TYA 2012 Combined Top-20 Yankee Prospects

Who are the top Yankee prospects in the farm system? Normally, I would provide a spring re-ranking around this time of the year. But let’s be honest: there’s not going to be much difference from my fall list. So, to keep things interesting, we here at TYA decided to do what we do best and give you a wide array of learned opinions. Matt, Michael, Brad, Alex, Domenic, Eric and I all ranked our top-20 Yankee prospects.

We’ll also be posting a round table discussion about various prospect questions throughout the week.

Below are those rankings, with the combined average ranking in the far-right column:

Some interesting contrasts:

  • The Top-6 was pretty consistent, with all of Bichette, Williams, Sanchez, Banuelos, Betances, and Campos appearing in 6 of 7 ranking in one order or another. Brad was the only exception, and clearly is not a Bichette believer, ranking him 19th.
  • Angelo Gumbs turned out to be a highly controversial prospect. He appeared in the top-12 on three rankings, including #8 in Domenic’s rankings, but did not appear at all on 3 of 7 rankings.
  • You’ve got a pretty even split between 9 pitchers and 11 hitters. Every pitcher is currently a starter, although only one, Manuel Banuelos, throws left-handed.

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

About EJ Fagan

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

13 thoughts on “TYA 2012 Combined Top-20 Yankee Prospects

  1. What is the “Average” supposed to represent? It seems odd that Murphy wouldn’t have made the “Average” list as he is top 10 on every ballot. I’m surprised that Banuelos always seems to be the unanimous #1 pick. He probably should be the consensus #1 but there are guys with higher ceilings in the system and I’m surprised that no one ever puts Betances or Sanchez above him.

  2. Romine above Sanchez? What is the criteria for this Brad? Is it based on floor or ceiling? No way you can rationally say Romine has more potential than Sanchez, but I do think Romine is more likely to end up as a 10 year back up than Sanchez being a 10 year starter.

  3. I’m sure the player’s estimated time of arrive in MLB had a lot to do with things, specifically Romine over Sanchez. And it’s something that should definitely be a part of prospect rankings. How much so is up for debate.

  4. As someone who doesn’t take prospects seriously until they reach double A, I am fully on board with Brad’s approach. It may be less exciting, but it really avoids the internet-driven prospect hype machine.

  5. Can you really come to that conclusion, looking at Brad’s list? It’s not like he ranked Gary Sanchez 10th. He showed a lot of faith in Mason Williams and Jose Campos as well. I think he took a middle ground.