Not quite sure how authoritative MLB.com is when it comes to prospects, but in their just-released Top 50 MLB Prospects list they rank Jesus Montero as the ninth-best in baseball, Gary Sanchez at #32 and Manny Banuelos at #35. This more or less lines up with what I think most of the Yankee faithful would consider the team’s top three prospects. Also, Dellin Betances just missed the top 50, ranking at #53.
It’s not only nice to see these kids get some mainstream attention, but also cool to see three products of the Yankee farm system make the top 50, especially since not every team has players that make the list — neither the Mets, Marlins, Brewers nor Athletics have a representative, and for all of Boston’s supposed vaunted farm system the Red Sox only had one — Jose Iglesias.
The Angels’ Mike Trout was ranked #1, followed by the Rays’ Jeremy Hellickson and the Nationals’ Bryce Harper. And it would appear that the hype surrounding the Royals’ system is justified, with four players — Mike Moustakas (#7), Eric Hosmer (#8), Mike Montgomery (#14) and Wil Myers (#16) — in the top 20 alone, and six out of the top 50 overall.