Keith Law’s minor league organizational rankings are out, and the Yankees are 9th overall. After the Montero trade, this seems about right. The Yankees have a fairly deep, if bifurcated, farm system – solid guys like Austin Romine, David Phelps, and Adam Warren supporting high ceiling prospects like Dellin Betances up top, and tons of new faces at the bottom levels, but little in between. Keith Law makes a comment about this:
“I might be jumping the gun here, but I see a lot of star potential on their bottom few affiliates, including new acquisition Jose Campos from Seattle”
Full comment at the ESPN insider-only link here.
I find the bottom parts of the Yankee farm system very interesting. If we divide our top-8 low-level prospects into tiers, this is what you get:
- Tier 1: Gary Sanchez – Sanchez is clearly the better prospect of his peers, showing enormous power for his age, and the potential with some seasoning and hard work to stay at catcher.