Couple of quick updates on the MLB.com prospect lists that came out late last week. - Aaron Judge was the final Yankee prospect to crack a positional top 10 list, coming in as the #8 outfielder. The brief write-up on him praised him for being a better all-around hitter than originally advertised while acknowledging his struggles upon jumping to Triple-A, saying "... even though he profiles as a potential slugging run producer, he's also shown an ability in the past to make adjustments. Once Judge does that, he should be ready for his New York debut."
Judge is going to have a lot of eyes on him during ST this year and I feel like Joe could give him a lot of burn to get a firsthand look at how he's changed his approach against upper-level hitting. If Judge is able to learn from last year and improve his Triple-A production while cutting down on strikeouts, he could skip guys like Williams and Heathcott in line when it comes to being the first outfielder called up.
- Interestingly enough, Judge was not the leading Yankee on the MLB.com Top 100 list. He was edged by Jorge Mateo, who came in at #30, 1 spot ahead of Judge. Gary Sanchez came in at #59 to complete the trio of Yankee selections, and I'm much more in agreement with his placement on this list than I was with the BP ranking. Of course rankings like these can be wildly different and don't mean too much in the grand scheme of things, but it is pretty cool to see the Yankees with 3 top-60 prospects even after Severino and Bird lost their eligibility. The improved farm is finally starting to bear fruit.
P.S.- 1 week until IIATMS Prospect Week 2016...