Comparing the Yankees To Other Likely Top-6 Farm Systems

[image title=”jesus_montero” size=”full” id=”24033″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Yesterday, we learned that Jim Callis regards the Yankees as a top-6 farm system in baseball. Accompanying them are probably going to be Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Cleveland and possibly two of  Minnesota, Atlanta and Oakland. Among this group, how to the Yankees rank?

At the top of each organization, the Yankees probably have the best prospect. Jesus Montero’s main competition for the title probably includes Jeremy Hellickson in Tampa and the Kansas City trio of Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers, and Mike Moustakas. I think Montero is a pretty clear choice  over that group – Hellickson is a really good prospect, but probably not a perennial all-star like Montero should be. Hosmer is a 1st baseman without a ton of power (though great at everything else), Montero will hit far better than Myers, and Moustakas is the worst player of the bunch. Montero’s your best player here.

Right below them, the Yankees rank two of Manuelos, Brackman, Sanchez, Betances, and Noesi at spots 2 and 3. No one in the group compares favorably to Kansas City’s dynamic group, led by the previously mentioned Wil Myers and Mike Moustakas. Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings and Matt Moore are clearly better than any of them too. However, the Yankees definitely have an edge up on Cleveland’s Alex White and Jason Kipinis, and no other system really comes close. This same advantage extends to the Yankees all the way down through their top six players. None of the teams has that kind of impact player depth in their farm system.

I really can’t judge the depth of the none-Yankee systems after that, as I’m not too familiar with the players. But I do know that the Yankees have the best group of prospects that they’ve ever had in the 8-15 rankings, headlined by guys like Slade Heathcott, Cito Culver, Brandon Laird, Adam Warren, and Graham Stoneburner. I have trouble imagining that many systems, if any, are that deep.

What’s the conclusion? The Yankees should not be ranked lower than 3rd, behind Tampa and Kansas City, in the overall organizational rankings. That would be the highest ranking that the Yankees have managed in recent memory (they ranked 5th in 2007 and 2002), and a huge step up from their 22nd overall panned ranking last season, which I think BA may regard as a mistake at this point. The Yankees do it on the backs of a whole lot of depth and Jesus Montero, who should yet again be a top-5 prospect in all of baseball. Even BA is starting to accept that Montero will stick at catcher for the time being in the majors, and everything knows how well he can hit.

Very encouraging stuff.

E.J. Fagan been blogging about Yankee baseball since 2006. He is a Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin.

7 thoughts on “Comparing the Yankees To Other Likely Top-6 Farm Systems

  1. Jake H

    Callis tweeted later that Montero would have been KC’s # 1 prospect.

    • EJ Fagan

      I didn’t see that. Very nice.

  2. chris

    “Hosmer is a 1st baseman without a ton of power” LOL

    Strengths: Strength. Bat speed/plus power potential/BA ability. Soft hands. Arm strength. Approach. – baseballhq

    The Good: Hosmer has plus-plus raw power, but like Moustakas, he’s more of a hitter with power than a pure slugger. He struck out just 66 times in 520 at-bats in 2010 – baseballprospectus

    Scouting Report: Hosmer’s approach is very advanced for his age, and one scout likened it to Joey Votto’s. He projects as well-above average as a hitter and power hitter. – baseball america

    I like Montero a lot, but it is obvious you are 1) a yankee homer and 2) don’t know what you are talking about. When you said “I’m not too familiar with the players” you should be referring to everyone in the minor leagues.

    • Moshe Mandel

      No reason to be rude. One thing you disagree with doesn’t invalidate an entire article, and I bet Montero outranks Hosmer on plenty of the top 100 lists that come out on the next few months. No homerism there.

    • Moshe Mandel

      For example, Jim Callis was asked where Montero would rank in the Royals system. He said #1.

      • Moshe Mandel

        Oops, just saw that Jake said this above.

  3. Carmine Petrangelo

    Montero is a better defensive catcher than he is given credit for. He has a plus arm and works well with pitchers. He will have to work on his blocking the plate but that will come when he arrives in New York. A young catcher like him needs to learn at the major league level. He is almost there and should make the team if he has a good spring. Yankees need to keep him in ST to the end so they can get a better look at him and give him a little more experience with major league players. I think Montero is going to be a very popular player in the majors.

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