Baseball America’s Top 10 Yankees Prospects Pre-2012

It’s still not due out for another week or two, but Baseball America’s list of the top 10 Yankees prospects was leaked today by River Ave Blues (H/T to @Leokitty).

Here is the list:

  1. Jesus Montero
  2. Manny Banuelos
  3. Dellin Betances
  4. Gary Sanchez
  5. Mason Williams
  6. Dante Bichette Jr.
  7. Ravel Santana
  8. Austin Romine
  9. J.R. Murphy
  10. Slade Heathcott

The Yankees top three has changed as Banuelos and Sanchez have swapped positions. That is probably due to Banuelos reaching Triple-A and Sanchez struggling with consistency and discipline issues.

Andrew Brackman has dropped off the list entirely after being released a year after being listed as no. 5 on this list. Romine dropped from no. 6 to no. 8. He is still a prospect, but his bat hasn’t progressed as much as people hoped it would. Heathcott also dropped one spot after dealing with more shoulder injuries. Brandon Laird was no. 10 last season and was pushed off the list by stronger prospects this time around.

Hector Noesi and Eduardo Nunez both graduated from the list. The newcomers are Williams, Bichette, and Santana. All three had very impressive seasons at the very lowest levels of the organization and are big names to keep an eye on in upcoming years. Santana finished the season on the DL after a nasty ankle injury, but it sounds like he’ll be ready to go by spring training.

I actually like this group more than last year’s group even though the farm system as a whole took a step back over the past year. That was natural of course because everything went right in 2010. Nothing went bad in 2011, but it’s hard to replicate the kind of success they had the year before.

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3 Responses to Baseball America’s Top 10 Yankees Prospects Pre-2012

  1. John says:

    Im excited to see Montero for a full season. Hope he hits his way into the everyday lineup.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    Didn't Brackman sign with the Reds? And if Noesi and Nunez have "graduated" hasn't Montero? They are giving him the DH job. With contracts coming up, I really want to see 2 players a year come off this list onto the club.

    • George D. says:

      Noesi and Nunez r off the list cause they basically played a full season with the New York Yankees while Montero played barely a month. We still do not know what he can do over a full MAJOR LEAGUE season that why he is still considered a prospect.