Baseball America Releases Its 2015 Top 10 Yankee Prospects List

Baseball America has moved on to its new organizational top 10 prospect rankings and today was Yankee day.  Josh Norris has the full list and writeup for free right here, but if you're just looking for the top 10, it is as follows: 1) Luis Severino 2) Aaron Judge 3) Jorge Mateo 4) Greg Bird 5) Gary Sanchez 6) Ian Clarkin 7) Rob Refsnyder 8) Jacob Lindgren 9) Luis Torrens 10) Miguel Andujar

You'll notice former top 10 mainstays like J.R. Murphy, Slade Heathcott, Tyler Austin, and Mason Williams are gone and replaced by a new and very young crop.  Mateo, Clarkin, Torrens, and Andjuar are all under 20 years old, and guys like Severino, Bird, and Sanchez are young for their level.

My biggest thought here is how surprising it is to see Mateo that high.  I know he gained some support on the scouting circuit with a strong year in the GCL, but he's still very raw as a hitter.  I don't know if I would say his natural tools or ceiling are enough to rank him above more established, advanced hitters like Bird, Sanchez, and Refsnyder.  Severino and Judge 1-2 is a no-brainer.  If they aren't your top 2 in some order then you probably shouldn't be ranking prospects.  And it's cool to see Torrens and Andujar sneak on.  They're both highly regarded for their raw tools and I think next season could be a big national breakout year for both of them.