About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

3 thoughts on “Yankees 13th in Baseball America organization rankings

  1. Eh, it's a tad unfair. They have so much talent, but just because it's all at the lower levels they get "punished" for it. Not that the rankings mean anything, i just think they have a much better ranking if you don't take into account "major league readiness". (which really shouldn't matter considering once you're in the majors you aren't a prospect anymore.)

    • Well, prospects at the lower levels haven't faced upper level competition yet, and are usually much more raw than those who are set to graduate Triple-A. Being farther along usually means you're a better bet to actually produce in the big leagues, which is what these are all about.

      And when we say the Yankees have a lot of low level talent, we're saying that they have a lot of very talented players who haven't even played in full season league yet. That's not meaningless by any means.

    • That's not really true. Normally a prospect is judged in two ways, a combination of ceiling and probability. Prospects that are close to the majors obviously have a higher probability and therefore worth more to any team. When you compare a guy like Brackman to a guy like Verlander, they probably had similar ceilings as prospects coming into pro ball, however Brackman's probability was lower because of the Tommy John surgery when the yanks drafted him (also the reason he was available when the yankees drafted him). I'm not sure rankings based primarily on ceiling would give you very accurate info; If they did Betances would rate above Banuelos, and we both know who every other team would rather trade for….