ESPN’s Keith Law ranks the top 10 Yankees prospects

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For those that follow the farm system quite closely, here’s a small cheat sheet for you as the Yankees head into Spring Training. ESPN Insider Keith Law ranked the top 10 Yankees prospects in their depleted farm system (out of 30 teams, the Yankees farm system ranked #20). You have to be an ESPN Insider subscriber to view the entire article but I just so happened to have the list of the top 10 Yankees prospects:

1. Gary Sanchez, C
2. Tyler Austin, RF
3. Mason Williams, CF
4. J.R. Murphy, C
5. Slade Heathcott, CF
6. Aaron Judge, CF
7. Ian Clarkin, LHP
8. Eric Jagielo, 3B
9. Luis Severino, RHP
10. Greg Bird, 1B

There is some concern about some of the players on the list. The one player that I was surprised to see on the prospect list was J.R. Murphy. Law believes Murphy could be an every day catcher for a ball club one day, and although it could happen, right now there’s no spot for him to win an every day job. The only way there’s any shot Murphy becomes an every day catcher is if he’s traded or he signs elsewhere once he becomes a free agent.

Law also worries Slade Heathcott might have an issue with staying healthy, hindering his chances of becoming an every day player. He’s already had two surgeries in his short career and that’s docked off prospect points. “He couldn’t run, his reads in center were poor, and his makeup has never been his strong suit. Heathcott fell off the top 100 entirely, and I don’t see him returning there until he has a full, productive season.”

When it comes to players  making a difference in 2014, “other than some relief help from someone like right-hander Mark Montgomery or hard-throwing and often-hurt Jose Ramirez (No. 11 in their system), the Yankees aren’t likely to give any significant playing time to rookies this year.”

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3 Responses to ESPN’s Keith Law ranks the top 10 Yankees prospects

  1. Not really an exciting list. In that top 5, the player with the best OPS was J.R. Murphy with .773. Murphy has really only made it that high on the list because everyone else has done so poorly. The players that did have productive seasons are at the lowest levels and won't even sniff the majors for a few years now.

    Banuelos will pop back on the list by midseason if he can stay healthy though. Campos too.

    • Kevin says:

      What about DePaula? I thought for sure he would have been in the top 10.

      • Not based on last season. He started out great, but was awful when he was promoted to High-A. He finished with a 4.29 ERA, an 11.6 K/9 and a 4.2 BB/9. He has promise, but tanking after a promotion isn't going to land you on a lot of good lists.