The Yankees may have lost their top prospect in Jesus Montero earlier this offseason, but that hasn’t knocked them out of the top 10 best farm systems in the game, according to Keith Law of ESPN who ranked the Yankees at No. 10.
Law didn’t seem totally convinced that they should be ranked so high though, but he did say that he sees “star potential” in the lower levels and likes Jose Campos specifically. His problem with the system seems to be the lack of Major League ready position players in the upper levels, which is a fair assessment.
Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances headline a strong group of starters that are near major league ready though. That group also includes David Phelps, Adam Warren, and D.J. Mitchell, who will likely end up being trade bait or helping the Yankees out of the pen either this year or next.
The Yankees have stiff competition from division rivals as the Rays are No. 2 on the list and the Blue Jays are No. 3. Luckily though the Red Sox are No. 18 and the Orioles No. 17. He called the Red Sox system “terribly thin at the top” which is great news for the near future. The Padres were ranked as the best farm system in the game.