At 10 p.m. ET, MLB Network will reveal its Top 50 Prospects during an hour-long special. Already, MLB.com’s minor league guru Jonathan Mayo has announced his top 10 prospects at each position, with two Yankees making his position-by-position lists.
Coming in one spot behind Matt Moore is pretty high praise. A year ago, Banuelos was 10th on MLB.com’s list of the top lefty prospects. This year’s he’s moved up on the strength of three plus pitches that are just waiting for improved command. Dellin Betances didn’t make the right-handers list, leaving Banuelos as the only Yankees pitcher to appear on either minor league pitching list. Not out of the question for Betances to still find a spot on the top 100 prospects overall.
We all know who’s at the top of the list. Jesus Montero is still considered the top catching prospect in baseball, but Sanchez is a legitimate prospect himself. After ranking third on this list last year, Sanchez moved down only one spot after a promising but inconsistent year in Charleston. His ceiling is high, but he’s also very young. All outfielders were lumped into one group, so Mason Williams didn’t make any sort of center fielders list, and Austin Romine fell off the catchers list. Sanchez was the only Yankees hitting prospect listed in the top 10 at any position.
A few other notes from today…
• Yoenis Cespedes has become a free agent. After gaining residency in the Dominican Republic, Cespedes has completed all the steps necessary is now a player on the open market. He can begin negotiating, but still has to clear one last step before actually signing.
• The Rays are reportedly close to a deal with utility man Jeff Keppinger.
In theory, Keppinger might have been an option for the Yankees to fill that second backup infielder role.
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