Putting This Year’s IFA Haul in Perspective

Much has been written about the Yankees signing ten of the top thirty international free agents this season. But how much talent have the Yankees landed, really?

I’m not going to pretend to know more about the specific players that the Yankees signed than what I’ve read on MLB.com and Baseball America. I did, however, go back and look at Baseball America’s top international free agent list five years ago, and checked in on the status of the top-25 players. The result:

2 really great signings (Sano and Profar), 6 players with varying prospect potential (including Gary Sanchez, probably the bet of the group), and 17 busts. If the Yankee haul follows the same pattern, they’ll emerge five years from now with roughly half that–a top-10 prospect, two or so top-100 prospects, and a fringey player or two.

Not bad, huh? Obviously, we’re looking at a sample of one year, but a quick glance at 2008 and 2010 show similar bust rates.…

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Screw It, Call Up Mark Montgomery

Used courtesy of Josh Norris

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

These are perilous times in Yankeeland, friends.  Injuries have the lineup disintegrating into one giant platoon (or more accurately, TWO giant platoons), the...

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A more optimistic take on the Yankee farm

EJ’s post from earlier today highlights the disappointing nature of the Yankee farm in 2012, and for the most part, I agree.  It has been a frustrating season to follow, particularly at the upper levels.   The combination of injury and regression has hurt the stock of a number of prospects who might otherwise be...

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Tyler Austin shows no signs of slowing down

Tyler Austin has put up impressive offensive numbers at pretty much every stop in his minor league career, and prospect watchers are beginning to take notice.  I certainly include myself among people who have underrated Austin throughout his short career, probably unfairly, because he didn’t have an elite draft pedigree or play a premium position...

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Scouting the Charleston Riverdogs

I have written extensively on the talented group of prospects that are currently on the roster of the Yankees’ low-A club, the Charleston Riverdogs. On a daily basis, the Riverdogs feature legitimate prospects at pretty much every position, including slugging catcher Gary Sanchez, athletic outfielder Mason Williams, power-hitting 3rd baseman Dante Bichette Jr, and fireballing...

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Prospects who could move fast in 2012

The rosters for the Yankees’ full-season affiliates have been posted, courtesy of The Trentonian’s Josh Norris, and for the most part, the assignments are what we would have expected.  Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances will headline what should be a deep Scranton rotation. Brett MarshallDavid Adams, and the brothers Almonte (not actually related) are some...

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Yankee Farm System Timing Looks Good

I want to step back and take a big-picture look at the Yankee organization for a second. The 2012 Yankee roster probably won’t need a lot of help from down on the farm this season, barring a very injury call-ups. They have plenty of guys – Ramiro Pena, Adam Warren, David Phelps, Brandon Laird –...

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Questions for the Yankees’ top prospects: Part 1

Although prospect week may be over, the beginning of Spring Training has me thinking about prospects once again (not that I ever really stop).  Getting to see some of the Yankees’ top prospects in action for the first time is always exciting, especially when you get to see them face off against major leaguers.  All...

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