RHP
- 78: Andrew Brackman, RHP
- 98: Austin Romine, C
BA already released their Top 10 Yankees prospects list so the order isn’t surprising. The only surprise to me is that six and not four or five Yankees made the list.
Montero moved up from no. 4 on the list a year ago, although the three players in front of him a year ago all graduated so he was actually leapfrogged by two players (Bryce Harper and Mike Trout). Romine was the only other Yankee on this list a year ago when he checked in at no. 86 so he slid a bit. Betances (’07) and Brackman (’09) were both on this list in the past, but fell off. So it’s nice to see them back on it. Banuelos and Sanchez are first timers.
This should serve as a reminder that the Yankees do things a bit differently these days. In the past they really didn’t care about the draft or developing players. Today they put a lot of emphasis on that. If you include Arodys Vizcaino, they actually had seven players on this list originally drafted or signed by the Yankees. Only the Royals can top that.
Now hopefully some of these players can either fulfill their potential or be useful trade chips.
The above photo of Gary Sanchez by Robert Pimpsner.