Born in Dover, Delaware and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, Brad now resides in Wisconsin, where he regularly goes out of his way to remind Brewers fans that their team will never be as good as the Yankees. When he’s not writing for IIATMS, he likes to spend his time incorporating “Seinfeld” quotes into everyday conversation, critiquing WWE storylines, and drinking enough beer to be good at darts.

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IIATMS Prospect Week 2015: Final Wrap-Up

I hope everybody had fun reading all of our Prospect Week posts this past week, especially the IIATMS Top 30.  If, for any reason, you missed anything earlier this week, here’s a quick recap post with all the links to the most important stuff.

IIATMS Top 30:

- Positions 35-31
- Positions 30-21
- Positions 20-11
- Positions 10-1
- The Individual Lists

Player Profiles:

- Miguel Andujar
- Jake Cave

Thanks to everybody for reading and thanks to those who commented.  Prospects are always a fun topic to debate.  Now let’s see how this crop does in 2015 and we’ll go back and update the list roughly 1 year from now.

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The 2015 IIATMS Top 30: The Individual Lists

Just thought this might be something a few people would want to look at as an easier comparison of the differences between the individual lists.  Here are the 3 complete lists that made the final composite Top 30:

Brad’s Top 30:

1) Aaron Judge
2) Luis Severino
3) Gary Sanchez
4) Rob Refsnyder
5) Greg Bird
6) Ian Clarkin
7) Eric Jagielo
8) Domingo German
9) Tyler Austin
10) Luis Torrens
11) Jacob Lindgren
12) Ramon Flores
13) Miguel Andujar
14) Bryan Mitchell
15) Jose Ramirez
16) Jake Cave
17) Jorge Mateo
18) Ty Hensley
19) Mason Williams
20) Austin DeCarr
21) Dan Camarena
22) Leonardo Molina
23) Jose Pirela
24) Gosuke Katoh
25) Abiatal Avelino
26) Jordan Montgomery
27) Nick Rumbelow
28) Jaron Long
29) Alexander Palma
30) Brady Lail

Domenic’s List:

1) Aaron Judge
2) Luis Severino
3) Ian Clarkin
4) Gary Sanchez
5) Greg Bird
6) Jake Cave
7) Luis Torrens
8) Miguel Andujar
9) Jorge Mateo
10) Eric Jagielo
11) Rob Refsnyder
12) Tyler Austin
13) Jacob Lindgren
14) Domingo German
15) Ramon Flores
16) Ty Hensley
17) Abiatal Avelino
18) Bryan Mitchell
19) Leonardo Molina
20) Chasen Shreve
21) Jose Ramirez
22) Mason Williams
23) Austin DeCarr
24) Jordan Montgomery
25) Hyo-Jun Park
26) Alexander Palma
27) Tyler Webb
28) Chris Breen
29) Taylor Dugas
30) Jordan Foley

EJ’s List:

1) Aaron Judge
2) Luis Severino
3) Gary Sanchez
4) Greg Bird
5) Ian Clarkin
6) Domingo German
7) Rob Refsnyder
8) Jorge Mateo
9) Tyler Austin
10) Eric Jagielo
11) Luis Torrens
12) Ramon Flores
13) Jacob Lindgren
14) Jake Cave
15) Miguel Andujar
16) Bryan Mitchell
17) Ty Hensley
18) Mason Williams
19) Dan Camarena
20) Jose Ramirez
21) Angel Aguilar
22) Chasen Shreve
23) Alexander Palma
24) Leonardo Molina
25) Austin DeCarr
26) Dermis Garcia
27) Juan De Leon
28) Nelson Gomez
29) Abiatal Avelino
30) Jose Pirela

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Saturday Morning Linkapalooza: 1/24/15

You might not have noticed, but it was a little bit of a busy week around here at IIATMS.  I didn’t have nearly the amount of time I usually do to read around the Yankosphere, and to be quite honest I didn’t want to go through the effort of writing this linkaround just so it could bump our IIATMS Top 10 down the page.  Hopefully everybody has had a chance to read that and the other 2 parts of our 2015 top 30 prospects list this week.  If you haven’t, don’t worry.  I’ll be plugging the hell out of it later this weekend and into the foreseeable future.  If you’re like me and you’ve been so consumed by the Top 30 this week that you didn’t bother to check any other sites out, here’s what you missed.

– On Monday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley asked if the Yankees should try to trade for one of the Nationals’ starters.  Yes.  The answer is yes.…

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The 2015 IIATMS Top 30: Positions 10-1

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Courtesy of MiLB.com

Well, it’s all been building to this.  The cream of the crop, the best of the best, the bluest of all the organizational prospect chips.  Today we wrap up the IIATMS Top 30 with the top 10 prospects in the Yankee system as voted on by our 3-man panel, and for the first time in a few years those top 10 players are primarily located in the top levels of the system.  Long considered a bottom-heavy farm system, the Yankees now boast an upper portion that is chock full of their best prospects and possibly multiple league-wide top 50-100 guys.  Who did we say is #1?  Keep reading to find out.

