• Keith Law: Yanks Farm Rates

    Posted by on January 26th, 2007 · Comments (5)

    From ESPN.com

    The Yankees have long had the game’s biggest payroll, but their farm system has lain fallow for several years, the result of some uninspired draft picks and trades that rid the system of the few prospects who remained. Over the last 18 months, however, the Yanks’ system has made a stunning turnaround, going from one of the five worst systems in the game to one of the 10 best.

    What sets the Yankees’ system apart from most others is the presence of two of the 10 best prospects in baseball, something no other organization can claim.

    It’s a significant improvement for such a short period of time, and it’s very bad news for the other four teams in the AL East.

    Ah, Good Rights & Sweet Dreams….

    Comments on Keith Law: Yanks Farm Rates

    1. January 26th, 2007 | 2:10 pm

      Saying that the Yankees have “2 of the top 10 prospects in baseball” is just flat out wrong.

      As much as Tabata is highly regarded, he isn’t in the top 10…he is simply too far away to be considered as such.

      Also, Law is inaccurate when he says Tabata is “swinging without problems in the Venezuelen League.” It is far from it actually. At least a month ago (and I’m inclined to say as much as 6 weeks ago) Tabata reinjured his hand (the very injury Law is talking about) and hasn’t played since.

    2. January 26th, 2007 | 2:32 pm

      I’m not usually one to self promote, but Law has a ton of inaccuracies in that article:


    3. dave
      January 26th, 2007 | 2:36 pm

      “As much as Tabata is highly regarded, he isn’t in the top 10…he is simply too far away to be considered as such.”

      per Peter Abraham:

      Keep in mind that they (Baseball America) rank them on potential, not present-day value to the major league team.


    4. January 26th, 2007 | 2:39 pm

      Even so, he isn’t a top 10 prospect in all of baseball.

      Top 20 perhaps, but more likely top 30.

    5. January 26th, 2007 | 8:25 pm

      every list i’ve seen recently has Tabata right around #23 in all baseball.

      but even that, along with Betances, Joba, Sanchez is a huge upgrade over a couple years ago.

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