The 2015 IIATMS Top 30: Positions 10-1

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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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Report: Eovaldi Getting To Work

He’s not a prospect, but don’t sleep on Nathan Eovaldi as another young player to watch in the Yankee system this year.  The 24-year-old righty is going to be a very important part of the rotation this year, and in a really good piece by Bryan Hoch, he talked about what he’s been working on to improve his game:

“My goal toward the end of the season, my last two or three games with the Marlins, I was working on a changeup — kind of like a split-finger [fastball], in a way. It’s been feeling great. I felt comfortable with it toward the end of the season last year, and this offseason, I’ve been able to pick up pretty much where I left off.”

Eovaldi’s changeup has been the weak link of his offerings over the first few years of his career, so it’s good to know that he’s made it a top priority.  In addition to that focus, Hoch reported that Eovaldi has already spoken with Larry Rothschild, Brian McCann, Joe Girardi, and Chris Capuano, and it sounds like Roth and Big Mac are going to make working with Eovaldi their top priority when spring camp starts.…

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Thursday Night Open Thread: Balls, balls and more balls!

Good evening, everyone.

This is your open thread for the night. Feel free to discuss whatever your heart desires. Personally, I’m sick of hearing the word balls. Between Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the reporters at their press conferences, I’ve heard the word balls enough to last me three lifetimes. Also, when you hear that word too many times and out of context, everything become very funny and I revert to being a 12 year-old.

As for baseball, things are quiet right now. But here’s a reminder of what happened a year ago today:

TANAK!

Enjoy your night!

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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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Wednesday Night Open Thread: Where Would You Rank ManBan?

I hope everybody has had a chance to fully read and digest Part I of the IIATMS Top 30.  If not, please stop reading this and go back to that.  Shame on you.

For those who have, tonight’s open thread topic is simple, where would Manny Banuelos have been ranked in your top 30, 20, 10, whatever, if he wasn’t traded to Atlanta?  There was a bit of a back-and-forth in the comment section of another blog today, and engaging in the back-and-forth actually got me thinking about where I had ManBan a few weeks ago before he was traded away.  I know the Yankees were down on him and the talk was starting to turn towards his shift to the bullpen eventually, but I still had some hope for him as a starter as he got further away from TJS and I still had him ranked 9th in my personal top 30.

So what about everybody else?  Was ManBan still a top 10 prospect in your eyes?  …

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The 2015 IIATMS Top 30: Positions 30-21

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Hey look! A lefty starter prospect in the upper levels of the system! Courtesy of MiLB.com

The waiting is over.  We’ve been teasing and slow-playing the build to this over the last 2 days with the review of last year’s prospects who were no longer in consideration and the look at the players who didn’t make the cut, but now it’s time to get down to business and start unveiling this year’s IIATMS Top 30.

An explanation of how this list was put together, just so everybody knows and understands what we did.  EJ, Domenic, and myself all did our own top 30 lists and assigned point values of 30-1 for each spot on the list, so the #1 ranked player gets 30 points, the #2 gets 29, and so on down the line.  We then simply compiled all the point totals from the 3 lists and made our composite IIATMS Top 30 based on highest point total to lowest.  …

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A Quick Word On All This Relief Prospect Depth

The talking point of the Yankees acquiring more organizational depth this offseason has been hammered home for a while now, perhaps nowhere more than with the bullpen.  There are already a ton of arms that are in competition for the last bullpen spot or 2, and there are going to be a ton of young arms waiting in the wings for their chance to break in and contribute.  I mean really, a ton of arms.  In somewhat of a particular order, here’s a breakdown of the current relief prospect depth:

1) Jacob Lindgren
2) Jose Ramirez
3) Chasen Shreve
4) Nick Rumbelow
5) Tyler Webb
6) Danny Burawa
7) James Pazos
8) Branden Pinder
9) Mark Montgomery
10) Nick Goody

That doesn’t even include guys like Phil Wetherall, Dietrich Enns, and Diego Moreno who have had some success working in relief in the middle levels of the system, and 2014 draft picks like Jonathan Holder, Jordan Foley, Sean Carley, and Jake Kelzer.  …

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Episode 34 – Prospect Week, Max Scherzer

It’s a prospect week podcast! Domenic and I talk about Yoan Moncada, Max Scherzer, and some of our favorite prospects. We’ll be back on Friday to discuss the IIATMS top-30 prospect list.

You can download the episode here or grab the podcast RSS feed here.

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