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Another Yankees Top 10 prospects list (and it looks familiar)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 30, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

What did I write this morning? That this seems to be the time of year for prospect rankings? Well, we now have another one, and it seems to be building a general consensus among national outlets that do this sort of thing. Today it was Keith Law at ESPN.com who released his Yankees Top 10 list. The list should look fairly familiar.

Sanchez1. 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

The exactly numbers are shuffled at little bit, but ESPN, Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America each has Sanchez, Williams, Murphy, Heathcott, Judge, Clarkin, Jagielo and Bird somewhere in its Yankees top 10. MLB.com — which has rankings that seem to always stray from the norm; not that it’s a bad thing — has five of those players in its own Yankees top 10. Baseball America is the only one that doesn’t have Austin (BA doesn’t have him in its Top 10; the others still have him Top Five). Baseball Prospectus is high on Jose Ramirez. MLB.com is high on Rafael DePaula.

For the most part, though, Law’s group of 10 — aside from the exact order — has something close to universal approval.

We’re all well aware that the Yankees farm system as a whole is not very highly touted. It comes with a lot of risk-reward (a lot of young guys who have upside but also a long way to go; also a lot of high-end talent coming back from injury problems). There’s a chance none of Law’s top 10 will burn through his rookie status in 2014 — really, Murphy’s the only one with a truly strong chance of playing any sort of big league role this year — meaning all 10 of these guys could be eligible for the list again next year.

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