Yesterday we found out that ESPN’s prospect guru Keith Law ranked the Yankees farm system as the 10th best in the majors. Today he released his Top 100 Prospects of 2012 list and there were four current Yankee farm hands included.
Lefty Manny Banuelos was the only one in the top 25, coming in at No. 23, a full 11 spots behind where he was last year. Law said that Banuelos’ velocity was down last season and his command and control were off as well. He said that as long as his command returns, Banuelos still projects as a solid No. 2 starter.
Behind him is Mason Williams, who was a bit of a surprise at No. 34 on the list. Law called Williams an outstanding athlete who was much better than expected last season. Law called the quality of his at bats as the most impressive part of his game and said that he’s barely begun to scratch the surface of his ability.
Gary Sanchez climbs 13 spots this season and finds himself at No. 55 on the list. Law admitted that last season Sanchez saw both positives and negatives, but said that his bat is more advanced than anybody thought. He did add that Sanchez needs to put real effort in if he’s going to be a, “worthy successor to Jorge Posada.”
Dropping 10 spots to No. 83 was Dellin Betances. Law said scouts see him more as a reliever at this point because of command issues. He said his curveball is “wildly inconsistent” and said he struggles to maintain a consistent delivery too. Looking for something good? Law said he has size and velocity that can’t be taught.
That’s it for Yankees on the list. Former Yankees Jesus Montero was ranked at No. 9 on the list and Arodys Vizcaino, who was traded for Javier Vazquez, was ranked at No. 14. Andrew Brackman, who is now with the Reds, fell off the list completely and Austin Romine, who was on the list two years ago, was also nowhere to be seen.