Yanks Put 3 In Scout.com’s Top 100 Prospects

There’s another top 100 prospects list out, and the Yankees did a little better on this one.  Scout.com posted their top 100 yesterday afternoon, and while the Yanks did not put anybody in their top 50, they did have 3 representatives in the 51-100 section.  Luis Severino was 51st, Aaron Judge was 57th, and Greg Bird was 96th.

Severino’s inclusion and team-high ranking on this list goes to show how widely spread the opinions on him are, and once again exemplifies the high level of subjectivity and personal bias that goes into each and every one of these rankings.  Everybody has their own thoughts, their own criteria, and that’s what makes this type of stuff fun and interesting to follow if nothing else.

For the sake of comparison to Law’s list, Scout.com’s top 5 was Bryant, Correa, Buxton, Lucas Giolito, and Francisco Lindor.  Addison Russell was 8th.

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Quick Hit: Yanks Put Judge And Bird In Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospects List

The Keith Law prospect extravaganza rolls on today as he unveiled his top 100 MLB prospects list a little while ago.  The Yankees were represented by 2 players on the list: Aaron Judge at #23 and Greg Bird at #80.

The full write-up and list is Insider-only (of course), but here’s what Law had to say about Judge:

“He showed outstanding plate discipline and ability to make contact in his first full year in pro ball while giving glimpses of the huge raw power you’d expect from someone of his build…

… He’s an above-average defender in right, faster than you’d expect, with the arm to profile there and the potential to post strong triple-slash numbers if he can make that one big adjustment.”

And on the Birdman:

“Bird’s swing is very short to the ball, and he accelerates his hands quickly for hard contact to all fields, rarely putting the ball on the ground because he squares it up so frequently.

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Keith Law Ranks Yankee Farm System 20th In MLB

This is super late, but Keith Law of ESPN released his organizational farm system rankings yesterday.  He had the Yankees 20th out of 30 teams, which may seem a bit low to us Yankee fans.  The full article is Inisder-only, but this is what Law had to say about the NYY farm:

“The Yankees’ system still has more talent than production, as several key prospects continued to have trouble staying on the field, but a very strong 2013 draft class and a blowout year on the international front have the system trending up again.”

If you recall, 20th is exactly where Law had the Yankees last year.  I’d argue that a system that got a tremendous full season from Aaron Judge, monster years from guys like Luis Severino, Greg Bird, and Rob Refsnyder, a bounce back year from Tyler Austin, American pro debuts from high-upside young players like Mateo, Molina, and Palma, and has more pitching depth than people might give it credit for is already trending up and deserving of a higher rank than 20th.  …

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Quick Hit: Kiley McDaniel’s Yankee Farm System Evaluation

If you’ve been waiting with hands clenched in anticipation for this since last week like I have, then this morning was a beautiful morning for you.  Kiley McDaniel released his farm system evaluation for the Yankees over at FanGraphs, and it’s an absolute doozy of a post.  I’m talking detailed scouting reports on tons of players, videos, breakdowns of players to watch at all levels, and mentions of a few names that I’ve never even heard of.  If you’re a big prospect person and still in the prospect-y mood from our events here last week, definitely set this aside for your lunch time reading today.

If you want the highlights, McDaniel is higher on both Jacob Lindgren and Jorge Mateo than anybody else I’ve read, down on Gary Sanchez and Domingo German, and thinks Tyler Wade and Juan De Leon will start to make their way up the ladder this year.  Even if you don’t have time today to fully dive into this, I would recommend carving out some at some point to read the whole thing.…

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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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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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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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