• Goldstein: Yankees Top 11 Prospects

    Posted by on November 29th, 2007 · Comments (7)

    Kevin Goldstein offers his list of the Yankees Top 11 Prospects:

    Five-Star Prospects
    1. Joba Chamberlain, RHP
    Four-Star Prospects
    2. Ian Kennedy, RHP
    3. Austin Jackson, OF
    4. Jose Tabata, OF
    5. Alan Horne, RHP
    Three-Star Prospects
    6. Dellin Betances, RHP
    7. Jesus Montero, C
    8. Andrew Brackman, RHP
    9. Edwar Ramirez, RHP
    10. Kelvin DeLeon, OF
    Two-Star Prospects
    11. Humberto Sanchez, RHP

    Just Missing: Frank Cervelli, C; Jeff Marquez, RHP; Ross Ohlendorf, RHP; Brad Suttle, 3B

    Andrew Brackman, who will not throw a professional pitch until 2009, at #8? Edwar Ramirez at #9? Humberto Sanchez at #11?

    Maybe the Yankees farm system is not as good as some say…if this is what is the best of the bunch.

    Comments on Goldstein: Yankees Top 11 Prospects

    1. j
      November 29th, 2007 | 1:36 pm

      I guess Phil Hughes pitched too much in 07 for the big club that he didn’t make the list?

    2. minikraft
      November 29th, 2007 | 1:39 pm

      If hughes was considered a prospect, where do you think he’d land? I’d put him as 4 stars

    3. Andrew
      November 29th, 2007 | 2:01 pm

      Hughes would most certainly be a 5-star.

      But having 1 (or two, if you count Hughes) 5-star prospect, and 4 4-star prospects is pretty damned impressive. That means their upper-end of the farm system is absolutely STACKED.

      The lower end is a bit misinformed. Jeff Marquez is missing from the 3-star prospects (he was 22 for the better part of this past year, in AA, and put up solid numbers).

      The Yankees have several other prospects that may not have the name-recognition, but are guys that teams would love to have. Dan McCutchen is one. George Kontos is another. Guys like James Cox, Mark Melancon, and David Robertson are elite relief prospects. And there are guys very far away like Jairo Heredia who could bust on the scene soon as next year. And there are guys who could be very good utility players like Brett Gardner.

      Trust what you hear. The Yankees have one of the top farm systems in baseball.

    4. Ference
      November 29th, 2007 | 2:07 pm

      Hey Steve
      Love your site, great statistical analysis. I was wondering if you knew how Melky Cabrera compares to Coco Crisp. Many Red Sox fans and sportswriters/ESPN contributors (the two are not mutually exclusive) believe that Coco is a much better player than Melky and I tend to disagree but I dont know where to get the statistical proof. What do you think Steve?

    5. November 29th, 2007 | 2:28 pm

      Ference – thanks. That’s a good question. Let me work something up on that.

    6. Don
      November 29th, 2007 | 2:42 pm

      I cannot give ‘elite’ prospect status to any pitcher coming off major surgery, you just don’t know. Melancon, Cox, et al, are toss-ups until we see how surgery affected them.

      Marquez is a shaky prospect who needs to have a break-out season, so his rating is appropriate.

    7. November 29th, 2007 | 4:52 pm

      ‘Maybe the Yankees farm system is not as good as some say…if this is what is the best of the bunch.’

      wow are you negative Steve. look, it’s this guy’s opinion. and i would wager we have more 4 and 5 star guys than most MLB teams. it’s a stellar top 5. but IMO, no way Brackman, Edwar and Deleon should be that high. Melancon, Whelan, McAlister, Gardner, Heredia could all be listed in their spots.

      they also did a ‘top under 25 list.’ Hughes was at the top. Melky was #9.

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