10) Tyler Austin- OF, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Age: 23, Height: 6’1″, Weight: 220
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Key 2014 Stats: .275/.336/.419, 59 R, 47 RBI, 20 2B, 5 3B, 9 HR, in 105 Games (437 PA)
ETA: 2015-2016
Brad’s Rank: 9th, Dom’s Rank: 12th, EJ’s Rank: 9th

Dom’s Take- Austin was a consensus top 100 prospect 2 years ago on the heels of an excellent 2012, when he batted .322/.400/.559 with 17 HR and 23 SB (in only 25 attempts) in 472 PA split mostly between Charleston and Tampa.…

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Report: Eovaldi Getting To Work

He’s not a prospect, but don’t sleep on Nathan Eovaldi as another young player to watch in the Yankee system this year.  The 24-year-old righty is going to be a very important part of the rotation this year, and in a really good piece by Bryan Hoch, he talked about what he’s been working on to improve his game:

“My goal toward the end of the season, my last two or three games with the Marlins, I was working on a changeup — kind of like a split-finger [fastball], in a way. It’s been feeling great. I felt comfortable with it toward the end of the season last year, and this offseason, I’ve been able to pick up pretty much where I left off.”

Eovaldi’s changeup has been the weak link of his offerings over the first few years of his career, so it’s good to know that he’s made it a top priority.  In addition to that focus, Hoch reported that Eovaldi has already spoken with Larry Rothschild, Brian McCann, Joe Girardi, and Chris Capuano, and it sounds like Roth and Big Mac are going to make working with Eovaldi their top priority when spring camp starts.…

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The 2015 IIATMS Top 30: Positions 20-11

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The new prospect hotness. Courtesy of Cliff Welch/MiLB.com

If you somehow missed Part I of the countdown yesterday, please check it out and bring yourself up to speed here.  Today we’re moving from the periphery of the system, where individual preferences can influence whether a player even makes it onto a list, into the middle portion, where all the players included are recognized as legitimate top prospects, just with differing opinions on how high or low they should sit in that top portion.  This group of names should look familiar if you’re a huge prospect follower.  It should inspire some debate about the ranking choices if you are.  Here’s the next 10 in this year’s IIATMS Top 30:

20) Leonardo Molina- CF, GCL Yankees

Age: 17, Height: 6’2″, Weight: 180
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Key 2014 Stats: .193/.267/.260, 18 R, 21 RBI, 10 2B, 1 HR, in 53 Games (217 PA)
ETA: 2020
Brad’s Rank: 22nd, Dom’s Rank: 19th, EJ’s Rank: 24th

Tamar’s Take- The 17-year-old outfield prospect from the Dominican Republic is widely touted as having five-tool potential.…

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Thursday Morning Prospect Porn: FanGraphs Videos

Kiley McDaniel is expected to release his prospect evaluation of the Yankee farm system later today over at FanGraphs, and as a way to tie fans over until then he uploaded a literal (figurative) crap ton of videos to the FG YouTube page.

This thing’s got everybody.  Top prospects, non-prospects, guys who aren’t with the organization anymore, 2014 international signings, everybody.  Check out the whole slew of them right here and sit tight.  His post and Part II of the IIATMS Top 30 are coming soon.

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Wednesday Night Open Thread: Where Would You Rank ManBan?

I hope everybody has had a chance to fully read and digest Part I of the IIATMS Top 30.  If not, please stop reading this and go back to that.  Shame on you.

For those who have, tonight’s open thread topic is simple, where would Manny Banuelos have been ranked in your top 30, 20, 10, whatever, if he wasn’t traded to Atlanta?  There was a bit of a back-and-forth in the comment section of another blog today, and engaging in the back-and-forth actually got me thinking about where I had ManBan a few weeks ago before he was traded away.  I know the Yankees were down on him and the talk was starting to turn towards his shift to the bullpen eventually, but I still had some hope for him as a starter as he got further away from TJS and I still had him ranked 9th in my personal top 30.

So what about everybody else?  Was ManBan still a top 10 prospect in your eyes?  …

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The 2015 IIATMS Top 30: Positions 30-21

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Hey look! A lefty starter prospect in the upper levels of the system! Courtesy of MiLB.com

The waiting is over.  We’ve been teasing and slow-playing the build to this over the last 2 days with the review of last year’s prospects who were no longer in consideration and the look at the players who didn’t make the cut, but now it’s time to get down to business and start unveiling this year’s IIATMS Top 30.

An explanation of how this list was put together, just so everybody knows and understands what we did.  EJ, Domenic, and myself all did our own top 30 lists and assigned point values of 30-1 for each spot on the list, so the #1 ranked player gets 30 points, the #2 gets 29, and so on down the line.  We then simply compiled all the point totals from the 3 lists and made our composite IIATMS Top 30 based on highest point total to lowest.  …

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