Baseball America Yankees Top 10 Prospects
1. Gary Sanchez, c
2. Slade Heathcott, of
3. Mason Williams, of
4. J.R. Murphy, c
5. Eric Jagielo, 3b
6. Aaron Judge, of
7. Ian Clarkin, lhp
8. Greg Bird, 1b
9. Luis Severino, rhp
10. Gosuke Katoh, 2b
No surprise Sanchez is 1st, in fact the gap between him and the rest of the list is probably pretty decent. From what I've read, Sanchez should be able to stay behind the plate long term which is a plus. He didn't have an overwhelming year in A+ with a 108 wRC+ in 399 PA but did well as a 20 year old in AA with a 113 wRC+ in 110 PA. He's still young for the league and I'm excited to see how he does this year in what will probably be a full year of AA ball.
Heathcott was finally able to stay healthy for a decent chunk of time before finishing the year injured. Still he managed to play over 100 games in a year for the 1st time in his career and had a decent 104 wRC+. Not a great year but the fact he stayed healthy that long leaves me with a glass half full outlook towards him for 2014. Needs to breakout this year though.
Williams was a huge, huge disappointment last year. Such a shame since he pretty much killed his trade value when the Yankees could really use it too. Had an early season DUI arrest, hit below average in A+ with a 95 wRC+ in 461 PA, didn't even hit in the Arizona Fall League which is an offensive league. Hopefully he can bounce back.
J.R. Murphy was one of the few bright spots last year. Hit well in AA and AAA last year. If they don't trade him, I think he can pass Romine on the depth chart with a strong 2014. Theoretically in a perfect world I suppose the Yankees hope he and Sanchez could split the catching duties in NY in a few seasons if they both reach their potential.
Loved the Jagielo pick and hope he can be one of those prospects that comes out of college and can get fast tracked through the minors. Also love the Judge pick but he seems like he's more of a project long term. Hopefully the Yankees don't destroy Clarkin like they tend to have done for at least a decade now to pitchers. Love the upside he has though and it's worth noting that the previous year's 1st round pick, Hensley will finally be healthy to play this year.
I'm interested in how Katoh does this year. Had monster GCL numbers which mean nothing (looking at you Dante Bichette Jr.) and supposedly the Yankees are going to get him on a throwing program so he can use his fantastic defense at SS which would increase his value.
Overall not a strong farm system at all and they have had a few down years now but hopefully some of these guys bust out this year.