If you weren't aware that prospect season had arrived before this week, you better be aware by now. Following up on Baseball America's unveiling of their top 10 Yankees prospects on Monday, the gang at Baseball Prospectus did the same yesterday. You can find the full list here, and I believe everything is free, but if you don't have the time for that here's the top 10: 1) Aaron Judge 2) Jorge Mateo 3) Gary Sanchez 4) James Kaprielian 5) Dustin Fowler 6) Rob Refsnyder 7) Drew Finley 8) Eric Jagielo 9) Brady Lail 10) Ian Clarkin
The love for Mateo continues, although the BP staff didn't put him above all. That top spot went to Judge and I think that's the right decision. Some struggles in his first Triple-A experience shouldn't overshadow everything else he's done in his MiL career or his well-rounded tools set, and they shouldn't be enough to rank him below a guy in A-ball. This list in general is a little more in line with what I've been working on putting my top 30 together. I like Refsnyder as a 5-8 guy, I definitely think Jagielo and Clarkin should still be in the top 10 despite their injuries, and I like seeing Brady Lail in there. He might get the least amount of love out of all the Yankee prospects. Fowler at 5 is a bit of stretch to me, although I do think he's a solid top 12-15 prospect, and Finley at 7 is surprising, but every list is going to have a few like that.
The complete write-up also features a :"top 10 players under 25" list and that brings recent prospect graduates Luis Severino and Greg Bird back into the mix. The list was put together by IIATMS alum Kenny Ducey and it does a good job showing how much young talent the Yankees have assembled over the last few years as they try to rebuild on the fly.