The 2016 IIATMS Top 30: Prospects 10-1

Gary Sanchez AZFL 2015

The next great Yankee catcher? The top IIATMS prospect?? Courtesy of Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY

I’ve commented twice already on the mixed bag nature of the first 2 groups of prospects in this year’s top 30 and I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all.  If anything, it shows how unpredictable the whole prospect ranking system because of the nature of prospects, and that’s what makes stuff like this fun.  But the top 10 this year aren’t as mixed.  In my evaluation, I see 2 very distinct groups of prospects that make up this highest tier.  I see a group of 5 players who can and likely will contribute at the Major League level in 2016, including a few more who are expected to take over regular starting spots in the lineup.  I also see a group of 5 players who have that same kind of ceiling but are about 2 years away from reaching that point.  The next wave, if you will.… Click here to read the rest

The 2016 IIATMS Top 30: Prospects 20-11

Gamel 2015

“Dude, you made it into the top 20.” “Thanks, skip.” Courtesy of The TImes Leader

Yesterday’s first 10 was an eclectic mix of prospect talent, a jumbled combination of MLB-readiness, high-ceiling projection, and reliable floor.  Positions 20-11 on the 2016 IIATMS Top 30 are very similar.  We’ve got pitchers knocking on the door to the big leagues, pitchers who’ve just started their pro careers, and pitchers who are switching roles.  We’ve got a 6-year MiL veteran who never popped up much on the prospect radar until breaking out last year and a former blue chip international signing who may have already flamed out in A-ball.  If you haven’t seen positions 30-21, you should probably go back and read that first.  But if you’re ready to move on, here’s the middle 10 of our 2016 top 30:

20) Cale Coshow– RHSP, Double-A Trenton
Age: 23, Throws: R
Drafted: 13th Round, 2013
2015 Stats: 2.45 ERA,85 H, 97 K/28 BB in 114.0 IP (A-, A+, AA)
ETA: 2017-2018

Scott’s Take- His 33 IP as a starter at AA were just OK (3.51 ERA; 3.5 BB & 5.7 K/9), but there’s more.… Click here to read the rest

The 2016 IIATMS Top 30: Prospects 30-21

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Potential breakout prospect in 2016? Courtesy of Bryan Green/Pinstriped Prospects

Well, we’ve covered the sizable list of players who fell off the top 30 from last year to this year and we’ve covered the shorter list of players who just missed the cut this year.  Nothing left to do now but get into the actual top 30 countdown.

Before we do that, a quick recap of our ranking system and format.  We tried to keep it as simple as possible, assigning a points system for every spot in the top 30.  The 1st ranked player gets 30 points, 2nd gets 29, all the way down to 1 point for the 30th spot.  Individual staff members filled out their personal rankings and the points totals from all individual rankings were tallied up for each player.  Dom, EJ, Scott, and myself did individual rankings to create this composite top 30.

For the individual player write-ups, we divvied them up among even more of the staff to give you different perspectives and different writing styles on each player.  … Click here to read the rest

The 2016 IIATMS Top 30: The Honorable Mentions

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When you’re still on the radar. Courtesy of the AP

One last piece of pregame business before we get into this year’s top 30.  The guys who didn’t make the cut.  We do a composite ranking based on all our individual rankings, and when you’re making a 30-player list you’re bound to get more than 30 different players.  These are the guys who made at least one individual list but didn’t accumulate enough points to make the final composite top 30.  it’s an interesting group of players too.  There’s some under-valued lower level guys, a couple 2015 draft picks, and a former longstanding top prospect list member who was one of many to make his MLB debut in pinstripes last year.  Here are the six 2016 IIATMS Top 30 honorable mentions:

31) Thairo Estrada– SS, Low-A Charleston
Age: 19, Bats: R, Throws: R
Ranked #21 on Brad’s list

In an organization that’s deep in up-the-middle prospects, it’s easy for a player like Thairo to get overlooked.  … Click here to read the rest

The 2016 IIATMS Top 30: Last Year’s Graduating/Dropout Class

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Valedictorian of the IIATMS prospect class of 2015. Courtesy of Getty Images

I mentioned earlier that there was a high level of turnover in the Top 30 this year and I was serious.  Only 14 players carried over from the 2015 edition to the 2016, with 16 new guys joining them to complete the list.  What happened to those other 16 players from last year?  Good question.  Some of them have moved into regular roles with the Major League club, some of them were parts of this offseason’s trade activity, and some of them just fell off because they were injured and unable to play.  Before we fully dive into the 2016 list, let’s take a quick look back at those players from last year who have moved on.

Luis Severino– RHSP, 2015 Rank: 2nd

He was almost at the top of the class to start the 2015 season, and Severino definitely graduated at the top when it was over.  … Click here to read the rest

Welcome To IIATMS Prospect Week 2016

We barely snuck it in before pitchers and catchers had to officially report, but that almost works out perfectly as another outlet to bridge the gap between then and the end of football season.  Welcome back to IIATMS Prospect Week, folks, the one week out of the year where we put a dedicated focus on the Yankee farm system and rank our top 30 organizational prospects.  As time allows, we’ll try to sneak in a few more prospect-centric posts around the top 30, but that’s the main focus and we’ll be rolling that out over the course of the next 5 days in a similar fashion to last year.

Later today we’ll start Prospect Week 2016 by looking back at 2015, more specifically the 2015 IIATMS Top 30, to review all the players who disappeared from last year’s rankings, either by graduating to the Majors, getting traded to another team, or not performing well enough to retain their spot.  There was a high amount of turnover from last year to this, so that post will be a long one.  … Click here to read the rest

Saturday Morning Links: 2/6/16

Two days.  We’re just two days away from the prospect ranking list that will put all other prospect rankings to shame.  I hope you’re ready. Now onto the links.

– On Tuesday, Chris Carelli of Yankees Unscripted hashed through the different paths the Yankees can take to address first base next season now that they know Greg Bird will miss all of this one.

– On Wednesday, Tanya Bondurant of Pinstripe Alley had the most brilliant idea I’ve ever read- the Yankees should sign Juan Uribe.

– El duque of It Is High… declared this a make-or-break season for Jacoby Ellsbury.  And I completely agree with him.

– On Thursday, Chad Jennings reviewed last year’s ST invite list to highlight the high turnover from then to now.

– Ben Diamond of BP Bronx recapped Cash’s recent trade history and compared WAR values to show how that history has been good.

– On Friday, Mike Axisa looked back at Doc Gooden’s 1996 no-hitter.Click here to read the rest

Throwback Thursday: My favorite home run(s) of 2015

In case you didn’t know, the Big League Stew blog over at Yahoo Sports is running a series called, “Homer History.” In it, writers from Yahoo and other websites, are re-telling stories about memorable home runs from their perspectives. It’s a fun series and frankly, I’m annoyed I didn’t think of it first.

So since I wasn’t asked to contribute to the series on Yahoo, [Oh I’m kidding, why would I be asked?] I thought I would totally bite off their idea, and write my own post about a memorable Yankees home run from the 2015 season. Or this case, four memorable home runs that just so happened to be hit on the same day.

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“Some people say that life starts at 40. I’ll sign up for that right now.” ~ Alex Rodriguez July 25, 2015

It seemed like an ordinary summer Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Baseball was being played as the Yankees were facing the Twins at Target Field.… Click here to read the rest

Quick hit: Greg Bird out for the season

It’s not April 1, right? So this isn’t a joke?

Damn it.

More:

The initial injury occurred in May 2015. … Click here to read the rest